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SCOTUS Allows Alabama to Restore Voting Restrictions

State now allowed to block curbside voting

(Newser) - The Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s order that would allow local officials to offer curbside voting in... More »

At Alabama COVID Parties, Infection Comes with Cash

Tuscaloosa officials describe reckless behavior by college students

(Newser) - College students known to have COVID-19 have been attending parties in Tuscaloosa, Ala., as part of a bizarre game designed to infect others, according to local officials. What's worth the risk of serious illness or death? The chance at some cash, apparently. "They put money in a pot... More »

'Sickened' Police Chief Fires Officer Over Post

Former Officer Ryan Snow posted an image of an armed protester on Facebook

(Newser) - An Alabama police chief says one of his officers has been fired after posting a photo on social media that depicted a protester in the crosshairs of a rifle scope, the AP reports. Former Officer Ryan Snow was fired Friday, Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said. The officer posted the... More »

Why Bubba Wallace Is 'Pissed'

NASCAR driver says his character is being tested

(Newser) - NASCAR driver Bubba Wallace says "people are trying to test my character" after the FBI determined that the noose in his team's garage was a door pull that had been in place for months. "I'm pissed," NASCAR's only black full-time driver told CNN '... More »

After 7 Killed in Alabama, 2 Suspects Nabbed in Oregon

Cops say Frederic Rogers, John Legg, accused of killing 7, were part of '7 Deadly Sins' club

(Newser) - Two men who allegedly shot seven people to death at an Alabama home earlier this month are now in custody in Oregon. The Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspects—Frederic Rogers, 22, and John Legg, 19, neither of whom have a criminal record—were detained "without incident"... More »

Black Store Owner Reported Robbery, Got Punched by Cop

March incident is making headlines

(Newser) - An armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect, police said, per the AP . After the March 15 altercation, Kevin Penn, owner of Star Spirits & Beverages... More »

'Cristobal' Heads for Gulf Coast

Tropical Storm Cristobal brings wind and heavy rains

(Newser) - A re-energized Tropical Storm Cristobal advanced toward the US Gulf Coast early Saturday, bringing with it the heavy rains that already caused flooding and mudslides in Mexico and Central America, the AP reports. After weakening to a tropical depression while moving over land in Mexico's Gulf coast, Cristobal headed... More »

7 People, One Dog Dead in 'Horrific Scene'

Authorities trying to piece together what happened in mass shooting in Morgan County, Alabama

(Newser) - Deputies responding to a call about a shooting in Alabama early Friday found seven people dead inside a home that had been set afire, news outlets reported, per the AP . Morgan County deputies were able to put out the fire before firefighters got to the scene, and that’s when... More »

Alabama Man Is Walking 1K Miles to Minneapolis

He says he is walking for 'change, justice, and equality'

(Newser) - Alabama man Terry Willis has hit the road for a 1,000 mile-walk to the exact spot where George Floyd died in Minneapolis. He says he is walking to protest injustice faced by black Americans. Willis, who owns a carpentry business, says he will walk for as long as it... More »

Alabama Worker Dies in Wood Chipper

Police say 'partial remains' were found

(Newser) - A worker at an Alabama lumber yard was killed in a horrific accident early Wednesday, authorities say. Phenix Lumber Co. employee Brandon Lee Vandyke, 34, was apparently pulled into a wood chipper after going to check on malfunctioning equipment around 4:15am, Fox reports. The Phenix City Police Department says... More »

Jeff Sessions Pushes Back at New Fiery Trump Tweet

'Your personal feelings don't dictate who Alabama picks as their senator, the people of Alabama do'

(Newser) - They're at it again. The longtime battle between President Trump and his former attorney general, Jeff Sessions, continues this week as the latter keeps up his run for a US Senate seat out of Alabama, while the former carries on his attack. Trump has already thrown his support behind... More »

Mother Nature Hits the Deep South

Several states are under storm warnings

(Newser) - Strong storms pounded parts of the Deep South on Sunday, damaging buildings and toppling trees in northern Louisiana, the AP reports. The National Weather Service reported multiple tornadoes and damaging winds over much of the northern part of the state. There were no immediate reports of serious injuries. Utility companies... More »

CDC: Yes, You Should Wear a Cloth Mask

Trump says the guidance is voluntary, and he probably won't do so

(Newser) - The CDC is shifting course and recommending that everybody wear simple cloth masks while out in public. President Trump made the announcement at his Friday coronavirus briefing, reports the New York Times . Trump stressed that high-grade N95 masks should be reserved for health care workers. He also said the guidance... More »

He Was Cutting the Grass. Then, a Body Under a Mattress

Worker discovers remains of missing mom Tiffany Smitherman Osborne in Alabama industrial area

(Newser) - A worker cutting grass in an industrial area made a grisly discovery this week—the body of a missing mom of three who vanished after reportedly leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., in February. Sergeant Michael Jeffries of the Midfield Police Department says the worker found the decomposing body of... More »

Courts Nix States' Attempts to Ban Abortion

Abortion clinics score victory amid attempts to shut them down amid coronavirus outbreak

(Newser) - Federal judges on Monday temporarily blocked efforts in Texas and Alabama to ban abortions during the coronavirus pandemic, handing abortion providers a victory as clinics across the US filed lawsuits to stop states from trying to shutter them during the outbreak. A new Ohio order is also unconstitutional if it... More »

Searchers Find Girl, 4, After 2 Nights in the Woods

Vadie Sides was walking her dog when she got lost

(Newser) - About 300 people volunteered to join the search for Evelyn "Vadie" Sides, a redheaded 4-year-old who'd been reported missing Wednesday in rural Alabama, near Auburn University. About 48 hours later, they found her, unharmed, in a wooded area with her dog, WSFA reports. "No words are capable... More »

Governor Faces Unexpected Spectator: 'You Killed My Brother'

Pamela Woods faces off against Kay Ivey in Alabama on death of Nathaniel Woods

(Newser) - An event kicking off the Alabama census got somewhat heated Thursday when the state's governor was confronted by the family of a man executed last week under her charge. The Washington Post reports that Gov. Kay Ivey was taking questions from reporters in Montgomery, and she was answering one... More »

Trump Has One More Insult for Jeff Sessions

President endorses Tommy Tuberville, Sessions' Alabama opponent for US Senate seat

(Newser) - President Trump has said one of his biggest mistakes was appointing Jeff Sessions as his attorney general, but the latter seemed determined to get back into the commander in chief's good graces, recently declaring himself Trump's "strongest advocate" as he gets ready to make a new run... More »

Mother of 3 Vanishes After Leaving Home

She left newborn with boyfriend to go to store

(Newser) - Family members are pleading for the public's help in finding Tiffany Smitherman Osborne, a mother of three who disappeared after leaving her home in Midfield, Ala., three weeks ago. Police say Osborne's boyfriend has told them she went out around 11pm on Feb. 17 to walk to a... More »

Despite Outcry, Alabama Executes Nathaniel Woods

He was convicted of being an accomplice in the killings of 3 officers

(Newser) - A man convicted in the 2004 killings of three police officers in Alabama who were shot by another man was executed Thursday evening. Nathaniel Woods, 43, was pronounced dead at 9:01pm following a lethal injection at the state prison in Atmore, authorities say. The inmate had no last words... More »

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