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US: Alabama (News/Activism)

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  • Suspended Alabama Supreme Court chief justice weighs bid for state’s U.S. Senate seat

    04/24/2017 4:22:32 PM PDT · by kevcol · 15 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | April 20, 2017 | Alex Swoyer
    Long a controversial figure, Chief Justice Moore’s colleagues on the high court voted Tuesday to uphold his suspension, finding he tried to thwart the U.S. Supreme Court’s 2015 ruling recognizing a national right to same-sex marriage. “This was a politically motivated prosecution from the very beginning,” Chief Justice Moore said after a final ruling Tuesday by the other justices on the Supreme Court. “I’ve done my duty under the laws of this state to uphold the sanctity of marriage and the undeniable truth that God ordained marriage between one man and one woman. Mere human judges have no authority to...
  • This High School Girl Had A Water Gun On Campus. Now She Is EXPELLED FOR A YEAR

    04/20/2017 7:21:48 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 76 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | April 19, 2017 | Eric Owens
    In the latest incident of anti-gun hysteria to erupt in a school setting, officials overseeing a school district in Alabama have expelled a 16-year-old girl for an entire year because she had a water gun at school. Prior to her yearlong expulsion, the student, Sara Allena "Laney" Nichols, attended Prattville High School Prattville, a town of 35,229 just northwest of Montgomery. [Snip] Nichols and her mother, Tara Herring, say the teen girl did not bring the water gun to school. Instead, the mother and daughter claim, a male classmate gave Nichols the water gun to Nichols "as a joke."...
  • LIVE: Coverage from the Auburn campus (Richard Spencer to speak)

    04/18/2017 4:18:56 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 9 replies
    www.oanow.com ^ | 4-18-17 | OANOW
    Controversial alt-right provocateur Richard Spencer is expected to speak on the Auburn University campus Tuesday evening, and law enforcement officials are on heightened alert for possible conflict between his supporters and those protesting his appearance.. The Opelika-Auburn News is there, reporting on any happenings, filing live updates and photos throughout the late afternoon and evening. Follow our coverage here:
  • Alabama governor changes election for US Senate seat

    04/18/2017 2:14:40 PM PDT · by SMGFan · 5 replies
    Fox news ^ | April 18, 2017
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. –  Alabama's new governor has moved up the election for the Senate seat left vacant by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions to this summer, reversing former Gov. Robert Bentley's plan to wait until 2018. Gov. Kay Ivey announced Tuesday she was calling a special election. The new schedule sets the primary Aug. 15 with a runoff Sept. 26. The general election will be Dec. 12. Ivey says the law "clearly states the people should vote for a replacement U.S. Senator as soon as possible."
  • Morning Joe: Democrats Have Forgotten How To Win

    04/17/2017 7:11:00 AM PDT · by governsleastgovernsbest · 48 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | Mark Finkelstein
    Today’s Morning Joe had some good advice for Democrats if they want to start winning again, particularly at the House level. They need to stop imposing ideological purity tests on their candidates and nominate candidates who resonate culturally in swing districts. The good news for Republicans is that there is no sign that Dems will heed that wise counsel. To the contrary, Morning Joe was replete with indications that Dems have forgotten how to win, preferring to go down with their liberal guns a-blazing. Excerpts: View the video here.
  • Wife of governor who just resigned orchestrated his downfall after she caught him cheating

    04/12/2017 2:43:58 PM PDT · by SteveH · 39 replies
    Business Insider ^ | april 11, 2017 | Veronika Bondarenko
    But the scandal began in 2013, when his wife, Dianne Bentley, became suspicious of the budding relationship. For more news videos visit Yahoo View, available now on iOS and Android. In March 2014, according to the report, Dianne placed a recorder inside her purse and discovered that her husband had called Mason and declared his love for her — a minute after Dianne left the room. Robert's efforts to dispose of the recordings led to many of the accusations that he misused funds. He later pleaded guilty to them. On the night of his reelection in the 2014 gubernatorial race,...
  • What If 4 Whites, 2 Were 21 Years Old, Cracked a Black Teenager's Skull ?

