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  Alabama explores adding air conditioning to school buses

It can be a hot ride home on the school bus for many Alabama students because most buses do not have air conditioning, said State Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey.

Montgomery mayoral debate to air live on WSFA 12 News

Ala. congressman tweets photo with ex-Gov. Bentley, Mason

Ivanka Trump helps launch manufacturing workforce initiative in north Alabama

Worley: DNC chair trying to ‘beat Alabama into submission’

DNC: Alabama Democratic Party hasn’t met basic obligations

  Montgomery Election director counters Ala. Secretary of State’s election concerns

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Former Alabama attorney general joins congressional race

  $21M in revenue cuts, layoffs expected by Ala. Dept. of Public Health

  State will monitor Montgomery municipal runoff election

  ‘Heavens no, I’m not going to resign’: Ivey reiterates after apology for blackface skit

  Jones addresses Medicaid expansion, governor’s blackface

Alabama governor doesn’t plan to resign over blackface skit

  ‘Rebuild’ signs identify which roads the new gas tax money will fix

Elmore County Chief Engineer Richie Beyer said the money was desperately needed for dozens of roads that ‘should have been fixed yesterday.’

  Voting precinct changes approved for Houston County

It’s estimated roughly 8,000 voters will be impacted in some way. Between 6,800 - 7,000 voters will change voting locations as part of the three big moves.

  Ala. Education Dept: Schools vulnerable to cyber attacks

An attack can stop entire schools from functioning. For instance, the websites shut down, teachers can’t check grades and schools can’t sell lunches.

Kamala Harris gives rare endorsement in Montgomery mayoral race

Montgomery mayoral candidate Steven Reed is getting an endorsement from a national figure also looking to make history by winning a higher office.

  ‘Unwavering’ Gov. Kay Ivey has no plans to resign

Rep. Brooks says Huntsville may not get Space Command HQ

Bob Rogers holds kickoff rally for congressional campaign

‘Calamity of errors’ caused results delay in Montgomery municipal elections

  Woods, Reed prepare for runoff fight over mayor’s seat

Roy Moore tells Minn. congresswoman she ‘should go back to Somalia’

  Reed, Woods heading to runoff in Montgomery mayor’s race

The results are in, and there will be a runoff election for Montgomery’s new mayor.

5 Montgomery City Council seats decided, 3 races headed to runoffs

The Montgomery City Council has been decided after Tuesday’s election.

  Meadows wins GOP runoff for House District 74

The Charlotte Meadows campaign and the Alabama Republican Party have declared Meadows the winner of the GOP runoff for Alabama’s House District 74.

  ELECTION RESULTS: Montgomery municipal election, House District 74 runoff

Montgomery held its municipal election for mayor and several city council seats Tuesday.

  Montgomery County Elections prepared for big turn out

Depending on where you live in Montgomery, on Tuesday residents will be voting on one to three races - mayor, city council and a state house seat.

Judge weighs defamation claim against Roy Moore

Judge weighs defamation lawsuit against Moore

  Runoff election for District 74 House seat set for Tuesday

Fritz and Meadows sounded familiar themes; improving education and somehow find a way to reduce crime in the district, which has approximately 40,000 residents.

5 companies compete to build new Alabama prisons

Companies compete to build Alabama prisons as construction plan inches forward

Alabama Republican Party opposes appointed school board

The Alabama Republican Party is opposing a proposal to replace the state's elected school board with one appointed by the governor

DNC denies seats to Alabama Party leaders

DNC denies seats to Alabama Party leaders

  VIDEOS: Getting to know the Montgomery Mayoral Candidates

Montgomery voters will elect a new mayor on Aug. 27, after current Mayor Todd Strange announced he will not run for re-election.

Limestone County sheriff indicted on theft, ethics charges

Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely is facing 13 counts of theft and ethics charges. Blakely was arrested on Thursday and released on bond.

  Fusion Center works to reduce threats to Ala. schools

Alabama has a system in place to help schools know whether threats made against them are real or fake.

Worley could lose DNC credential after missed deadlines

Worley could lose DNC credential after missed

Lawmaker, advocates want yoga ban lifted in Alabama schools

Rep. Jeremy Gray says he’s pushing for a change and is encouraging the teaching of yoga in schools.

Absentee ballot application deadline is Thursday

The deadline to make an application for an absentee ballot for Montgomery’s mayoral election is Thursday.

Dalraida to get new park; County commissioner gives $75K to efforts

The city recently cleared the old Screws Armory on Atlanta Highway in Dalraida, making an empty area. There are now plans to create a green space for residents to enjoy.

Van Smith wins GOP primary for state House District 42 seat

The primary election was held to determined the GOP candidate for the state House District 42 seat, which represents Autauga and Chilton counties.

  Ala. law aims to penalize people with fake service dogs

Federal law says you can’t ask someone what their disability is or require medical documentation for the dog or owner.

  Alabama’s youngest county commissioner attacked by family dog

Though smiling and giving a ‘thumbs up’, you could still see dried blood on his hands and legs.

  Ala. farmer: Tariffs are a ‘battle that will hopefully help us win the war’

One Alabama farmer hopes the pains from the trade war between the U.S. and China will help farmers get a fair trade deal in the end.

Ainsworth opposes south Alabama toll proposal

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth is expressing opposition to a proposed toll bridge in south Alabama. The Republican lieutenant governor posted a video Monday saying he is firmly against the project

Ex-Alabama gov accused in sex scandal opens new office

A former Alabama governor who resigned amid a sex scandal has now opened a new dermatology office

Deadline passes for new Democratic Party elections

A deadline has passed for the Alabama Democratic Party to elect new leaders

  Alabama offers grants to push 2020 census participation

Money for things like special education, health care, and roads are at stake, because those federal dollars are set based on data taken in the census.

