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Former Exxon scientists tell congress they knew in 1982 impact fossil fuels would have on climate


Editor’s note: Eddie Burkhalter is a staff writer at Alabama Political Reporter and a fellow at the Poynter-Koch Media and Journalism Fellowship. The program is a partnership between the Poynter Institute and the Charles Koch Institute. Charles G. Koch is director of the Charles Koch Institute and CEO of the multinational petroleum company Koch Industries. A former Exxon scientist testified to Congress on Wednesday that the company accurately predicted three decades ago that fossil fuel use would…

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Jones introduces bill to invest in workforce development, training


Tuesday, U.S. Senator Doug Jones (D-Alabama) introduced legislation to increase federal investments in workforce development and training to help prepare workers for the jobs of the future. Sponsors say that the Investing in Tomorrow’s Workforce Act would ensure that American workers have the skills they need to successfully navigate the transition that will result from an increase in automation. “Manufacturing jobs are the backbone of Alabama’s economy,” Jones said. “That’s why it’s so essential that we make…

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Ivey attends grand opening of Grand River Technology Park


Thursday, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey (R) attended the groundbreaking of the Grand River Technology Park adjacent to the Barber Motorsports Park along the vital I-20 corridor connecting Birmingham with Atlanta. “This is an exciting day and thank you all for coming here to celebrate the groundbreaking of Grand River Technology Park,” Gov. Ivey said. “Many of you know that building our workforce development is one of the top priorities of my administration so when I was made…

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ALGOP thanks Brooks, Byrne and Palmer for protesting closed impeachment hearings


On Thursday, the Alabama Republican Party thanked Alabama GOP Congressmen Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne, and Gary Palmer for their participation in storming a closed House Intelligence Committee meeting hearing evidence on the impeachment of President Donald J. Trump (R). “Thank you! U.S. Representatives Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne and Gary Palmer-Thank you for not backing down!” Alabama Republican Party Chairman Terri Lathan said. “Americans are tired of “shifty” Schiff and his closed door impeachment hearings. More than 2…

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Opinion | Christians should protect freedom of expression for all people


It’s an idea that we Evangelicals like because we usually hear it discussed in the vein of protecting our particular right to express and live out a Christian worldview. But do we really know what our constitutional right to religious liberty is rooted in, and what protecting it for the long haul will require of us? This tension was clear in the substance of a recent debate between fellow conservatives David French and Sohrab Ahmari. Both men…

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Opinion | Protecting Alabama rivers and protecting your pocketbook


More than once in my life I’ve been reminded there is no such thing as a free lunch. I first learned that lesson from my parents and you probably did, too. Everything has a cost to someone. Whether you’re handing money to a cashier directly or paying a higher utility rate because of government regulations, you will pay. That’s never been truer than in the current push to force the removal of coal ash from one location…

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Tally of children split at border tops 5,400 in new count


[Photo Credit: AP Photo] U.S. immigration authorities separated more than 1,500 children from their parents at the Mexico border early in the Trump administration, the American Civil Liberties Union said Thursday, bringing the total number of children separated since July 2017 to more than 5,400. The ACLU said the administration told its attorneys that 1,556 children were separated from July 1, 2017, to June 26, 2018, when a federal judge in San Diego ordered that children in…

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Donald Trump confronts limits of his impeachment defense strategy


Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks about a resolution he says he will introduce condemning the Democratic-controlled House for pursuing a “closed door, illegitimate impeachment inquiry,” during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington,Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019. The non-binding resolution by the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman gives Senate Republicans a chance to show support for the president at a moment when Trump is urging his allies to get tougher and fight harder for him. (AP Photo/J. Scott…

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A new leader for the Alabama Democratic Party?


There’s a new player in the mix to lead the Alabama Democratic Party.  Multiple sources confirmed to APR on Wednesday that state Rep. Chris England is planning to run for party chairman when leadership elections are held at the State Democratic Executive Committee meeting on Nov. 2. Attempts to reach England on Wednesday were unsuccessful.  England’s entrance into the race is viewed in Democratic circles as an important move for a party facing certain legal battles over…

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Isner keeps Democrats informed ahead of chair election


The Alabama State Democratic Executive Committee is holding elections for Chair and Vice Chair on November 2. Former Congressional candidate minister Tabitha Isner is one of the candidates for Chair. Tuesday, Isner sent out an email briefing SDEC members and interested Democrats on what to expect that day. “The election for a new Chair & Vice Chair will take place on Saturday, the 2nd of November!” Isner wrote. “While we have not yet heard a specific timeline…

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