WASHINGTON (AP) - Democratic Sen.-elect Doug Jones of Alabama is insisting to both parties in politically divided Washington that he'll leave "all the options on the table" when it comes to his votes next year on issues from immigration to infrastructure. Jones was the first Democrat elected to the Senate from strongly Republican Alabama in 25 years.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - One of Alabama's largest counties is offering safety awareness training to local churches in the wake of several deadly shootings at places of worship across the nation. Al.com reports that the training is being offered by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. A similar program by the Cullman County Sheriff's Office last month drew about 1,000 people, prompting organizers to move it to a larger venue.
AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - An Alabama group memorializing lynchings nationwide has installed its first plaque in Texas, marking the deaths more than 120 years ago of two African-American men and a woman in Central Texas. About 250 people attended a dedication at the 152-year-old Wesley United Methodist Church in East Austin to remember the August 1894 slayings prompted by the death of a child being cared for by the woman victim.
ATLANTA (AP) - Conservative Alabama has elected a Democrat who supports abortion rights. Some may think Doug Jones' upset win over Roy Moore is a one-off against a Republican accused of molesting teen girls. But exit polls showed Jones drew important crossover votes from Republicans who oppose abortion rights. That has Democrats and Republicans agreeing that abortion may take a backseat to other issues in 2018 midterm elections, particularly in places less conservative than Alabama.
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