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Pre-filed bill cleans up CARES Act tax issue

The first of several expected bills related to the coronavirus has been filed in the Alabama Legislature for its 2021 session.

State to shift $300M to unemployment account; more changes coming for Alabama’s $1.9B CARES Act funds

Special election announced to replace former state Sen. David Burkette

Former State Sen. David Burkette arrested

General Fund revenues dip in August, still up year-over-year

6 statewide constitutional amendments on Nov. 3 ballot

Female business leaders share advice, resources on empowering women

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  RNC 2020 ends as President Trump accepts nomination days after convention leaves Charlotte

U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville to attend President Trump’s acceptance speech

  Historic elections for Irondale and Pleasant Grove

Ala. state lawmaker charged with felony theft

State enters agreement to recruit South Korean STEM educators

Anaih Blanchard’s step father Walt Harris running for Homewood City Council

Dismukes’ required ethics report missing, says he’s working to fix

Embattled state Rep. Will Dismukes said this week he filed an annual statement of economic interests, as required by law, and is trying to straighten out why it is not yet public record.

$50M grant program to help nonprofits and faith-based organizations during pandemic

The Alabama Nonprofit Grant Program and the Alabama Faith-Based Grant Program will be awarded to eligible applicants on a first-come-first-served basis.

State job incentives expiring, but no guarantee on special session to renew

They’re described as the backbone and centerpiece of Alabama’s economic development efforts, incentives tied to some of the state’s biggest gets in recent years.

Alabama lawmaker who honored Klan leader says he’s surprised by criticism

Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes, a Republican from Prattville, says he’s surprised by the response to his recent Facebook post that showed him giving the invocation at an annual birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest.

Dismukes criticized for celebrating Klan leader

Ivey declares ‘Sweet Grown Alabama Day,’ promotes local products

Lieutenant governor says Alabama mask mandate is an ’overstep’

Absentee voting up for GOP runoffs

Ala. counties dealing with high number of absentee ballot applications during pandemic

General Fund revenue dips in June; ETF awaiting income tax payments

  Executive order creates national police misconduct database which many say is long overdue

President Trump signs an executive order Tuesday on police reform in the wake of mass protests against police brutality.

  AL Sec. of State plans to appeal ruling that would loosen absentee ballot restrictions

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he plans to appeal a federal judge ruling that would loosen restrictions on absentee ballots.

$275M in CARES funds allocated to Alabama higher education

Alabama colleges and universities are getting about $275 million directly from the federal government to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus on them and at least some of their students.

Alabama nursing homes could face fines over COVID-19 data

Alabama nursing homes will be fined if they don’t start reporting by Sunday, cases of COVID-19 and deaths among their residents

  Researcher: Mail-in voting presents some risks

Secretary of State Merrill says polling places will be stocked with hand sanitizer and poll-workers will be wearing masks and gloves.

  Sessions challenges Tuberville to debates, Tuberville: ‘Sessions is on his own’

Sessions said the voters deserve to hear the two men debate the issues in person.

Farmers Federation responds to Brooks’ radio criticism

Alabama Farmers Federation President Jimmy Parnell is responding to comments recently made by 5th District Congressman Mo Brooks regarding the organization’s advocacy efforts for trade with China.

Alabama delegation reacts to new Pelosi relief bill

Republican members of Alabama’s Congressional delegation are none too pleased with a new coronavirus relief bill pushed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, with some calling the $3 trillion plan “liberal la la land” and a “socialist wish list” that won’t pass the Senate.

Census response map shows lags as field operations restart

About 1.4 million Alabama households have turned in their 2020 census forms.

With masks and distancing, lawmakers return to changed legislative session

The coronavirus has decreased state revenues, causing the Legislature to rewrite the 2021 General Fund and education budgets with less money.

DAs look to Legislature for funding help after COVID-19

District attorneys receive about 30% of their funding from the state’s General Fund budget. The other 70% comes from various court fees and fines.

18 deaths, 85 COVID-19 cases at veterans home

All 51 veterans affairs offices across the state are undergoing assessments to see which can open Monday, May 4.

