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Supreme Court Sides With Alabama Death Row Inmate

Says Kenneth Smith should be put to death by nitrogen hypoxia

(Newser) - The US Supreme Court on Monday sided with an Alabama death row inmate, who had his lethal injection called off at the last minute in November, and argues he should be put to death by nitrogen hypoxia when he is ultimately executed, the AP reports. Justices without comment rejected the...

Teen Brothers Charged in Alabama Mass Shooting
3rd Suspect Arrested
in Alabama Mass Shooting

3rd Suspect Arrested in Alabama Mass Shooting

Arrest of Wilson Lamar Hill in Dadeville shooting follows arrest of teen brothers

(Newser) - A third suspect was taken into custody Wednesday in connection with the Saturday night mass shooting in Alabama that killed four people and injured 32 others. Police say Auburn resident Wilson LaMar Hill Jr., 20, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with four counts of reckless murder, reports....

Teen Football Star Died Saving Sister's Life at Her Sweet 16 Party

Phil Dowdell was among the 4 killed in Alabama dance hall shooting

(Newser) - One of the final acts of the star football player killed at his sister's 16th birthday party in Alabama Saturday night was to save that sister's life. Phil Dowdell, 18, pushed his sister Alexis to the ground when shots rang out, she tells the BBC . They were then...

Birthday Party Shooting Kills 4, Wounds 15 Teens

Pastor says most people in Alabama town knew the victims

(Newser) - A shooting at a Sweet 16 birthday celebration in Dadeville, Alabama, on Saturday night sent at least 15 teenagers to hospitals with gunshot wounds, in addition to leaving four people dead. Five of the wounded teenagers were in critical condition Sunday, CNN reports. Authorities in the town of 3,000...

This Is the Most Stressed State in America

Mississippi needs to meditate, per WalletHub, while Minnesota seems to be handling its tension just fine

(Newser) - Need to squeeze one of those stress balls more than you used to? It could have something to do with where you live. WalletHub looked at all 50 states to see which ones were the most afflicted by anxiety and tension, examining more than three dozen metrics across four main...

'To Protect Your Life, TAKE COVER NOW!'
'To Protect Your Life,

'To Protect Your Life, TAKE COVER NOW!'

Tornado sweeps through Mississippi, Alabama, killing at least 26

(Newser) - A powerful tornado tore through rural Mississippi and Alabama on Friday night, killing at least 26 people, reports CNN . The tornado also destroyed buildings and knocked out power as severe weather that produced hail the size of golf balls moved through several Southern states and prompted authorities to warn some...

Report: Alabama Player Fled Cops at 141mph—With a Haul

Tony Mitchell, suspended from football, is charged with marijuana possession

(Newser) - An Alabama freshman defensive back has admitted to fleeing from law enforcement when he put the pedal to the metal and reached speeds of 141mph last week, according to a police report. Tony Mitchell, a five-star recruit and top 150 prospect, was arrested Wednesday in Florida on a charge of...

In This State, a Move Forward on a New Execution Method

Alabama says it's 'close' on protocol for using nitrogen gas to put inmates to death

(Newser) - The head of Alabama's prison system said Wednesday that a protocol for using nitrogen gas to carry out executions should be finished this year. "We're close. We're close," John Hamm, commissioner of the state's Department of Corrections, said of the new execution method that...

This Is Among Worst Cases of Jail Abuse in US History: Suit

Family alleges Alabama man 'froze to death' while restrained in jail's walk-in freezer

(Newser) - The family of an Alabama man who died in police custody alleges he "froze to death" after he was restrained for hours in a jail's walk-in freezer. Anthony Mitchell, 33, was held at the Walker County Jail for 14 days before he was taken to a hospital on...

Every Month for Years, He Handed Her $100. Now, His Secret Is Out
Every Month for
Years, He Handed
Her $100. Now,
His Secret Is Out
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Every Month for Years, He Handed Her $100. Now, His Secret Is Out

Alabama farmer Hody Childress quietly paid locals' pharmacy bills for around a decade

(Newser) - Hody Buford Childress' obituary is a rather unremarkable one, just three brief paragraphs in the Jan. 4 edition of the Sand Mountain Reporter listing his age (80), day of death (New Year's Day), and information on survivors and funeral arrangements. But what Childress did in secret for the last...

