Latest Alabama state government News

Limestone County sheriff arrested on theft, ethics charges

Aug. 22, 2019 6:48 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely was arrested Thursday on theft and ethics charges that include accusations of taking money from campaign and law enforcement accounts. Blakely, who has been sheriff of the north Alabama county since 1983, was booked into his own jail Thursday. He...

Japanese company to open $60 million plant in Alabama

Aug. 21, 2019 12:53 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Japanese automotive supplier plans to build a more than $60 million plant that will hire about 200 people in north Alabama. A statement from the governor's office says Vuteq USA will produce parts for the Mazda-Toyota assembly plant being built in Limestone County. Construction on...

Alabama lawyer gets jail, nixed license for jury tampering

Aug. 21, 2019 7:09 AM EDT

TUSCUMBIA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama lawyer has been sentenced to four months in jail for trying to influence a potential juror in a civil case. News outlets report William J. Underwood pleaded guilty Tuesday to jury tampering as part of a deal in which he was ordered to permanently surrender his license to...

Alabama marriage forms to change next week

Aug. 20, 2019 3:44 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will require new forms— and a new process — for getting married beginning next week. The Alabama Department of Public Health issued guidance Tuesday about the new form and procedure. The Alabama Legislature this year voted to do away with marriage licenses to...

Lieutenant governor opposes Alabama toll bridge proposal

Aug. 19, 2019 6:57 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth on Monday voiced opposition to a proposed toll bridge in south Alabama, saying it will be a burden on the region's working families. The Republican is one of nine members on the Toll Road, Bridge and Tunnel Authority. In a video posted to social media,...

Ex-Alabama gov accused in sex scandal opens new office

Aug. 19, 2019 10:32 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama governor who resigned amid a sex scandal has opened a new dermatology office. The Tuscaloosa News reports former Gov. Robert Bentley's new location opened Friday in Tuscaloosa. He previously practiced in another site. Bentley is a longtime dermatologist who entered...

$700M rebuilding of closed Birmingham interstate on schedule

Aug. 18, 2019 1:48 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Officials say the reconstruction of Interstate 59/20 through downtown Birmingham remains on schedule. Alabama Department of Transportation Regional Engineer DeJarvis Leonard tells WBRC-TV that the overall project is somewhere between 75% and 80% complete. That includes placement of...

Alabama city studies gun ban at water park

Aug. 18, 2019 11:19 AM EDT

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city is trying to figure out how to ban guns from a water park were two people were shot. The Decatur Daily reports that officials say they need a change in state law before banning visitors from bringing guns into Decatur's Point Mallard water park. But a state lawmaker...

Feds grant environmental OK for controversial Mobile bridge

Aug. 16, 2019 4:32 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Federal highway officials have granted environmental approval for construction of a $2 billion Mobile Bay bridge that critics oppose because of plans to charge tolls, the state said Friday. The Federal Highway Administration has signed off on environmental questions needed to clear the...

Alabama won't release contract related to executions

Aug. 16, 2019 4:06 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama attorney general's office says it will not release to the news media a copy of a contract related to death penalty litigation. The attorney general's office on Tuesday cited security reasons for refusing a records request from The Associated Press for a copy of a $25,000...