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California Gov. Gavin Newsom has launched a new political action committee to boost Democrats in Republican states. Newsom announced on Thursday the Campaign for Democracy. Newsom is using $10 million of money left over from his 2022 campaign for governor. Newsom and his family plan to visit Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi next week. A Newsom spokesperson says he will also appear at a fundraiser Saturday in Florida for the Democratic Governors Association. Newsom has said he is not interested in running for president. But he has continued to use campaign funds to expand his national profile.

The Florida Senate is passing a bill to repeal a law requiring a unanimous jury recommendation for the death penalty. The approval comes in response to the life sentence handed to the man who massacred 17 people at a Parkland high school. The bill passed on a 29-10 vote Thursday and will allow the death penalty with a jury recommendation of at least 8-4 in favor of execution. The House still needs to approve the bill. Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis says he supports the proposal. The bill was proposed after a divided 9-3 jury spared Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooter Nikolas Cruz in November from capital punishment.

Bubba Wallace's self-confidence is struggling after a slow start to the season and back-to-back poor finishes as he heads into Sunday's NASCAR Cup Series race at Richmond Raceway. But it is an important weekend off the track for the only full-time Black driver at NASCAR’s top level. He is using Richmond to host his second annual “Bubba's Block Party” at the track on Friday night. The event is designed to broaden the fan base and bring minorities to the track to show them NASCAR is a welcoming sport.

Officials in Alabama say a Huntsville police officer has died after being shot and another officer was critically wounded. The two Huntsville officers were shot Tuesday evening at an apartment complex as they responded to a report of a woman being shot. City officials say one officer died from his injuries and the other underwent emergency surgery and is in critical condition. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall identified the officer who was killed as Officer Garrett Crumby. Jail records show that 24-year-old Juan Robert Laws was arrested on a charge of capital murder of a law enforcement officer. He is being held without bond.


OZARK-“This court will uphold the law as written,” 33rd Circuit Judge William Filmore ruled as he denied the request of a man charged with capital murder to require a unanimous jury verdict instead of the agreement of 10 jurors as required law.

OZARK-Three people were named to the Southern Alabama Regional Council on Aging Board by the Dale County Commission at the meeting Tuesday after tabling the issue at two consecutive meetings.

NEW BROCKTON-A $5,235,225 resurfacing project that includes 28.76 miles of 10 county roads was outlined by Coffee County Engineer Marty Lentz at the commission meeting at the government complex building here Monday morning.

The American flag flying in front of the empty headquarters command building at Da Nang, Vietnam, was spotted by the company commander as he drove his jeep around the compound for a final inspection as the last American troops left the Military Region 1 base on March 27, 1973.

FORT RUCKER — Fort Rucker will be officially redesignated Fort Novosel in honor of Chief Warrant Officer 4 Michael J. Novosel Sr., a Medal of Honor recipient with ties to Army Aviation, the U.S. Army Aviation Center of Excellence, and the Wiregrass region in southeast Alabama, during a cerem…

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