GOP governor’s race candidates to address MARC on Saturday

February 9, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The 2018 gubernatorial race kicks off on Saturday when most of the Alabama GOP Gubernatorial Candidates Speak at a forum in Vestavia Hills, Alabama.

The Mid-Alabama Republican Club will be hosting the forum at the Vestavia Hills Public Library.

“We’re very excited to having this event. This is a great opportunity for people to come out and hear about the candidates’ vision for Alabama first hand, so they can make an informed decision in the upcoming primary,” MARC President, former Rep. Paul DeMarco, R-Homewood, said.

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Three early childhood educators recognized for commitment to childhood mental health

January 26, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Three Alabama early childhood educators were recently recognized by First 5 Alabama with the Early Childhood Mental Health Endorsement for their commitment to childhood mental health.

The three women demonstrated specialized knowledge in applying infant and early childhood mental health principles when working with children and families.

Joy Winchester, from Montgomery; Nicole Harrington-Ryans, from Tuscaloosa; and Christal Coker, from Mobile, were recognized with the endorsement.

Winchester, an early learning best practice coordinator for the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education serving pre-K classrooms statewide, has been working in early childhood education for 24 years. She supports teachers in developing strategies for challenging behavior and classroom resiliency.

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Trussville man sentenced for child pornography

January 25, 2018

By Staff

Tuesday, a federal judge sentenced a Trussville, Alabama, man to more than 15 years in prison for distributing and possessing child pornography.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town and FBI Special Agent in Charge Johnnie Sharp Jr. announced that U.S. District Judge R. David Proctor sentenced Brian Wayne Ray, age 55, to 15 years and eight months in prison.

Ray pleaded guilty in October to one count of distributing child pornography between March 9, 2016, and March 15, 2016, using the internet and an email account. He also pleaded guilty to one count of possessing child pornography between Feb. 14, 2016, and July 5, 2016, in Jefferson County.

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Ivey announces grants for Alabama Aviation College

January 23, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) announced Friday that Enterprise State Community College will receive $2.5 million dollars to expand the Alabama Aviation College in Ozark. The funds are part of the Alabama Capital Improvement Trust Fund which awards funds for projects that promote economic development and industrial recruitment in the state.

“I am proud to award this $2.5 million grant to the Alabama Aviation College and provide funding for lab space for the new Advanced Composite Materials program,” Governor Ivey said. “While this grant is for the aviation program, the infrastructure updates it provides will also help to ensure the Ozark campus of Enterprise State Community College is ready to meet all the workforce needs of local business and industry.”

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Alabama Democrats open qualifying for 2018 primary elections

January 9, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

The Alabama Democrats opened candidate qualifying Monday for the 2018 primary election.

Democrats began qualifying yesterday for the June 5, 2018, Democratic primary, and potential candidates will have until Feb. 9, 2018, to qualify with the party. Candidates have been preparing for the primaries for months by fundraising and campaigning across the state.

Democratic Party Chairwoman Nancy Worley said Monday that a “slate of impressive candidates” had already qualified. For the state top’s office, Sue Bell Cobb, former Alabama chief justice, qualified Monday to run in the Democratic primary for governor. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox is expected to be her chief opponent in the primary.

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Portions of Black Warrior River Basin to be placed under special status to protect endangered Alabama waterdog

January 3, 2018

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

A large aquatic salamander found only in Alabama’s Black Warrior River Basin has been named an endangered species, which places it under federally protected status and extends some federal protections to areas in the Black Warrior River Basin.

The status means that the Black Warrior waterdog, known colloquially as the Alabama mudpuppy, is in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its region based on a “rigorous review” of the best available data. The deferral review found a low and declining population because of loss and fragmentation of its habitat

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Convicted felon who fled Mountain Brook Police indicted on federal gun charge

December 29, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

A federal grand jury Thursday returned a federal gun charge against the Irondale man who last month crashed a stolen car in Mountain Brook after fleeing police there.

U.S. Attorney Jay E. Town, Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Special Agent in Charge Steven L. Gerido, Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton and Mountain Brook Police Chief Ted Cook announced the indictment of Eric Devaughn McAlphine on the federal gun charge.

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State Rep. Tim Wadsworth will seek another term

December 28, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

State Rep. Tim Wadsworth, R-Arley, will seek a second term to the Alabama House of Representatives.

Since his election in 2014, Wadsworth has represented state House District 14, which includes portions of Winston, Walker and Jefferson Counties.

In a campaign announcement, Wadsworth said he will focus on his conservative record, integrity, openness and his transparent approach. He pointed to progress made in the last few years tackling corruption in Montgomery. He said he wants to continue “cleaning up Montgomery.”

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Mobile County Schools honored with alternative fuels leadership award

December 15, 2017

By Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Mobile County School System has been honored for its alternative fuels bus fleet.

At the Southeast Diesel Collaborative’s 12 Annual Partners Meeting in Atlanta, the system received a Fleet Leadership Award.

Mobile County Public Schools now has 80 propane-powered school buses that have replaced older diesel-powered buses in its fleet. BusWorx supplied the new Blue Bird Propane Vision buses that are equipped with ROUSH CleanTech propane fuel system engines.

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Former U.S. Attorney Doug Jones wins Senate race; first Democratic win since 1992

December 12, 2017

By APR Staff
Alabama Political Reporter

Alabama elected its first Democratic senator in over two decades Tuesday after a grueling seven-month long election cycle.

Doug Jones, a former U.S. attorney, faced a great challenge in overcoming the deficit polling between him and his opponent, former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore. Jones trailed Moore for most of the campaign according to RealClearPolitics, which averages polls across various firms and media outlets.
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