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Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

Apr. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate on Thursday backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions, part of a wave of GOP nullification proposals to try to resist any new gun control measures. Senators...

Life-sized elephant statue installed at U of Alabama stadium

Apr. 12, 2021 18:42 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A life-sized statue of an elephant was moved Monday to a street corner outside the University of Alabama’s football stadium after 20 years at a country club. The 7-ton (6.35-metric tonne) bronze now stands on a tall pedestal outside...

East Coast firefighters help Alabama units hit by tornadoes

Apr. 11, 2021 00:20 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — There is a special bond among firefighters — likely forged in flames — that distance cannot extinguish. So when a series of tornadoes damaged firehouses and equipment in Alabama last month, a Wantage, New Jersey, firefighter sent out a call...

Alabama mask order ends, but some cities, schools continue

Apr. 09, 2021 18:28 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — With Gov. Kay Ivey advocating personal responsibility and common sense as Alabama's statewide mask order ends Friday after nearly nine months, local governments, school systems and businesses are coming up with their own rules to address the continuing COVID-19...

Alabama auto supply company adding third site

Apr. 04, 2021 10:28 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A vehicle supply company is expanding its operations in Tuscaloosa County. SMP Automative Systems Alabama plans to build a new plant at the Cedar Cove Technology Park, WBRC-TV reports. It already has two facilities in the county that employ more...

NCAA fan's death prompts contact tracing in Indiana

Apr. 03, 2021 23:17 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Health officials in Indiana said Saturday they are investigating whether anyone was exposed to COVID-19 by Alabama residents following Friday night’s death of a Crimson Tide fan who was in Indianapolis for the NCAA Tournament last weekend. Luke...

Ivey declines to discuss election plans

Apr. 02, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

CAMDEN, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday declined to say if she will seek another term in office in 2022. Ivey, 76, said it was not the time to discuss the matter when asked by an al.com reporter if she will run for re-election. ...

Committee advanced repeal of habitual offender law

Apr. 01, 2021 13:52 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates lengthy sentences for repeat offenders. Committee members voted 9-5 to approve the bill by Rep. Chris England,...

Committee advanced repeal of habitual offender law

Mar. 31, 2021 21:38 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A divided Alabama House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday advanced a bill to repeal Alabama’s habitual offender law that mandates lengthy sentences for repeat offenders. Committee members voted 9-5 to approve the bill by Rep. Chris England,...

Severe storms could spawn tornadoes in the South on Thursday

Mar. 24, 2021 09:19 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — Forecasters are predicting another outbreak of severe storms in several southern states on Thursday, with the potential for strong tornadoes that carve up the ground for miles. The greatest threat, into Thursday evening, will be in parts of Mississippi,...