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Severe storm damages buildings in Florida Panhandle

Apr. 10, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (AP) — A cluster of severe storms swept across Southern states early Saturday, leaving at least one dead in Louisiana, bringing down trees and power lines in Mississippi, dropping large hail on a coastal Alabama city and leveling buildings in the Florida Panhandle. ...

Virus recovery funds to promote tourism on Alabama coast

Apr. 10, 2021 11:56 AM EDT

ORANGE BEACH, Ala. (AP) — Beach season is heating up, and Alabama’s coast is getting federal money to help recover from tourism losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration said Thursday it will provide the...

Speaker: Representatives divided over trans treatment bill

Apr. 10, 2021 11:12 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY. Ala. (AP) — Alabama House Speaker Mac McCutcheon says representatives are divided over a bill that would ban the use of hormones and puberty-blockers to treat transgender minors. The Republican legislative leader said Thursday he was uncertain when the bill...

After Amazon: Labor tries to regroup in wake of Alabama loss

Apr. 10, 2021 08:30 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Despite the strongest public support and the most sympathetic president in years, the American labor movement just suffered a stinging defeat -- again. Amazon warehouse workers in Bessemer, Alabama, overwhelmingly voted against joining the Retail,...

Message from grieving mom: ‘Your life is important’

Apr. 10, 2021 00:16 AM EDT

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — After working the overnight shift at his job loading trucks for UPS, Caleb Gautney took his kayak and his dog, Pepper, to Dauphin Island on Monday morning, as he often does. The two of them have their own secret spot away from any crowds, and that’s where they...

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...

Stolen Confederate monument recovered in New Orleans

Apr. 09, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities have recovered a Confederate monument that had been stolen in Alabama and was the subject of a ransom note threatening to convert it into a toilet, New Orleans police confirmed Friday. A spokesperson for the New Orleans Police...

Affair derails Alabama secretary of state's political hopes

Apr. 09, 2021 17:02 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The venue had been booked. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a rising GOP star with an eye long set on higher office, was about to announce his run for U.S. Senate. But then scandal brought his political aspirations crashing down. ...

Former head of Alabama school district pleads in fraud case

Apr. 09, 2021 16:50 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A former head of an Alabama school district has pleaded guilty to a federal fraud charge. Tom Sisk, former superintendent for Limestone County Schools, entered the plea Thursday in U.S. District Court in Montgomery to one count of conspiracy to...

Amazon warehouse workers reject union bid in Alabama

Apr. 09, 2021 16:39 PM EDT

Workers at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama handed the online retail giant a decisive victory when they voted against forming a union and cut off a path that labor activists had hoped would lead to similar efforts throughout the company and beyond. After months of...