Latest Kay Ivey News

Ivey to call special session on prison construction

Sep. 17, 2021 18:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is calling lawmakers into special session later this month to vote on a prison construction plan that would use part of the state's virus relief funds to jumpstart the building of three new lock-ups. In a letter to...

Director tapped for medical marijuana commission in Alabama

Sep. 17, 2021 12:53 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State Treasurer John McMillan has quit to take over a new state panel dealing with medical marijuana and will be replaced by Young Boozer, who previously served two terms in the office, the governor's office said Friday. Elected treasurer in...

Alabama jobless rate dips slightly to 3.1%

Sep. 17, 2021 09:36 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's jobless rate dropped slightly to 3.1% last month and average wages increased, signs of what the governor's office said Friday was the state's continuing recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. The unemployment rate dipped from July's...

Former candidate Tim James eyes possible challenge to Ivey

Sep. 15, 2021 17:48 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former Alabama gubernatorial candidate Tim James said Wednesday that he is considering challenging fellow Republican Gov. Kay Ivey in next year’s governor’s race. James, the son of former Gov. Fob James, said he will decide by the end of the...

Facebook: Gov's page was not taken down because of content

Sep. 14, 2021 19:54 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Facebook briefly took down Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's campaign page Tuesday morning, indicating it had been mistakenly flagged as an imposter account, though the governor suggested the move was prompted by her criticism of President Joe Biden's vaccination mandate. ...

Cannabis Commission wants plants next year, hires director

Sep. 11, 2021 10:13 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Medical Cannabis Commission will ask state lawmakers to revise the state's medical marijuana law in order to get plants in the ground next year and make the products available to patients sooner, Al.com reported. The commission also...

Plan would use virus funds, bond issue to build new prisons

Sep. 08, 2021 19:58 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Wednesday began reviewing the latest prison construction proposal, a plan that would use a portion of the state’s virus relief funds to start building three new lockups. The proposal calls for three new prisons — at...

The Latest: Washington state vaccine mandate moves forward

Sep. 04, 2021 21:36 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Days after suing to block what is believed to be among the nation’s strictest COVID-19 employee vaccine mandates, Washington’s largest state labor union has announced a tentative agreement for Gov. Jay Inslee’s order for state workers. The...

Alabama reports almost 9,200 coronavirus cases in schools

Sep. 04, 2021 16:10 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama schools reported more than 9,195 virus cases in students and staff in the past week, a surge that has caused more schools to make a temporary switch to remote learning. A state dashboard was updated Friday with information from 84 of the...

Auto supplier plans $50 million expansion in Alabama

Sep. 04, 2021 14:12 PM EDT

CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A German auto supplier plans to expands its facility in Alabama and will hire 125 new workers. REHAU is marking its 25th anniversary in Cullman, Alabama, and recently secured a contract to build exterior polymer-based components for Mercedes-Benz...