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ATLANTA (AP) — A federal appeals court is rejecting claims that an Alabama law which requires voters to show government-issued photo identification at the polls is racially discriminatory. 

A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Tuesday upheld a lower court order that dismissed a lawsuit filed by minorities challenging the law.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Officials say Alabama is in danger of losing at least one congressional seat based on its current response rate to the U.S. Census. 

Officials including Gov. Kay Ivey provided an update on the state's standing with the national head count on Tuesday. Ivey says the state's current participation rate of nearly 60% is 2 percentage points behind the national average. That's better than some other Southern states.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The search for a missing Alabama man is in its sixth day on Smith Lake north of Birmingham. 

State police say teams are using sonar, diving equipment and aircraft to look for 26-year-old Dustin New of Fultondale. New was last seen on Thursday, when a boat capsized.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Calls are growing nationally to honor the late Rep. John Lewis by putting his name on the Alabama bridge where he and other voting rights demonstrators were beaten 55 years ago. 

But the idea is being met with resistance in Selma, Alabama, the city where “Bloody Sunday” occurred.

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MADISON, Ala. (AP) — Officials in an Alabama city have put on hold plans to honor three police officers who were involved in the fatal shooting of a Black man. 

News outlets reported Monday that the Madison police chief and mayor decided to halt the ceremony, saying the timing was “not optimal."

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — There's a new way to see the national lynching memorial in Montgomery, Alabama. 

The memorial this week will begin opening to visitors each Wednesday through Friday from 9 p.m. until 10:30 p.m.

The founder of the organization that built the memorial, Bryan Stevenson, says the attraction is particularly poignant at night since so many lynchings were done after dark.

 

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s largest shopping mall and the city of Hoover say they are tightening security measures following a shooting that killed a child and injured three others. 

Operators of the Riverchase Galleria and municipal officials say a new plan includes an increased police presence at the mall and dogs that are trained to sniff out the smell of explosives and firearms.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Medical professionals in Alabama are witnessing two starkly different realities. 

Inside the hospitals, they attend to patients fighting for their lives in overcrowded intensive care units. Outside the medical centers' doors, they see a society that appears to be blithely ignoring the safety precautions that experts have recommended to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Religious faith was a lifelong constant for Rep. John Lewis. 

He spent his boyhood in Alabama preaching to a make-believe congregation of chickens and siblings. He went on to be inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and to learn nonviolence protests tactics from ministers and other teachers.

 

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — On the day that became known as Bloody Sunday, John Lewis and a line of nonviolent marchers were beaten and tear-gassed by Alabama state troopers in Selma. 

The state-sanctioned violence at the Edmund Pettus Bridge stunned the nation and helped spur the passage of the federal Voting Rights Act. It also propelled Lewis on to a global stage as a hero of the U.S. civil rights movement.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Republican Tommy Tuberville on Friday declined to commit to debating incumbent Sen. Doug Jones in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race, while Jones said voters deserve one. 

Republicans are seeking to reclaim the Senate seat from Jones who won a 2017 special election.

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PELHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new health rule mandating face masks in public in Alabama is off to an uneven start. 

Many people are covering up to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. But others are refusing and authorities taking a generally hands-off approach to enforcement.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A U.S. Justice Department employee has been appointed as interim U.S. attorney for Alabama’s Northern District, which covers Huntsville and Birmingham. 

Attorney General William Barr announced the appointment of Prim F. Escalona to the position Thursday. She replaces Jay Town, who resigned to take a position with a defense contractor.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate dropped to 7.5% as the economy recovers during a worsening coronavirus threat. 

State statistics show the jobless rate for June was down substantially from April, when it hit 12.9% as almost 217,000 lost their jobs as businesses closed or cut back because of the pandemic. But some 165,700 people are still out of work. And Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says initial unemployment claims filed each week are on the rise.

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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge in Alabama has sentenced a man to 90 years in prison in a 2017 shooting that left two people dead inside a home. 

News outlets report that a Lee County judge sentenced 29-year-old Jacquavious Greathouse of Auburn on Thursday in the deaths of 27-year-old Sedric Lewis and 31-year-old Derris Harris.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is spending $1 million to preserve the remnants of the last slave ship known to have landed in the United States more than 150 years ago. 

