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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An atheist advocacy group has filed a lawsuit against Alabama’s secretary of state, claiming that a mandatory religious oath on voter registration forms is unconstitutional. 

A Wednesday news release from The Freedom From Religion Foundation said Alabama is the only state that requires voters to swear “so help me God” when signing the registration form.

 

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Two longtime officials with the Decatur Housing Authority plan to retire after the agency settled federal claims accusing it of discriminating against Black people.

The Decatur Daily reports that Andy Holloway, chief operating officer of the authority, and housing director Jeff Snead are both departing.

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TROY, Ala. (AP) — Troy University has a new chief leading its campus police department. 

The Montgomery Advertiser reports with more than 30 years of law enforcement experience, Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office Capt. George Beaudry assumed command of the department Thursday.

Beaudry replaces John McCall, who was fired in June over social media comments relating to the death of George Floyd.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama doctor accused of secretly recording girls and other guests in his home was sentenced to 30 years in prison after being convicted of producing and possessing child pornography. 

Jurors convicted 56-year-old Ronald Tai Young Moon Jr. of Vestavia Hills in February. Prosecutors say a judge sentenced him to the prison term on Wednesday.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Beaches along Alabama’s Gulf Coast are reopening Friday after Hurricane Sally. 

The cities of Gulf Shores, Orange Beach and Dauphin Island and Baldwin County announced that all beaches are reopening after Sally slammed into the coast Sept. 16, damaging homes and businesses and sliced the Gulf Shores State Park Pier in half.

News outlets report the beaches will open starting at 6 a.m.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama human rights attorney whose work fighting racial injustice was depicted in the Hollywood movie “Just Mercy” has won an honor sometimes referred to as the “alternative Nobel." 

Equal Justice Initiative founder Bryan Stevenson was named a recipient of the annual Right Livelihood Award on Thursday. The award is presented annually by the Swedish Right Livelihood Foundation.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute reopens Thursday for the first time since the coronavirus outbreak closed many attractions in March. 

Al.com reports that the institute will have new guidelines in place to guard against spreading the virus.

 

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A prosecutor in Alabama says two white officers brutally beat a Black man five months ago after the victim got into a road-rage incident with the wife of one of the officers. 

The charges against former Selma police officer Matthew Blaine Till and former Dallas County sheriff’s Deputy John Nicholas Taccone were announced at a news conference Wednesday.

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Alabama's governor is apologizing to a survivor of a racist 1963 church bombing that killed four Black girls. 

Gov. Kay Ivey's office released a letter Wednesday saying that Sarah Collins Rudolph and other victims of the blast suffered what she called an “egregious injustice" that caused “untold pain and suffering." For that, Ivey offered a “heartfelt apology."

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge says older Alabama voters at risk for contracting COVID-19 shouldn’t have to comply with all the state’s requirements for casting absentee ballots in November. 

U.S. District Judge Abdul K. Kallon ruled Wednesday that being forced to follow some provisions could wrongly endanger their lives. The decision came in a lawsuit filed on behalf of voters with health problems.

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CULLMAN, Ala. (AP) — A former president of an Alabama civic club will avoid prison after pleading guilty to stealing more than $365,000 from a county fair. 

Court records show 72-year-old Stephen Singleton pleaded guilty earlier this month to stealing from the Cullman County Fair Association over a seven-year period ending in 2019. A judge ordered him to repay the money and spend five years on probation.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and health officials are extending an order requiring face masks in public during the coronavirus pandemic. 

While masks are unpopular among many, health officials say they've proven effective at helping control the state's outbreak of COVID-19.

 

MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — A state university in Alabama is renaming two buildings that honor former governors who supported white supremacy. 

News outlets report that trustees from the University of Montevallo voted Tuesday to strip the names of Braxton Bragg Comer and Bibb Graves off academic buildings on campus. Both men served in the early part of the 1900s.

 

DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — Researchers in Alabama say six dolphins found dead in a marsh likely became stranded as Hurricane Sally swept through the area this month. 

 

EUFAULA, Ala. (AP) — Former Barbour County Sheriff Leroy Upshaw has been arrested on charges of taking more than $85,000 from office accounts. 

