Maps in Four States Were Ruled Illegal Gerrymanders. They’re Being Used Anyway.

A Supreme Court shift, frowning on changes close to elections, gives House Republicans a big advantage in November.

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At Least 4 Players on Alabama’s ’60s Football Teams Had CTE

At least four fixtures of Alabama’s great teams of the 1960s had chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or C.T.E., at their deaths. Researchers expect it in other players, too.

#alabama, #chronic-traumatic-encephalopathy, #football, #football-college, #university-of-alabama

Alabama Takes From the Poor and Gives to the Rich

How fines and fees trap people in a kind of penury from which they may never escape.

#alabama, #black-people, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #criminal-justice, #finances, #fines-penalties, #income-inequality, #local-government, #lowndes-county-ala, #montgomery-ala, #property-taxes, #states-us, #taxation, #traffic-and-parking-violations

What to Do if You’re Mad About Roe v. Wade

I wrote the “Handbook for a Post-Roe America.” It’s time to put it into practice.

#abortion, #alabama, #roe-v-wade-supreme-court-decision, #supreme-court-us, #west-alabama-womens-center-tuscaloosa-ala

How Katie Britt Used Political Savvy to Trounce Mo Brooks in Alabama

Ms. Britt, now the state’s Republican nominee for Senate, made her way to the top with an “Alabama First” message and skillful navigation of a rival’s fleeting Trump endorsement.

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What to Watch in Tuesday’s Primaries

Mo Brooks faces Katie Britt in a fateful Senate runoff in Alabama, and Virginia and Georgia Republicans choose their House contenders against entrenched Democrats.

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How the Abortion and Gun Debates Look From Alabama

Republicans and Democrats both seem to forget they represent people like me too.

#alabama, #birth-control-and-family-planning, #gun-control, #pregnancy-and-childbirth, #united-states-politics-and-government

Two Americans Fighting for Ukraine Are Missing, Family Says

It wasn’t clear what happened to the two men from Alabama. They were last seen in combat on June 9.

#alabama, #alex-drueke, #mercenaries-and-private-military-contractors, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022

The Long Shadow of Eugenics in America

As young girls, the Relf sisters were sterilized without consent. What does the government owe them — and the thousands of other living victims?

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They Insisted the 2020 Election Was Tainted. Their 2022 Primary Wins? Not So Much.

Republicans are accepting their primary victories with little concern about the voter fraud they once falsely claimed caused Donald J. Trump’s loss.

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Trump Didn’t Get What He Wanted This Week

When everything seems awful, one little ray of sun …

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Scorned by Trump, Mo Brooks Rises in Alabama Senate Race

Mr. Brooks, a hard-right representative, seems to be making an unlikely comeback in a Senate race in which the Trump endorsement may not determine votes of Trump supporters.

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Alabama’s Transgender Youth Can Use Medicine to Transition, Judge Rules

A federal judge temporarily halted part of a new law that prevents doctors from prescribing puberty blockers and hormone therapies to transgender youth. He upheld a ban on sex-altering operations.

#alabama, #discrimination, #ivey-kay, #justice-department, #law-and-legislation, #transgender-and-transsexuals

Ethel Cain Is the Most Famous Girl at the Waffle House

The singer-songwriter Ethel Cain has an elaborate vision of becoming a different kind of pop star. She’s doing it from rural Alabama.

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Escaped Alabama Inmate and Officer Are Caught After Crash, Officials Say

The authorities in Alabama had been searching since April 29 for the corrections officer and the inmate, who disappeared after the officer said she was escorting him to a courthouse appointment.

#alabama, #lauderdale-county-ala, #prison-escapes, #prison-guards-and-corrections-officers, #prisons-and-prisoners, #white-casey-cole, #white-vicki-lauderdale-county-ala-corrections-officer

On an Endangered River, Another Toxic Disaster Is Waiting to Happen

Waste from coal plants is threatening the Mobile-Tensaw Delta, which the biologist E.O. Wilson called “arguably the biologically richest place” in the nation.

