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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,...

Trump, Biden Weigh In on IVF
Trump, Biden
Weigh In on IVF

Trump, Biden Weigh In on IVF

Neither seems keen on Alabama Supreme Court's ruling as lawmakers there scramble for a 'fix'

(Newser) - Fallout continues in the wake of the Alabama Supreme Court's ruling on Monday that embryos frozen during the in vitro fertilization process are to be considered people. The University of Alabama at Birmingham's health system was the first medical center to pause its IVF treatments after the court'...

Alabama Prepares for 2nd Execution by Nitrogen Gas

There are fears Alan Miller will suffer an 'agonizing and painful' experiment

(Newser) - A month after carrying out the world's first execution using nitrogen gas , Alabama wants a repeat. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office asked the state Supreme Court on Wednesday to set an execution date for 59-year-old Alan Eugene Miller, who was convicted of killing three people during a...

Wild Swatting Calls Allegedly Came From a Cop

Alabama police chief says Christopher Eugene Sanspree Jr. 'thought it was funny'

(Newser) - Police departments across the country have been speaking out about swatting as a form of criminal harassment that endangers innocent people as well as police officers. But apparently not all cops think it's so serious. As WAGA and WSFA report, Alabama police officer Christopher Eugene Sanspree Jr., 23, allegedly...

GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling
GOP Has Itself Another
'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling

GOP Has Itself Another 'Hot Potato' After IVF Ruling

Backlash against personhood ruling has begun; one hospital has already halted IVF treatments

(Newser) - On Monday, Alabama's Supreme Court ruled that embryos frozen via in vitro fertilization are to be considered children, in a case where IVF patients had sued after their embryos were accidentally destroyed at a fertility clinic. Critics are now warning of the "chilling effects" this ruling could have,...

Nikki Haley: 'Embryos, to Me, Are Babies'

University of Alabama suspends IVF treatments after court ruling

(Newser) - Nikki Haley on Wednesday addressed a state ruling that considers frozen embryos created through in-vitro fertilization to be humans, saying, "Embryos, to me, are babies." The Republican presidential candidate made the comments in an interview with NBC News . The ruling by the Alabama Supreme Court has caused concern...

Alabama's Top Court Rules Frozen Embryos Are Children

State supreme court ruling could have big impact on IVF

(Newser) - Alabama's top court on Monday issued a ruling that could have major consequences for in vitro fertilization. In its majority decision on a wrongful death lawsuit brought by IVF patients whose frozen embryos were destroyed when a patient accidentally dropped them on the ground after removing them from a...

This Wasn't a Theft Anyone Was Expecting

Someone made off with a 200-foot-tall AM radio tower in Alabama

(Newser) - There are small-time thefts, and there are big-time thefts—and then there are thefts that no one can adequately explain. One of the latter took place last week in Jasper, Alabama, where a 200-foot-high AM radio tower used by station WJLX was inexplicably stolen, reports the New York Post . In...

Police Chase Led to Crash That Injured Joe Manchin's Wife

Suspect faces charges in connection with Alabama crash

(Newser) - A man fleeing police caused the Alabama car crash that injured Gayle Manchin, head of an economic development partnership of the federal government and 13 state governments and the wife of US Sen. Joe Manchin, authorities said Wednesday. Police in Homewood, a Birmingham suburb, said the man faces charges of...

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