The Alabama attorney general's office says the 49-year-old Upshaw was arrested on ethics charges of using his office for personal gain and for the gain of relatives. It didn't provide details about the allegations, and court records weren’t yet available.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama alcohol regulators have lifted restrictions on bar and restaurant operating hours that were imposed in the summer to stem the spread of the new coronavirus.

Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board voted Tuesday to eliminate an emergency rule that required businesses to stop selling alcohol at 11 p.m. and close 30 minutes later. The also approved new rules for mask wearing, social distancing and cleaning that were written in conjunction with the businesses.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Birmingham-based company earned a $2.5 million bonus for completing work early on a bridge to replace a damaged roadway in north Alabama. 

A section of U.S. 231 that closed earlier this year because of an underground landslide south of Huntsville reopened Monday. Traffic now travels on two bridges that were constructed to replace the northbound and southbound sides.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Hospital Association and state doctors are urging Gov. Kay Ivey to extend a statewide rule requiring face masks in public.

The president of the hospital group, Dr. Donald Williamson, says cases of COVID-19 have fallen since reaching a high in the summer. And he says the reduction is tied to the rule, which took effect in mid-July and is set to expire Friday.

 

ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city has removed a 115-year-old Confederate monument following a vote by city leaders. 

Workers with the city of Anniston removed the stone obelisk from the grassy median of a busy avenue late Sunday. The City Council voted earlier this month to take down the monument to Confederate artillery officer John Pelham. The memorial was erected in 1905. Leaders say it will be taken to a Confederate history park.

 

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school superintendent placed on leave after FBI agents showed up at his home during a probe is making about $15,500 a month in salary while not working. 

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Public schools are reopening in an Alabama beach town for the first time since Hurricane Sally hit there nearly two weeks ago. 

Gulf Shores city schools resumed classes Monday, two days ahead of schools in surrounding Baldwin County.

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Samford University and Tuskegee University are joining in a partnership that will let students shave one year off the time needed to earn a law degree. 

A joint announcement says undergraduate students will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree from Tuskegee and a law degree from Samford’s Cumberland School of Law in six years rather than seven under the new program.

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Inmates in one Alabama county jail will no longer get their mail in the usual manner beginning next month. 

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office, in a news release, said it’s moving to digitize incoming mail, including letters, cards and photographs which will be scanned into the commissary system and delivered to inmates in digital form only. Al.com reports inmates will have access to their personal mail through a kiosk inside the housing areas.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama home once occupied by the Rev. A.D. King, the brother of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., is being added to the government’s list of places that help tell the story of the civil rights movement. 

Interior Secretary David L. Bernhardt visited Birmingham on Thursday as the one-time parsonage west of downtown was designated as part of the African American Civil Rights Network.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said Friday he will not support any U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the outcome of the presidential election. 

Jones said the nomination to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be made by the winner of the November presidential election.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court says judges in two rural counties were wrong to dismiss lawsuits filed by the state seeking to have three casinos declared public nuisances. 

The decision means the state can resume cases challenging operations at VictoryLand in Macon County and White Hall Entertainment and Southern Star Entertainment in Lowndes County.

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HAMILTON, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama inmate could be eligible for release in the future after pleading guilty to a lesser charge in a fatal robbery case. 

Christopher Dewayne Revis pleaded guilty Wednesday to murder and was resentenced to life with the possibility of parole in the February 2004 death of Jerry Stidham. Revis had been on death row since 2006.

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AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — White House coronavirus response coordinator Dr. Deborah Birx has pushed back against a report that said she was considering leaving the task force. 

 

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest beach towns are delaying the reopening of their beaches because the cleanup from Hurricane Sally is taking longer than expected. 

Officials in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach say the beaches won't reopen until Oct. 2 rather than this Saturday as originally planned.

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — The capital murder trial of a trucker charged with killing two Alabama teens in 1999 has been delayed until next year. 

A judge pushed back the trial of Coley McCraney until 2021 but didn't immediately set a new date. McCraney was set to go on trial Nov. 16 in the slayings of J.B. Beasley and Tracie Hawlett, who were both 17 and from Dothan when they disappeared. But the defense requested a postponement citing the pandemic.

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