#alabama, #coal, #environment, #hazardous-and-toxic-substances, #hydroelectric-power, #mobile-ala, #rivers, #southern-states-us, #water-pollution

In Alabama’s ‘19th Unnamed Cave,’ a Trove of Ancient Dark-Zone Art

Researchers using 3-D technology brought to light an array of art in an Alabama cave, including a serpent, flying creatures and humanoid figures in regalia.

#3-d-devices-and-effects, #alabama, #antiquity-journal, #archaeology-and-anthropology, #caves-and-caverns, #native-americans, #united-states-geological-survey, #university-of-tennessee

G.O.P. Concocts New Threat: Vote Fraud by Undocumented Immigrants

Far from the U.S.-Mexico border, Ohio’s Senate primary shows how the Republican obsession with the fiction of a stolen election has spawned a new cause for fear of illegal immigration.

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G.O.P. Concocts New Threat: Voter Fraud by Undocumented Immigrants

Far from the U.S.-Mexico border, Ohio’s Senate primary shows how the Republican obsession with the fiction of a stolen election has spawned a new cause for fear of illegal immigration.

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For Alabama’s Only Gay Lawmaker, a Political Defeat Was Deeply Personal

Neil Rafferty’s painful experience as a young man influenced his efforts to block new restrictions on gay and transgender youth. He came up short.

#alabama, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #ivey-kay, #law-and-legislation, #neil-rafferty, #teenagers-and-adolescence

Mercedes-Benz’s next EV is this 7-seater EQS SUV

The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is an all-electric three-row and will be built in Alabama.

Enlarge / The 2023 Mercedes-Benz EQS SUV is an all-electric three-row and will be built in Alabama. (credit: Mercedes-Benz)

The next all-electric Mercedes-Benz was revealed on Tuesday morning. It’s called the EQS SUV, and the name says it all—after releasing two sedans, the company’s latest electric vehicle will be a large SUV with up to seven seats.

The EQS SUV will come to the US in two powertrain configurations. The cheaper of the two will be the single-motor, rear-wheel-drive EQS 450+, which generates 355 hp (256 kW) and 419 lb-ft (568 Nm). The more powerful EQS SUV is the twin-motor, all-wheel-drive EQS 580 4MATIC—this one packs a combined 536 hp (400 kW) and 633 lb-ft (858 Nm) from its permanently excited synchronous motors.

The single-motor and twin-motor EQS SUVs use a battery pack of the same size, in this case, one with a useable 107.8 kWh. That should be sufficient for a WLTP range of more than 373 miles (600 km)—an EPA range estimate should follow as the EQS SUV gets closer to arriving in the US toward the end of 2022. Mercedes seems pretty sure of its battery, too; its warranty covers 10 years and 155,000 miles (250,000 km) rather than the industry-standard eight years or 100,000 miles (160,000 km).

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#alabama, #cars, #electric-suv, #mercedes-benz, #mercedes-benz-eqs-suv

In Several States, Teachers Get Their Biggest Raise in Decades

Budget surpluses have enabled states to pass bills giving teachers a bigger paycheck, but not everyone is certain that will help improve schooling.

#alabama, #bonuses, #education-k-12, #florida, #georgia, #idaho, #mississippi, #new-mexico, #teachers-and-school-employees, #wages-and-salaries

Alabama Lawmakers Approve Ban on Medical Care for Transgender Youth

Legislators also approved a measure restricting discussion of L.G.B.T.Q. issues in public schools.

#alabama, #american-civil-liberties-union, #ivey-kay, #law-and-legislation, #state-legislatures, #transgender-and-transsexuals, #youth

South Braces for Second Wave of Storms After 2 Deaths

Nearly 14 million people across the region faced an enhanced risk of severe weather on Wednesday. Forecasters said the storms could produce tornadoes.

