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    A look and what passed and failed in the 2016 legislative session

    What was approved: Teacher Raise: Legislators approved a 4 percent pay raise for teachers and school employees making less than $75,000 a year. Employees making more than that would get a 2 percent raise. The increase is the first net raise for educators since 2008. General Fund/Medicaid Cuts: Lawmakers approved a general fund budget that was $85 million short of the $785 million the Alabama Medicaid Agency said was needed to adequately fund the agency. Republican legislative leaders said they could no […]

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    Source: Clinton aide interviewed in email investigation

    WASHINGTON (AP) – A person familiar with the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s private email server says the FBI has interviewed top aide Huma Abedin. The person insisted on anonymity Thursday to discuss an ongoing investigation. The FBI and Justice Department have been investigating the potential mishandling of sensitive information that passed through the email server Clinton used as secretary of state. Abedin was one of Clinton’s closest aides, serving as deputy chief of staff. It was not immediately clear whether […]

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    Police: 2 Attalla children found abandoned, locked in room

    ATTALLA, Ala. (AP) — Three small children have been removed from an Attalla home after police found two of the children unsupervised and locked in a room. Police Chief Dennis Walker and Chief Investigator Doug Jordan tell Al.com  police conducted a welfare check on a home Tuesday afternoon in West Attalla. An officer saw two small, naked children, ages 2 and 4, looking out of a bedroom window. Jordan says the officer entered the home and found that a chair […]

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    Police: More than 800 arrested, 130 guns seized in Memphis

    MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) – Memphis police say more than 800 people have been arrested, more than 100 guns have been seized and large quantities of drugs have been recovered as part of an investigation targeting organized crime. Interim Police Director Michael Rallings on Thursday announced results of an investigation by the Memphis Police Department’s Organized Crime Unit that ran from Feb. 1 to April 15. Rallings said 110 handguns and 20 rifles were confiscated, along with 223 pounds of marijuana […]

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    TVA board votes to sell Bellefonte nuclear plant to highest bidder

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The nation’s largest public utility is selling a never-completed nuclear plant that has cost more than $4 billion dollars over the past four decades. The Tennessee Valley Authority board voted Tuesday at a meeting in Buchanan to declare the Bellefonte nuclear plant near Hollywood, Alabama, surplus. The site includes two partially finished nuclear reactors, railroad spurs and a helicopter pad. TVA President and CEO Bill Johnson says the 1,600 acre site will be sold at auction […]

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    Governor Bentley says he’s not giving up on prison bill

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley says he is disappointed in the failure of his prison construction bill, but said he “will not give up on this.” The governor said Thursday that he would not rule out a special session at some point, but added that it would not be anytime soon. Bentley’s proposal to borrow hundreds of millions of dollars to build new prisons failed on the final night of the legislative session. Senators approved a scaled-back […]

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    ‘Hamilton’ leads Tony nods, sets record with 16 nods

    NEW YORK (AP) — The megahit musical “Hamilton” has grabbed a record-breaking 16 Tony Award nominations, the biggest haul in Broadway history and another notch in the show’s march into theatrical history. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop-flavored biography about the first U.S. treasury secretary on Tuesday broke the 15-nominations record held by “The Producers” and “Billy Elliot.” ”Hamilton” was nominated in virtually every category it could compete in, from acting to scenic design. Next month, it will compete for Broadway’s biggest crown […]

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    Judge agrees to move trial for dad in toddler hot SUV death

    MARIETTA, Ga. (AP) — A judge has decided the trial of a Georgia man accused of intentionally leaving his son in a hot SUV won’t take place in the county where the boy died. Cobb County Superior Court Judge Mary Staley said Monday it was clear after three weeks of jury selection that many potential jurors already strongly believe Justin Ross Harris is guilty. Harris faces charges including murder in the death of his 22-month-old son, Cooper. Defense attorneys had […]

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    Guns on campus bill becomes law without Tennessee governor’s signature

    NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A bill allowing staff and faculty at Tennessee’s public colleges and universities to be armed on campus has become law without Republican Gov. Bill Haslam’s signature. Haslam said in a statement Monday that he disagreed with the bill for not allowing campus leaders to make their own decision about allowing guns. But the governor acknowledged that the final version of the measure had addressed concerns raised by college administrators, with provisions protecting colleges from liability in […]

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    Deadline arrives for Georgia governor on campus guns bill

    ATLANTA (AP) — Georgia’s governor must make a decision about legislation allowing concealed handguns on college campuses in the state. Tuesday marks the deadline for Gov. Nathan Deal to either sign or veto the measure. He told reporters Monday that he won’t simply allow it to become effective without his signature, which is permitted under Georgia law. Deal, a Republican in his final term, wanted lawmakers to pass follow-up legislation limiting access to on-campus day care centers and other spaces. […]

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    Coroner: 2 found dead at Talladega Superspeedway

    TALLADEGA, Ala. (AP) — The bodies of two men have been found on the campgrounds of Talladega Superspeedway. Talladega County Coroner Shaddix Murphy tells local media that the bodies of 19-year-old Joshua Doiun and 48-year-old James Cook were found Sunday in a camper. He says both bodies have been sent to the state forensics lab to determine the cause of death. Foul play is not suspected. Murphy says investigators haven’t determined how Doiun and Cook knew each other.

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    Defense Secretary Carter: American killed in combat in Iraq

    STUTTGART, Germany (AP) — Defense Secretary Ash Carter says an American serviceman has been killed near Irbil in Iraq. Carter revealed the death at the outset of a news conference Tuesday in Stuttgart, Germany, where he has been consulting with European allies. Carter says “it is a combat death,” but he hasn’t offered any further details. Vice President Joe Biden visited Baghdad last week to exhort leaders of the government in Iraq to resolve internal political strife and concentrate on […]

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