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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed legislation that will ban transgender women from playing on female sports teams in college, becoming the latest state to place restrictions on transgender athletes. The legislation expands the state’s existing 2021 ban on transgender athletes on K-12 sports teams to include college teams. Students assigned one sex at birth would be prohibited from playing under their chosen gender identity even after undergoing hormone treatment. The bill is part of a wave of restrictions on transgender people being pushed in conservative states. While supporters say transgender women have an unfair advantage in competition, opponents say the bills are about shaming transgender people and are rooted in discrimination and politics.

The chief suspect in the unsolved 2005 disappearance of American student Natalee Holloway is being transferred to a prison near Peru’s capital ahead of his pending extradition to the United States to face charges linked to her vanishing. The government of Peru, where Dutch citizen Joran van der Sloot was serving a 28-year sentence for the murder of a Peruvian woman, authorized his extradition to the U.S. in May. Van der Sloot’s lawyer said is client was being taken by land from the Challapalca prison in Peru’s southern Andes to the Piedras Gordas prison on the outskirts of Lima.

Alabama now has an official state cookie: the Yellowhammer Cookie. Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday signed legislation naming the confection created by a Montgomery fourth-grader as the official state cookie. Students at Montgomery’s Trinity Presbyterian School came up with the idea of a state cookie. WSFA-TV reports fourth-grader Mary Claire Cook submitted the winning recipe, which includes pecans, peanut butter and honey. Cook brought a batch of the cookies to Ivey for the bill-signing ceremony. Alabama has a long list of official state emblems and symbols, including a state vegetable, nut, reptile, amphibian and spirit.

Atlanta’s school board is ousting its superintendent. School Board Chair Eshé Collins said in a Friday statement that the nine-member board has decided to end Superintendent Lisa Herring’s employment at the end of June 2024. That's when Herring’s current contract ends. Collins didn’t explain why the board has decided to not renew Herring’s contract. Herring says she doesn't want to go and that her desire to lead is still "strong and present.” Herring says she got good marks in a job review in December. She was previously superintendent of the Birmingham, Alabama, school district. She was hired in Atlanta in 2020 after board members ousted previous superintendent Meria Carstarphen.


FORT NOVOSEL — For Ed and Bonnie Brown of Troy, the Memorial Day Commemoration held here Friday morning held added significance as they honor their son Private First Class John Brown, who died about two decades ago at the age of 21 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

MONTGOMERY — Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall Tuesday sued Michael D. Lansky, LLC, doing business as Avid Telecom, owner Michael Lansky, and vice president Stacey S. Reeves, for allegedly initiating and facilitating billions of illegal robocalls to millions of people and violating the…

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