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Ala. Dems pass contradicting party bylaws

Questions are looming following a meeting Saturday by the state Democratic party where Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley garnered just enough votes to pass new party bylaws

  Ga. congressman releases statement on president impeachment inquiry

'We thought it was cool’: Ala. resident wants to put vaping addiction behind her

Former Alabama attorney general joins congressional race

‘Heavens no, I’m not going to resign’: Ivey reiterates after apology for blackface skit

  Muscogee Co. Republicans, Democrats react to U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson stepping down

Stacey Abrams won’t run for Sen. Isakson’s seat, spokesperson confirms

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Ala. law aims to penalize people with fake service dogs

Study commission to legalize medical marijuana holds first meeting

Law tasks Ala. truckers with learning human trafficking signs

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Gov. Ivey to host ceremonial bill signing

Dozens of school districts want funds for security, report shows

New law tightens Alabama absentee voter requirements

The new legislation does several things.

  Ga. Governor Brian Kemp participates in ribbon-cutting for Global Callcenter Solutions in Columbus

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp will be making a stop in the Fountain City tomorrow.

Ga., Ala. state leaders react to Texas, Ohio mass shootings

State leaders in Georgia and Alabama are reacting on social media to the tragic events occurring in El Paso and Dayton.

  Study task force aims to legalize direct wine shipment in Alabama

Last session there were at least seven bills dealing with the direct shipment of wine that failed, according to Sen. Jabo Waggoner, R-Birmingham.

  New law aims to give more help to kids with dyslexia

  Firefighters with cancer will get more help to pay for treatment

  GA congressman: Proposed SNAP benefits rule ‘unconscionable and callous’

  State lawmakers prep for state gas tax increase

Gov. Ivey to hold ceremonial signing for 22 bills

  Study group meets to find solutions to state prison problems

US senator leaves DC hospital for rehab in Georgia

A US senator's office says he has left a Washington hospital and will be admitted to a rehabilitation hospital in Georgia to recover from four broken ribs

  NBC polls voters on issues ahead of 2020 election

A poll done by NBC and Survey Monkey looked at a wide variety of topics, from President Donald Trump to what issues are most important to voters.

  Ga. Lt. Governor makes stop in Columbus to help spur economic development

Georgia Lieutenant Governor Geoff Duncan paid a visit to Columbus yesterday.

Ivey tumbles out of Top 10 most popular governor rankings

Gov. Ivey has touted her No. 3 ranking among the nation's most popular governors, but after signing the state's abortion law, her favorability took a big hit among voters.

Georgia senator hospitalized after fall

A spokesperson for Sen. Johnny Isakson says that he is in pain, but recovering in the George Washington Hospital.

  Jones leads the cash race ahead of Ala. Senate election

Here’s a list of how much money the top campaigns have raised since the first of 2019, including the first quarter.

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

Tomlinson says the money raised comes from more than 4,500 contributions from over 3,500 individual donors, most of whom are Georgia residents.

  Georgia mom advocates for more truck safety regulations on Capitol Hill

After losing her son in a fiery wreck two years ago, Columbus mom Pam Biddle is now a devoted advocate to preventing future accidents.

Official: Fixation with gay activities dents US moral core

Alabama Secretary of State and Republican U.S. Senate candidate John Merrill says the country is losing its moral core because of its fixation with "homosexual activities"

  New law aims to minimize criminals’ profit off of violent crimes

Gov. Kay Ivey signed into law a bill that supporters say will “tip the scales” and help victims not re-live a crime all over again.

  State parks receive major upgrades with help from Amendment 2

The last two years the department has been able to put $10 million dollars toward park improvements.

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

The political action committee for a group founded by former Georgia Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has reported raising $3.9 million in the last six months

Ala. cities explore allowing electric scooters

Alabama lawmakers passed legislation allowing cities to regulate the scooters, therefore paving the way for cities to have them.

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

  G-20 leaders clash over values, face calls to protect growth

World leaders attending a Group of 20 summit in Japan that began Friday are clashing over the values that have served for decades as the foundation of their cooperation as they face calls to fend off threats to economic growth.

Supreme Court rules gerrymandering no longer a role of federal courts

The decision leaves state officials free from federal court challenges to their plans to shape districts in ways that blatantly help their parties.

AP FACT CHECK: Dems’ missteps on climate, wages in debate

A look at some of their statements and how they compare with the facts:

Ala. AG: Constitution does not guarantee right to abortion

In his 11-page response, Marshall argues the plaintiffs lack legal standing and said the U.S. Constitution does not guarantee a woman’s right to an abortion.

  Roy Moore announces he’s running again for US Senate

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announces he's running again for U.S Senate in 2020.

  Georgia moves away from Super Tuesday in setting presidential primary date

The state of Georgia is veering away from the group of states holding their presidential primaries on Super Tuesday ahead of the 2020 election.

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

Former Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore announced Thursday he’ll make another run for the U.S. Senate.

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

Alabama's new equal pay law goes into effect soon. It's geared at making salaries more fair in the workplace.

Tiffany Haddish cancels Atlanta show over abortion law

Many major Hollywood studios have said they may reevaluate filming in Georgia if the law goes into effect.

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

State School board members met for the first time Thursday since state lawmakers voted to allow Alabamians to get rid of state school board elections.

Former Ala. Gov. Don Siegelman’s probation officially ends

The judge’s signature brings to an end the legal battles of the state’s 51st governor.

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.

Gov. Ivey signs bill creating study commission on medical marijuana

Gov. Kay Ivey has signed into law the medical marijuana study commission bill.

Ala. governor signs chemical castration bill into law

The legislation requires anyone convicted of a sex crime with a child younger than 13 to undergo chemical castration as a condition of their parole.

  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.

  $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. Supreme Court hears arguments in former House speaker’s appeal

The Supreme Court of Alabama heard oral arguments Tuesday morning in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s appeal of his conviction on ethics charges.

  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.

All Alabama passengers may be required to wear seat belts

Currently, only people in the front seats of a vehicle are required to wear a seat belt in Alabama.

  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.

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.

Lawmakers approve teacher pay raise, education budget

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a 4% pay increase for teachers and other public school employees.

  Human trafficking bills pass Ala. House, now head to Senate

A number of bipartisan bills and resolutions have passed in the Alabama House of Representatives and are now on their way to the Senate for its consideration.

Actor Jon Voight: Trump is the greatest president since Lincoln

The 80-year-old movie star has been a vocal supporter of Trump. In fact, this isn’t even the first time he has likened Trump to Lincoln.

Judge halts plan to build parts of border wall

U.S. District Judge Haywood Gilliam Jr. on Friday immediately halted the administration's efforts to redirect military-designated funds to build sections of wall on the Mexican border. His order applies to two planned projects to add 51 miles of fence in two areas.

  Bill would make murder of Ala. first responder capital offense

Lawmakers are working to pass a bill that would make murdering an on-duty first responder a capital offense.

  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.