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Advocates Call For COVID-19 Resources In Spanish, Other Languages

Local advocacy groups say non-English speaking immigrants are an especially vulnerable group during this crisis, and not enough is being done to help them.

Lawyers: Set Parole Hearings, Prevent Virus Spread In Alabama’s Crowded Prisons

A group of law school faculty members and former prosecutors has written Gov. Kay Ivey urging her to have the state Board of Pardons and Paroles hold expedited hearings to reduce the risk of COVID-19 to Alabama’s prison population.

Making Sense Of Alabama’s Coronavirus Numbers

Alabama's coronavirus numbers don't always seem to line up. What's going on?

Alabama Orders Nonessential Businesses Closed Due To Coronavirus

The Alabama Department of Public Health has ordered nonessential businesses closed in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Birmingham Under Shelter-In-Place Order

A new shelter-in-place order puts restrictions on where you can go outside your home.

COVID-19 Repercussions Will Strain Next Fiscal Year’s State Budget

The state budget is sure to take a hit next year. Lawmakers say it's too early to tell how big it will be.

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Doug Jones: ‘We Don’t Want To Overrun This System.’

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says everyone has to do their part to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Congress is working on relief packages to support the medical community and address the economic fallout.

Alabama Lawmakers Approve $5 Million For Coronavirus Response

Coronavirus grabbed the attention of state lawmakers this week. And bills related to the prison system and medical marijuana advanced.

Gov. Kay Ivey Declares State Of Emergency Due To Coronavirus

Alabama schools will close and a second coronavirus case is confirmed -- this one in Jefferson County.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Lawmakers Consider Legalizing Yoga, Banning Gender Therapies

State lawmakers this week considered bills around yoga, guns, and gender therapy for minors.

Attorneys For Nathaniel Woods Request Emergency Stay Of Execution

An Alabama inmate scheduled to be executed today is asking federal courts to postpone his execution.

Mosquito Spraying To Continue In Birmingham Despite Objections

The city of Birmingham will continue the practice of spraying for mosquitoes, despite vehement objection from two city councilors.

Alabama Republican Senate Contest Headed To A Runoff

The race for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate is headed to a runoff. Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville will face off March 31st.

Alabama Live Election Results

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NPR Live Coverage: 2020 Super Tuesday

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Super Tuesday contests, including results and analysis.

In Comeback Senate Bid, Jeff Sessions Backs Trump — Despite Public Falling-Out

Jeff Sessions is making a play for his old senate seat from Alabama, arguing he's the one who has Trump's back despite the president's disparaging remarks about his former attorney general.

Alabama Ban On Gender Therapies Moves Forward

Doctors would not be allowed to administer gender therapies to youth, according to a bill moving forward in the Alabama Legislature. Opponents say the bill is fear mongering.

Parkers Will Be Able To Pay At Birmingham Meters Using An App

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to modernize its parking system, approving a three-year contract with ParkMobile, an application that allows users to pay for parking with their smartphones.

BirminghamWatch 2020 Primary Voter Guide: Republican U.S. Senate Race Headlines March 3 Primaries In Alabama

The Alabama primary election is on Tuesday, March 3. And all seven Senate Republican candidates have shown basic agreement on the topics of immigration, taxes and the economy as well as social issues such as abortion, guns and health care.

Officials Say Anniston Facility Not Designed To Hold Coronavirus Patients

State and local leaders say they were justified in pushing back against a plan to bring Americans infected with the coronavirus disease to a facility in Anniston. They say there weren't enough details known.

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Report Reveals Voter Access Difficult In Alabama

Super Tuesday is nearly a week away and hundreds-of-thousands of Alabama voters are expected to turn out. But according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama remains one of the most difficult states for an eligible voter to register and cast a ballot.

Live Coverage: 2020 Nevada Caucuses

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Nevada caucuses, including results and analysis.

Medical Marijuana, Transgender Athlete Bills Pass Committee

A bill to allow medical marijuana in Alabama picked up steam in the Alabama Legislature this week as a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved it. Another committee backed a bill requiring transgender students to play sports under their “gender assignment at birth" as opposed to how they identify.

Some Prisoners Invited To Vote By Absentee Ballot For The First Time This Year

Valentine’s Day took on new meaning Friday as members of five organizations continued their tour to get persons in jail and prison registered to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming primary and beyond.

Study: Diversion Programs Work – When They Don’t Sabotage Participants

There are many alternatives to prison including drug courts, veterans courts and community corrections. But a new report says in many cases these alternatives hinder rather than help those they are supposed to serve.

Payday Lending, Transgender Athlete Bills Go Nowhere in Alabama Legislature

A number of bills had difficulty moving forward in the second week of this year's Alabama legislative session.

As Sessions Falls out of Favor, More Voters Look to Byrne, Tuberville

Alabama voters heard from two of the three leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate over the weekend. Three weeks away from the March 3 Alabama primary, a clear favorite in that race hasn’t yet emerged.

‘Star-Spangled Banner’, Car-Smoking Bills Pass Committee in First Week of Legislative Session

Here's a wrap-up of the first week of the 2020 legislative session with Alabama Public Television's Don Dailey.

Iowa’s Election Problems Can’t Happen in Alabama, Merrill Says

Problems like the ones in the Iowa Democratic caucus cannot happen in Alabama because the state holds elections, not closed meetings of political parties to select candidates, the state’s top elections official said Thursday.

Special Coverage: A Live Statement from President Trump

President Trump is addressing the nation a day after the Senate acquitted him of both articles of impeachment. Trump said he was “totally vindicated” after a months-long impeachment inquiry and trial. Watch his remarks live.

Shelby, Jones Side With Their Parties as Senate Acquits President Trump of Impeachment Charges

Both United States Senators from Alabama cast their votes along party lines as President Donald Trump was acquitted Wednesday of both articles of impeachment filed by the House of Representatives.

Jones Sides With Senate Democrats, Will Vote to Convict Trump in Impeachment Trial

Sen. Doug Jones will vote to convict President Donald Trump of two charges in his impeachment trial.