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Alabama's Republican Party has declared a tie in the primary race for a state Senate seat and says the winner will be chosen by lot. The party's Candidate Committee held a hearing Saturday and said the District 27 race between Auburn City Councilman Jay Hovey and incumbent Tom Whatley was officially a tie. It said the winner would be determined in accordance with the state election code. The code says the Secretary of State shall decide the winner by lot. The district covers Tallapoosa, Lee and Russell counties. The GOP news release did not provide details on when the winner would be selected or the method to be used.

A part of Alabama known for its music industry is launching a program to bring in new projects. The Shoals Music Makers Recording Incentive will offer recipients as much as a 30% reimbursement on projects recorded in the Shoals area of northwest Alabama. Judy Hood, the chairwoman of the Muscle Shoals Music Foundation, says the time is right for such incentives. She says the area has several producers, artists and managers move to Nashville, Los Angeles and other places in recent years. Funding for the incentives comes through the Shoals Industrial Development Committee, which adopted the plan in 2021.

An east Alabama man who was dying of cancer got to see his son receive his high school diploma thanks to the efforts of his family and school administrators. Mike Bowden of Seale was too sick to attend Russell County High School's commencement to see his son Michael graduate. But wife Jessie Bowden asked the school for help, and administrators presented Michael with his diploma early in the family home. The man died two weeks later. Jessie Bowden says the special ceremony brightened the family's life at a dark time. She says she knows her husband died as “a very proud daddy.”

A longtime Alabama environmental advocate has been honored by the Global Waterkeeper Alliance for his work. John L. Wathen has served decades as the keeper of Hurricane Creek in Tuscaloosa County. He has been named a recipient of the alliance’s Terry Backer Award. It honors fellow activists who embody Backer’s spirit and dedication to protecting everyone’s right to clean water. Wathen says he found the Hurricane Creek watershed more than 45 years ago when he came to Tuscaloosa in 1976 to work. Protecting the waterway has become his life's work.

MONTGOMERY — Katie Britt won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama on Tuesday, defeating six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former President Donald Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his endorsement of Brooks.

State Rep. Wes Allen won the Republican nomination for secretary of state on Tuesday in contest that featured both candidates promoting the need to tighten election security in harmony with former President Donald Trump’s false claims that he lost the 2020 presidential race because of fraud.

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