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  New bill could help ease Alabama’s nursing shortage

The Alabama Board of Nursing says employers find it difficult to hire travel or temporary nurses because many are unwilling to get another license. That could soon change.

  Trump tried to choke Russia probe, oust Mueller, report says; president claims it shows no collusion or obstruction

Bill that would end concealed carry pistol permit requirement discussed Wednesday

Alabama House passes bill requiring public schools recite pledge

Bill would prevent sheriffs from profiting from jail food

  Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

  Alabama continues to pay former Gov. Bentley’s legal bills

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  Dozens lobby against scrapping concealed carry permit requirement

  GBHS concerned about pet store regulation bill

  State House passes bill adding restrictions to vaping devices

Former state auditor candidate, deputy district attorney arrested

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

  Lawmakers consider bill to allow medical marijuana use for some

  AL leaders react to death of state Rep. Dimitri Polizos

Alabama leaders are reacting to the news of the death of state Rep. Dimitri Polizos, R-Montgomery.

  Proposed ‘anti road rage’ bill would help clarify left lane driving

A bill making its way through the Alabama legislature would make it illegal to drive in the left lane longer than 1.5 miles without completely passing another vehicle.

  Proposed AL bill encourages nurses to work in rural areas

Healthcare facilities struggle to attract nurses to rural areas, but one proposed bill could help bring more experienced nurse practitioners to those facing a healthcare professional shortage.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

  Alabama Senate votes to repeal Common Core standards

New campaign launched to combat student debt

  Tuscaloosa girl is using her voice to change the world

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

  Beto O’Rourke enters 2020 race attempting bipartisan appeal

Weeks of teasing an announcement are behind him, but O'Rourke now must prove whether the energy he brought to the Texas campaign will resonate on a much larger stage.

With Ivey’s signature, AL raises fuel taxes for first time since 1990s

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Tuesday afternoon that will raise the state’s fuel tax rate for the first time since the early 1990s.

Pelosi: Impeaching Trump ‘just not worth it’

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is setting a high bar for impeachment of President Donald Trump, saying he is “just not worth it” even as some on her left flank clamor to start proceedings.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Trump’s latest budget ignores deficits that have driven U.S. debt above $22 trillion

Treasury Department figures show a 77 percent spike in the deficit over the first four months of the budget year, driven by falling revenues and steady growth in spending.

  Manafort sentenced to nearly 4 years in prison

He was convicted in August of eight felony counts for tax fraud and other financial crimes and faced up to 24 years in prison.

Committee passes 10-cent gas tax increase and heads to House for debate

Gov. Kay Ivey’s infrastructure package, including a 10-cent gas tax increase, unanimously passed through the House Transportation Utilities and Infrastructure Committee.

  North Korea said to be rebuilding structures at rocket site

Dismantling parts of the long-range rocket launch facility was among several steps North Korea took last year amid diplomatic talks with the United States and South Korea.

Trump pushed staff to give Ivanka Trump security clearance, report says

President Donald Trump tried to pressure top aides to approve a security clearance for his daughter Ivanka Trump, according to a CNN report.

Gov. Ivey calls special session focused on gas tax

Following her State of the State address Tuesday night, Gov. Kay Ivey called a special session focused on her proposed gas tax.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

Ex-acting AG Matthew Whitaker leaves Justice Department

Whitaker was replaced last month when William Barr was confirmed as attorney general. He became a counselor in the associate attorney general's office.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

  Sanders returns to NY roots, says he can defeat Trump

Bernie Sanders kicked off his presidential campaign Saturday miles from the rent-controlled apartment where he grew up in Brooklyn and forcefully made the case that he is nothing like fellow New Yorker Donald Trump.

Report: Infrastructure neglect endangering safety of Alabamians

Gov. Kay Ivey held a press conference with supporters of her Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan Friday and unveiled a new report from the Association of County Commissions of Alabama.

Bill would require human trafficking training for AL law enforcement

“Often times there are men, women and children that someone may have felt they were prostitutes when actually those are human trafficking victims," said bill sponsor Merika Coleman.

Senate confirms acting EPA chief for permanent role

The Senate on Thursday confirmed former coal industry lobbyist Andrew Wheeler to lead the Environmental Protection Agency.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.

  Michael Cohen casts Trump as a ‘conman’ who directed lies and cover-ups

Michael Cohen begins a three-year prison sentence in May after he pleaded guilty to lying to Congress in 2017 and committing campaign finance violations while he was working for Trump.

AL governor calls for 10-cent gas tax increase

The location for the governor's introduction of the Rebuild Alabama Infrastructure Plan was not chosen at random.

Cohen says he will tell ‘my story’ in public hearing

President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, said Tuesday that the American people can decide "exactly who is telling the truth" when he testifies Wednesday to the House Oversight and Reform committee.

House OKs Democrats’ bill blocking Trump emergency on wall

Democrats ignored a veto threat and rammed legislation through the House Tuesday that would stymie President Donald Trump’s bid for billions of extra dollars for his border wall.

Trump, Kim facing big issues after big welcome in Hanoi

Although many experts are skeptical Kim will give up the nuclear weapons he likely sees as his best guarantee of continued rule, there was a palpable, carnival-like excitement among many in Hanoi as the final preparations were made for the meeting.

  Etowah Co lawmaker says lack of bridge may affect whether he votes for gas tax

A state lawmaker from Etowah County says he may not vote for Governor Ivey's proposed gas tax.

  Democrats prepare resolution against Trump’s declaration

Democrats and some Republicans say there is no emergency at the border. They say Trump is improperly declaring one to work around Congress' rejection of the higher funds for the wall.