#alabama, #atlanta-ga, #birmingham-ala, #chattanooga-tenn, #deaths-fatalities, #georgia, #tennessee, #texas, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Severe Weather in the South: What to Know About the Forecast

Parts of Texas were hit by fast-moving storms on Monday. More than nine million people were under an enhanced risk for severe weather on Tuesday, meteorologists said.

#alabama, #florida, #fort-worth-tex, #georgia, #national-weather-service, #severe-weather, #south-carolina, #texas, #tornadoes, #weather

Union Trails in Amazon Vote in Alabama, With Challenges Pending

The vote was much closer than another unionization vote taken at the facility last year.

#alabama, #amazon-com-inc, #bessemer-ala, #labor-and-jobs, #national-labor-relations-board, #organized-labor, #warehouses

Trump Rescinds Endorsement of Mo Brooks for Senate in Alabama

Mr. Brooks, a staunch ally of the former president, has been falling behind in the state’s Republican primary and struggled to raise money.

#alabama, #brooks-morris-jackson, #elections-senate, #endorsements, #midterm-elections-2022, #primaries-and-caucuses, #republican-party, #trump-donald-j

Texas and the Southeast Brace for Tornadoes and Heavy Rain

Severe weather, bringing several inches of rain and damaging winds, was expected to begin Monday afternoon in Texas and then move over Louisiana and Mississippi on Tuesday, forecasters said.

#alabama, #floods, #louisiana, #mississippi, #national-weather-service, #oklahoma, #rain, #tennessee, #texas, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

6 Injured as Powerful Storms Tear Through the South

A violent storm damaged nine mobile homes in Atmore, Ala. “It looked like all the trailers just exploded,” a sheriff said of the scene.

#alabama, #florida, #mobile-homes-and-trailers, #tornadoes, #weather, #wind

Autherine Lucy Foster, First Black Student at U. of Alabama, Dies at 92

Her career there lasted only three days; attacked by mobs, she was suspended and then expelled. Today, a campus building is named in her honor.

#alabama, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #colleges-and-universities, #deaths-obituaries, #discrimination, #foster-autherine-lucy, #naacp-legal-defense-and-educational-fund, #race-and-ethnicity, #segregation-and-desegregation, #university-of-alabama, #wallace-george-c

Rodent Infestation at Family Dollar Warehouse Leads to Hundreds of Closures

F.D.A. inspectors said that a fumigation of the West Memphis, Ark., distribution center last month revealed more than 1,100 dead rodents. A far-reaching recall has been issued for stores in six states.

#alabama, #arkansas, #family-dollar-stores-inc, #food-and-drug-administration, #food-contamination-and-poisoning, #louisiana, #mississippi, #missouri, #recalls-and-bans-of-products, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #rodents, #salmonella-bacteria, #shopping-and-retail, #tennessee, #united-states, #west-memphis-ark

The Supreme Court Fails Black Voters in Alabama

The voting rights decision is further evidence of an impatient conservative majority.

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An Alabama Building Honors a Klan Leader. Officials Are Adding a Black Student’s Name.

The decision to rename the building drew a backlash from some at the University of Alabama who called it a “cowardly compromise.”

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Supreme Court Restores Alabama Voting Map That a Court Said Hurt Black Voters

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

#alabama, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Supreme Court, in 5-4 Vote, Restores Alabama’s Congressional Voting Map

A special three-judge court had ordered lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity” than other Alabamians to elect their favored candidates.

#alabama, #black-people, #democratic-party, #discrimination, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #republican-party, #supreme-court-us, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-rights-act-1965, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements

Alabama Redistricting Decision Reasserts Voting Rights Act

Three federal judges in Alabama ruled that a new congressional map drawn by G.O.P. state lawmakers violated the Voting Rights Act.

#alabama, #elections, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #sewell-terrycina-andrea, #supreme-court-us, #voting-rights-act-1965

Court Throws Out Alabama’s New Congressional Map

A federal panel of judges ordered state lawmakers to redraw the lines, saying Black voters “have less opportunity than other Alabamians” to elect candidates of their choice.

#alabama, #midterm-elections-2022, #redistricting-and-reapportionment, #voting-rights-act-1965

Alabama dominates college football. Get over it.