Alabama Basketball Player Charged With Murder
Cops: Darius Miles
Supplied Gun Used in Murder

Cops: Darius Miles Supplied Gun Used in Murder

Another man allegedly fired shot that killed Jamea Jonae Harris

(Newser) - A former University of Alabama basketball player didn't fire the shot that killed a young mother in Tuscaloosa early Sunday, but he supplied the gun that was used, investigators say. Darius Miles, who has been removed from the team, and Michael Lynn Davis have both been charged with capital...

4 Members of Same Family Killed in Alabama Tornadoes

They lived in 2 separate houses on the same road

(Newser) - Four of the people killed in tornadoes in Alabama last week were members of the same family. Robert Gardner Jr., 70, and Deanna Marie Corbin, 59, lived at one house on Sandy Ridge Road in Prattville, and Christopher Allen Corbin Jr, 46, and Tessa Celeste Desmet, 21, lived at another...

Alabama Reports Tornado Deaths
Alabama Reports
Tornado Deaths

Alabama Reports Tornado Deaths

Two young children are found on a Selma rooftop after twister passes

(Newser) - A giant, swirling storm system billowing across the South spurred a tornado on Thursday that killed at least six people in central Alabama. Details about the fatalities were not immediately available. The storm shredded the walls of homes, toppled roofs, and uprooted trees in Selma. Brick buildings collapsed, cars were...

State's AG Wants to Go After Women Who Take Abortion Pills

Despite an Alabama law protecting them, thanks to an older law on chemical endangerment of kids

(Newser) - Last week, the Food and Drug Administration shifted its rules to allow pharmacies to dispense both mifepristone and misoprostol, drugs used for medication abortions. In theory, women who take advantage of this change and use the drugs for an abortion wouldn't have to fear prosecution under Alabama's new...

82-Year-Old Arrested Over Her Unpaid $77 Trash Bill

Martha Menefield was handcuffed, briefly taken to jail

(Newser) - After the handcuffs were placed on Martha Menefield, the Valley, Alabama, woman says one of the officers leaned in and "kind of whispered" to her that she shouldn't cry. She had a biting response, per CBS42 : "How would you feel if they came and arrested your grandmama?"...

'Execution Survivor' Won't Be Subjected to Lethal Injection Again

Any future effort to execute Alan Eugene Miller will be done by nitrogen hypoxia

(Newser) - Alabama won't seek another lethal injection date for an inmate whose Sept. 22 execution had been halted because of problems establishing an intravenous line, according to the terms of a settlement agreement approved by US District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. on Tuesday. The state agreed to never use...

Alabama Calls for Halt to Executions

Political scientist Austin Sarat wants to see the 'insane' method ended across the country

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has called for a stop to executions in the state after two failed attempts at lethal injections—a problem on display in other states this week. In a Monday release, following the failed executions of Kenneth Smith on Nov. 17 and Alan Miller on Sept. 22,...

Scheduled Execution Takes Several Twists and Turns

Alabama ultimately called off the planned execution of Kenneth Smith

(Newser) - An appellate court on Thursday night issued a stay halting the scheduled execution of Alabama inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith, and the state then appealed to the US Supreme Court—which vacated the stay, theoretically allowing the 57-year-old's lethal injection to proceed. But the SCOTUS decision was issued just hours...

Man Shoots Himself After Long Standoff in Alabama

He held police at bay outside government building in Mobile

(Newser) - A man with a gun held police at bay outside a government building for more than five hours Monday, shutting down part of downtown Mobile, Alabama, before shooting himself, authorities said. The man, who wasn't immediately identified, was believed to have suffered a life-threatening wound, but his condition wasn'...

Alabama Prison Botches Another Lethal Injection

Alan Eugene Miller previously sued the state for failing to use his chosen method of execution

(Newser) - Alan Eugene Miller is now America’s only living execution survivor, according to the Atlantic’s Elizabeth Bruenig, who was present at Alabama's Holman prison Sept. 22 with the expectation of witnessing Miller’s execution. Instead, Bruenig was present for yet another botched execution, Alabama’s second of the...

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