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Death Row Inmate Fighting New Execution Method

Kenneth Smith asks court to deny Alabama's move to execute him via untested nitrogen hypoxia

(Newser) - An Alabama inmate would be the test subject for the "experimental" execution method of nitrogen hypoxia , his lawyers argued, as they asked judges to deny the state's request to carry out his death sentence using the new method . In a court filing, attorneys for Kenneth Eugene Smith asked...

Supreme Court Delivers Bad News to Alabama GOP

SCOTUS will allow redrawing of congressional map to go forward, over state's objections

(Newser) - The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed the drawing of a new Alabama congressional map with greater representation for Black voters to proceed, rejecting the state's plea to retain Republican-drawn lines that were struck down by a lower court. In refusing to intervene, the justices, without any noted dissent, allowed...

College Student Finds Quite the Wedding Dress Bargain

Emmali Osterhoudt stumbled upon a $6K Galia Lahav gown for just $25 at an Alabama Goodwill

(Newser) - Emmali Osterhoudt is a nursing student who doesn't see herself getting married (or even engaged) anytime soon, but when she came across a wedding dress at Goodwill during a recent thrifting expedition, she knew she had to grab it. In a TikTok video posted earlier this month, she gushed...

Cops Tase High School Band Director at Football Game

Johnny Mims claims 'egregious violation of civil rights' in Birmingham

(Newser) - Police in Birmingham, Alabama, repeatedly deployed a stun gun in front of students while arresting a high school band director who allegedly refused to stop his band from playing. Police were clearing spectators from a stadium following a football game between Minor and Jackson-Olin high schools on Thursday when they...

Alabama's Congressional Map Is Again Rejected, With Scolding

Latest redistricting doesn't comply with court order on racial makeup, panel says

(Newser) - Federal judges threw out Alabama's newest attempt to redraw its congressional districts on Tuesday, chastising the state for not complying with the Voting Rights Act as mandated by a court order. The plan approved by the legislature provides for a single district that has, barely, a Black majority, the...

Alabama Wants to Be First With a Nitrogen Execution

State seeks permission to use the method critics call experimental

(Newser) - Alabama is seeking to become the first state to execute a prisoner by making him breathe pure nitrogen. The Alabama attorney general's office has asked the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith, 58, per the AP . The court filing indicated...

Rare Disease Carried by Mosquitoes Surfaces, Killing 1

Another person in Alabama has been infected

(Newser) - Health officials have warned about a rare virus that can be transmitted by mosquitoes after its detection in distant states and the death of an infected person in Alabama. Two people became ill there, Live Science reports, with eastern equine encephalitis, which can inflame the brain. Both cases were in...

Court Upholds Alabama Ban on Care for Trans Youth

Federal appeals court says state can enforce ban on puberty blockers, hormone treatment

(Newser) - A federal appeals court ruled Monday that Alabama can enforce a ban outlawing the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender children, the second such appellate victory for gender-affirming care restrictions that have been adopted by a growing number of Republican-led states. A three-judge panel of the 11th...

$275K Raised for Chair-Wielding Brawl Participant

Reggie Ray 'in good spirits' as he leaves jail

(Newser) - More than $275,000 has been raised to help a Black man who wielded a folding chair in the Aug. 5 brawl on the riverfront in Montgomery, Alabama. Reggie Ray became something of a viral sensation after footage allegedly showed him hitting a white man and a white woman with...

Report: Alabama's Senator Does Not Live in Alabama

Tuberville sold his last Alabama property last month, records indicate he lives in Florida

(Newser) - Sen. Tommy Tuberville represents Alabama in the US Senate but records—and his own statements—suggest that he's been living in Florida for years, according to the Washington Post . The Post, which dubs the Republican "Florida's third senator," reports that Tuberville sold the last properties he...

