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Roy Moore suing Gov. Ivey, state health officer over COVID-19 restrictions

The Foundation for Moral Law and Roy Moore filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging the constitutionality of Alabama’s state health orders related to COVID-19, the foundation announced.

  Alabama preparing for record-breaking absentee voting

Former state Sen. David Burkette receives suspended jail sentence

Mike Hubbard asks judge to re-sentence his conviction

‘Landmark district’ fight in south Alabama has statewide implications

Former Ala. House Speaker Mike Hubbard turns himself in for prison sentence

Alabama Technology Network brings in $1.25 billion in economic impact

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

Effort expands to get those with mental illnesses out of jails

Henry’s federal lawsuit against AG enters fourth year

State Sen. David Burkette resigns

Attorney General’s Office says Mike Hubbard must report to jail within 15 days

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

  Anniston City Council candidate arrested, says it’s part of smear campaign

39-year-old Daniel Hughes bonded out quickly from the Calhoun County Jail, on a charge that he trespassed on someone’s property to replace a campaign sign.Hughes says he had written permission to be on the property, and specifically even to replace the sign.

Merrill urges Alabama voters to submit absentee applications as soon as possible

Even though the USPS warned states across the nation on Friday that they cannot guarantee that all ballots cast by mail for the November election will arrive in time to be counted, Merrill says that if Alabamians’ ballots don’t get counted in time, it will be their own fault.

Judge tosses suit challenging governor’s mask order

The lawsuit contends the mask order was illegally adopted and that plaintiffs face deprivation of liberty anytime they interact with others.

State leaders concerned about possible funding match for extended unemployment benefits

States this week are awaiting further federal guidance on the order, including whether previously-distributed coronavirus relief money could be used to pay their $100 per-person, per-week matches.

Alabama requests to host a presidential debate

Ala. state lawmaker charged with felony theft

  Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes turns himself in on theft warrant

Despite COVID-19, flat income tax collections, state’s budgets expected to end year up

Ala. state senator hospitalized with COVID-19 now on ventilator

Appeals court allows Alabama voter ID law to go forward

Election officials use lessons from runoff to plan for November

With the November general election looming, Alabama officials are looking at last week's primary runoff for insights on how to safely run polling sites amid predicted larger voter turnout in what is likely to still be a health emergency.

  Former football coach, U.S. Senator face off for Alabama Senate seat

Former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate Tuesday and will face current Democratic Senator Doug Jones in the general election.

  Tuberville declared winner in bid to face Senator Doug Jones on November ballot

Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions Tuesday in the GOP primary runoff election.

Senator Doug Jones responds to results of Alabama GOP primary runoff

Senator Doug Jones released a statement Tuesday evening after the results of Alabama’s GOP primary runoff were determined.

Al. Rep Ronald Johnson, longest serving member of the house, dies at age 76

Johnson held the District 33 seat that includes portions of Clay, Coosa, and Talladega counties for more than 40 years making him the longest continuously serving member of the House.

Stacy Column: Absentees and outside groups factor big in runoffs

As of Monday, more than 26,514 voters had returned absentee ballots out of 43,693 who requested them.

But first, take a selfie at the polls

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill said he wants to remind voters they can take a selfie with their ballot at the polls Tuesday.

Funeral plans announced for longtime Clanton mayor

Billy Joe Driver, 84, was born on Nov. 16, 1935 in Clanton and spent a half-century serving his community in multiple roles.

U.S. Attorney Jay Town is resigning from the Department of Justice

“After much thoughtful prayer and great personal consideration, I have made the decision to resign as the United States Attorney of the Northern District of Alabama."

Lawmakers press agencies for answers on budgets, prisons, broadband

Gov. Kay Ivey originally proposed a 2021 General Fund budget of $2.56 billion, but after the virus outbreak hit, lawmakers pared it to $2.39 billion, still a record amount.

Alabama warns election officials against Tuesday mask requirement

While Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill and Attorney General Steve Marshall strongly urge people to use masks, they say state law does not require it in order to vote.