    04/11/2017 11:48:59 AM PDT · by Yosemitest · 38 replies
    Many news sources | Apr 11 2017
    What if 4 whites assaulted a black teenager that was supporting “Blue lives matter”, in defense of police officers, and they cracked his skull ? What if two of the 4 assaulters were 21 years old ? What if one of the assaulters was the son of Sylacauga District 2 City Councilwoman-elect Tiffany Nix ? What if those 2 adults (21 year olds) were going to be tried as juveniles so their record would be cleared later ? Do you think that would make national news ? Do you think the people would stay in office who allowed such...
  • 'Very bad tick year' expected for Alabama in 2017, and climate change a factor

    04/11/2017 6:29:35 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | April 11, 2017 | BY DENNIS PILLION
    2017 could be a record year for ticks and tick-borne illnesses according to one researcher who studies the arachnids in Alabama. "I would say this is going to be a very bad tick year because it was a very mild winter," said Tim Sellati, chair of Southern Research's Infectious Diseases Department. In addition, Sellati said a warming climate has let certain species of ticks expand their range and those changes are reflected in tick surveys in Alabama and other parts of the United States. "The winters are warmer and the ticks recognize this, they sense this change in their environment,"...
  • (Alabama Governor) Robert Bentley (R) Resigns, Kay Ivey (R)Sworn In

    04/10/2017 6:37:56 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies
    Al.com ^ | 4-10-2017 | Leada Gore
    Kay Ivey Sworn In as Alabama GovernorLt. Gov. Kay Ivey is sworn in as Alabama governor by acting Chief Justice Lyn Stuart as her pastor Jay Wolfe looks on after the resignation of former Gov. Robert Bentley Monday, April 10, 2017, at the Capitol in Montgomery, Ala. (Julie Bennett/jbennett@al.com) Julie Bennett Kay Ivey, the first female Republican in Alabama history to hold the office of Lieutenant Governor, is only the second woman to serve as Governor of the state. Acting Chief Justice Lyn Stewart administered the oath of office to Ivey just after 6 p.m. Monday. Ivey assumes the role...
  • Alabama governor resigns, pleads guilty to charges tied to to cover up of affair with a top aide

    04/10/2017 3:27:12 PM PDT · by NRx · 92 replies
    WaPo ^ | 04-10-2017 | staff
    Gov. Robert Bentley (R) stepped down after being charged with two campaign and ethics violations on the same day that state lawmakers opened impeachment hearings against him. Bentley has fought for more than a year against allegations that he used public resources to carry out and conceal an affair with his former top aide. According to the state's attorney general office, Bentley pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges related to covering up the alleged affair, one for failing to file a major contribution report and another for knowingly converting campaign contributions to personal use. This is a developing story. It...
  • Gov. Bentley booked on misdemeanor charges, Ivey swearing-in at 6 p.m.

    04/10/2017 3:04:03 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 27 replies
    Alabama.com ^ | 4/10 | Leada Gore
    The resignation of Gov. Robert Bentley is expected later this afternoon, the political culmination of more than a year of controversy surrounding his relationship with former aide Rebekah Caldwell Mason. The official announcement from the governor's office is expected at any time. At around 4 p.m., Bentley was booked into Montgomery County Jail on two misdemeanor charges related to campaign finance violation. Each carried a $300 bond. The resignation comes after Friday's report from the House Justice Committee detailing Bentley's relationship with Mason, including allegations the governor used state law enforcement and other state resources to facilitate the relationship. Bentley...
  • Alabama Governor Robert Bentley to Resign Over Affair

    04/10/2017 12:38:08 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has been under fire. The Alabama Ethics Commission found reason to believe he committed four felony crimes, and he’s in serious trouble.The focus is on an improper relationship with Rebekah Caldwell Mason, his senior political advisor.Now, he will resign: It Is becoming clear that Robert Bentley will not last the week as governor.Sources in Montgomery say his lawyers have been involved in negotiations to step down from the governorship and plead to lesser charges, allowing Lt. Gov. Kay Ivey to step up as governor.Sources believe he will resign the governorship by Wednesday.Bentley has been under...
  • Sources: Agreement for Bentley's resignation reached

    04/10/2017 11:56:06 AM PDT · by alancarp · 13 replies
    FOX 6 WBRC (Birmingham, AL) ^ | 4/10/2017 1:32PM CT | WBRC Staff Report
    MONTGOMERY, AL (WBRC) - Multiple sources with knowledge of discussions tell WBRC an agreement has been reached for Gov. Bentley to resign from office, but when he would do it and how remains in discussion. Representatives of the governor have been in discussions about a possible resignation as the House Judiciary Committee begins impeachment hearings. A spokeswoman for the governor told reporters the governor is "not personally involved" in any negotiation earlier Monday. Sources who have confirmed an agreement have also said details like when and how the governor would announce the decision have not been finalized with timing a...
  • Is Alabama's school employee-student sex law constitutional? A judge will decide

