McLeod Software purchases new headquarters building in Hoover

December 5, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

McLeod Software has purchased a 140,000-square foot office building in Hoover for its new corporate headquarters. The company announced that it plans to move into it’s new facility in early summer 2018 at the completion of a major remodeling project.

“One of the most rewarding opportunities McLeod Software offers our region is new jobs being transplanted from other states,” said Hoover City Councilman Place 5 Derrick M. Murphy.  He is the Chairman of the Commerce & Development committee.

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Tuscaloosa drug gang leader gets 25 years

December 1, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. District Judge L. Scott Coogler sentenced the leader of a drug ring trafficking methamphetamine and cocaine in Tuscaloosa County to 25 years in prison.

The lengthy sentence was announced U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido and West Alabama Narcotics Task Force Captain Phil Simpson.

“Multiple law enforcement agencies came together in this investigation and successfully took down an established cocaine- and methamphetamine-trafficking organization in the Tuscaloosa area,” Town said. “This is an outstanding example of how robust partnerships between every level of law enforcement enables the dismantling of drug smuggling organizations and reduces the availability of illegal narcotics in our communities.”

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US Army Reserve Lt. Colonel sentenced to 4 years in prison for supplying Chinese-made gear to Army

November 29, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

U.S. Army Reserves Lieutenant Colonel Frederick Lamar Burnett was sentenced to four years in prison and ordered to forfeit $4.4 million to the government for fraudulently supplying hundreds of thousands of Chinese-produced baseball caps and backpacks to the Army Recruiting Command and passing them off as American-made products, in violation of his contracts and the Buy America Act.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Defense Criminal Investigative Service Special Agent in Charge John F. Khin, and U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command Special Agent in Charge James T. Wallis announced the sentence.

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Muscle Shoals man pleads guilty to producing child pornography

November 28, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

A Colbert County man pleaded guilty to producing child pornography between 1997 and 1998.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Principle Deputy Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division, and Homeland Security Investigations (HIS) Special Agent in Charge Ray Parmer made the announcement.

Charles Mark McCormack, age 54, of Muscle Shoals, pleaded guilty to one count of production of child pornography before Chief U.S. District Court Judge Karon O. Bowdre.  Sentencing is set for April 3 in Huntsville.

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Ivey announces $1.5 million in Homeland Security grants

November 22, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter 

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that first responders from across the state will receive Homeland Security grants totaling $1.5 million.

“Homeland Security is hometown security,” Ivey said Monday. “Our first responders are the first line of defense for Alabama. As such recent events as hurricanes that swept through the Southeast to the terrorist attack in New York City demonstrated, first responders must be trained and ready to respond to natural disasters and man-made events.”

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Trump declares five counties disaster areas

November 20, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey (R) announced on Thursday that President Donald J. Trump (R) declared a major disaster exists in the state of Alabama as a result of Hurricane Nate. This federal declaration is in response to Gov. Kay Ivey’s major disaster request on October 30. The Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program will provide all categories of assistance to five Alabama counties. The following five counties are included in this major disaster declaration: Baldwin, Choctaw, Clarke, Mobile and Washington.

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The NRA hosting two town halls on permitless carry in Huntsville, Birmingham

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action is hosting two Legislative town hall meetings in Alabama to kick off a push for state legislation that would allow law-abiding Alabamians to carry a firearm without a government permit. The first town hall will be in Huntsville on Friday, Nov. 17. The second town hall will be in Birmingham on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Constitutional or permitless carry is already the law in 12 states: Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Mississippi, Missouri, Vermont, West Virginia, Wyoming, New Hampshire, and North Dakota. (Montana allows permitless carry for all areas outside city limits – 99.4 percent of the state.)

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Montez Butler gets 10 years in prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm

November 17, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, November 16, 2017 U.S. Attorney Louis V. Franklin Sr. announced that Keyon Montez Butler (24) of Montgomery, Alabama was sentenced to 120 months in federal prison for being a felon in possession of a firearm.  Federal law prohibits a person convicted of a felony from possessing firearms or ammunition. Butler was found guilty of the charge after a trial that took place in June 2017.

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Nine campaign committees, PACs still have not filed 2016 Annual Reports

November 9, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, the Alabama Secretary of State’s Office published a list of principal campaign committees and political action committees that have yet to file their 2016 Annual Report. This report documents all money raised or spent by a candidate or committee each year.

The Secretary of State’s Office says that it made numerous attempts to notify each committee member listed in the FCPA system starting May 1, 2017. Notice was delivered to each committee by phone, mail and email.

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Healthy Food Financing Program is a reality for Alabama

November 3, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, an innovative public‐private partnership is officially up and running in Alabama, paving the way to bring fresh food retailers to under-served areas across the state.

The Healthy Food Financing Program is administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affair. ADECA will disperse $300,000 in up to $50,000 increments through a statewide application process. The application is now live at www.adeca.alabama.gov and food retailers, including grocers, farmer’s markets, wholesale markets and other fresh food vendors are invited to apply. The deadline for application submissions is Dec. 20, 2017.
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