Absentee voting up for GOP runoffs

Turnout in next week’s primary runoff election is expected to be lower than the March 3 primary, but more Alabamians have already submitted absentee ballots for the Tuesday contests than did in March.

OP-ED: Alabama Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton: Leadership is Being Constant to Something Greater Than Yourself

This is an OP-ED piece by Alabama Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton.

Marsh sends internet spending request to Ivey

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh on Tuesday sent Gov. Kay Ivey a proposal to spend $300 million in federal coronavirus relief money on internet connectivity in the state.

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

Alabama counties are trying to process a high number of absentee ballot applications before the primary runoff election Tuesday.

Alabama Secretary of State releases sample runoff election ballots

Secretary of State John Merrill released sample ballots for each county in the state of Alabama

As health order extends, lawmakers want some authority

Separate from the laws that allowed the previous orders, the extension Ivey announced Tuesday that runs through July is a proclamation allowed under the state’s Emergency Management Act, a law that gives the governor broad powers to address various disasters.

Gov. Ivey appoints judge to Jeffco seat once held by retired Judge Alan King

The appointment is effective immediately.

Conversations begin on Alabama’s police policies, training

Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said he and other Democratic Caucus members are working on multiple pieces of police reform legislation.

Early Trump supporter Barry Moore didn’t vote in 2016 primary; says he should have voted absentee

In his recent campaigns for Congress, former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, has frequently touted his claim of being Alabama’s first elected official to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president. But the first time Trump was on the ballot in the competitive 2016 presidential primary, Moore

Surveys for Senate seat show mixed results

Two recent surveys testing the Alabama Senate race show some mixed results, but generally positive signs for former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.

Report: Alabama law enforcement seized $4.8M in 2019; lawmaker wants more information

The report does not include information on how much of that forfeited money, or other property, was taken from people who were not charged or convicted of crimes. In 2019, some lawmakers pushed to stop the state’s use of forfeitures without convictions.

Federal judge says Alabama can’t forbid curbside voting

The judge lifted a statewide prohibition on curbside voting at in-person polling locations.

Alabama Medicaid increases 2% in 2019

Alabama’s unemployment rate steadily decreased amid a booming economy last year, but the number of people receiving health care through Medicaid in Alabama grew in 2019.

Merrill says Ala. prepared for July runoff after ‘unfortunate’ Ga. primary

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says we’re prepared for July’s runoff election, despite concerns over the chaotic experience in Georgia Tuesday.

A look into where Alabama’s $3.7 billion coronavirus relief money went

The rest of the funds were mostly made available directly to state agencies through existing programs in order to address pressing needs at the beginning of the pandemic.

New poll shows Sessions closing gap with Tuberville

A survey conducted on behalf of the Sessions campaign shows the former U.S. Attorney General trailing the former Auburn football coach 43% to 49% in a ballot test among likely Republican voters.

  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.

Opinions vary on possible special session, but outstanding issues are plenty

Some Senate leaders, frustrated by the final days of the condensed session, say they don't see a reason to return to Montgomery this year. But others said there is business left to handle.

Stacy Column: Bright spots in the budgets, Part One

Op-Ed piece on Alabama's budgets.

As prison project moves forward, lawmakers still have questions

The three prisons will replace most of the smaller existing facilities around the state.

Lawmakers approve Ivey’s $1.8B coronavirus spending plan

These funds would only be spent on necessary and appropriate expenditures, with any unspent money going back to the U.S. Treasury.

Special Election dates set for House District 49

Governor Ivey set the special primary election for Tuesday, August 4, 2020.

Legislature accepts Ivey’s amendment on use of $1.8B in COVID-19 funds

Alabama lawmakers are meeting for the final day of the legislative session.

Op/Ed political cartoon on the Del Marsh/CARES Act issue

The state of Alabama is in line to get a big, fat coronavirus check from the federal government, which should come in handy to alleviate at least some of the pain caused by the pandemic.

Rep. April Weaver resigns to join Trump administration

Weaver was first elected to the Alabama House of Representatives in November of 2010.

