National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville receives $2 million in DOJ grants

October 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, U.S. Attorney Jay Town announced that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling $2.1 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center for the 2017 fiscal year.

Town and NCAC Executive Director Chris Newlin said that the Huntsville Center is receiving the funding through the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s Victims of Child Abuse grant programs.

“I am so pleased to be able to announce that the Department of Justice has awarded grants totaling more than $2 million to the National Children’s Advocacy Center this year,” Town said. “This center is renowned for the training and support it provides the many professionals who work with child abuse victims and strive to improve the judicial system’s handling of their cases.”

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Prison healthcare plan proposed

October 10, 2017

By Staff 
Alabama Political Reporter

On Thursday, Quality Correctional Health Care and the University of Alabama at Birmingham will present to the Alabama Department of Corrections a comprehensive plan to provide enhanced healthcare services for the 21,000 inmates housed in the state prison system.

In June 2017, a federal judge ruled that the mental health services currently provided in Alabama’s prisons are so poor that they amount to unconstitutionally cruel and unusual punishment. A still-pending portion of the same lawsuit alleges that the medical care in the state prisons is likewise inadequate. That claim will be tried in federal court soon.

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State Conservation Enforcement Officers announce $750,000 fine for Illegally importing deer

October 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

In November 2016, Conservation Enforcement Officers with the Alabama Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division arrested deer breeder, Lewis H. “Sonny” Skinner, and his associate, Franklin Banks Loden, for knowingly importing six live white-tailed deer into Alabama from a farm in Indiana. Federal and state charges against the men were announced in Birmingham on Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

Tuesday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and prosecutors charged two Northport men with knowingly transporting and receiving white-tailed deer into the state – a violation of state law and the federal Lacey Act, which prohibits trade in wildlife, fish and plants that have been illegally taken, possessed, transported or sold.

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Bank robber sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison

October 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced that a federal judge has sentenced a Birmingham man to more than seven years in prison for three bank robberies in 2014.

Patrick Dexter Jones, age 49, pleaded guilty to the three bank robberies before U.S. District Court Judge Madeline H. Haikala. Jones admitted to robbing a Regions Bank branch on Inverness Center Drive in Hoover on Jan. 9, 2014, a BBVA Compass Bank branch on Shades Creek Parkway in Homewood on Jan. 21, 2014, and a Wells Fargo branch on Sixth Avenue South in Birmingham on Feb. 14, 2014. In the first two robberies, Jones presented notes demanding money. In the third, Jones presented two plastic bags and instructed the teller to put cash in the bags, according to his plea.

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US Attorney Jay Town names Robert Posey, Lloyd Peeples to leadership positions

October 6, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town has named veteran federal prosecutor Robert O. Posey as executive assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama. Town also named Lloyd Peeples as first assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Alabama, the office’s number two post.

“Robert Posey is an institution of knowledge. His leadership is proven and battle-tested and the Northern District has been fortunate to have it for many years, and it is my hope we will have it for many years to come. Robert will remain a big part of the management team as our new executive assistant U.S. attorney,” Town said.

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Working Families Party congratulates Randall Woodfin on election to Mayor

October 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Working Families Party has congratulated Birmingham Mayor-elect Randall Woodfin on his victory Tuesday night.

“Randall Woodfin ran on the idea that the people of Birmingham have a right to demand a government that truly works for all its people, and that a city can provide opportunity and lift up those who’ve been left behind,” said Joe Dinkin, national spokesperson for the Working Families Party. “Woodfin is part of a wave of local candidates around the nation who are running on bold, transformative progressive visions and winning.”

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Department of Conservation announces new adult mentored hunting program

October 5, 2017

By Staff 
Alabama Political Reporter

Monday, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the creation of the Adult Mentored Hunting Program to help first-time hunters get into the sport.

“Are you new to hunting and interested in learning how to hunt, or has it been a while since you’ve been hunting?” ACDNR wrote in a release. “If so, Alabama’s new Adult Mentored Hunting (AMH) program was designed with you in mind. Applications for AMH program events are now being accepted. The first AMH event will take place on November 18, 2017, in Mobile County.”
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Crenshaw County Republican Party welcomes new elected officials

October 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

(Update Thursday, October 5 at 8:05 pm the below event that was scheduled for Friday has been cancelled, and has not yet been rescheduled.)

The Crenshaw County Republican Executive Committee recently welcomed two former Democrat elected officials to the ALGOP: Commissioner Michelle Stephens and Commissioner Merrill Sport.

Crenshaw County Republican Party Chairman William Rayborn made the following statement regarding the new Party members: “The Crenshaw County Republican Executive Committee is excited to welcome Commissioner Michelle Stephens and Commissioner Merrill Sport to the Alabama Republican Party. We look forward to working with this exciting duo of commissioners. Additionally, we look forward to the leadership of our first female Republican commissioner. Both our county and state party members take this opportunity to welcome Mrs. Stephens and Mr. Sport and support their efforts to uphold the values we all share.”

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Live Updates: US Senate Special Primary Election Runoff

September 26, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter


7 a.m. — Polls open. Check sos.alabama.gov for your polling location.

1 p.m. Alabama Secretary of State: Some poll workers believed to be helping voters illegally crossover vote

7 p.m. — Polls close.

7:15-30 p.m. — First returns.

8 p.m. update — Moore leads 58.1 percent to 41.9 percent, with 13 percent reporting according to the NYTimes.

8:22 p.m. update —  Moore leads 56.9 percent to 43.1 percent, with 41 percent reporting according to the New York Times.
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Sen. Ward elected chairman of national energy research group

September 22, 2017

Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The Center for Legislative Energy and Environmental Research installed Alabama State Sen. Cam Ward as its new chairman for 2017-2018 at its annual meeting on Sunday, Sept. 17. Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson was on hand in Little Rock for the event with Sen. Ward. CLEER is an affiliate of The Energy Council, a legislative organization of 12 energy-producing American states and two Canadian provinces.

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