Alabama Road Improvement Study

Feb 12, 2016

If all the repairs that are needed on Alabama roads and bridges were addressed, it would cost approximately 4.6 billion dollars.  That's according to TRIP, a national transportation research group.  The group recently conducted a study of the state's roadways and released a list of the 50 greatest road improvement needs.  Director of Policy and Research for TRIP, Rocky Moretti says 16 percent of Alabama's major urban roads are in poor condition and nine percent of bridges are structurally deficient.  The state was selected for the study because of its high traffic fatality rate.  

Hubbard Alleges Misconduct

Feb 12, 2016

State prosecutors are firing back at House Speaker Mike Hubbard's claims of misconduct in his ethics case, calling them "a desperate last minute attempt to avoid a trial." Prosecutors filed a response Thursday to the defense accusation that a political consultant had dozens of conversations with lead prosecutor Matt Hart.  Baron Coleman wrote in defense affidavit that he used the information for a "whisper campaign" to damage Hubbard politically during the 2014 election.

Deatsville Woman Dies in Traffic Accident

Feb 12, 2016

A single-vehicle crash occurred on Tuesday and claiming the life of a Deatsville woman.  Billie Speigner age 71.  She was driving the care when it left the roadway and struck a ditch.  Speigner was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.  Alabama State Troopers report the crash occurred at 4:17 p.m. on Alabama 111 at the 9 mile marker.  No further information is available at this time as Alabama State Troopers continue to investigate.  

Zika Virus Confirmed in Alabama

Feb 10, 2016

The Alabama Department of Public Health officials say they've confirmed the first case of the Zika virus here in the state.  The Zika virus is transmitted primarily through the bites of mosquitoes.  Dr. Jim McVay, Director of Health Promotion and Chronic Disease for ADPH says the virus has been associated with infection during pregnancy.  To help the public keep track of the status of Zika within the state, ADPH will provide regular updates each Monday that include total numbers of test samples submitted.  

Common Core Repeal Bill Change

Feb 10, 2016

A state Senate committee has made a key change to the Common Core repeal bill that would ultimately leave it up to individual school systems whether to adopt the education standards or not.  Multiple media outlets report that the Senate Education Policy Committee didn't vote on the bill Wednesday, however.  Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh offered the amendment.  The bill's sponsor, Sen. Rusty Glover, was unable to make the meeting.  The state Board of Education approved the Common Core standards in 2010.  The bill could now come up for a vote in committee at any time.  

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Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly on Saturday. We spoke to NPR's Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg about his life, legacy and what's next.

1. Let's talk about Scalia's legal perspective. He was known as a proponent of originalism. Can you tell us a bit about that?

Originalism, as defined by Justice Scalia and others, is that what is in the Constitution literally is what the founding fathers meant.

With two contests down and the South Carolina primary only a week away, the six remaining Republican candidates took the debate stage Saturday night.

The debate, hosted by CBS News, featured lots of sparring between Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz. Who spoke the longest? As always, NPR had its stopwatch at the ready.

Fireworks were flying early and often in the final CBS News GOP debate before the South Carolina primary.

GOP candidates: Don't let Obama replace Scalia

The sudden death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on Saturday afternoon and subsequent opening on the bench started the event on a somber note, but quickly turned to the political question at hand — should President Obama be allowed to nominate a new justice in an election year?

Tributes Flow For Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia

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Lawmakers, presidential candidates on both sides and other prominent Americans have been reacting to the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Scalia, 79, was found dead Saturday at a luxury ranch in West Texas.

Both conservatives and liberals have been describing him as brilliant, patriotic and a defender of the Constitution. And while several commenters have said they disagreed with Scalia's views, they all professed sound respect for him. We've rounded up some of the tributes.

President Obama struck a somber tone, remembering the late-Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia as a "towering legal mind" who influenced a generation, but made it clear, he intends to replace him.

"I plan to fulfill my constitutional obligation to appoint a successor — in due time," Obama said, adding that he expected a fair hearing and a timely vote.

Justice Antonin Scalia loved a good fight.

So it's only fitting that news of his death at age 79 ignited an immediate and partisan battle over who might take his place on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The latest batch of Hillary Clinton's emails from her time at the State Department includes 84 additional classified documents.

The new emails from her controversial private server, which were retroactively classified since she left office, include 81 which had been upgraded to confidential status and three to secret status. (Classified parts were redacted.)

The sudden and shocking death of Supreme Court icon Antonin Scalia this weekend will have enormous repercussions for the U.S. legal system and political process, both in the immediate term and for many years to come.

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