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Alabama Redistricting Goes To The Supreme Court And Veterans Day

A map of the changes made during redistriciting.
Alabama Reapportionment Office
State of Alabama
A map of the changes made during redistriciting.

Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans. APR's Stan Ingold reports, the redistricting has helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate.

All of the districts represented by Democrats in Alabama have African-Americans as the majority. Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. They argue that Republicans relied to heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census. The case goes before the Supreme Court tomorrow. Last year, a conservative majority on the court effectively blocked a key component of the Voting Rights Act, and this case will be watched closely for signs that the rest of the law could be in peril.

Defense lawyers are asking a federal judge to free former Governor Don Siegelman while he appeals his 2006 bribery conviction. A hearing is scheduled for December 15th in the case after defense lawyers argued a release is merited since the appeal has dragged on far longer than anyone anticipated. An appellate judge gave Judge Clay D. Land of Georgia the case after Alabama judges recused themselves.

Several events are taking place this week along the Gulf Coast, to commemorate Veterans Day. A-P-R student reporter Sable Washington has more…

Alabama's Gulf Coast has a number of events spanning the next few days, from parades, programs, and luncheons. Two veterans being honored in the Mobile Bay area are Major General Carl McNair Junior, who served in the Vietnam War, and Seymour “Sy” Litchenfeld who served in World War II. Various businesses are also providing all retired and active duty veterans with free deals on food. The annual Veterans Day Parade will be held along Government Street in downtown Mobile, with a second parade at the Bay Minette Intermediate School. Foley will host its annual Veteran’s day parade today at 10 A.M. and Summerdale will host a Veteran’s Day program this evening at 6 at the municipal complex.

and The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a one and a half million dollar federal grant to research disparities in cancer rates. University officials say the money will also be used in a bid to boost training and treatment of cancer in underserved communities. Officials say some of the research will focus on prostate and colorectal cancers, which have disproportionate impacts on minorities.

Ryan Vasquez is a reporter and the former APR host of All Things Considered.
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