House Democrats’ measure blocking Trump emergency declaration coming Friday

House Democrats will file a resolution Friday aimed at blocking the national emergency declaration that President Donald Trump has issued to help finance his wall along the Southwest border.

  Trump says he has ‘absolute right’ to declare emergency

President Donald Trump declared Tuesday that he would prevail over a multistate lawsuit challenging his emergency declaration to pay for a U.S.-Mexico border wall.

Boy raises money for border wall with hot chocolate stand

The 7-year-old’s parents say the mixed reaction to the stand has only “fired him up,” and despite criticism, he’s glad his efforts have made some people happy.

Paul Manafort faces more than 19 years in prison, court filing says

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort could spend more than 19 years in prison on tax and bank fraud charges.

NJ attorney general subpoenas Trump’s inaugural committee

President Donald Trump’s inaugural committee received a sweeping request for financial records this week from prosecutors in New Jersey.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders says special counsel’s team interviewed her

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has been interviewed as part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation.

Supreme Court to decide if 2020 census can ask about citizenship

A lower court blocked the Trump administration from adding the question to the 2020 Census.

  Senate and House pass funding bill; Trump is prepared to sign, will also declare border emergency, McConnell says

President Donald Trump has indicated he's prepared to sign the government funding bill and issue a national emergency on the border.

Alabama Democratic Party ordered to hold new election for chair, vice chair

The Democratic National Committee has ordered the Alabama Democratic Party to hold a new election for its chairman and vice chairman positions in the next 90 days.

Bill would scrap AL concealed carry permit requirement

State Senator Gerald Allen says Alabamians have a Constitutional right to carry without having to register with their local sheriff’s office.

In House’s Yemen vote, Congress reasserts war-making powers

Lawmakers in both parties are increasingly uneasy over the humanitarian crisis in Yemen and skeptical of the U.S. partnership with the Saudi-led coalition, especially in light of Saudi Arabia's role in the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the royal family.

  Unhappy with budget deal, Trump still doesn’t expect a new shutdown

President Trump is expected to grudgingly accept the agreement, which would avert another government shutdown and give him what Republicans have been describing as a "down payment" on his signature campaign pledge.

Judge finds Manafort lied to investigators in Russia probe

A federal judge has found that Paul Manafort intentionally lied to investigators and a federal grand jury in the Russia probe.

FEMA head Brock Long, investigated over vehicle use, resigns

The head of the Federal Emergency Management Agency resigned Wednesday after a two-year tenure in which he managed the response to historic wildfires and major hurricanes but was dogged by questions over his use of government vehicles.

  Trump and O’Rourke go head-to-head over border wall in El Paso, TX

Standing in a packed stadium under a giant American flag and banners saying "FINISH THE WALL," Trump vowed to fulfill his 2016 campaign promise regardless of what happens in Congress.

  Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar the latest to join crowded 2020 Democrat field

Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota has drawn support from voters in urban, suburban and rural areas, including in dozens of counties Trump won in 2016

Trump plays on immigration myths

Trump managed to accuse immigrants in the country illegally of stealing jobs from American workers, while declaring that the country needs more immigrants because of its economic boom. This argument rested on a series of false stereotypes.

Growing group of Senate Democrats eye 2020 presidential race

As many as nine Senate Democrats could potentially run for higher office in the next election, including four who have already announced and one who may do so this weekend.

  Senate panel approves Trump’s attorney general nominee

The Senate Judiciary Committee approved William Barr’s nomination for attorney general along party lines Thursday, with Republicans praising his credentials and Democrats questioning how transparent he’ll be once special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation concludes.

Russian official: Another nuclear pact with US in trouble

The U.S. has shown "no readiness or desire" to engage in substantive talks on extending the pact, which limits each country to no more than 1,550 deployed nuclear warheads and 700 deployed missiles and bombers, according to a Russian official.

Unbowed by Trump, Democrats charge ahead with investigations

The chairman of the House intelligence committee, Rep. Adam Schiff, announced a broad new investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and President Donald Trump's foreign financial interests.

AP Source: Former Michigan Rep. John Dingell in hospice care

Former Rep. John Dingell, the longest-serving member of Congress in American history, is receiving hospice care, a person familiar with the situation said Wednesday.

  Trump calls for bipartisanship, a hard line on immigration in State of the Union address

The president ticked through a litany of issues with crossover appeal, including boosting infrastructure, lowering prescription drug costs and combating childhood cancer, but he also appealed to his political base with his harsh rhetoric on immigration.

Trump touts ‘good’ relationship with North Korea’s Kim in State of the Union

The aim of the summit is to continue working toward peace and denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula.

  Trump touts economy, warns of border danger in State of the Union; Abrams says ‘we owe more’ to working class in Dem. response

Pres. Donald Trump presented an optimistic vision of the nation, saying "our country is vibrant and our economy is thriving like never before."

  White House: ‘Hysteria’ over Trump fuels inaugural committee probe

Federal prosecutors in New York issued the subpoena on Monday, furthering a federal inquiry into a fund that has faced mounting scrutiny into how it raised and spent its money.

Federal prosecutors subpoena Trump’s inaugural committee

A spokeswoman says the committee intends to cooperate with the inquiry. She said the committee received the subpoena late Monday and was reviewing it.

Trump spends majority of workday in unstructured ‘executive time,’ report says

“Executive Time” is a period during the day that he uses to watch TV, make phone calls and hold meetings. According to his leaked agendas, since the midterms, he spends most of his time doing these things and far less time on policy planning, legislative strategy and video recordings.

Trump campaign takes steps to prevent a re-election challenge within GOP

The initiative has been an intense focus in recent weeks and includes taking steps to change state party rules, crowd out potential rivals and quell any early signs of opposition that could embarrass the president.