Alabama lawmakers vote to ban trans girls from female teams

The Republican-dominated Alabama Legislature gave final passage Thursday to a bill that would prohibit K-12 schools from letting a “biological male” participate on a female team.

  Alabama Legislature approved “Aniah’s Law” but family says the work is not done

Proposal in Alabama to up protection for Confederate statues

Medical marijuana clears another hurdle to becoming legal in Alabama

3rd person arrested in stolen Confederate monument case

Alabama Senate passes lottery, gaming legislation

Bill would restore voting rights for people who were once incarcerated

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Gov. Ivey: Gambling is running ‘rampant’ in Alabama

  First Lady Jill Biden visits Birmingham, tours children centers

  Senator Tommy Tuberville visits metro Birmingham, answers questions

Alabama medical marijuana bill passes another legislative hurdle

Mo Brooks receives Senate endorsement from former President Donald Trump

Committee passes bill requiring school districts create open enrollment policies

Former Walker Co. commissioner indicted

A Walker County grand jury indicted Ralph E. Williams on 12 charges of using his office for personal gain.

Bill allowing yoga in Alabama public schools stalls in committee

The bill would reverse the current ban on yoga in K-12 public schools.

Bill allowing yoga in Alabama public schools stalls in committee

The bill would reverse the current ban on yoga in K-12 public schools.

  Effort to make public records more accessible clears first legislative hurdle

Alabama’s law consistently ranks among the worst in the country in terms of accessibility to open records and government transparency.

Special primary election Senate District 14 & House District 73 statewide results

Ivey: Biden request will not change mask mandate end

Ala. AG joins 12 states filing suit to stop suspension on new oil and gas drilling on federal lands

Rep. Terri Sewell decides against Alabama Senate seat run

Rep. Mo Brooks announces run for U.S. Senate

Alabama House approves curbside voting ban

Alabama House approves bill to ban transgender athletes

Alabama could become the next conservative state to prevent transgender girls from playing on female sports teams.

Ala Attorney General joins 20 states in filing suit to block Biden’s plan to revoke Keystone XL Pipeline permit

The multistate lawsuit led by Montana and Texas was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.

Alabama Senate debates bill to add lawmaker input during public health emergencies

Alabama senators debated a bill to limit some of the governor’s power during a public health emergency.

Alabama senate fails to pass gambling bill

The bill failed 19-13 in the Senate.

Committee slows controversial bill increasing penalties for rioters

Protesters lined up outside the Alabama State House to speak out against the bill. Several also spoke out during the bill’s public hearing.

Lawsuit filed against Alabama Sen. Del Marsh over gambling bill

A lawsuit was filed Monday against Alabama Sen. Del Marsh.

Both Alabama Senators Tuberville, Shelby vote against COVID relief bill

As Senate passed the $1.9 trillion COVID relief bill Saturday morning, Alabama Senators Tommy Tuberville and Richard Shelby are explaining why they voted against it.

  ‘I love my hair because it’s expressive’: The move behind the CROWN Act in Alabama

At issue? Hair discrimination, a form of social injustice targeting those with afro-textured hair.

  After re-election, Mayor Maddox reflects on upcoming 10-year anniversary of April 27th tornado

After winning re-election Tuesday night, Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox reflected on the upcoming 10-year anniversary of the unforgettable April 27th tornado.

Trial date set for suspended Lee Co District Attorney charged with 7 felony counts

Hughes was arraigned on seven felony counts during a hearing Wednesday, where he pleaded not guilty to five ethics violations, conspiracy to commit theft and perjury.

  Alabama Senate passes bill banning transgender treatments for minors

Senate Bill 10, called the Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, passed 23-4 Tuesday afternoon. It now goes to the House.

Wahl elected chairman of Alabama Republican Party

John Wahl has been elected as the new chairman of the Alabama Republican Party.

Talladega College President to introduce U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris at UNCF gala

The 2021 gala will be presented virtually because of COVID-19 restrictions.

‘You’ll be surprised’ by medical marijuana bill’s support, lawmaker says

The bill would allow people with qualifying medical conditions to receive a medical cannabis card authorizing them to use medical marijuana.

  Chief: Capitol assault much bigger than intel suggested

Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman denied that law enforcement failed to take seriously warnings of violence before the Jan. 6 insurrection.

Legislation would protect and expand military bases in Alabama

The legislative package, which was produced by the Alabama Military Stability Commission, has already passed the State Senate.

Alabama lottery, casino vote delayed for at least 2 weeks

The sponsor, Sen. Del Marsh, said he delayed the vote in order to work on the proposal over the next two weeks.

Alcohol delivery bill draws controversy over exclusion of breweries, wineries and distilleries

Home delivery of alcohol is now one step closer thanks to a bill lawmakers are currently debating this legislative session, but not everyone is rejoicing with the possibility. Some local groups report they were left out of consideration.

State Rep. sponsors bill to increase penalties for rioters, protections for first responders

State Rep. Allen Treadaway (R - Morris) said he is introducing legislation which will create new crimes and penalties for people who incite or participate in riots and also provide additional protections for police officers and other first responders.

Ala. Secretary of State co-chairs Republican commission on elections

The commission, co-chaired by Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill and Michigan State Senator Ruth Johnson, has started identifying best practices nationwide.

Money from lottery proposal could help with teacher shortage

Some state lawmakers hope money from a lottery proposal would encourage more teachers to work in Alabama.

’Unsmiling political hack’ -- Trump slams McConnell in new statement

President Donald Trump on Tuesday slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., in a blistering new statement, calling the longtime senator a “political hack” who “doesn’t have what it takes.”

