Latest Alabama state government News

Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge

May. 14, 2022 11:55 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge on Friday blocked part of an Alabama law that made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing...

Transgender treatment, doctors threatened by new Alabama law

May. 09, 2022 14:44 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Dr. Hussein Abdul-Latif spent the last week typing out prescription refills for his young transgender patients, trying to make sure they had access to their medications for a few months before Alabama made it illegal for him to prescribe them. He also...

Alabama law awarding honorary degree to civil rights lawyer

May. 07, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A civil rights lawyer who once fought to desegregate the University of Alabama is now receiving an honorary degree from the school. Attorney Fred Gray of Tuskegee will be awarded an honorary doctor of laws degree during the law school's graduation ceremony...

Sheriff: Car linked to Alabama escapee, jail worker found

May. 06, 2022 17:08 PM EDT

The getaway vehicle used by a man wanted for murder in Alabama and the jail official suspected of helping him escape after a “jailhouse romance” was found in an impound lot in Tennessee, where it sat for nearly a week before authorities realized they had it, officials said Friday. ...

Garland: Escaped murder suspect, guard 'extremely dangerous'

May. 05, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Merrick Garland said Thursday that an escaped murder suspect and jail officer who aided him are “regarded as extremely dangerous” and the U.S. Marshals Service has taken over leading the search for the two fugitives. Law enforcement officials...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

May. 04, 2022 12:46 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. May 1, 2022. Editorial: Kay Ivey’s petulance Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has been in public service long enough to know that perception often carries far more weight than reality. Case in point: the governor welcomed former President Donald Trump with open...

State signs $623 million contract for 4,000-inmate prison

Apr. 30, 2022 12:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have signed a $623 million contract to build a new 4,000-inmate prison in Elmore County, part of a sweeping construction plan that will be partly funded by pandemic relief dollars. A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey this week...

Justice Dept files a challenge to Alabama transgender law

Apr. 29, 2022 21:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Justice on Friday challenged an Alabama law making it a felony for doctors to treat transgender people under age 19 with puberty-blockers and hormones to help affirm their new gender identity. The department's motion seeks to...

Alabama's longest-serving state Rep. Steve McMillan dies

Apr. 29, 2022 10:22 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The longest-serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives, Rep. Steve McMillan of Foley, died Thursday after being diagnosed with brain tumors. He was 80 years old. The Alabama House of Representatives announced his death in a statement Thursday...

State signs prison construction contract, quiet on details

Apr. 28, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama officials have signed a contract to build a new state prison — part of a $1.3 billion construction plan partly using pandemic relief funds — but have not released many of the details. A spokeswoman for Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey confirmed the state...