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Alabama lawmakers ended the legislative session without a vote on one of the most controversial bills before them: a measure to outlaw gender-affirming medical treatments for transgender minors.

The Senate-passed bill died on Monday, the final night of the legislative session after it was placed at the end of a debate agenda that lawmakers did not have time to finish before the session adjourned at midnight.  

The demise of the bill was victory for advocacy groups and transgender youth and their parents who held  a rallies to oppose the bill.

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The Colonial Pipeline is back online with normal operations after a cyberattack shut it down for nearly a week.

The Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline had begun the process of restarting the pipeline’s operations on Wednesday evening. The company warned it could take several days for the supply chain to return to normal.

In a tweet Saturday, the company said since that time it has returned the system to normal operations and resumed service to its markets, including a large swath of the East Coast. Many gas stations continued to lack fuel on Saturday.

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COLUMBIANA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is going on trial on a murder charge in the killing of his wife, who was an online exhibitionist. 

Attorneys picked a jury Monday for the trial of 47-year-old William Jeffrey West of Calera. He's charged with using a liquor bottle as a club to kill his 42-year-old wife, Kathleen Dawn West, in January 2018.

Opening statements are set for Tuesday and testimony could last several days.

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SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say a bullet was fired into the home of recently inaugurated Selma Mayor James Perkins, causing minor damage but injuring no one. 

Selma Police Chief Kenta Fulford says Perkins returned home on Saturday to discover a bullet hole in the wall of his office and pieces of sheetrock on the floor. Authorities say it's unclear whether the gunshot was intentional or the house was hit by a stray bullet.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The city of Mobile is moving ahead with plans to hold Mardi Gras celebrations in early 2021 despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

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OPELIKA, Ala., (AP) — Four people are accused in a plot to bring contraband into an Alabama prison where deputies found a breach in a security fence. 

The Lee County Sheriff's Office said Friday that 19-year-old Jordan Armstead, of Opelika, was arrested on charges of first-degree promoting prison contraband, second-degree criminal trespassing and third-degree criminal mischief. Armstead is being held on a $6,000 bond at the county jail.

 

PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school system has named a new superintendent. 

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Autauga County system has chosen 55-year-old Timothy Tidmore for the job. The Autauga Board of Education approved Tidmore’s contract Thursday night in Prattville.

Tidmore’s two-year contract begins Jan. 1. His salary will be $145,000.

 

TROY, Ala. (AP) — A food manufacturing company is set to expand its production of peanut butter products in southeast Alabama with a $13 million project. 

Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday announced the plan by Golden Boy Foods in Troy. l The project is expected to create 67 full-time jobs at a 170,000-square-foot building being constructed with a $12.5 million investment from the city’s industrial development board.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has about six weeks to spend almost $1 billion in remaining coronavirus relief funds or the money will revert to Washington, D.C. 

States have until Dec. 30 to spend their share of CARES Act dollars. The state so far has spent about $850 million of its $1.7 billion allocation, according to a dashboard maintained by the state Department of Finance.

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ALBERTVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The Sons of Confederate Veterans have replaced a disputed Confederate battle flag at a northeast Alabama county courthouse with a replica of the first flag Alabama raised after seceding from the union. 

Marshall County leaders say they weren’t consulted before the Confederate heritage group acted on Tuesday in Albertville.

 

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP) — A central Alabama school system and a Birmingham elementary school are shifting to online learning because of surging coronavirus infections. 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prison inmate has died after what authorities described as an apparent inmate-on-inmate assault. 

The Alabama Department of Corrections said Dwight Campbell, a 48-year-old inmate at Bullock Correctional Facility in Union Springs, died Monday from injuries sustained during the assault. The prison system said his death is under investigation and did not release additional details.

 

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking a judge to set a trial date for a longtime Alabama sheriff who has continued to serve despite being indicted on theft and ethics charges. 

News outlets report the state is pushing to a date to begin the trial of Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely. The 70-year-old Blakely pleaded not guilty a year ago. The state maintains in court documents that it’s time for him the go on trial. A judge has set a hearing for Nov. 19. 

 

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The longtime chief of staff for the Alabama Republican Party has died after what his wife described as a battle with the coronavirus. 

The Alabama Republican Party on Tuesday announced the death of Chief of Staff Harold Sachs. His family has previously disclosed his hospitalization for COVID-19.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The number of people in Alabama hospitals with COVID-19 is creeping upward as health officials expressed concern about the trajectory of the pandemic headed into flu and holiday season. 

