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Gov. Ivey to hold ceremonial signing for 22 bills

US senator leaves DC hospital for rehab in Georgia

  NBC polls voters on issues ahead of 2020 election

New poll shows Alabama’s feelings on Gov. Ivey, Pres. Trump, abortion, Confederate monuments & Democratic candidates

Ivey tumbles out of Top 10 most popular governor rankings

Georgia senator hospitalized after fall

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  Jones leads the cash race ahead of Ala. Senate election

  Former Columbus Mayor Tomlinson reports over $520k raised in first months of Senate campaign

  Georgia mom advocates for more truck safety regulations on Capitol Hill

Official: Fixation with gay activities dents US moral core

WATCH: Ala. Gov. Kay Ivey gives update on 2019 Legislative Session

Voting group founded by Georgia’s Abrams raises $3.9 million

Senator Perdue introduces act to use local produce in school lunches

Supporters of the measure say it has many benefits such encouraging healthier eating habits among children and supporting local farmers.

  Valdosta professor to study voter suppression for MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) is calling on a Valdosta State University (VSU) professor.

New laws take effect July 1 in Ga.

Several new laws will go into effect Monday in Georgia.

Lawsuit seeks to block Georgia law that bans most abortions

A new federal lawsuit filed in Atlanta seeks to block a Georgia law that bans most abortions, saying it's unconstitutional

Ala. AG: Constitution does not guarantee right to abortion

  Roy Moore announces he’s running again for US Senate

  Ala. Sen. Doug Jones reacts to Roy Moore’s second bid for Senate seat

  What’s important to know about Alabama’s new equal pay law

Tiffany Haddish cancels Atlanta show over abortion law

  Ala. school board members react to proposal to get rid of board elections

Kemp makes history with newly appointed insurance commissioner

Gov. Brian Kemp made history Wednesday by appointing the first ever Hispanic Insurance Commissioner and statewide constitutional officer.

  Could we see a lottery proposal to help fund prisons?

Alabama’s prisons have been grossly underfunded for years and lawmakers need to make reforms to avoid a federal takeover.

  North Alabama expert weighs in on new chemical castration law for some sex offenses

Gov. Kay Ivey just signed a law that requires certain sex offenders to be chemically castrated before their parole. It’s garnering feedback across the country.

  Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris visits Montgomery

United States Senator and democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris was in Montgomery on Saturday, making a stop on her campaign trail.

  Clock ticking for passage of medical marijuana commission bill

The last day for the governor to sign the bill is June 10.

  Columbus mayor recounts HHS call on possible immigrant shelter in Ft. Benning

Columbus Mayor Skip Henderson says when the HHS called him, they said President Donald Trump asked them to work with the Department of Defense to look at multiple places that could house these children.

  $3 billion in disaster relief funding is coming to Southwest Georgia farmers

Monday will mark eight months since Hurricane Michael ripped through South Georgia as a powerful category three storm. The damage left behind: devastating.

  New Ala. law aims to keep vaping devices away from teens

Alabama has a new law that aims to keep alternative nicotine products out of the hands of teens.

Georgia Lawmakers react to signing of Disaster Aid Bill

The package includes $3 billion to provide critical agriculture disaster relief for Georgia farmers recovering in the wake of Hurricane Michael.

Gov. Ivey holds ceremonial bill signing Thursday morning

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey showcased several bills she had signed into law at a ceremony Thursday morning.

  ACLU: Mandating chemical castration could violate 8th amendment

The Alabama legislature passed the bill that would require anyone convicted of a sex crime with a child younger than 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole.

  Farmers hopeful for disaster relief funds

Southwest Georgia farmers could soon get federal money months after Hurricane Michael devastated much of last year’s crops.

  Ala. mayor offers to resign after posting controversial comments about homosexuals, Democrats on Facebook

Hundreds of comments on WBRC's Facebook page condemned Mayor Mark Chambers' actions and called for his resignation. Council member, Reverend Clarence Colbert, says he and several other city leaders stand behind Chambers.