Roy Moore defamation lawsuit against accusers is paused

A judge has paused a defamation suit filed by Roy Moore against women who accused him during his unsuccessful U.S. Senate bid of past misconduct

Alabama won’t release contract related to executions

The Alabama attorney general's office has refused to release a contract related to development of nitrogen gas as a possible execution method citing security concerns

  Crime, education and entertainment among topics at Montgomery Mayoral Forum

Wednesday night, WSFA 12 News partnered with the League of Women Voters Montgomery and Troy University to host a mayoral forum.

  VIDEOS: What the candidates said at the Montgomery Mayoral Forum

On Wednesday night, 11 candidates vying to become the next mayor of Montgomery participated in the Montgomery Mayoral Forum.

Montgomery Mayoral Forum live on WSFA 12 News Wednesday night

Tonight, WSFA 12 News is partnering to host a mayoral forum with the League of Women Voters Montgomery and Troy University.

  Martha Roby not closing door to future run at public office

She used the opportunity to thank voters for sending her to Congress, spoke of accomplishments, and of the challenges ahead.

  Study commission to legalize medical marijuana holds first meeting

The Medical Cannabis Study Commission met for the first time Tuesday to discuss the issue of medical marijuana.

WSFA 12 News hosting Montgomery Mayoral Forum

WSFA 12 News, the League of Women Voters and Troy University are hosting a forum for the Montgomery mayoral election candidates.

Medical marijuana commission to hold first meeting

Alabama's medical marijuana commission is holding its first meeting

  Law tasks Ala. truckers with learning human trafficking signs

One sex trafficking victim says she supports a new state law that requires commercial driver’s license programs and junior colleges to provide human trafficking training.

  New rules to deny green cards to many legal immigrants

Federal law already requires those seeking green cards and legal status to prove they will not be a burden to the United States, or what's called a "public charge," but the new rules, made public on Monday, detail a broader range of programs that could disqualify them.

Voter’s guide: Q&As with Montgomery’s mayoral candidates

Hear from the candidates running to be the next mayor of Montgomery.

Gov. Ivey to host ceremonial bill signing

Gov. Kay Ivey will host a ceremonial bill signing on Monday for legislation passed during the 2019 legislative session.

  Ala. looks to put stop to millions of school absences

There were around 6.5 million total absences in the 2018-19 school year throughout the state.

  Dozens of school districts want funds for security, report shows

“We have some schools that are new and that were built with that. Others are very old," Hollingsworth said.

New law tightens Alabama absentee voter requirements

The new legislation does several things.

  New pre-k classrooms open, but advocates still want to cut down wait lists

Around 164 new Pre-K classes are making their way to Alabama for the upcoming school year.

Lawmakers praise rule change to help Alabama’s struggling hospitals

“Alabama hospitals have suffered the negative effects of the Medicare wage index for over two decades,” said U.S. Senator Richard Shelby, R-Alabama, who praised the change.

State representative intends to run for U.S. Congress

A state representative has announced his plans to run for a U.S. Congress seat.

  Former state representative plans run for congressional seat

A former state representative plans to run for a seat in the U.S. Congress.

  All K-12 public schools will need to offer computer science courses in 3 years

Nearly 60% of middle schools and high schools offer at least one computer science class.

State could pay over $1 million for blocked abortion law

State could pay over $1 million in legal fees for blocked abortion law

  Toll proposal for Mobile bridge project raises concerns

A $6 toll proposal to help pay for a new bridge and expanded Bayway across the Mobile Bay is concerning people who use the I-10 route.

National party officials reject Alabama Democrats’ bylaws

National party officials are expressing concerns that the Alabama Democratic Party isn't doing enough to attract more non-black minorities

Ala. Democratic Party leaders in Washington for DNC meeting

On Tuesday, the Alabama Democratic Party leadership was back in Washington, D.C. for another meeting with the DNC Credentials Committee.

ADEM chief rips media over 3M reports

Lance LaFleur says ADEM's reaction to the spill in the Tennessee River isn't being represented accurately

  New law aims to give more help to kids with dyslexia

The law will roll out over the next few years.

  U.S. Rep. Martha Roby won’t run for re-election in 2020

Rep. Martha Roby, who represents the state’s 2nd District, said Friday she won’t seek another term in Congress.

  Firefighters with cancer will get more help to pay for treatment

“Our occupation is a dangerous occupation and we’re exposed to all kinds of elements and byproducts,” West explained.

  State lawmakers prep for state gas tax increase

In less than two months you will pay more money when you buy gas - 6 cents more per gallon to be exact.

Gov. Ivey to hold ceremonial signing for 22 bills

From bills creating unpaid internships at polling places, matters involving voyeurism, and even legislation about local leash laws, Gov. Ivey is set to ceremonially sign a lot of legislation.

Citizens vote to use Special 5 Mill Tax Fund for Auburn City Schools’ facilities, renovation

91 percent of voters were in favor of using the Special 5 Mill Tax Fund for Auburn City Schools’ facilities, including major renovations to J.F. Drake Middle School and Cary Woods Elementary School.

  The War Within: Alabama grapples with high veteran suicide rates

“We took him out deep sea fishing and he caught a lemon shark," his mom remembered. "He was so tickled pink calling all his friends." Now, all she has are pictures and memories.