Huge Brawl After Group of White Men Attack Black Man in Alabama
3 Men Charged With
Assault in Montgomery Brawl

3 Men Charged With Assault in Montgomery Brawl

Black worker was attacked after telling white group to move boat

(Newser) - Three men have been charged in connection with a massive brawl on the Montgomery, Alabama riverfront on Saturday and police say more charges could be on the way. Montgomery Police Chief Darryl Albert said Tuesday that Richard Roberts, 48; Allen Todd, 23; and Zachery Shipman, 25, have been charged with...

Alabama Woman Charged With Falsely Reporting Kidnapping

Carlee Russell claimed she was taken after seeing toddler by road

(Newser) - An Alabama woman who has acknowledged making up a story that she was kidnapped along an interstate after stopping to help a child has been charged in the case, officials said Friday. Carlee Russell faces two misdemeanor counts, false reporting to law enforcement and falsely reporting an incident, that could...

Alabama, Oklahoma Carry Out Executions

James Barber said he felt 'trepidation' after two failed executions in Alabama

(Newser) - Alabama executed a man on Friday for the 2001 beating death of a woman as the state resumed lethal injections after two failed executions prompted the governor to order an internal review of procedures. James Barber, 64, was pronounced dead at 1:56am after receiving a lethal injection at a...

49 Hours of Mystery in Woman's Highway Disappearance

Police say they haven't been able to verify most of Carlee Russell's story

(Newser) - More strange details are coming out about what allegedly happened to Carlee Russell, the Alabama woman who vanished from an interstate after claiming to have seen a toddler wandering alone on the side of the highway, only to reappear on her family's doorstep two days later. The 25-year-old's...

Due to Be Executed After Botched Lethal Injections, He's Concerned

James Barber says he feels 'trepidation,' but not fear, over what's to come

(Newser) - James Barber is set to be put to death in Alabama Thursday night unless an appeals court intervenes, and he will be the first prisoner the state executes since a series of botched lethal injection and lethal injection attempts led to a temporary halt in executions that started in November...

Story of Woman Who Vanished on Highway Gets Stranger

Boyfriend says Carlee Russell was kidnapped, fought for her life before eventually reappearing

(Newser) - The boyfriend of an Alabama woman who vanished for two days after reportedly seeing a toddler wandering on the side of an interstate Thursday night says she was abducted. Before she reappeared at her family home Saturday night, Carlethia "Carlee" Nichole Russell, 25, "was literally fighting for her...

Woman Stops to Help Toddler Wandering on Interstate, Vanishes
Woman Who Vanished
on Interstate Found Safe

Woman Who Vanished on Interstate Found Safe

Carlee Russell in Alabama had told police she saw a toddler on side of the road

(Newser) - An Alabama woman who disappeared after reporting a toddler wandering on the side of an interstate has been found safe, reports CNN . Carlee Russell, 25, "stunned" relatives by showing up at her family's door Saturday night, per the New York Times . She has been taken to a hospital...

Alabama Firefighters Shot Shortly After Shift Began

They have been hospitalized in serious condition

(Newser) - Two Alabama firefighters were shot Wednesday morning in what police believe was a targeted attacked. The shooting occurred in Birmingham's Station 9 just prior to 8:30am, shortly after the men had started their shift, reports . Birmingham Police Chief Scott Thurmond says the shooter entered via the...

Killer Receives Life Sentence in 1999 Deaths of Teenage Girls

DNA testing tied Coley McCraney to the slayings

(Newser) - An Alabama judge sentenced a man to life imprisonment without possibility of parole on Thursday, bringing a close to the case of the slayings of two teenage girls in 1999. Coley McCraney was convicted of capital murder in April by a jury that decided the sentence, which the judge was...

Bad Weather Is Coming for the Deep South
Deep South,
Get Ready to
Get Walloped

Deep South, Get Ready to Get Walloped

Severe thunderstorms, winds, tornadoes, hail blowing through on Wednesday

(Newser) - Americans in the Deep South might want to find a nice Yankee cousin to visit for a couple of days, because the weather is looking to be, shall we say, unpleasant? As reports, a strong jet stream is ripping through the region starting Wednesday, bringing with it severe...

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