  Ala. lawmakers react to House passing $19.1 billion disaster relief bill

Congress passed a multi-billion dollar disaster relief bill to bring aid to storm victims who have struggled to get back on their feet.

  What Alabama lawmakers did, did not accomplish this year

Alabama state lawmakers wrapped up the legislative session Friday after several long nights and intense debates.

  Bill to restructure parole board heads to governor’s desk

A bill to restructure the Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles is heading to the governor's desk.

  Alabama equal pay bill heads to governor’s desk

If it becomes law, Alabama would be the second-to-last state to pass a law of this sort.

  Lawmakers stand in budget battle over CHIP funding

State lawmakers still need to pass the Education and General Fund budgets before ending the session, but debate continues over how to fund the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Columbus ranked seventh most politically polarized city in US, new study shows

A new study has found that Columbus is among the most politically polarized cities in the country.

Pres. Trump on AL Senate race: “Roy Moore cannot win”

In a series of early morning tweets, President Trump urged Republicans in Alabama to find another candidate to rally behind.

  Abortion law could impact Alabama economy

People are calling for boycotts against Alabama-made products and companies based in the state.

House approves wine shipment legislation

The Alabama House of Representatives has passed legislation allowing residents to purchase wine and have it shipped directly to their house

  Alabama Senate considers literacy bill

The bill would hold a third-grader back if they couldn't read at or above grade level.

Alabama senator introduces bill to repeal abortion ban

An Alabama state senator has introduced a bill that would repeal the abortion ban passed through the Alabama legislature just last week.

Hollywood actor paints Ala. governor being aborted

Hollywood has been very outspoken in its displeasure with the recent passage of Alabama’s near-total ban on abortions. But one actor may have made his opposition known in the most personal way possible.

Church leaders look to improve safety as soft target attacks continue

There is a push to secure places of worship following attacks in recent months. Religious leaders everywhere are looking to protect their worshipers.

Alabama governor says she’ll review abortion bill, make final decision

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will now decide whether to sign legislation that would outlaw almost all abortions in the state.

Former POTUS Jimmy Carter breaks hip, concerned about turkey hunting

Former President Jimmy Carter is recovering after a fall that caused him to break his hip, but his recovery is not his main concern.

  GA governor signs 2020 fiscal budget

Governor Brian Kemp didn’t do a whole lot of speaking Friday in Camilla, but rather a lot of listening to educators as they voiced their concerns about education in Southwest Georgia.

Gov. Kemp signs GA hemp farming bill

Governor Brian Kemp is making his rounds through South Georgia. In Lake Park, he signed a bill legalizing hemp production.

Vote on abortion bill delayed after chaos erupts in Alabama Senate

The Alabama Senate adjourned Thursday morning without voting on the controversial bill that would ban nearly all abortions in the state.

  Muscogee Co. foster parent discusses how heartbeat bill could impact foster care

A foster mom, as well as a mom-to-be, agreed that this new law could cause a major influx of children into the foster care system.

  Bill would increase penalties for tampering with voting machines

The Alabama Secretary of State’s office is advocating for a bill that would increase the penalties someone faces for tampering with electronic voting machines.

  Columbus residents react to former mayor’s U.S. Senate run announcement

People in Columbus are sharing their thoughts on former Mayor Teresa Tomlinson's candidacy.

  Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson to formally announce US Senate run Wednesday

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson will formally announce run for US Senate Wednesday

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams won’t run for Senate in 2020

Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams tells The Associated Press that she will not run for a U.S. Senate seat in 2020 despite being heavily recruited by national party leaders

President Trump, First Lady in Atlanta for opioid summit

President Donald Trump will be in Atlanta Wednesday to headline a summit on the opioid crisis.

