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#Alabama


14/06/2019

CDC director praises Alabama HIV clinic ahead of campaign

As the federal government prepares to launch an ambitious initiative to end the HIV epidemic, the director of the Centers for Disease Control on Friday applauded an Alabama HIV clinic's commitment to providing health services to rural communities. Director Robert Redfield met with state public health officials and toured the Medical Advocacy & Outreach clinic in Montgomery to begin laying the groundwork for the decade-long federal campaign. HIV is the virus that causes AIDS. Alabama is one of seven states the federal government is planning to target with additional expertise, resources and technology for its relatively high rate of new...
05/06/2019

Alabama bill: Chemical castration for some sex offenders

Some sex offenders in Alabama could be chemically castrated before being released on parole, under a bill approved by state lawmakers. Lawmakers gave final approval to the bill last week and sent it to Gov. Kay Ivey. Chemical castration involves taking medication that blocks testosterone production in order to decrease the person's sex drive. At least eight states allow the procedure — including California, Florida and Texas— but it is unclear how often it is used. The Alabama bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Steve Hurst, would require sex offenders whose crimes involved children younger than 13 to receive the medication...
31/05/2019

The Latest: Alabama inmate executed for killing preacher

The Latest on the scheduled execution of an Alabama inmate (all times local): 7:35 p.m. A man convicted of using a sword and knife to kill a country preacher during a robbery has been executed in Alabama, weeks after he was initially scheduled to die. Christopher Lee Price was killed by lethal injection on Thursday night. The 46-year-old Price was nearly put to death in April before an execution warrant expired. He had sought a stay from the U.S. Supreme Court based on a challenge to Alabama's method of using three drugs during lethal injections. Price was convicted of killing...

30/05/2019

Court refuses to block Alabama execution set for Thursday

A federal appeals court is refusing to block Alabama's bid to execute an inmate convicted of killing a country preacher with a sword. The 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals on Wednesday refused a stay requested by 46-year-old Christopher Lee Price. He's set to die by lethal injection Thursday night. The court says an earlier Supreme Court decision prevents a delay for Price, who is challenging Alabama's lethal injection methods. Price's attorney, Jonathan Ference-Burke, says they will ask the Supreme Court to review the case. They say there is no reason the state needs to cut off judicial review by rushing...
28/05/2019

Sentencing set for Alabama man in $2M scam

A man who pleaded guilty to federal charges in a $2 million scam that sucked in an Alabama town is due in state court to face additional counts. Records show Kyle Sandler has signed papers showing he plans to plead guilty Tuesday to a state theft charge involving more than $2,500 that was taken from a bank. A federal judge already has sentenced Sander to a more than five-year term, and the state case will resolve criminal charges against the man. Sandler founded a business called The Round House in 2014 and lured in dozens of investors. Sandler portrayed himself...
23/05/2019

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday. Remains of the Gulf schooner Clotilda were identified and verified near Mobile after months of assessment, a statement by the Alabama Historical Commission said. The wooden vessel was scuttled the year before the Civil War to hide evidence of its illegal trip and hasn't been seen since. "The discovery of the Clotilda is an extraordinary archaeological find," said Lisa Demetropoulos Jones, executive director of the commission....

22/05/2019

Motown legend has Alabama lawmakers 'Dancing in the Street'

When Motown legend Martha Reeves sings her 1964 hit "Dancing in the Street" in the Alabama House of Representatives, let the record show that lawmakers feel compelled to sing along. Reeves, a native of Eufaula, Alabama, led lawmakers in song Wednesday. The lead singer of the R&B group Martha & The Vandellas was in town to receive the Distinguished Artists Award by the Alabama State Council on the Arts at an event later in the day. She told the legislators that she's thrilled to be back in her home state. After singing "The Lord's Prayer," Reeves was persuaded to give...
22/05/2019

Abortion opponents savor victory in Alabama rally

Abortions opponents held a rally at the Alabama Capitol, savoring victory as Alabama and other states seek stringent abortion bans. Kristan Hawkins of Students for Life of America said the Wednesday rally was to celebrate the passage of the Alabama law and to thank lawmakers. Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation that would outlaw abortion in most cases. It hasn't taken effect and is expected to be blocked as a legal challenge plays out. Standing in front of the banner, "Pro-Life Pro-Woman," speakers said they are gaining momentum in the fight against abortion. Rally speakers included women who regretted abortions and...
21/05/2019

WWII plane from D-Day to join in 75th anniversary

Filled with paratroopers, a U.S. warplane lumbered down an English runway in 1944 to spearhead the World War II D-Day invasion with a message for Adolf Hitler painted in bright yellow across its nose: "That's All, Brother." Seventy-five years later, in a confluence of history and luck, that plane is again bound for the French coast for what could be the last great commemoration of the Allied battle to include D-Day veterans, many of whom are now in their 90s. Rescued from obscurity in Wisconsin after Air Force historians in Alabama realized its significance, the restored C-47 troop carrier that...

20/05/2019

Police seek armed Alabama man accused of shooting officers

Authorities in Alabama are searching for a man they say shot and wounded three Auburn police officers. Local and state law enforcement are searching for 29-year-old Grady Wayne Wilkes, who they say is armed and wearing camouflage body armor and a helmet. An Auburn police release says officers responded late Sunday night to a reported domestic disturbance and were shot at by Grady. It says three officers were wounded; their conditions weren't immediately released. The state Law Enforcement Agency activated a Blue Alert , which is used when officers are killed or critically wounded. The Opelika-Auburn News reports helicopters are...
20/05/2019

Trial set to begin in case targeting Virginia abortion laws

A trial is set to begin in a lawsuit filed by women's health groups seeking to overturn restrictions on abortion providers in Virginia. The lawsuit is among legal challenges filed in at least a dozen states over what abortion-rights groups call Targeted Restrictions on Abortion Providers. The trial is scheduled to begin Monday in federal court in Richmond as a handful of states have recently passed tough new anti-abortion laws, including Alabama, Mississippi, Georgia, Ohio and Kentucky. The lawsuit challenges four Virginia laws, including a physician-only law that bars nurse practitioners and physician's assistants from performing first-trimester abortions. Another law...
19/05/2019

Hundreds protest Alabama's abortion ban at state capitol

Hundreds of demonstrators have marched to the Alabama Capitol to protest the state's new abortion ban. Protesters chanted "My body, my choice!" and "vote them out!" as they rallied Sunday evening, days after Gov. Kay Ivey signed the near total abortion ban into law. The Alabama law, the nation's most restrictive, is to take effect in six months. It bans abortion in almost all cases unless necessary because of a mother's health. There are no exceptions for pregnancies involving rape and incest. Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union say they plan to sue the state to try to...