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Alabama infant mortality rate hits record low

Dec. 11, 2019 6:37 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s infant mortality rate has reached a record low, but racial disparities have persisted, state health officials announced Wednesday. The Alabama Department of Public Health announced the 2018 infant mortality rate was the lowest in Alabama history with 7.0 deaths per...

Two officers on leave amid investigation into inmate's death

Dec. 9, 2019 7:15 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system announced Monday that it is investigating the use of force by officers following the recent death of an inmate and that an investigation is ongoing into the death of another prisoner in what has already been a violent year inside state prisons. The Alabama...

Alabama police officer killed in drug-related shooting

Dec. 6, 2019 8:54 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer was killed Friday during a drug-related shooting, authorities said, making him the sixth law enforcement officer in the state slain in the line of duty this year. The officer died at a hospital after being shot in the heart, Huntsville Police Chief Mark...

Families of inmates describe violent conditions to panel

Dec. 4, 2019 7:17 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Family members and advocates of Alabama inmates crowded into a state task force meeting Wednesday to plead for changes to the state's criminal justice system and in state prisons that have come under national scrutiny for violent and crowded conditions. The Governor's Study Group on...

Ivey to light state Christmas tree

Dec. 4, 2019 11:29 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will light the state Christmas tree in a Friday ceremony. The lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. at the Alabama Capitol. The public is invited to attend. The 151st Army National Guard Band and other musical performances will begin at 5 p.m. The theme of...

Alabama sheriff remembered as dedicated peace officer

Dec. 2, 2019 3:03 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A slain Alabama sheriff was remembered Monday as a dedicated peace officer who loved serving the people of his county. More than 2,000 mourners filled an auditorium for funeral services for Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams. Williams was shot and killed Nov. 23 at a gas station...

Alabama unveils statue of civil rights icon Rosa Parks

Dec. 1, 2019 5:28 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks was dedicated in Alabama’s capital city on Sunday, the 64th anniversary of her historic refusal to give up her seat on a public bus to a white man. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed and Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey pulled back a cloth to...

State Christmas tree coming to Alabama Capitol

Dec. 1, 2019 1:57 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state Christmas tree is coming to the Alabama Capitol. Gov. Kay Ivey's office says the tree is arriving at about noon Monday. A lighting ceremony is set for 5:30 p.m. Friday, and the public is invited. This year's Christmas tree is a 35-foot-tall (11-meter) Eastern Red Cedar...

Rosa Parks statue to be unveiled Sunday

Nov. 30, 2019 10:24 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new statue of civil rights pioneer Rosa Parks will be unveiled Sunday in downtown Montgomery. The statue will be unveiled at 1 p.m. at Montgomery Plaza at the Court Street Fountain, the city of Montgomery announced. The unveiling coincides with the anniversary of Parks’...

Alabama bicentennial celebration heads to finale

Nov. 29, 2019 4:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is celebrating its 200th birthday. The state’s 2019 bicentennial commemoration will culminate in December with a celebration at the Alabama Capitol featuring concerts, a parade, a park dedication, cultural performances and open houses. The full schedule of events can...