Stacy Column: Still time to work together

There’s an old proverb that says, “When elephants fight, it’s the grass that suffers.”

Ivey gives control of coronavirus funds to lawmakers, chides Legislature for spending ‘wishlist’

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, R-Anniston, said in response that he appreciates Ivey “adhering to the Alabama Constitution on how taxpayer dollars are appropriated.”

Push for no-excuse absentee voting likely going nowhere

Alabamians go to the polls July 14 for primary runoffs. The election date was delayed in March because of concerns about the coronavirus outbreak.

Senate passes General Fund budget, stakes domain over coronavirus funds

The fiscal year 2021 budget, which pays for non-education state agencies and services, contains $167 million more than the current fiscal year, but less than the record levels projected before the coronavirus outbreak impacted the state's economy.

Democratic leader argues waiting on passing state budgets

The House and Senate are scheduled to reconvene on Monday with the sole purpose of passing local legislation and the state’s two budgets, the General Fund and the Education Trust Fund.

Business Small Business Loans site crashes amid flood of new PPP applications

Alabama bankers couldn’t access the federal Paycheck Protection Program application site on Monday so that small businesses hurt by the coronavirus could apply for the loans.

Coronavirus-adjusted General Fund budget in committee Tuesday

Legislative leaders late last week said their session, on pause since mid-March because of the coronavirus, would resume May 4.

Legislative session now on hold until May 4

Concerns about the coronavirus will keep lawmakers out of the State House another week.

Alabama congressional delegation sends reopening suggestions to Ivey

Reps. Bradley Byrne, a Republican from Mobile, and Robert Aderholt, a Republican from Haleyville, recommend reopening parts of the economy with a start date of May 1.

AG: Hundreds report coronavirus-related price gouging

More than 600 individual complaints of price gouging were reported to the Alabama Attorney General between mid-March and late last week.

Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

The program, which ran out of money Thursday, provided loans at ultra-low interest rates to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to incentivize them to keep staff on payroll or rehire workers who have already been laid off as a result of the virus outbreak.

In 10 years since oil spill, lessons for coronavirus response

The size and scope of the coronavirus outbreak as well as the life and death stakes dwarf the oil spill by comparison. But, there are interesting parallels that perhaps offer some hope as to how it all ends.

Rogers: Proxy voting would invite ‘all kinds of mischief’

On a conference call with reporters, U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers, a Republican from Anniston, said he was "very much opposed" to a proxy voting plan because of security concerns.

New coalition pushes for Medicaid expansion, Republicans remain reluctant

Gov. Kay Ivey said on Tuesday she is aware of the interest in expanding Medicaid but the issue of figuring out where the state’s share of funding, estimated to be about $250 million per year, would come from.

Byrne to SBA: More help, clarity needed for small businesses

In March, the SBA began allowing states to apply for the EIDL. The loan program helps qualified businesses and non-profit organizations recover from economic losses tied to the abrupt economic downturn triggered by the COVID-19 disease and efforts to stop its spread.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama continues to waive costs for those who need COVID-19 treatment

On March 1, Blue Cross started waiving all member cost-sharing for coronavirus diagnostic testing, treatments and any in-person medical facility visit for members.

Sessions targets China, calls for ‘reset’ in relationship

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

Alabama unemployment claims reach historic levels

Many jobs have been affected by the coronavirus.

Resumption of parole hearings being considered

At least one lawmaker and criminal justice advocates think parole hearings need to continue in order to mitigate the possible outbreak of COVID-19 in prisons and they argue a health order from Gov. Kay Ivey would allow parole hearings to continue virtually.

Prison construction proposal deadline extended, 2 developers remain

ADOC Commissioner Dunn said the threat of the new coronavirus has only further demonstrated the need to build new prisons quickly.

As grocery stores serve essential need, capacity limits and safety measures added

Grocery retailers are implementing new safety measures and limiting the number of people inside their stores in an effort to keep employees and customers safe from the novel coronavirus.