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Birmingham leaders say decision to ban Russian athletes from the World Games ‘a show of solidarity’

The World Games ban was in response to Russia's invasion of Ukraine last week.

Birmingham residents rally in support of Ukraine

More than 50 people showed up at Railroad Park Saturday for a rally in support of Ukraine. This comes days after Russia's invasion of the country.

Alabama educators push back on bill banning ‘divisive concepts’ from the classroom

Lawmakers also took action this week on a delay to a school reading requirement and a ban on transgender treatments for youths.

The 2021 Jackson water crisis and the cracks that remain in a long-damaged system

A year ago, below freezing temperatures collapsed Jackson, Mississippi’s water system, revealing longstanding cracks in its infrastructure.

House votes to allow concealed handguns without permit

The Alabama House of Representatives approved legislation ending the requirement for a person to get a permit in order to carry a concealed handgun in public.

Alabama lawmakers advance transgender students bathroom ban

The effort by Alabama legislators comes after the U.S. Supreme Court last year rejected a Virginia school board's appeal to reinstate its transgender bathroom ban.

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Bill that would ban concealed carry permits in Alabama advances

Lawmakers also advanced a so-called bathroom bill but delayed a bill increasing penalties for rioters.

Across the bridge: Alabama Dem carries torch for voting bill

Rep. Terri Sewell's voting bill collapsed in the Senate last month, but she is determined to press on. In March, Selma will mark the anniversary of the “Bloody Sunday” voting rights march.

Alabama Republicans pass bill to hike penalties for removing Confederate monuments

Republicans also advanced a bill that would require jail time for those who participate in a riot, plus another banning certain therapies for transgender youth.

EXPLAINER: How Alabama congressional map got to high court

A divided Supreme Court is allowing Alabama to use re-drawn congressional districts for the 2022 elections that a lower court found had improperly diluted the votes of Black residents.

Supreme Court lets Alabama use GOP-backed map of the state’s congressional districts

The court's action came on an emergency appeal from Alabama, which challenged a decision by a three-judge federal court panel that included two Trump appointees.

School choice and permitless carry bills face rocky road in the Alabama legislature

Legislative committees passed both measures this week, but not before speakers at hearings expressed criticism of the proposals.

Seeking asylum in the U.S. is not easy. It’s harder when you speak a rare language

Two men who speak a rare language languished in Louisiana and Mississippi detention centers, they say, because they couldn't interview in their native tongue.

Jury: No defamation from Roy Moore or woman who accused him

A jury has found that no defamation occurred in dueling lawsuits between former U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore and the woman who accused him of molesting her when she was 14.

Congressional map ruling a ‘bombshell’ for Alabama lawmakers

A panel of federal judges ordered lawmakers to redraw congressional maps approved last year by Feb. 11.

Brookside under pressure after report finds police aggressively ticketed motorists

An investigation led by Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald found the small Jefferson County town of Brookside targeted drivers to rack up fines and fees.

Alabama’s new congressional districts map blocked by judges

The judges wrote that Alabama should have two districts, instead of one, in which Black voters are a sizeable portion of the electorate.

Trial begins in accuser’s defamation case against Roy Moore

Opening statements begin Tuesday in the defamation lawsuit filed by a woman who accused failed U.S. Senate candidate Roy Moore of molesting her when she was 14.

COVID relief funding package passes Alabama legislative committees

A plan to spend about $772 million is set for final passage as early as next week.

Ivey calls special session on relief funds

Alabama lawmakers will put the 2022 regular legislative session on hold to start a special session beginning Jan. 19, according to an announcement by Gov. Kay Ivey.

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Alabama lawmakers already planning a special session just days into the regular one

Legislators would use the special session to discuss appropriating COVID relief funds. We have more in our weekly legislative update.

Ivey: State must be ‘smart’ about pandemic relief funds

Governor Kay Ivey called on state lawmakers to use pandemic relief money to expand broadband access, hospitals, and water and sewer infrastructure.

The 2022 Alabama legislative session starts Tuesday. Here’s what to expect

The COVID-19 pandemic will be an undercurrent to this year's legislative session. So too will the fact it's an election year.

Special session possible on relief fund spending

The 2022 Alabama Legislative Session starts this week. But state lawmakers say there may be a special session on how to spend the state's remaining pandemic relief funds.

Guaranteed income is coming to the Gulf South. Take a look at the 3 programs

Guaranteed income programs are coming to three cities in the Gulf South including Birmingham, which is set to launch soon.

Warming stations become a hot topic as temperatures in Birmingham hit freezing

The City of Birmingham will host a warming station at the BJCC Thursday and Friday night in collaboration with One Roof, an agency dedicated to ending homelessness.

One year later: Alabamians arrested in connection with the U.S. Capitol insurrection

Almost a dozen of Alabamians have been arrested in connection with the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Issues to watch in the 2022 legislative session

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery on Jan. 11 for the 2022 legislative session. Here are some issues to watch as the session begins.

Lawmakers face decisions on $1.5 billion in relief funds

Legislative leaders say infrastructure projects — such as broadband and sewer projects — are expected to be a spending priority.

Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies

Worley also served as chair of the state Democratic party until ousted in a power struggle in 2019.

Judge orders Alabama prison system to boost staff by 2025

The Alabama Department of Corrections had been ordered to reach staffing targets by Feb. 2022, but the judge said that's clearly "out of reach."

Texas-like abortion bill would let citizen sue providers

The Alabama Heartbeat Act would prohibit medical providers from performing an abortion once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks and before some women know they are even pregnant. The bill was filed ahead of the 2022 legislative session.