  State House passes bill adding restrictions to vaping devices

State lawmakers want to crack down on stores selling products like vapes and e-cigarettes.

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson launches exploratory committee for 2020 US Senate

Former Columbus Mayor Teresa Tomlinson continues taking steps toward a Democratic run for U.S. Senate, announcing Friday that she has launched an exploratory committee for the office.

  Trump border emergency survives as House veto override fails

The Democratic-controlled chamber fell 38 votes short of the 286 needed for Democrats and their handful of Republican allies to prevail, because a two-thirds majority was needed.

Though Mueller’s report has been completed, debate continues

Mueller's findings absolve Trump on the question of colluding with Russia but don't entirely remove the legal threats the president and his associates are facing.

  Mueller report: Barr says Mueller finds no evidence of Trump-Russia conspiracy

Attorney General William Barr has given Congress the eagerly anticipated summary of the “principal conclusions” of special counsel Robert Mueller’s two-year Russia investigation.

  Georgia Senate passes ‘heartbeat’ abortion ban as protesters, police fill the Capitol

The bill would ban almost all abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected, making it one of the nation’s strictest anti-abortion measures.

Bill to repeal Common Core standards passes committee

A bill to repeal common core standards passed the Education Policy committee Wednesday.

AL legislator wants drug testing for SNAP recipients

A state representative from Jackson County wants to deny food stamps or SNAP benefits to anyone who fails a drug test.

Alabama state senator proposes ‘clean’ lottery bill

A state senator says he’s preparing to file two bills that would pave the way for Alabama to start a lottery.

  Anti-abortion bill clears Georgia Senate committee

The Georgia Senate Committee approved a measure on Monday that would ban most abortions once a fetal heartbeat is detected.

Beto O’Rourke raises $6.1 million in first 24 hours — beating Bernie Sanders and all other 2020 contenders

Beto O’Rourke raised $6.1 million for his presidential campaign in his first 24 hours as a candidate, beating every other 2020 Democrat who has disclosed first-day figures, according to his campaign.

With Ivey’s signature, AL raises fuel taxes for first time since 1990s

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey signed legislation Tuesday afternoon that will raise the state’s fuel tax rate for the first time since the early 1990s.

Trump reviving his border wall fight with $8.6 billion budget request

President Donald Trump proposed a record $4.7 trillion federal budget for 2020 on Monday, relying on optimistic 3.1 percent economic growth projections alongside accounting shuffles and steep domestic cuts to bring future spending into promised balance in 15 years.

  Hillary Clinton says she won’t run for president in 2020

Former secretary of state and Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said unequivocally that she is not running for president following her failed run in 2016.

  House Democrats launch aggressive new Trump probe

Democrats launched a sweeping new probe of President Donald Trump on Monday, an aggressive investigation that threatens to shadow the president through the 2020 election season with inquiries into his White House, campaign and family businesses.

  Former Colorado Gov. Hickenlooper joins 2020 presidential race

John Hickenlooper is the second governor to enter the sprawling field and is trying to cast himself as a pragmatist who can also take on President Donald Trump.

  Trump claims Cohen hearing may have hurt North Korea results

The U.S. and North Korea previously offered contradictory accounts of why last week's summit in Vietnam broke down, though both pointed to American sanctions as a sticking point.

Georgia House passes budget, including raises for teachers

Georgia House lawmakers have passed a 2020 budget that includes raises for teachers, though not as much as originally pitched.

Gun background check bill passes House, heads to Senate

The bill would close a loophole that allows unlicensed gun sellers to avoid performing background checks on their customers.

  Trump, Kim summit collapses amid failure to reach deal

Both leaders left their Vietnam meeting early and canceled a planned signing ceremony.

  Trump, Kim dive into nuclear talks, looking for ‘right deal’

The two men continued offering hopeful words as talks began anew at their second summit on curbing Pyongyang's pursuit of nuclear weapons, a problem that has bedeviled generations of leaders.