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DOJ: Alabama prisons unimproved, remain violent and deadly

Nov. 24, 2021 15:33 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice says conditions in Alabama prisons have not improved since the federal government warned the state of unconstitutional conditions three years ago and that male inmates continue to live in deadly and dangerous conditions. ...

Indian tribes seek return of remains, artifacts from Alabama

Nov. 19, 2021 18:16 PM EST

Seven tribes are asking an Alabama university to return the remains of nearly 6,000 people excavated over the years from what once was one of the largest Native American settlements in North America. The Oklahoma-based Muscogee Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and five...

Ivey taps Filmore as chief of staff to replace Bonner

Nov. 15, 2021 15:29 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Liz Dowe Filmore will replace Jo Bonner as Gov. Kay Ivey's chief of staff, becoming the first female to hold the position in Alabama, Ivey's office said Monday. Filmore, previously the top deputy in the position, has been an advisor to Ivey since...

Last in math: Alabama politicians look for ways to close gap

Nov. 14, 2021 11:59 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama students for years have ranked at the bottom in a national math assessment. That has led one lawmaker to propose an overhaul in math instruction that would include more math coaches in schools, summer programs and interventions....

Groundbreaking held for nearly $760M west Alabama highway

Nov. 12, 2021 16:53 PM EST

LINDEN, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey and other officials held a ceremony Friday to break ground on a project to construct a four-lane highway spanning rural western Alabama from north to south. Expected to cost some $758 million over five years, the West Alabama Corridor...

Ivey seeks delay of 3rd grade reading promotion requirement

Nov. 10, 2021 19:51 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Wednesday that she will ask lawmakers to delay a requirement to hold back third graders who don't meet reading benchmarks but said the state must strengthen efforts to boost math and reading scores. The Republican...

Governor's top aide named president at South Alabama

Nov. 10, 2021 14:28 PM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey's chief of staff, former U.S. Rep. Jo Bonner, was named president of the University of South Alabama on Wednesday over two candidates with more degrees and experience in higher education. Bonner, 61, “is a proven innovator, a skilled...

Voting rights pioneers honored at Alabama state archives

Nov. 08, 2021 15:48 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two pioneers for voting rights have become the first women represented in the Statuary Hall of notable Alabamians at the Alabama Department of Archives and History. The bronze bust likenesses of Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights pioneer,...

Lawsuit challenges new Alabama congressional districts

Nov. 05, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two lawsuits are challenging Alabama's newly approved congressional map, arguing it unlawfully dilutes the voting strength of African Americans with one majority-minority district out of seven. An organization announced a lawsuit Thursday on the...

Alabama Gov. Ivey signs protections for unvaccinated workers

Nov. 05, 2021 13:59 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed employment protections for workers who claim a religious or health reason for not getting vaccinated against COVID-19. The Republican governor signed the legislation a day after it was approved by the...