State Health Officer Scott Harris said Tuesday that state numbers are clearly moving upward. Alabama Department of Public Health statistics showed 1,206 people were hospitalized Tuesday with the disease, an increase of nearly 400 people over the last month.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama law enforcement officials are cautioning people to beware of scams when they renew their driver license online. 

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said Tuesday some third-party websites are charging people extra fees to renew their license online. The sites are not affiliated with the state. ALEA Secretary Hal Taylor said one website charged a $50 administrative fee in addition to the agency’s $39 renewal fee.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has pardoned a pair of Thanksgiving turkeys. 

The governor carried out the tradition Monday at the Governor's Mansion in Montgomery.  The turkeys Clyde and Henrietta received their reprieve from the dinner table.  

The tradition dates back to 1949. Bates Turkey Farm in Greenville has been providing the turkeys since 1949.

 

No. 1 Alabama at LSU and No. 5 Texas A&M at Tennessee won't be played Saturday because of COVID-19 issues, raising the number of Southeastern Conference football games postponed this week to three.

The Aggies and Volunteers will be rescheduled for Dec. 12, but the Crimson Tide's game against the defending national champion Tigers is in danger of not being played at all. Both teams are coming off their open dates and LSU already has a game against No. 6 Florida scheduled for Dec. 12 that had to be postponed last month.

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LAFAYETTE, Ala. (AP) — An auto parts manufacturer has admitted to violating safety standards before a worker was crushed to death by a robotic machine. 

The U.S. Department of Justice said Monday that Ajin USA entered a guilty plea to the criminal charge. A judge order the company to pay $1.5 million.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hospitalizations from COVID-19 have increased more than 45% in the last month in Alabama. 

Statistics released by the Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday showed 1,174 people hospitalized with the disease after the weekend. That's roughly the same number as in mid-August when caseloads spiked following the July 4 holiday.

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prosecutor has been indicted on felony charges of using his office for personal gain, conspiracy and perjury. 

News outlets report Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes surrendered at the county jail Sunday afternoon. He was released on a bond of $31,000.

The state attorney general’s offices says Hughes used his job to benefit his family.

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama prosecutor has been indicted on felony charges of using his office for personal gain, conspiracy and perjury. 

News outlets report Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes surrendered at the county jail Sunday afternoon. He was released on a bond of $31,000.

The state attorney general’s offices says Hughes used his job to benefit his family.

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ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — Construction has begun on the new Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives. 

Officials say the project could be completed as early as January.

The Decatur Daily reports that the museum is being built into half of the former Limestone County Event Center in Athens. The renovated 20,000-square-foot facility will offer a larger space for the museum’s growing collection, a library, meeting space and gift shop.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new documentary on Alabama Public Television will examine the life of Jim Martin, one of the first Republicans to rise to political prominence in the state. 

Back when Alabama was controlled by conservative Democrats, Martin challenged and nearly defeated longtime incumbent Senate incumbent Lister Hill in 1962.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Months of discussions about racial justice are being followed by change at the ballot box. 

 

TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — NBA Hall of Famer Charles Barkley has pledged $1 million to Tuskegee University, marking his fifth major donation to a historically black college. 

The retired basketball star pledged the same amount to Miles College earlier this year. In 2016, he pledged $1 million to both Alabama A&M in Huntsville and Clark Atlanta University and in 2017 he pledged $1 million to Morehouse College in Atlanta.

 

FLOMATON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama police officer has resigned after he posted a threatening message against supporters of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. 

An investigation began Thursday into a post on Flomaton Police Capt. Scott Walden’s personal Facebook page. The post said, “They need to line up ev1 (every one) of them and put a bullet in their skull for treason.” The post was later taken down from public view Thursday.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Investors have saved an Alabama craft brewery that was poised to close because of a downturn in business caused by the coronavirus pandemic. 

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — State health officials are urging people to serve up a heaping side of precaution at Thanksgiving. 

The national holiday comes during a national surge in COVID-19 cases. Health officials are urging people to skip large family gatherings in favor of scaled-back events.

 

MARION, Ala. (AP) — Trucks are delivering pallets of water to a west Alabama city of about 3,200 people that has been without drinking water since Hurricane Zeta struck last week. 

WSFA-TV reports the city of Marion had to begin using water from a reserve well since the storm knocked out power.

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