    04/04/2017 4:17:29 PM PDT · by markomalley · 21 replies
    Huntsville Times ^ | 4/4/17 | Ashley Remkus
    After hearing oral arguments this afternoon about the constitutionality of Alabama's law prohibiting school employees from having sex with students, Morgan County Circuit Judge Glenn Thompson said he has "a lot of reading to do."Thompson said he needs to study written arguments that previously were submitted before he rules on whether the law is unconstitutional. The question of constitutionality is being raised by defense attorneys for a former Decatur High School teacher and an ex-aid who worked at Falkville High School. Both schools are in Morgan County.Carrie Witt, 43, taught history, psychology and social studies and coached girls' golf and junior varsity...
  • Alabama man nearly killed after sleeping with phone charging in bed

    04/03/2017 10:14:46 AM PDT · by Jyotishi · 38 replies
    WAAY-TV via WTTV TV cbs4indy.com ^ | Monday, April 3, 2017 | CBS4 WEB
    HUNTSVILLE, AL. – An Alabama man was nearly electrocuted after falling asleep with his iPhone and charging cord in bed, WAAY-TV reports. Last week Wiley Day, 32, fell asleep with his dog tag around his neck. His iPhone was connected to its charger and an extension cord near his head. While he was sleeping, the chain to his dog tag slipped between the charger and the extension cord. The contact sent a surge of electricity through his body. “And my necklace became the conductor. And it somehow, some way, jolted me over here to the floor,” Day told WAAY-TV. Thankfully,...
  • Bill would require sonogram description before abortions

    04/01/2017 8:20:19 AM PDT · by davikkm · 10 replies
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A bill in the Alabama Legislature would require women seeking abortions to get a sonogram two days ahead of the procedure and hear a detailed description of the embryo or fetus The Senate Health Committee has scheduled a Wednesday public hearing on the bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa. A federal appeals court in 2014 blocked a similar North Carolina ultrasound law.
  • Suspect Charged for Carrying Pistol Without Permit After Gun Falls Out of His Buttocks

    03/31/2017 5:10:21 AM PDT · by Mad Dawgg · 24 replies
    Breitbart.com ^ | March 30th 2017 | AWR Hawkins
    Officers were booking 23-year-old Jesse O’Neal Roberts into jail when a pistol fell out of his buttocks, initially giving them the impression that Roberts was defecating on himself. The incident occurred at Alabama’s Limestone County Jail. According to AL.com, deputies received a call “about a prowler” and arrived at the address to find Roberts being held at gunpoint by the resident. Deputy Chad Harbin said Roberts “was showing signs of impairment,” so he arrested him on public intoxication. They drove Roberts to jail and, upon arriving, a corrections officer noted that Roberts was walking “strangely.” While Roberts was being booked...
  • Alabama man kills home invader: 'I hate that boy dead, but I don't hate I shot him'

    03/30/2017 9:43:36 AM PDT · by drop 50 and fire for effect · 45 replies
    For 21 years, John Croft lived in his Alabama home virtually problem-free until last summer. “I’ve been a prisoner in my house,” he said. Croft, who is 79, says the burglaries began last June. Since then, he says his Center Point house has been broken into 13 times. The most recent case came around 1:15 Wednesday morning.
  • Center Point home invasion victim: 'I hate that boy dead, but I don't hate I shot him'

    03/29/2017 7:12:05 PM PDT · by Bodleian_Girl · 26 replies
    WBRC ^ | 3/29/17 | Janice Rogers
    For 21 years, John Croft lived in his Center Point virtually problem free until last summer. “I’ve been a prisoner in my house,” he said. Croft, who is 79, says the burglaries began last June. Since then, he says his house has been broken into 13 times. The most recent case came around 1:15 Wednesday morning “When I heard the noise, that's when they opened the window from the basement coming to the level where the bedrooms are,” he recalled. Jefferson County deputies say there were two men inside. Another, driving the getaway car, waited outside. “I have three...
  • Stolen gun falls from inmate's body cavity during search at north Alabama jail

    03/29/2017 2:06:29 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 80 replies
    AL.com ^ | March 28, 2017 at 1:05 PM, updated March 29, 2017 at 7:50 AM | Ashley Remkus | aremkus@al.com
    Jesse Roberts (Limestone County Sheriff's Office) It's not yet clear whether the owner wants it back, but Limestone County authorities recovered a stolen gun when it fell from an inmate's body cavity during a search at the jail. Jesse O'Neal Roberts, 23, of Elkmont, was being booked into the Limestone County Jail on a misdemeanor charge of public intoxication when the weapon fell from his body, said sheriff's spokesman Stephen Young.