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A federal law has led to years of messy litigation over levies on locomotive diesel.

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Alabama Lawmakers Pass Chemical Castration Mandate for Sex Offenders

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Alabama House Passes Bill to Criminalize Most Abortions

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Republican AGs Call For Court to Toss Discrimination Lawsuit Over Minimum Wage Law

The case concerns an Alabama statute that pre-empted a local minimum wage ordinance in Birmingham.

Justice Department Says Alabama Prisons Plagued by Violence

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Trump Orders 'A Plus Treatment' for Alabama Tornado Victims

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Is It Cruel and Unusual to Execute a Man With Dementia?

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Disputes Over State Taxes on Railroad Fuel Simmer Before Supreme Court

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Steering committees, distributed models and named user licensing are catching on.

Small Town vs. Big Pollution: Black Residents Allege Environmental Racism

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Here Comes Gordon: Gulf Storm Expected to Make Landfall as Hurricane

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Figuring Out If 'Opportunity Zones' Can Revitalize Struggling Neighborhoods

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Census Citizenship Fight Will Sway States' Political Clout, Federal Money

Alabama sues to keep U.S. Census from counting undocumented immigrants. Phoenix City Council, meanwhile, votes to sue to block Census Bureau from asking whether someone is a citizen.

This Alabama Town Reimagined Its Vacant Kmart

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Birmingham Mayor Makes Giant Leap Into His City

He’s not the first city hall leader make such an aerial arrival.

Alabama to Enact CHIP Enrollment Freeze in Two Weeks

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How Alabama's Election Laws Keep Moore on the Ballot

After multiple allegations of sexual assault and harassment of minors against Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, a complicated set of elections laws and rules is being used to keep his hat in the ring.

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