With less than three weeks until primary elections in Alabama, civil asset forfeiture is back in the headlines.

Earlier this month, incumbent Attorney General Steve Marshall called the process a “vital tool for law enforcement” that “needs to continue” while speaking at a candidate forum. His GOP opponents vying for the Attorney General nomination all say that reforms need to be made.

Sheriff Ron Abernathy
Tuscaloosa County

The sheriff of Tuscaloosa County is threatening legal action against social media commenters and others who have criticized his department over the suicide of a former student at the University of Alabama.

Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy raised the possibility of legal action yesterday during a news conference to discuss the death of Megan Rondini and an investigation into her allegations of sexual assault.

Stan Ingold

All year long on Alabama Public Radio we’re looking back on pivotal moments in the fight for civil rights. Many of the landmarks in the battle against segregation can voter discrimination are now tourist attractions. We have already looked at sites in Selma and Montgomery on Alabama’s Civil Rights Trail and now we head to Birmingham.

The Red Crescent Clinic

May 16, 2018
Red Crescent Clinic

Finding affordable healthcare in Alabama is an ongoing problem. The Alabama Department of Public Health says eight hundred thousand Alabamians can’t afford health insurance. That includes eighty thousand children. The state adds that medical debt from unpaid hospital bills is a leading cause of bankruptcy. APR student reporter Steve Hecmanczuk reports on a new free clinic in the Birmingham area that could lead to cultural understanding along with a check-up…

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission met Monday, approving one application for a new charter school and denying another.

The board approved an application for Woodland Preparatory, a charter school to be located in Washington County and set to open in fall 2019. Al.com reports the school plans to open with 260 students in prekindergarten through 7th grade. The school plans to add one grade each year, eventually growing to serve 664 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

Authorities say an Alabama prisoner stabbed another inmate to death at a state prison Tuesday.

Alabama Department of Corrections spokesman Bob Horton released a statement saying an inmate fatally stabbed 35-year-old Jeveria Odess McCall at a housing area at Bibb Correctional Facility Tuesday evening. McCall was hospitalized and later died.

29-year-old Keandre Derrod Houston is charged in McCall's death. Horton said officials recovered a makeshift knife believed to be used in the stabbing.

A peaceful rally for the Poor People’s Campaign yesterday ended with some people arrested after sitting in the street to block traffic in Montgomery’s Court Square.

Al.com reports the rally was part of a coordinated national effort, with protests planned in 30 states as well as the District of Columbia.

The Rev. Carolyn Foster of Greater Birmingham Ministries says the goal of the event is to "Draw attention to the fact that people are starving, children are hungry, [and] benefits are being cut back in the wealthiest country in the world."

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A candidate for Alabama governor says the arrest of a campaign worker accused of violating the state's sex offender registration and notification act was "politically motivated."

Democratic candidate Sue Bell Cobb tells AL.com she accepted Paul Littlejohn III's resignation late last week. Littlejohn was her campaign's Jefferson County field director.

As a registered sex offender, Litlejohn is charged with working too close to a school or daycare through his work at a church and failing to update his employment status.

Alabama health officials say they've identified an Auburn University student with a case of pulmonary tuberculosis. The state Department of Public Health says they notified the school this week of plans to investigate and ensure that students and employees will be screened quickly to see if they were infected. Last Wednesday, the state and university began identifying students enrolled in classes, as well as faculty and staff, who might have been in close contact with the student. Symptoms can include chest pain, chronic coughing, coughing with blood, chills, fever and loss of appetite.

APR wins national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award

May 12, 2018
RFK Human Rights

The Washington, D.C. based advocacy group “Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights” named Alabama Public Radio the winner of the national Robert F. Kennedy Journalism Award for radio. This honor is for APR’s yearlong investigation and documentary “Help Wanted: Alabama’s Rural Health Care Crisis.” Previous media laureates of this award have included NPR, CBS-TV’s “60 Minutes,” ABC-TV’s “20-20,” The Washington Post, and the Los Angeles Times. APR’s news team includes News Director Pat Duggins, Assistant News Director Stan Ingold, and Senior Producer and Morning Edition Host Alex AuBuchon.

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