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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall this week warned local governments against tearing down Confederate statues, and other monuments, that he said “are protected under Alabama law.”

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — At the Bibb Correctional Facility in Alabama, the old prison chapel has been turned into a quarantine zone. The sound of coughing is constant. And some people appear afraid to enter the room.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama hospitals are bracing for a post-holiday surge in COVID-19 cases since infections were already rising before Thanksgiving gatherings, hospital officials said.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Senator-elect Tommy Tuberville on Wednesday announced that Assistant Attorney General Stephen Boyd, an Alabama native with a lengthy Washington D.C. resume, will serve as his chief of staff.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Wednesday slashed former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's prison sentence from four years to 28 months, significantly reducing the time the once-powerful Republican will spend behind bars for an ethics conviction.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups criticized Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill’s social media posts Tuesday, including a since-deleted retweet that mentioned a “war on whites.”

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Longtime Senate President Pro Tempore Del Marsh is stepping down from his leadership position, saying he wants to devote his final two years in Montgomery to education issues.

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The texts from an Alabama census supervisor had an urgent tone. “THIS JUST IN ...," one of them began. It then laid out how census takers should fake data to mark households as having only one resident even if they had no idea how many people actually lived there.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Doctors and health officials on Monday pleaded with people to take precautions during Thanksgiving — such as skipping large indoor gatherings — as the state and nation experiences an unchecked spread in COVID-19.

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MONTROSE, Ala. (AP) — The prognosis for a sperm whale that has stranded itself in Mobile Bay is poor, said experts who urged the public to stay away to avoid further stressing the animal.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — When LaMonica Cochran-Ray awoke on a Friday before daybreak, it was to the plain and unfamiliar walls of a Montgomery hotel room. At 5:30 a.m., she opened her eyes, took a deep breath and prepared to move.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Chad Thornburg probably didn’t have to plant an orchard to get his future wife’s attention. But that was part of his plan a decade ago, when he planted the very first satsuma tree on his grandparents’ property in west Mobile.

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JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Three Mississippi chicken processing plants among those targeted in one of the largest workplace immigration raids in the U.S. in the past decade have agreed to pay back wages after federal officials found they failed to pay minimum wage and overtime to their workers.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A coalition of social justice groups are criticizing Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill's use of his personal Twitter account, saying he is sending tweets that are racially insensitive and promote violence.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An app that's been used in Alabama to warn people that they might have been exposed to the coronavirus is joining a growing network in other states, giving an extra layer of protection especially ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday season, officials announced.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The days without an arrest turned into months and then years after someone killed Christopher Alvin Dailey in 1995. While never closed, the case went cold without new evidence.

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CHICAGO (AP) — Computer hacker Jeremy Hammond, who is serving a 10-year prison sentence for breaking into computer systems of security firms and law-enforcement agencies, will serve out the remainder of his term in a Chicago halfway house, a U.S. Bureau of Prison spokesman said Wednesday.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — More than three weeks after Hurricane Zeta barreled across the Southeast and left destruction in its wake, Alabama is still waiting on a federal disaster declaration and the emergency relief that comes with it, according to state and federal agencies.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The new coronavirus is spreading so quickly through Alabama that COVID-19 is rampant and there’s little hope of real improvement until weeks after the holidays, despite the hope presented by new vaccines, health officials said Wednesday.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — More than 170 people were arrested on charges ranging from solicitation of prostitution to human trafficking of a minor in case involving a girl who was 13 when the two-year investigation began, Florida law enforcement authorities announced Tuesday.