MONTGOMERY — A federal judge on Tuesday blocked Alabama's near-total abortion ban from taking effect next month and called the law sponsored by a Decatur representative — part of a wave of new abortion restrictions by conservative states — clearly unconstitutional.

MONTGOMERY — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is exploring the possibility of a run for his old Senate seat in Alabama, according to three Republicans with knowledge of the situation.

MONTGOMERY — A special committee of Alabama lawmakers has approved $5 million in funding for state universities, including $163,913 for Athens State as part of a higher education “equalization fund.”

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