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Alabama House Could Vote to Form Impeachment Committee

The Alabama House of Representatives is expected to vote next week to establish a 15-person investigatory committee to probe the possible impeachment of Governor Robert Bentley.

NWS: Alabama at Risk for Strong Storms on Thursday

Forecasters say parts of Alabama could see strong storms on Thursday.

Bentley Removes Collier as Law Enforcement Chief

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has announced that he is terminating Spencer Collier as the head of the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency.

Three Vestavia Hills High School Students Electrically Shocked

Three students were injured when they came in contact with a live power line at Vestavia Hills High School. Media reports say the students were moving a football goal post Wednesday afternoon when it touched an electrical wire. A school system statement says the accident happened near the football practice field. At least two of […]

High Court Voids Alabama Ruling Against Lesbian Adoption

The Supreme Court ruled Monday that Alabama's top court went too far when it tried to upend a lesbian mother's adoption of her partner's children. The justices threw out a ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court in a dispute between two women whose long-term relationship ended bitterly.

Federal Officials OK Change to Alabama Medicaid Program

Federal officials have approved Alabama's plan to switch its Medicaid program to managed care. Governor Robert Bentley made the announcement in a Tuesday press conference. The waiver approval comes after three years of planning and negotiation with federal officials over the proposed change.

Bill Would Stop Removal of Confederate, Historic Markers

As some cities make the decision to shed Confederate monuments, some Alabama lawmakers want to prohibit those removals unless legislators say it is OK. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee on Tuesday will hold a public hearing on the bill titled the "Alabama Heritage Protection Act."

Reborn UAB Has Something to Celebrate This Signing Day

The UAB Blazers will have just as much to celebrate on Wednesday as all the programs collecting five-star recruits and gaudy national rankings. The Blazers are back in the recruiting business, and in a big way. UAB, which had eliminated football, might end up with a class of up to 45 players by the end of the annual signing day. Coach Bill Clark and his staff are rebuilding almost from scratch.

Forecasters Say North Alabama at Risk for Severe Storms

The National Weather Service says much of Alabama is in store for a round of bad weather. Forecasters say northern and western Alabama are at risk starting Tuesday afternoon for severe storms that could bring tornadoes, damaging winds, hail and heavy rain.

Charter Schools Expected to Open in Alabama in 2017

Charter schools are expected to open in Alabama in 2017.

More Rain Expected Wednesday for Alabama’s Already Saturated Soil

More rain is on the way to Alabama, where forecasters estimate that more than 10 inches fell in some spots during a six-day span.

Governor Bentley Declares State of Emergency Amid Flooding

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency amid widespread flash flooding that follows several days of intense weather throughout the state.

Governor Bentley to Refuse Syrian Refugees

Governor Robert Bentley has announced he is refusing Syrian refugees relocating to Alabama. In a news release Sunday Bentley said, "After full consideration of this weekend's attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program. As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm's way."

License Offices to Reopen 1 Day Per Month in November

Alabama will reopen rural driver's license offices at least one day per month beginning Nov. 1. Alabama Law Enforcement Agency Secretary Spencer Collier gave the timeframe for the reopening announced by the governor.

FBI Closes Investigation into 1964 Ala. police Shooting

The FBI has closed its investigation into a fatal police shooting that happened 50 years ago in west Alabama. A Justice Department letter to the family of Frank Andrews says the government won't file any charges in his slaying by a Choctaw County sheriff's deputy in the town of Lisman on Nov. 28, 1964.

State: Closing 15 ABC Stores Will Save Money

The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board says it's shutting down 15 state-owned liquor stores to save money. The agency announced the cuts late Thursday as a way to cope with a $5.5 million reduction in funding from the state operating budget.

Law Enforcement Agency Pulls Examiners out of Drivers License Offices

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said it is pulling examiners out of 31 part-time satellite drivers license offices because of budget cuts. The agency made the announcement Wednesday. The examiners currently travel to the locations during some days of the week. The agency said the change will save money on travel costs. Secretary Spencer Collier says the impact on citizens will be lessened because of online renewals and other options.

House Approves 25-Cent Cigarette Tax Increase

The House of Representatives, in a series of tight votes Thursday, approved a 25-cent cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills as a plan to help close a budget gap slowly inched forward.

House Committee Approves Cigarette Tax, Other Revenue Bills

An Alabama budget committee has approved a cigarette tax increase and other revenue bills as lawmakers try to fill a budget shortfall. The House Ways and Means Committee voted 8-6 for a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. The increase would raise $66 million annually.

Governor Bentley’s Wife Seeks Divorce, Says Marriage Is Broken

Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Gov. Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January.

Civil Rights Activist Amelia Boynton Robinson Dies At 104

Amelia Boynton Robinson, a civil rights activist who nearly died while helping lead the 1965 Selma march on "Bloody Sunday," championed voting rights for blacks and was the first black woman to run for Congress in Alabama, has died. She was 104.

Alabama Media Group Cuts Staff in Birmingham, Huntsville, and Moblie

The Alabama Media Group is laying off at least 15 people total at its three main hubs in Birmingham, Huntsville and Mobile. The company announced the cutbacks Tuesday.

Gulf States Reach $18.7B Settlement With BP Over Oil Spill

Officials in Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana have announced an $18.7 billion settlement with BP that resolves years of litigation over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Ruling Means 130,000 Alabamians Keep Insurance Subsidies

The U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act means that 130,000 Alabamians will keep subsidies to buy insurance through exchanges.

Google Building $600 Million Data Center in Alabama

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says Google is planning to build a $600 million data center in northeast Alabama. Bentley said Wednesday that Google will build the data center on a 350 acre plot of land in Stevenson owned by the Tennessee Valley Authority. Stevenson is about 60 miles northeast of Huntsville.

A Look At What Passed And Failed In The 2015 Session

Alabama's 2015 legislative session ended with Governor Robert Bentley vetoing the general fund budget and pledging to bring lawmakers back into special session. Here's a look at what passed and failed this session.

UAB Football Retuns

UAB President Ray Watts addresses the media in a July 1, 2015 press conference   BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – UAB President Ray Watts said Monday he is bringing the football program back in 2016, reversing a decision to shut it down because it was too expensive. Watts cited renewed financial commitment from supporters, students and […]

Bentley Calls Tutwiler Settlement ‘Positive Step’ For State

Governor Robert Bentley is praising a settlement between the state and the U.S. Justice Department over conditions at Alabama's only prison for women. Bentley says the agreement announced Thursday is a "positive step forward" for the corrections agency.

Judge: Gay Couples Across Alabama Have Right To Marry

A federal judge has ruled that gays and lesbians have the right to marry in all Alabama counties, but placed her decision on hold until the U.S Supreme Court issues a ruling on same-sex marriage.

Bentley Says State Parks, Mental Health Cuts Possible If Taxes Aren’t Raised

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says Alabama will face severe cuts in state services if legislators refuse to raise taxes. The governor described the potential budget cuts during a speech on Wednesday. Bentley says Alabama could see the closure of state parks, reductions in mental health services, longer courthouse lines, a possible release of state inmates and other consequences.