Stripped-down legislative session to resume May 4

Bare bones budgets that reflect the drop in income and sales taxes as businesses have closed in response to the coronavirus are expected.

Long list of issues fall by the wayside as virus upends session

When the new coronavirus interrupted daily life, it also upended the state’s economy and this year's regular legislative session.

  Alabama’s House Members give Gov. Ivey recommendations to reopen the economy

At the request of Governor Kay Ivey, each Member of Congress from Alabama formed working groups, with business owners, doctors, CEOs, state lawmakers, mayors and economic advisers and put together recommendations for how and when Alabama can get back to work.

  Plan shows possible path to reopening many small businesses

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth. said it's not fair for larger stores like Walmart and Target to be open while smaller retailers are made to close

Sessions targets China, calls for ‘reset’ in relationship

The outbreak of the new coronavirus has drastically altered the campaigns for Alabama's runoff elections.

Runoff election delayed to July; Political campaigns have to rethink strategy

Ivey on Wednesday said delaying the election was the best way to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus while also allowing people to exercise their right to vote.

In public health emergency, agencies make plans for vulnerable populations

As the state and local communities try to slow the spread of the coronavirus, gatherings in several counties have been halted, including at senior centers.

Alabama primary runoff election delayed as COVID-19 precaution

Gov. Kay Ivey is using powers granted to her under the Alabama Emergency Management Act of 1955 to postpone the state’s upcoming primary runoff elections.

Medical marijuana bill passes Senate

The final vote was 22 yeas and 11 nays. The legislation now goes to the House.

Prison reform bills advance

House Bill 113, “Aniah’s Law,” from Rep. Chip Brown, R-Mobile, would allow judges to deny bail to anyone arrested on violent Class A felonies. The state already denies bail in cases of capitol murder.

New poll shows Tuberville leading Sessions in Alabama U.S. Senate race

A survey conducted by Cygnal showed that if the March 31 runoff election were held today, 51.5% of voters would choose Tuberville, while 39.5% would choose Sessions. Nine percent of voters remained undecided.

Mental health bills advancing in State House

Lawmakers this week began taking action on a package of bills and resolutions related to mental health in Alabama.

Lawmakers: Schools unfairly hurt by report cards’ treatment of non-English speakers

Legislation in the State House, House Bill 294 and Senate Bill 238, would remove English language learners, identified by an assessment test, from the academic achievement score portion of the report card.

Bradley Byrne loses Republican Primary battle for US Senate seat

U.S. Senate candidate Bradley Byrne came up short in the polls on Super Tuesday.

Tuberville, Sessions heading to runoff for GOP Senate nomination

Tommy Tuberville and former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions will head to a runoff election to decide who the Republican nominee will be in the U.S. Senate race.

  Governor Ivey responds as Amendment 1 fails on Super Tuesday

Amendment one would have allowed Governor Kay Ivey to appoint state Board of Education members instead of them being elected.

  Sessions supporters happy about the early results Tuesday night

“Jeff has always wanted to make Alabama known in DC."

Statewide 5G infrastructure bill passes first vote but cities still concerned

Senate Bill 172 would mandate a request process for cities to follow when approached by wireless providers like AT&T and Verizon and sets a cap on the fees municipalities can charge companies for the use of city owned rights-of-ways.

Tommy Tubberville’s campaign optimistic about Super Tuesday turnout

Tuberville’s campaign paints him as someone who knows what it’s like to live in the “real world” and not a politician.

Super Tuesday polls are open until 7:00 p.m.

While the Democratic Primary is focused on the presidential race the Republican Primary is focused on Alabama’s U.S. Senate Primary.

Missing Democrat ballots at B’ham polling location replaced

When the East Ensley branch of the Birmingham Public Library opened at 7 a.m. it was discovered there were only Republican ballots.

Selma Jubilee events, debate draw Democratic presidential hopefuls

The historic city of Selma will host its first-ever presidential forum this weekend with several presidential candidates in attendance.

State Health Officer: State focused on coronavirus prevention, Alabamians should be aware, not afraid

The state’s top health official says Alabama is in a “prevention stance” and encourages Alabamians to prepare for this virus like they do the flu.

