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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Three spots in Alabama are being added to the nation's honor roll of historic locations. 

The state says The Alabama Book Store in Tuscaloosa is joining the National Register of Historic Places. The shop has been located near the University of Alabama campus since 1942.

Casey Cep
Kathryn Schulz

Harper Lee is best known for her classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird – and notorious for her staunch privacy.

Lee spent decades trying to write a second novel – and also tried her hand at true crime after helping her friend Truman Capote research his book In Cold Blood. She spent years investigating the circumstances surrounding the Reverend Willie Maxwell, suspected of five murders and shot dead himself at the funeral of his stepdaughter. But no work of Lee’s ever came to light.

Journalist Casey Cep has written a new book on the Maxwell murders and Lee’s investigation. Furious Hours delves deeply into the lives of the Reverend Maxwell; Tom Radney, the lawyer who defended him; and Harper Lee herself.

APR’s Alex AuBuchon spoke with Cep earlier this week about her book.

Steve Flowers on Monroeville

Nov 27, 2018

Last week, APR commentator Steve Flowers managed a unique feat - he was able to pair state politics with the annual Iron Bowl rivalry game between the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers. This week, Steve does something similar. This time, it’s politics and the literary history of one Alabama town…

Hospitals Sue Drug Companies Over Opioids

Dec 4, 2017

Hospitals in Alabama as well as Mississippi are suing more than a dozen drug manufacturers, claiming they deceptively marketed and sold dangerous opioids.

Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger reports the class-action lawsuit was filed late last week in federal court in Mississippi. The plaintiffs are Infirmary Health Hospitals, based in Mobile, Monroe County Healthcare Authority, based in Monroeville, and Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center based in McComb, Mississippi.

"Tru & Nelle: A Novel" By G. Neri

Mar 29, 2016

“Tru & Nelle: A Novel”

Author: G. Neri                                              

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Pages: 336

Price: $16.99 (Hardcover)

With all the recent fuss over the publication of “Go Set a Watchman” and the legal feuding in Monroeville, one can understand why this book was produced. There is interest in the subject.

Neri, the author of six previous books for children and teens, says of his work,I'm like a mash-up DJ of a writer: I sample real life and re-mix it into story.”

Presidential hopefuls flooded the state of Alabama this weekend. APR student reporter Parker Branton has more…

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Miles College in Birmingham while Florida Senator Marco Rubio made two stops at Samford University and the Huntsville Space and Rocket Center. Businessman Donald Trump also made an appearance in Huntsville.

Secretary Clinton praised Mayor William Bell of Birmingham for his work to raise the minimum working wage.

Marco Rubio
Parker Branton / APR

Democrats and Republicans made stops throughout the state of Alabama this weekend.

Florida Senator Marco Rubio made two stops, at Samford University in Birmingham and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke at Miles College in Birmingham.

At the Space and Rocket Center, Rubio told the crowd he will win if he gets the nomination.

Monroeville Mockingbird statue
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The town of Monroeville said goodbye to writer Harper Lee over the weekend. APR’s Pat Duggins reports the author of “To Kill A Mockingbird” was laid to rest in the hometown she made famous.

Actress Catherine Keener’s portrayal of Harper Lee in the Oscar-winning film Capote is the closest most of the world ever got to knowing the reclusive writer of “To Kill A Mockingbird.” A dozen or so close friends and family members attended her funeral on Saturday with police officers outside the church to keep onlookers away.

Pulitzer Prize-winning author and Alabama native Harper Lee died this morning at the age 89.

Lee is best known for “To Kill A Mockingbird”, the story of a girl nicknamed Scout growing up in a Depression-era Southern town. It tells the story of about how a black man was wrongly accused of raping a white woman, and Scout's father, the resolute lawyer Atticus Finch, defends him despite threats and the scorn of many.

Dothan’s police department is under scrutiny after a blog post alleged officers planted drugs and weapons on suspects for nearly a decade.

The Henry County Report, a blog run by the nonprofit Alabama Justice Project, claims the group obtained documents indicating more than a dozen officers on a special narcotics team routinely planted evidence in cases against young black men.

Alabama State House
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The Alabama State Senate and House of Representatives began their special legislative session yesterday, then quickly adjourned for three weeks.

Governor Robert Bentley had surprised lawmakers who were expecting the session to begin in August by calling it on just a few days’ notice. The session is necessary after lawmakers failed to pass a General Fund budget for the fiscal year beginning in October.