MONTGOMERY — Legislation to create a new state agency to oversee the expansion and availability of high-speed broadband internet services throughout the state is close to final passage in the Statehouse, with a committee vote planned this week.

MONTGOMERY — The Alabama Senate on Thursday backed legislation to make it a crime for local police officers to enforce any new federal gun restrictions, part of a wave of GOP nullification proposals to try to resist any new gun control measures.

MONTGOMERY — A “slimmed down” teacher retirement modification bill cleared a Senate committee Wednesday, and a bill that would provide retired teachers with a one-time bonus was approved by a Senate committee.

MONTGOMERY — The venue had been booked. Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill, a rising GOP star with an eye long set on higher office, was about to announce his run for U.S. Senate. But then scandal brought his political aspirations crashing down.

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