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Inmate Cites 'Religious Beliefs' on Autopsy Balk

Alabama to execute devout Muslim Keith Gavin, who says he doesn't want 'invasive' procedure

(Newser) - Keith Gavin is set to be put to death next week in Alabama, but there won't be an autopsy afterward if he can help it. CNN reports that lawyers for the inmate, 64-year-old Gavin, a devout Muslim who was convicted in the 1998 shooting death of a delivery driver,...

At Rickwood, Reggie Jackson Describes Enduring Racism

Hall of Famer, MLB visited longtime home of Negro Leagues team

(Newser) - Major League Baseball made a celebratory visit to Rickwood Field in Alabama on Thursday night that included a Giants-Cardinals game and festivities honoring the Negro Leagues, whose Birmingham Black Barons long played there, and the late Willie Mays . Fox Sports broadcasters interviewed a series of former players, the Washington Post ...

$450K of Cocaine Washes Ashore in Alabama

Similar stashes have turned up in Florida recently

(Newser) - They're not your usual beachcomber discoveries: About $450,000 worth of cocaine washed ashore on an Alabama beach last week, after similar stashes turned up along the Florida coast:
  • Alabama: The Mobile County Sheriff's Office says 55 pounds of the drug wrapped in 25 individual bricks washed up

Alabama Switches to Injection After a Nitrogen Gas Execution

Jamie Ray Mills was convicted of killing an elderly couple

(Newser) - Alabama carried out its second execution of the year on Thursday, months after the nation's first execution via nitrogen gas . Jamie Ray Mills, 50, was pronounced dead at 6:26pm after receiving a three-drug injection at the William C. Holman Correctional Facility in southwest Alabama, authorities said, the AP...

College Baseball May Have Its 'Ultimate Cinderella Story'

Birmingham-Southern Panthers are keeping their closing school alive with a late run at glory

(Newser) - Birmingham-Southern College's Board of Trustees made the tough decision to close the private liberal arts college in Alabama this spring after years of low enrollment and financial issues. As of May 31, the 168-year-old school will be no more. Its baseball team, however, could be continuing a run made...

Alabama Votes Are a Blow to UAW
Alabama Votes
Are a Blow to UAW

Alabama Votes Are a Blow to UAW

Fain says union will return to plants while trying to organize others

(Newser) - A decisive vote against the United Auto Workers at two Mercedes factories in Alabama on Friday sidetracked the UAW's plan to sign up workers at nonunion plants mainly in the South. But President Shawn Fain said the union will return and will press on with efforts to organize about...

Alabama Lottery Plan Failed by a Single Vote

It's one of 5 states that doesn't partake in such activity

(Newser) - Just five states don't take part in statewide or multistate lottery games like Powerball or Mega Millions, though some were hoping that one of those states, Alabama, might be joining the other 45 states that do take part soon. Those hopes have faded, however, after a move to put...

Alabama Sets Date for 2nd Execution by Nitrogen Gas

Alan Eugene Miller is suing to block the execution, now scheduled for September

(Newser) - Alabama death row inmate Alan Eugene Miller is now scheduled to become the second person in the US executed by nitrogen gas, reports CBS News . Gov. Kay Ivey set the date for Sept. 26, per the AP . The governor's action comes a week after the Alabama Supreme Court authorized...

7-Year-Old's Lemonade Stand Touches an Entire Community

Alabama's Emouree Johnson raises $10K to help pay for mom's headstone after her sudden death

(Newser) - Emouree Johnson's mom passed away suddenly last month, and as funeral expenses started stacking up, the Alabama 7-year-old did the only thing she could think of: opened a lemonade stand to raise money to pay for Karli Bordner's headstone. Per WAFF , Emouree sold cups of the tart beverage...

These States Have the Most Expensive Home Insurance

Florida comes in at No. 1 on Insurify's list, with an average annual cost of close to $11K

(Newser) - The average annual rate for home insurance comes in at just under $2,400, but in many parts of the country, what homeowners are paying exceeds that figure by far. Insurify lays out the damage, citing rates that rose an average of 20% over the past two years across America....