Legislature approves bill to slow future occupational taxes

House Bill 147, sponsored by Rep. Chris Sells, R-Greenville, limits municipalities from enacting occupational taxes by requiring any such policy to pass the Legislature as local legislation.

How to see a sample Alabama ballot ahead of the Super Tuesday primary

Voters in Alabama will head to the polls in just a few days to cast their vote for the presidential primaries and other local elections.

Frustrated lawmaker claims he got railroaded by colleagues

On Tuesday, Senator Cam Ward stood in a statehouse meeting room where he waited for a legislative committee to consider his Open Records bill.

Ban on smoking in cars with children progresses, but concern over rights remain

The Alabama House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved a bill to ban smoking tobacco and using vaping products in vehicles when children younger than 14 are present.

In the Weeds: A career of fighting has led Byrne to Senate showdown

Over a political career that has taken him from the state school board and the State Senate to the Alabama Community College System chancellor’s office and the U.S. House of Representatives, Byrne’s fights have been famous.

Bill to give voters option to end police jurisdictions passes first vote

A bill that would require counties to allow voters to decide if they want to eliminate police jurisdictions passed out of a Senate committee on Tuesday, but disagreements between representatives of counties and cities still exist.

In the Weeds: Sessions campaigns as the consistent conservative he’s always been

He campaigns to be elected back to the Senate seat he held for 20 years before leaving it to become Attorney General of the United States.

‘Alternative cover’ landfill bill moves forward; ADEM says coal ash no longer permitted material

The Alabama House of Representatives approved legislation that clarifies landfills’ ability to use materials other than dirt to cover new garbage each day.

Committee advances bill limiting occupational taxes

House Bill 147, sponsored by Rep. Chris Sells, R-Greenville, would limit municipalities from enacting occupational taxes by requiring any such policy to pass the Legislature as local legislation.

Governor Ivey signs order forming study group for gambling policy

Ivey wants the Study Group to gather information to allow the governor, the Legislature, and the citizens of our state to make an informed decision on gaming expansion in Alabama.

Grocery tax repeal bills in the State House

So far, there are several grocery tax-ending proposals in the State House.

Poll: Alabamians want lottery, many undecided on board of education amendment

Asked if they would support or oppose establishing a state lottery, 80% of those surveyed said they support it. Eleven percent were opposed it and 9% were undecided.

In Supreme Court race, most voters undecided

In the survey of likely Republican primary voters, 24% said they would vote for Shaw if the election were held today while 19% said they would vote for Ward. A full 57% of voters remain undecided in the race.

Longer summer break proposal draws opposition

Currently, many systems end their year prior to Memorial Day, but start in early August.

New Alabama poll shows tight race for U.S. Senate

According to the survey of likely Republican voters, if the election were held today, 31% would vote for former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions, 29% would choose former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville and 17% would choose Congressman Bradley Byrne.

Poarch Creek casino proposal promises $1B for Alabama

Alabama lawmakers are listening but not committing to an offer from the Poarch Creek Indians. Tribe leaders say they will funnel $1 billion to Alabama if the state allows them to add two new casinos, table games like blackjack and craps and gives the Poarch Indians exclusivity.

Ivey, Trump have high approval in new Alabama poll

In a survey conducted Feb 4-6, 64% of voters approve of the job Ivey is doing as governor while 29% disapprove. For Trump, 58% of Alabama voters approve of his performance as president while 37% disapprove.

Lawmakers pitch reserve account for General Fund

A bill filed Thursday in the Alabama Senate would create the General Fund Budget Reserve Fund.

Alabama Sec. of State John Merrill suspending his campaign for US Senate

The republican will be suspending his campaign for a US Senate seat.

Super PAC support for Republican Women in 2020

Right now, there are only 13 Republican women serving in the U.S. House, the lowest number since 1995.Republicans say they want to change that.

Leaders offer condolences to Allen Treadaway

Republicans from the Alabama House of Representatives offered their condolences on the passing of Susan Treadaway.`

Alabama representatives react to Trump impeachment inquiry vote

Here’s how Alabama’s congressional delegation reacted.

  Push for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney law

A push for change in response to the kidnapping and murder of Kamille Mckinney.