Latest Alabama state government News

Ivey announces 'transformative' broadband expansion in state

Sep. 27, 2022 19:59 PM EDT

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday awarded an $82.45 million grant for what she said will be a transformative project to expand broadband service in the state. Ivey said the grant will be used by Fiber Utility Network, a corporation formed by eight rural...

Alabama eyes fentanyl penalties; critics say they won't work

Sep. 26, 2022 09:57 AM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers may consider harsher penalties for traffickers and distributors of illicit fentanyl next year, but some say a comprehensive approach should also include more health services and helping drug users reduce overdoses. Republicans Reps. Matt...

Alabama asks US Supreme Court to let execution proceed

Sep. 22, 2022 18:24 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected Alabama’s attempt to proceed with the execution of an inmate who claims the state lost his paperwork selecting an alternative to lethal injection. In a 2-1 decision, the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the...

Alabama asks appeals court to let execution go forward

Sep. 21, 2022 08:34 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is asking a federal appeals court to let it proceed with a lethal injection this week, arguing there is no evidence to corroborate the prisoner's claim that he selected another execution method. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall on Tuesday...

Alabama sidesteps compensation for survivor of '63 KKK blast

Sep. 15, 2022 16:25 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Sarah Collins Rudolph lost an eye and still has pieces of glass inside her body from a Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed her sister and three other Black girls at an Alabama church 59 years ago, and she's still waiting on the state to compensate her for those injuries. ...

State: Alabama nearly ready with untried execution method

Sep. 12, 2022 21:55 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama could be ready to use a new, untried execution method called nitrogen hypoxia to carry out a death sentence as soon as next week, a state attorney told a federal judge Monday. James Houts, a deputy state attorney general, told U.S. District Judge R....

Alabama sheriffs feel loss of pistol permit revenues

Sep. 10, 2022 01:08 AM EDT

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) — Sheriffs across Alabama have been experiencing revenue shortfalls as early as January of this year, leading up to Gov. Kay Ivey signing into law a bill that will no longer require handgun owners to have a permit for their firearms beginning Jan. 1. The pistol...

Claiming innocence, Alabama death row inmate seeks new trial

Sep. 09, 2022 12:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Toforest Johnson, 49, has spent half his life on Alabama’s death row for the murder of a sheriff's deputy, a killing he says he did not commit. Johnson’s attorneys asked the Alabama Supreme Court on Friday to “right a grievous wrong” and grant him a...

State opposes lawsuit to block execution of Alabama inmate

Sep. 01, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state asked a federal judge to dismiss a lawsuit filed by an Alabama inmate who is trying to halt his lethal injection later this month by arguing officials lost paperwork in which he selected an alternate execution method. The lawsuit by Alan Eugene...

Affidavit: Ex-Alabama lawmaker groped woman at restaurant

Aug. 24, 2022 21:56 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An ex-Alabama legislator who campaigned in the state for former President Donald Trump has been charged with groping a woman at a restaurant. Perry Hooper Jr., 67, was arrested Tuesday and charged with first-degree sex abuse. An affidavit filed with the...