Latest Alabama state government News

Parole denied for inmate awaiting trial in triple homicide

Aug. 09, 2022 16:13 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles on Tuesday denied parole to an inmate accused of killing three people during his last release from prison. The board, as expected, denied parole to Jimmy O'Neil Spencer whose previous release from prison drew outrage...

Alabama GOP to vote on idea of recommending closed primaries

Aug. 09, 2022 15:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is one of 15 states that do not ask voters to register with a political party ahead of a voting in a primary. Some Republicans argue it’s time to change that. The Alabama Republican Party will take a vote this weekend on whether to support a party...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Aug. 03, 2022 14:38 PM EDT

Dothan Eagle. August 1, 2022. Editorial: State must absorb its multimillion-dollar error Unprecedented numbers of Alabamians filed for unemployment following the arrival of COVID-19 in 2020, as the pandemic spurred layoffs and business closings across the state. Many...

Man executed despite calls from victim’s family to spare him

Jul. 28, 2022 23:23 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago was executed Thursday night despite pleas from the victim’s family to spare his life. Joe Nathan James Jr. received a lethal injection at a south Alabama prison after the U.S. Supreme...

Alabama gov: Execution set despite wishes of victim's family

Jul. 27, 2022 19:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's governor said Wednesday that she has decided the state will proceed later this week with a plan to execute a man convicted of killing his former girlfriend decades ago, overriding a plea from the victim's family to spare the man's life. Gov. Kay...

Daughters oppose upcoming execution of mother's killer

Jul. 26, 2022 17:39 PM EDT

Terryln Hall was just 6 years old when her mother, Faith, was fatally shot by a former boyfriend. Now, nearly 30 years later, Hall and her sister — along with their uncle — oppose Alabama’s plan to execute the man who killed their mother. Unless a judge or the governor...

Abortion ruling prompts variety of reactions from states

Jul. 21, 2022 16:36 PM EDT

The U.S. Supreme Court on June 24 overturned Roe v. Wade, the 1973 decision that had provided a constitutional right to abortion. The ruling was expected to lead to abortion bans in roughly half the states, although the timing of those laws taking effect varies. Some Republican-led...

Alabama court sets Sept 22 execution for 1999 triple killing

Jul. 19, 2022 18:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A mentally disturbed truck driver convicted of killing three men in a workplace shooting rampage more than two decades ago is set to be put to death on Sept. 22, the Alabama Supreme Court said Monday. The clerk's office announced the scheduled execution date...

Alabama closes bond deal to build mega-prisons

Jul. 12, 2022 18:35 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama on Tuesday closed a $509 million bond deal to help build two supersize prisons amid lawsuits by inmates bidding to block the project. The Alabama Finance Department confirmed that the bond sale, which had been approved last month, was finalized. The...

Roy Moore’s defamation suit against Baron Cohen rejected

Jul. 07, 2022 22:48 PM EDT

An appeals court on Thursday rejected a $95 million defamation lawsuit against Comedian Sacha Baron Cohen filed by former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, who said he was tricked into a television appearance that lampooned sexual misconduct accusations against him. The...