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Judge hears testimony in challenge to Alabama’s ban on gender-affirming care

A group of parents and doctors want the judge to stop the law from going into effect while a lawsuit continues.

Biden visits Alabama Lockheed plant as weapons stockpile strained

President Joe Biden credited the assembly line workers at a Javelin missile plant in Troy for doing lifesaving work in building the antitank weapons that are being sent to Ukraine.

“Still in shock.” Abortion defenders, foes stunned by leak

People on both sides of the abortion divide have been expecting the Supreme Court this summer to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. But many said the draft opinion was nevertheless stunning.

State signs $623 million contract for 4,000-inmate prison

The new prison contact is part of a sweeping construction plan partially paid for by pandemic relief funds.

Alabama signs prison construction contract, quiet on details

The Alabama Department of Corrections declined to release a copy of the contract. A spokeswoman said it needed to be redacted and that would take some time because it is a lengthy contract.

Parents challenge law outlawing treatment of trans kids

The new Alabama law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans people under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

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Birmingham Council OKs New Districts Despite Dissent

Councilors sparred Tuesday over the maps which were redrawn based on numbers from the 2020 census.

One year later, where is the Birmingham Civilian Review Board? 

A year ago, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the launch of the Birmingham Civilian Review Board to offer independent accountability for police. But the board doesn't seem to be active.

EXPLAINER: What do new Alabama laws say about transgender kids?

Alabama has become the first state to criminalize the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender people under age 19. So what do these laws mean?

Families, doctors contest Alabama transgender treatment ban

The new law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

Transgender issues dominate end of the legislative session. Second special session to come

Alabama now has its own version of a Florida law derided by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

Trans kids fear Alabama laws targeting medicine, bathrooms

Transgender kids and their parents say they feel attacked by a wave of Republican-sponsored legislation and policies aimed at trans youth. Bills have been introduced to ban gender-affirming care and block transgender children from using school restrooms or playing on sports teams that don’t match their sex at birth.

Alabama Legislature votes to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers approved sweeping legislation Thursday to outlaw gender-affirming medications for transgender kids and advanced a separate measure prohibiting early classroom instruction on sexual and gender identity, a bill critics have dubbed "Don't Say Gay."

‘Divisive concepts’ and school ‘bathroom bill’ advance to the Alabama Senate

An Alabama Senate committee gave two bills affecting schools the go-ahead Tuesday as lawmakers aim to end the legislative session this week. One requires students to use the bathroom that matches their biological sex. The other bans teaching students “divisive concepts.”

Struggling Democrats hope growing union support will provide boost in midterms

With support for unions at its highest point since 1965, Democrats hope they can capitalize on that sentiment as they struggle to connect with voters on other issues.

Trump rescinds Brooks endorsement in Senate race in Alabama

Former President Donald Trump has rescinded his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks in Alabama’s Republican primary for Senate, dealing a major blow to the congressman’s campaign.

Birmingham mayor issues pardon for unpaid traffic fines 

The City of Birmingham pardoned all negligent traffic fines and parking violation tickets that were issued prior to January 1, 2011.

Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court nomination sparks Black Girl Magic in local judges

Jackson is the first Black woman to be nominated to the high court. But in Jefferson County, Black women already hold many judgeships in the court system.

‘Divisive concepts’ bill passes Alabama House

The measure faced a questionable future just a week ago when a House committee failed to act on it.

JeffCo, Birmingham spend federal money on housing assistance, other needs

More than $359 million in federal dollars flowed through the hands of Jefferson County and Birmingham city officials in the past two years.

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Kamala Harris marks ‘Bloody Sunday’ anniversary in Selma

Vice President Kamala Harris visited Selma, Alabama, on Sunday to commemorate a defining moment in the fight for equal voting rights.

Alabama lawmakers advance a record-setting education budget

Legislators also took up measures to improve math education and attack what's known as "period poverty."

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.

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.