Lanett mayor arrested on 3 charges of using office for personal gain

An east Alabama mayor has been arrested and charged with three felony counts of using his office for personal gain, according to Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshal’s office.

Alabama House lawmakers could take up Confederate memorial bills

House lawmakers could debate bills regarding Confederate monuments when they return to Montgomery next week.

Home delivery of alcohol bill passes in Alabama Senate

On Thursday, the Alabama Senate passed Senate Bill 126, which would allow home delivery of alcohol.

Bill exempting COVID-19 relief funds from state taxation heads to Gov. Ivey

A bill that makes Alabamians’ COVID-19 relief funds exempt from being taxed by the state has cleared its final hurdle on its way to the governor’s office for approval.

Gambling bill moves to full Alabama Senate for debate

A new gambling bill unanimously passed out of a Senate committee Wednesday and will now move on to the full Alabama Senate for debate.

Ala. bill banning treatments for transgender kids passes Senate committee

The bill would not allow a minor to take medication or have a procedure done to change their gender.

Bill filed to allow Alabamians to vote on lottery, expanding gaming

Alabama Sen. Del Marsh filed a gambling bill Tuesday night.

Sen. Richard Shelby confirms he won’t seek re-election

Sen. Richard Shelby is not seeking re-election

Biden’s dilemma in virus aid fight: Go big or go bipartisan

The president’s bipartisan bona fides have been a defining feature of his long political career.

Lawmakers fast track COVID-19 liability protection bill

Republican Sen. Arthur Orr has said that the bill would give protection to companies, churches and other entities from virus-related claims only if they were following appropriate precautions.

Tuberville named to 4 powerful Senate committees

Freshman U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., has been named to four powerful Senate committees including the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Alabama lawmaker in quarantine after positive COVID-19 test

Alabama’s legislature was gaveled into session Tuesday, but at least one lawmaker wasn’t there to take part in the opening day events.

Alabama Senate announces new leadership, committee assignments

Lawmakers began this year’s session by announcing some new leaders.

Former Birmingham Mayor William Bell to run for office again

Bell served as Birmingham’s mayor from 2010 to 2017.

Report: Ohio lawmakers to introduce bill creating “President Donald J. Trump Day”

The honorary holiday would fall on Flag Day.

Ivey to sign 2 mega-prison lease agreements, possibly Monday

The pending lease approvals come months after Ivey and Alabama Department of Corrections released the names of the developer teams that would build three proposed new mega-prisons.

Former Alabama senator joining CNN as commentator

Former Alabama Sen. Doug Jones is moving on from elective office to become a political commentator on cable television.

Will there be relief for private student loan borrowers?

Private student loans represent about 8% of total education debt.

Vermont Sen. Patrick Leahy returns home after hospital visit

Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont was taken to the hospital for observation “out of an abundance of caution” after being examined by Congress’ attending physician.

First Biden-Putin call shows both cautious on big concerns

President Joe Biden has looked to establish a sharp break from the warm rhetoric often displayed toward Vladimir Putin by his predecessor, Donald Trump.

Biden orders end of federally run private prisons

Throughout his campaign and transition, President Joe Biden promised that his administration would keep issues of equity in the shaping of all policy considerations.

  HICA SAYS Biden Immigration Plan Could Help Alabama

The Biden administration’s effort to overhaul immigration laws and include a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people would be “transformative” for Birmingham and Alabama according to one Birmingham-area advocate.

Biden orders review of domestic extremism threat in US

FBI Director Chris Wray has said that, over the last year, the most lethal violence has come from anti-government activists, such as anarchists and militia-types.

  6 in 10 older Americans don’t know how to get vaccine

About 6 in 10 older Americans don’t know when or where to get a COVID-19 vaccine, study finds.

President Biden says Trump’s letter to him was ‘very generous’

President Joe Biden is saying that a letter left to him by Donald Trump was “very generous.”

  You should still wear a mask after your get the vaccine

Yes people are lining up to get their vaccine shots. Still, a top public health doctor says that does not mean you can get rid of your face mask after one or even two shots.

  Bomb threat called into Supreme Court, all-clear given

The all-clear has been given after the U.S. Supreme Court received a bomb threat on Inauguration Day.

  Security threat, pandemic affecting inauguration attendance in Alabama delegation

A heightened security risk in Washington, D.C. and a deadly pandemic forced the festivities on Inauguration Day to change. The changes had an impact on attendance for the Alabama delegation.

Former Alabama lawmaker Ed Henry receives last minute Presidential pardon

Former Hartselle lawmaker Ed Henry pled guilty to federal charges in 2019

  ADPH responds after 4 Alabama senators release letter on COVID-19 vaccine distribution issues

Senators Jim McClendon, Greg Albritton, Tom Whatley and Randy Price released the letter.

President Trump releases farewell address

President Donald Trump released his farewell address on YouTube Tuesday afternoon.

Birmingham Mayor’s Race: Who’s in right now

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin will face off against at least two candidates in his run for re-election in August 2021.

  Some downtown Montgomery streets closing for possible protests

Montgomery officials say select downtown streets will close in response to protests planned in capital cities across the country ahead of Inauguration Day.

  Congress could punish, expel its own members following deadly riot

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) is calling for a pair of the president’s congressional allies to step down with years left in their terms, or be forced out.

Alabama lawmakers react to President Trump’s impeachment

Alabama Congressional lawmakers responded to the impeachment and their votes.

’I unequivocally condemn the violence we saw last week’: White House tweets new video message from Pres. Trump

The White House tweeted a new video message from President Donald Trump condemning the violence and the mob riot that took place at the U.S. Capitol January 6.