Latest Alabama state government News

In this Jan. 11, 2020 photo, former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions speaks to the Mid Alabama Republican Club in Vestavia Hills, AL. Sessions is stressing his loyalty to President Donald Trump as he seeks to regain the Alabama Senate seat he held for 20 years. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

Jeff Sessions stresses Trump loyalty in Alabama Senate race

Jan. 25, 2020 9:20 AM EST

VESTAVIA HILLS, Ala. (AP) — Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions, giving a recent campaign speech to a suburban Republican club, recalled his 2016 decision to endorse then-presidential candidate Donald Trump at a time when many party members were uncertain about the bellicose outsider. “'Jeff, are...

Birmingham fined over panels around Confederate monument

Jan. 24, 2020 2:38 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham will pay a $25,000 fine for obstructing the view of a Confederate monument, a judge ordered last week under the direction of the Alabama Supreme Court. Circuit Judge Marshell Jackson Hatcher imposed the $25,000 fine that had been ordered by the state's high court....

Court: Methodist bishops must testify in sex abuse case

Jan. 24, 2020 2:21 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Two United Methodist bishops must testify in a lawsuit filed by a one-time church member who claimed he was sexually abused, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday, turning away the church leaders' efforts to stay out of the case. The all-Republican court, in a 7-2 decision,...

Prison system seeks money to hire more officers

Jan. 23, 2020 8:26 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's corrections chief on Thursday asked lawmakers for a $42 million funding increase as the state tries to combat “unacceptably high” violence and comply with a federal court order to add 2,200 officers by 2022. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn made the request...

The new Interstate 59/20 in Birmingham, Ala., is shown in this aerial photo made with a drone on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. Officials say a new, mile-long section of highway is opening after a yearlong shutdown that forced drivers to take city streets or a perimeter highway to travel through Alabama's largest city. (Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP)

Interstate 59/20 set to reopen through Birmingham

Jan. 18, 2020 4:40 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Months of headaches for daily commuters, long-haul drivers and downtown businesses are coming to an end as Interstate 59/20 reopens through Alabama's largest city. Workers have virtually completed finishing touches like yellow striping and installing signs on a mile-long section of...

Alabama court won't reconsider Confederate monument ruling

Jan. 17, 2020 9:35 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court on Friday refused to reconsider a ruling that prohibits Birmingham from obscuring, or taking down, a Confederate monument in a city park. Justices turned down a rehearing request without comment. The court in November ruled that Birmingham violated a...

Alabama senator wants bond law change after Blanchard death

Jan. 16, 2020 9:19 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama state senator announced plans to file a bill to revoke bond for more offenses in the wake of the death of a UFC heavyweight fighter’s stepdaughter. The proposal was inspired by the case of Aniah Blanchard, Sen. Cam Ward said Tuesday at a news conference in...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jan. 15, 2020 2:02 PM EST

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Jan. 14 The Gadsden Times on developments with a long-awaited interstate extension project: With apologies to the Bard of Avon — and we’ll drop the part about the sweet fragrance — “What’s a road by any other name?” Local...

Alabama prison study group to make recommendations

Jan. 14, 2020 6:32 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's study commission on criminal justice policy will make recommendations that could including sentencing changes and expanding the use of pretrial diversion programs. The panel met for the final time Tuesday and will submit recommendations to state lawmakers...

Ivey remains noncommittal on refugee settlements in Alabama

Jan. 13, 2020 7:38 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has yet to decide whether Alabama will accept the resettlement of new refugees, as a key deadline approaches next week. Alabama is one of a handful of states that has not announced a decision after President Donald Trump said agencies must get written permission from...