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Drug Dog Collapses, Dies After Prison Search

Officials believe reaction to synthetic pot killed Jake

(Newser) - An Alabama Department of Corrections drug-sniffing dog was carrying out a contraband search at a prison last week when he sniffed out something that killed him. Authorities say Jake, a 4-year-old Belgian Malinois, collapsed after detecting the substance during a contraband search Thursday at the Staton Correctional Facility, the Montgomery ... More »

Pussy Riot Going to Fight 'Patriarchal Ghosts' in Alabama

Feminist punk-rock group is heading there to hold protest concert on strict new abortion law

(Newser) - Alabama's strict new abortion law is "ridiculous." So says Pussy Riot, which has decided to take action on it, per AFP . The Russian punk-rock group will perform a protest concert in Birmingham on Thursday, with all proceeds set to go to Planned Parenthood and the Yellowhammer Fund,... More »

They Were Enjoying July 4 on the Water. Then, Tragedy

12-year-old girl dead, 3 missing, 7 injured in 2 separate boating accidents in Alabama

(Newser) - Divers and crews using underwater sonar devices searched Friday for three people who went missing on two Alabama lakes after a pair of holiday boating accidents, and authorities later confirmed one person was dead, in addition to several injured. Both happened after dark on July 4 on large reservoirs that... More »

A Big Decision in the Case of Woman Indicted in Fetus' Death

DA won't prosecute Marshae Jones

(Newser) - An Alabama district attorney said Wednesday she is dropping charges against a woman who was indicted for manslaughter after she lost her fetus when she was shot during a fight, the AP reports. Marshae Jones was arrested last week after a grand jury concluded she intentionally caused the death of... More »

Lawyers: Drop Charges for Woman Indicted in Fetus' Death

Marshae Jones was shot while 5 months pregnant

(Newser) - The criminal charges filed against a woman who was shot while five months pregnant, losing her unborn baby as a result, sparked a massive uproar . Now, lawyers for Marshae Jones have filed a motion to have the charges stemming from the 2018 incident dismissed. "Using flawed and twisted rationale,... More »

Big Problem in Alabama: Yellow Jacket 'Super Nests'

It's a bumper year for angry wasps

(Newser) - Last winter was warmer than usual in Alabama, leaving residents facing an unpleasant hazard in summer: Wasps' nest the size of small cars, containing thousands of irritable yellow jackets. Alabama Cooperative Extension System Entomologist Charles Ray says this year is on course to be the worst year for "super... More »

Pregnant Woman Is Shot, Then Indicted in Fetus' Death

Alabama police say Marshae Jones initiated fight that led to unborn baby's death

(Newser) - A shooting in Alabama has led to manslaughter charges, but little else about the case is typical. The person charged is 27-year-old Marshae Jones of Birmingham, and the victim was her 5-month-old fetus, reports Al.com . Jones is not accused of firing the shots that killed her unborn girl, but... More »

Roy Moore Is In, and Republicans Don't Like It

He's running for the Senate in Alabama again

(Newser) - Roy Moore, who lost an election for an Alabama Senate seat after he was accused of pursuing sexual and romantic relationships with teenage girls when he was in his 30s, is running again. He'll try to unseat Sen. Doug Jones, a Democrat who narrowly beat Moore in a 2017... More »

Cops: Ex-Students Use Bat to Put Duck 'Out of Its Misery'

19-year-olds charged with aggravated animal cruelty in Alabama

(Newser) - Former student baseball players at an Alabama community college are accused of pulling a duck from a campus pond and beating it with a bat. Following a party, Thomas "Landon" Grant and Jacob Frye allegedly beat the white Muscovy duck found on the campus of Central Alabama Community College... More »

'Attack Squirrel' Awaited Deputies

Suspect reportedly fed the animal meth

(Newser) - Sheriff's deputies say they rescued an "attack squirrel" during a raid Monday in Alabama. Investigators said they were told before the raid that the man they were looking for kept a squirrel in his apartment and fed it meth "to keep it aggressive." A squirrel was... More »

Alabama Passes Another Controversial Law

Some sex offenders will be forced to undergo chemical castration before release

(Newser) - Males convicted of a sex offense against a child under the age of 13 in Alabama will be forced to undergo chemical castration in the month before they're released from custody. Republican Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Monday signed into law the bill passed by the state legislature on... More »

This Is the Most Fun US State

California tops the list for 2019

(Newser) - You know the safest , least stressful , healthiest , greenest , and happiest places to live, but what about the most fun? To figure that out, WalletHub looked at 26 factors related to entertainment, nightlife, and recreation—things like restaurants, amusement parks, golf courses, theaters, arcades, music festivals, casinos, and marinas per capita;... More »

Mayor Caught on Video Killing Raccoon Defends Himself

Alabama Mayor Jim Staff says raccoon's behavior was 'not natural'

(Newser) - For the second time in a month, a raccoon's death has gone viral. This time, it was the mayor of Atmore, Ala., who was caught on video beating a raccoon to death with a shovel, then using the shovel to push its body away from the road. Jim Staff... More »

Inmate's Last Words: 'A Man Is More Than His Worst Mistake'

Alabama executes Christopher Lee Price

(Newser) - A man convicted of killing a country preacher during a 1991 robbery was put to death by lethal injection in Alabama on Thursday, weeks after he avoided another execution date amid disagreements between US Supreme Court justices. Christopher Lee Price, 46, became the second inmate put to death in Alabama... More »

Roy Moore Won't Like These Trump Tweets

President says former judge 'cannot win' Alabama Senate seat

(Newser) - Failed Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore teased a rematch with Sen. Doug Jones on Tuesday before getting knocked down a peg by former supporter President Trump. "I have NOTHING against Roy Moore, and ... wanted him to win. But he didn't, and probably won't," Trump said in... More »

2 Big Names Just Filed Suit Over 'Extreme' Abortion Law

Planned Parenthood, ACLU are behind complaint on Alabama's near-total ban

(Newser) - As states across the country have started passing more restrictive abortion laws , one has now been hit with a federal lawsuit, with two big names behind it. NBC News reports Planned Parenthood and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a complaint Friday over Alabama's so-called "heartbeat" law , which... More »

You Won't See This Gay Wedding in Alabama

Alabama Public Television blocks episode of kids' show 'Arthur'

(Newser) - Alabama Public Television will not air the season 22 premiere of the PBS kids' show Arthur because it features a gay wedding. "Mr. Ratburn and the Special Someone," in which Arthur's third-grade teacher marries a chocolatier, earned praise for "the inclusion of an LGBT character as... More »

Boozy Graduation Party Erupts in Gunfire, Tragedy

1 dead, 8 injured amid chaos at Alabama high school graduation party

(Newser) - A boozy Alabama high school graduation party turned tragic early Saturday, with shots fired that left one man dead and eight other people injured, reports WKRG . Authorities say that a fight broke out around 2am between two women at the party that drew hundreds to the old Escambia County Middle... More »

Alabama Executes Man Who Slit Throat of Girl, 7

Michael Samra took part in quadruple murder

(Newser) - A man condemned for his role in a quadruple killing that followed a dispute over a pickup truck was put to death Thursday in Alabama after declining to make any last-minute appeals. Michael Brandon Samra, 41, was pronounced dead at 7:33pm following a three-drug lethal injection at Holman prison,... More »

Alabama Governor Signs It

Gov. Kay Ivey puts pen to paper

(Newser) - Alabama's Republican governor signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation Wednesday, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, the AP reports. "To the bill's many supporters, this legislation stands as a powerful testament to Alabamians' deeply held belief that every life is... More »

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