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Alabama extends time for executions, ends automatic review

The Alabama Supreme Court abolished the one-day time frame for executions. Instead, the governor will set a window of time. The court also eliminated an automatic “plain error review” of death penalty cases.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey sworn in for her 2nd full term

In a wide-ranging speech, the Republican governor thanked supporters, promised a focus on education, broadband expansion and regulation cuts for businesses but also nodded to GOP hot-button issues.

Birmingham wants to try micro shelters again. Here’s how they’ll be different this time

The pilot program centers around micro shelters from Pallet Shelters, which has built shelter villages for people experiencing homelessness across the country. This is the first program of its kind in Alabama.

Gov. Ivey announces rules for prison ‘good time’ incentives

Ivey's executive order categorizes offenses and outlines how much “good time” will be forfeited.

Alabama woman who joined IS hopes to return from Syria camp

Hoda Muthana was born in New Jersey to Yemeni immigrants and was raised in a conservative Muslim household in Hoover, Alabama, just outside Birmingham. In 2014, she flew to Turkey and crossed into Syria.

St. Clair County declares emergency in response to landfill fire

The declaration means the county can ask the state for funding and resources. But residents are left with unanswered questions about the fire's affect on the local air and water quality.

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Officials see hurdles to putting out landfill fire near Moody as neighbors suffer

Residents near landfill fire say the smoke is affecting their health, but officials are still trying to figure out how to put out the blaze — and who will pay for it.

She was an ABC News producer. She also was a corporate operative

An ABC News freelance producer confronted critics of a consulting firm's powerful clients. Her actions confirm people's worst suspicions about the news media, says a former network news president.

Denial, detention and deportation threats: The uphill battle for Cameroonian asylum seekers in Louisiana and Mississippi

A Gulf States Newsroom investigation digs into the Deep South’s thorny regional immigration system and the obstacles and steep odds at every turn.

In the Southeast, power company money flows to news sites that attack their critics

A consulting firm hired by Alabama and Florida power companies paid six news outlets to publish stories in their favor.

Shelby ending career as Alabama’s longest-serving senator

Money for universities, the Interstate 22 highway connecting Memphis and Birmingham and the development of the FBI's second campus in Huntsville are a few of the projects that will be associated with Shelby's legacy.

Alabama has a trash fee exemption. Why didn’t the elderly people of Valley know about it?

In Alabama, elderly residents have been arrested, handcuffed, and taken to jail for unpaid trash bills. However, a little-known state law could allow free trash pickup for some residents.

Gov. Kay Ivey wants to give the state more time to carry out executions

Under Ivey’s proposal, the state corrections commissioner could immediately designate a new execution date if a delay prevents the state from carrying out an execution on the original date listed on the death warrant.

Smart homes made affordable for Birmingham residents

According to Alabama Power, smart homes are 35% more efficient than standard Alabama homes being built today. 

Recorded state government meetings available through new League of Women Voters channel

The Alabama Channel will capture and save live video recordings of legislative meetings and make them available to the public online and on demand.

Old Carraway complex to be demolished all at once under new deal with city

The former hospital site will be turned into a mixed-use development, Star at Uptown, which is to include residential, retail and dining spaces, as well as an amphitheater.

Attorney General says the execution review should happen quickly, that there is ‘no moratorium’

Last month, Gov. Kay Ivey asked Attorney General Steve Marshall not to seek additional execution dates for any other death row inmates until a review is complete.

Cameras, iPads part of plan to improve garbage collection

The City Council approved a software that they say will streamline garbage routes and and improve accountability.

Alabama ‘execution survivor’ reaches settlement with state

Any future effort to execute Alan Eugene Miller will be done by nitrogen hypoxia, an execution method authorized in Alabama but that has never been used to carry out a death sentence in the U.S.

Attorneys: ‘Botched’ execution caused pain and torture

Kenneth Eugene Smith’s attorneys say he was “subjected to ever-escalating levels of pain and torture” on the night of the failed execution.

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Advocates hope Alabama’s execution moratorium leads to change but say the blame is misplaced

Equal Justice Initiative Director Bryan Stevenson says Alabama’s failed executions were “shocking, torturous conduct that provided justice to no one.”

Birmingham Xpress extends free period through the end of 2022

the Birmingham Xpress bus line will offer free rides until the end of 2022 to increase ridership.

Alabama pausing executions after 3rd failed lethal injection

The move follows the uncompleted execution of Kenneth Eugene Smith, which was the state's second instance of being unable to put an inmate to death in the past two months and its third since 2018.

Alabama calls off execution after difficulties inserting IV

This is the second execution since September the state has cancelled because of IV difficulties.

New bike- and scooter-sharing service approved in Birmingham

Lime received unanimous approval from the Birmingham City Council, though council members had concerns about misplaced bikes and scooters becoming a nuisance.

Party chair says Democrats have work to do after election showing

Democratic candidates in statewide races were held to about 30% of the vote on Tuesday, about 10 percentage points lower than four years ago, in an election noted for low voter turnout and a lack of competitive races at the top of the ticket.

City officials want parents to combat gun violence. Community leaders say it’s not that simple

Officials point to parents and the need for strong community networks to stop gun violence in Birmingham. They say it takes a village. But it’s not just the people in charge saying that, it’s also kids, activists, and the parents themselves.

Election analysis: Women spearhead Republican dominance in Alabama

Republicans continued their stronghold at the state level with Gov. Kay Ivey claiming a second full term and Katie Britt winning election to the U.S. Senate.

Republican Katie Britt wins US Senate race in Alabama

Britt will fill the seat held by Richard Shelby, her one-time boss who is retiring after 35 years in the Senate.

Republican Kay Ivey wins 2nd full term as Alabama governor

Ivey easily won Tuesday's election turning away challenges from Democrat Yolanda Flowers and Libertarian Jimmy Blake.

Birmingham hopes City Walk will bridge a divide between neighborhoods

Birmingham's City Walk is a linear, urban park that opened about five months ago under the Interstate 20/59 bridges. City officials say it's an attempt to reconnect downtown to the northern neighborhoods.

Outgoing Senator Shelby backs US recognition for state tribe

The MOWA Band of Choctaw Indians are still seeking federal recognition, and they're one of two state-recognized tribes hoping Congress will right what they see as wrongs of the past with the help of two influential U.S. senators who are retiring.