When a team is this good, we should just enjoy it.

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As Infrastructure Money Flows, Wastewater Improvements Are Key

The new law allocates $11.7 billion for wastewater and stormwater projects. Will it get to the impoverished communities who need it most?

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Last Known Slave Ship, Clotilda, Is Remarkably Well Preserved, Researchers Say

DNA may be extracted from the Clotilda, which was sunk in the Mobile River in Alabama in 1860 after it arrived from West Africa carrying 110 enslaved people, researchers said.

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Hundreds of FedEx Packages Dumped in Alabama Ravine, Authorities Say

Amid the holiday shopping crush, more than 300 packages were discovered on private property. The driver, who has been identified and questioned by the police, is no longer working for FedEx, the company said.

#alabama, #blount-county-ala, #delivery-services, #fedex-corporation, #missing-packages

Woman Who Sued Walmart Over Shoplifting Arrest Is Awarded $2.1 Million

Lesleigh Nurse said she was wrongfully accused of stealing groceries from the Walmart in Semmes, Ala., in 2016. The retailer said it would appeal the verdict.

#alabama, #compensation-for-damages-law, #decisions-and-verdicts, #false-arrests-convictions-and-imprisonments, #mobile-ala, #nurse-lesleigh, #semmes-ala, #shoplifting-and-employee-theft-retail, #shopping-and-retail, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #walmart-stores-inc

Doyle Hamm, Who Survived a Bungled Execution, Dies in Prison at 64

The failed lethal injection for Mr. Hamm, who was terminally ill, amounted to what his lawyer said was a case of cruel and unusual punishment.

#alabama, #capital-punishment, #death-penalty, #deaths-obituaries, #hamm-doyle-lee, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #prisons-and-prisoners, #robberies-and-thefts

Killed in a 1961 Crash, ‘Unknown Boy’ Is Finally Identified

The mystery of a teenage hitchhiker, now identified as Daniel Paul Armantrout, was solved 60 years later because of advances in DNA technology and genealogy.

#alabama, #forensic-science, #gedmatch-inc, #genealogy, #missing-persons, #privacy

Claudette Colvin, Civil Rights Pioneer, Seeks to Have Her Record Cleared

Claudette Colvin refused to give up her bus seat to a white woman in Montgomery, Ala., in March 1955, nine months before Rosa Parks. Now 82, she says that justice from the court system is overdue.

#alabama, #black-people, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #civil-rights-movement-1954-68, #colvin-claudette, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #gray-fred, #montgomery-ala, #parks-rosa, #reed-steven-l

Ashley M. Jones Is Named Poet Laureate in Alabama

Ashley M. Jones, whose latest collection is called “Reparations Now!,” is unflinching in her criticism of those in power and the myriad inequalities in American life.

#alabama, #black-people, #content-type-personal-profile, #jones-ashley-m, #poetry-and-poets, #poets-laureate, #writing-and-writers

At Least 4 Dead in Alabama After Heavy Rains Flood the State

A child and three adults drowned in vehicles submerged in deep water after creeks swelled in the northeast and central counties, officials said.

#alabama, #floods, #national-weather-service, #rain, #weather

Saving the Artwork of the South: Deep Investment, and a Drone

From Birmingham to Gee’s Bend, the Souls Grown Deep Foundation is directly investing in Alabama communities where artists and quilters live, work — and struggle.

#alabama, #arnett-bill-1939-2020, #art, #birmingham-ala, #black-people, #boykin-ala, #minter-joe, #museums, #philanthropy, #poverty, #quilts, #souls-grown-deep-foundation

Alabama Begins Removing Racist Language From Its Constitution

Many outdated provisions have long since been invalidated, but the language that was specifically intended to enshrine white supremacy has remained.

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Flood Damage From Ida? Your Homeowner’s Policy Probably Won’t Cover That.

Most flood coverage is offered through a federal program, though some insurers offer extra insurance for sump pump failure.

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