The Alabama Historical Commission said Thursday that the money will be used to begin Phase 3 of preservation efforts for the Clotilda. The agency says that will include targeted artifact excavation and an engineering study.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s health order requiring masks in public places has taken effect as COVID-19 hospitalizations reached another new high in the state. 

The Mobile County public school system also announced Thursday that students will not return to classroom this fall because of the state’s rise in cases.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Protestors wrote “Black Lives Matter” and “Expand Medicaid” in front of the Alabama Capitol during a demonstration on Thursday. 

The painting happened during a press conference and demonstration by the Alabama SaveOurselves Movement for Justice and Democracy. The group holds regular press conferences advocating for the expansion of Medicaid in the state.  

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The longest serving member of the Alabama House of Representatives has died. 

House spokesman Clay Redden confirms in a statement that state Rep. Ron Johnson, of Sylacauga, died Tuesday of complications from liver cancer. Johnson was 76.

Johnson had served in the House since 1978, representing District 33 which includes parts of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The City of Mobile’s first archbishop died Wednesday at the age of 88. 

The Archdiocese of Mobile, in a news release, announced the death of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar H. Lipscomb. The archdiocese says Lipscomb died peacefully at a residence in Mobile after a lengthy period of physical decline. Further details were not released, but the archdiocese said his death was not related to the novel coronavirus. Lipscomb was 88. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will begin requiring face masks in public as health officials try to quell a surge of new coronavirus cases that are filling up hospitals. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the rule on Wednesday, a day after the state reported a pandemic-high of 40 deaths in a single day.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school board wants to rename three high schools that honor men who played roles in the Confederacy. 

The Montgomery County Board of Education voted Tuesday to change the names of high schools honoring Gen. Robert E. Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis and poet Sidney Lanier, who served in the rebel army. The board must now get a waiver of a state law guarding Confederate memorials or pay a $25,000 fine for each renaming.

 

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has lost the Republican nomination for his old Senate seat in Alabama to former college football coach Tommy Tuberville.

The defeat likely ends Sessions' long political career, a bitter loss egged on by President Donald Trump.

Tuberville is familiar to Alabamians from his decade as Auburn University’s head football coach. He won about 60% of the vote, according to unofficial returns.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Alabama's largest city is banning the use of chokeholds by police following the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota.

Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the ban on Tuesday during a continuing review of city policies. He also issued new guidelines that say city police now have a duty to intervene anytime they see a fellow officer using excessive force.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has recorded its highest one-day death count from the new coronavirus as the head of a state hospital group sounds a warning about the pandemic. 

A site that tracks COVID-19 deaths in the state reported 40 new deaths Tuesday, the most in a single day since the pandemic took hold in March. The illness has killed more than 1,130 people statewide, and more than 56,400 cases have been confirmed.

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HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The attorneys for an 18-year-old charged with capital murder in the slaying of an Alabama sheriff are requesting his release on bond as court proceedings remain delayed amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A body found in an Alabama creek has been identified as a 17-year-old missing since late June. 

News agencies report that the body was found July 4 and identified Friday as that of Lesley Luna Pantaleon of Montgomery. Her parents reported her missing June 24, and said she was last seen earlier that day.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Toyota says it has begun production of a newly redesigned four-cylinder engine at its manufacturing plant in north Alabama. 

The factory at Huntsville supplies engines for one-third of all the Toyota vehicles assembled in the United States. And the company describes the start of production as an important milestone in a $288 million plant expansion.

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PELL CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama jail is temporarily closing on Monday. According to a news release, the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City will be undergoing a “thorough assessment” because of its age. 

WBRC-TV reports to ensure the safety of inmates and employees, officials said the facility will be temporarily evacuated as the assessment is conducted.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two people have been shot outside an Alabama mall. Tuscaloosa police tweeted that the shooting occurred in a parking lot outside University Mall. 

A police spokesman said a 15-year-old girl and a 24-year-old man were both hospitalized. Authorities did not immediately say what prompted the shooting. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox said one of the victims was an innocent bystander.

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