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Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  House approves sweeping bill to expand gay rights

Ala. attorney general ready to defend new abortion law in court

Alabama governor signs near-total abortion ban into law

ACLU says it will sue Ala. again, others react to passage of abortion bill

Ala. lottery bill undergoes changes in House committee

Pro-abortion rights banner flies after near-total ban passes Ala. Senate

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Alabama Senate approves near-total abortion ban

  Hands-free bill near vote in Alabama House

Former US President Jimmy Carter has surgery for broken hip

Rape, incest exceptions added to abortion bill

State Rep. John Rogers comments on abortion bill, issues in the state

  Bill covers LGBTQ community and police for hate crimes

Alabama House passes bill that would ban nearly all abortions

The Alabama House of Representatives is debating a bill that would ban nearly all abortions.

Senate committee passes bill restricting sale of vaping devices

State lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling products like vapes and e-cigarettes.

  Birmingham City Council opposes concrete plant in Five Points West community

The Birmingham City Council voted on a resolution Tuesday opposing a concrete plant that's planning to move to the Five Points West community.

House passes bill making it illegal for sheriffs to pocket jail food

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill 102 to 0 to stop sheriffs from using leftover jail food money for personal gain.

Several bills targeting human trafficking pass House committees

Lottery bill passes in Alabama Senate

  Bill would allow non-certified teachers to teach longer

Senate Judiciary committee passes Alabama medical marijuana bill

Medical marijuana bill moves to full Senate

  Birmingham City Councilor working to decriminalize marijuana

  Cullman Co. commissioners repeal recently passed half-cent sales tax

Cullman County's superintendent in shock after finding out the county commission repealed a recently passed sales tax meant to help the school district.

House passes bill allowing Rosa Parks, Helen Keller statues on State Capitol grounds

There was a standing ovation in the House chamber after lawmakers passed a bill allowing Rosa Parks and Helen Keller statues on the State Capitol grounds.

Alabama lottery bill advances to Senate

A lottery proposal is heading to the full Alabama Senate for a vote after it passed 6-5 in the Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee Tuesday.

Committee narrowly rejects concealed carry bill

A legislative committee has narrowly rejected a proposal to allow people to carry concealed handguns in public without getting a special permit

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.

Alabama lawmakers head toward lottery vote

Alabama lawmakers are heading toward a vote on lottery legislation

Although the Mueller report is out, ‘it isn’t over’ Van Susteren says

Gray Television's Greta Van Susteren says that Congress could call for their own investigations, but hopes that it's not for political gain.

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

Those efforts "were mostly unsuccessful, but that is largely because the persons who surrounded the President declined to carry out orders or accede to his requests," Mueller wrote.

Bill that would end concealed carry pistol permit requirement discussed Wednesday

The Senate Judiciary Committee had a public hearing on a bill that would rid Alabamians of a requirement to obtain a pistol permit before carrying a concealed firearm.

Alabama House passes bill requiring public schools recite pledge

A bill passed in the Alabama state house would require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited at public schools.

Bill would prevent sheriffs from profiting from jail food

Bill would prevent sheriffs from profiting from jail food, raise

Trump sanctuary city idea could help migrants stay in US

The idea to ship immigrants to Democratic strongholds was considered twice in recent months, but the White House and Department of Homeland Security said the plan had been rejected. But Trump said Friday he was still considering the idea.

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

Alabama taxpayers are still footing former Gov. Robert Bentley's legal bills.

Dozens lobby against scrapping concealed carry permit requirement

Dozens of people came to the statehouse to oppose a bill that would rid Alabamians of a requirement to obtain a pistol permit before concealed carrying a firearm.

  GBHS concerned about pet store regulation bill

There’s growing concern over a pet store regulation bill called Senate Bill 183.

State House passes bill adding restrictions to vaping devices

State lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling products like vapes and e-cigarettes.

Former state auditor candidate, deputy district attorney arrested

A former deputy district attorney and candidate for the 2018 Republican nomination for state auditor was taken into custody on multiple charges this week.

2nd woman recounts unwanted touching by Joe Biden

The allegations by multiple women could leave Biden appearing out of touch with his party as the Democratic presidential primary begins.

Lawmakers consider bill to allow medical marijuana use for some

More than 20 House lawmakers are co-sponsoring a bill to allow people with certain conditions to use cannabis, also known as medical marijuana.

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's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

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

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

Alabama Senate votes to repeal Common Core standards

The Alabama Senate has passed a bill to repeal Common Core standards.

New campaign launched to combat student debt

Picking a college or university to attend is intimidating for many, but figuring out how to pay for it could be even more overwhelming.

  Tuscaloosa girl is using her voice to change the world

Isabel Hope is a 16 year old activist from Tuscaloosa. She believes in the First Amendment and that she can make a difference in the world.

  Senate rejects Trump border emergency as Republicans defect

The Republican-run Senate rejected President Donald Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southwest border on Thursday.

  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.