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Alabama lawmakers vote to extend the waiting period for abortions

By Verna Gates BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – A measure to extend the waiting period for abortions in Alabama to 48 hours is headed to the governor’s desk, but an effort to ban the procedure after evidence of a fetal heartbeat appears stalled in the legislative session that ends on Thursday.…

Former cheerleading coach, teacher indicted on charges of rape and sodomy of a student

A Chilton County, Alabama, grand jury has indicted a former teacher and cheerleading coach on eight counts of rape and sodomy of a minor. Jennifer Collins McNeill, 39, was arrested last year and charged with six counts of rape and two counts of sodomy of a juvenile male. According to…

Alabama no longer feeling sheepish about their lack of bestiality laws

The Alabama State Senate voted 20-1 on Thursday to make bestiality (zoophilia) a misdemeanor criminal offense punishable  by up to one year in jail, AL.com reported. Sponsored by Sen. Tom Whatley (R), Senate Bill 151 would criminalize sexual contact with animals, with exemptions for acceptable animal husbandry and veterinarian practices.…

Four alleged child pornographers dead in likely murder-suicide plot in Alabama

Police in Alabama believe that four people found shot to death in a car 65 miles northwest of Birmingham were killed in an apparent murder-suicide plot after two of them had been charged, the other two implicated in a Tennessee child pornography investigation. Authorities would not release the names of…

UPS cargo plane crashes in Birmingham, Alabama: FAA

(Reuters) – A large UPS cargo plane crashed early Wednesday morning near the airport in Birmingham, Alabama, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The United Parcel Service Inc flight 1354, en route from Louisville, Kentucky, to Birmingham, crashed on approach about 6 a.m., according to the FAA. The plane was identified…

Massive fuel barge explosions force evacuations in Alabama

At least three people were critical condition on Thursday after two fuel barges containing natural gas exploded in Mobile, Alabama. Steve Huffman with Mobile Fire and Rescue said that emergency crews were forced to let the fires burn out on their own due to volatile conditions. A one-mile safety zone…

Civil rights icon moved to tears by Alabama police chief’s apology

Rep. John Lewis (R-GA) was moved to tears on Saturday by an apology from a police chief in Montgomery, Alabama, who said his department utterly failed to protect civil rights marchers as they disembarked from a Grayhound bus into a segregated terminal in 1961. Lewis was one of 21 protesters…

Prisoners used to transport Alabama Republican primary votes

During their Republican primary coverage last night, CNN cameras spotted something unusual in Alabama: prison inmates waiting in the wings to help transport voters’ ballots from a truck into a building where elections staff was waiting. “This is something that they’ve done for years, I’m told,” CNN reporter Dana Bash…

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Grandmother, stepmother charged with running girl to death

BIRMINGHAM, Alabama (Reuters) – Two Alabama women were accused of murder on Wednesday for allegedly killing a young girl by forcing her to run for three hours without stopping, authorities said. The running was apparently a punishment for Savannah Hardin, 9, who died on Monday at Children’s Hospital in Birmingham…

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