Mass Murderer on Death Row Asks to Be Executed
Alabama Inmate
Asks to Be Executed

Alabama Inmate Asks to Be Executed

Mass murderer Derrick Dearman says he wants the families of his victims to have closure

(Newser) - A death row inmate in Alabama says he wants to be executed so the families of the people he massacred in 2016 can have closure. Derrick Dearman tells NBC News that he has sent letters to Gov. Kay Ivey and other officials to let them know he is dropping his...

Cops Find 4 Pounds of Coke in Little Kid's Backpack

Tierra Toccara Hill, 35, arrested after raid on her home in Mobile, Alabama

(Newser) - An Alabama woman is in custody after cops found more than 4 pounds of cocaine in the backpack of a 3-year-old in her home, among other discoveries. Per KTLA , deputies with the Mobile County Sheriff's Office got a tip that 35-year-old Tierra Tocorra Hill was stashing illegal drugs in...

This Is the Most Stressed-Out State in America

Louisiana tops WalletHub's list, while Minnesotans emerge as the least stressed

(Newser) - If you've been living a relaxed, relatively stress-free life for the past few years, a) you're lying, and b) if you're not lying, can you tell us your secret? The folks in Louisiana certainly would like to know, as the Pelican State ranks as the most-stressed state...

168-Year-Old Alabama College Is Closing

'This is a tragic day for the College, our students, our employees, and our alumni'

(Newser) - Birmingham-Southern College, a private liberal arts college in Alabama, will close at the end of May after running into financial difficulties and being unable to secure a financial lifeline from the state, officials say. The College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to close the longtime institution, officials said in a...

In Alabama, a 'Political Earthquake,' Over Abortion, IVF

Democrat Marilyn Lands wins special election for state House seat, running on abortion and IVF

(Newser) - In vitro fertilization has now been granted protections in Alabama, after a controversial state Supreme Court ruling in February that declared embryos as children in the eyes of the law. Now, a Democrat in the deep-red state has been handed a "decisive victory" in a special election there, in...

Woman Found Guilty of Faking Her Kidnapping
Woman Pleads
Guilty to Faking
Her Kidnapping

Woman Pleads Guilty to Faking Her Kidnapping

But Carlee Russell avoids jail time

(Newser) - Carlee Russell, the Alabama woman who falsely claimed she was abducted when she stopped to help a toddler wandering on the highway, pleaded guilty Thursday to two misdemeanors related to false reporting, reports. As NewsNation explains, she was convicted in municipal court, where there are no jury trials,...

Alabama Bans DEI Programs at Schools, State Agencies

Gov. Kay Ivey signs legislation that will take effect October 1

(Newser) - Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed legislation that would ban diversity, equity, and inclusion programs at public schools, universities, and state agencies and prohibit the teaching of "divisive concepts" including that someone should feel guilty because of their race or gender, the AP reports. The measure, which takes...

Amid 'Grim Global Outlook,' This Shark Species Thrives

Juvenile bull shark population off Alabama grew fivefold in past 20 years as water temps warmed

(Newser) - The frog hasn't noticed it's slowly boiling to death, and neither do bull sharks off the coast of Alabama, apparently. Or, if they do, they're going out with a bang, multiplying at a rate that has brought the juvenile population's numbers up fivefold over the past...

IVF Will Resume in Alabama
IVF Will Resume
in Alabama

IVF Will Resume in Alabama

Lawmakers pass bill to protect it, which governor signs

(Newser) - Alabama moved quickly to protect in vitro fertilization following the controversial state Supreme Court ruling that declared embryos children in the eyes of the law. The decision resulted in several IVF clinics halting the procedure, but the GOP-dominated state legislature swiftly passed a bill aimed at granting IVF legal protection...

Nearly 800 of School's Students Were Absent on Wednesday

Not due to COVID, but a 'highly contagious' gastrointestinal bug that's closed Alabama school

(Newser) - As one Florida elementary school deals with measles , another in Alabama is contending with a "gastrointestinal outbreak" that kept nearly 800 students out of school in just one day. WKRG reports that Fairhope West Elementary School is now closed Thursday and Friday after 773 students called in on Wednesday,...

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