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Memphis Congressman Asks Justice Department to Review Don Siegelman’s Case

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Steve Cohen Also Pressures Attorney General Eric Holder to Stop Prosecuting Marijuana Cases – Watch this video to see Steve Cohen, a Democrat from Memphis, Tennessee, ask Attorney General Eric Holder to look into the political prosecution of former Alabama Governor Don Siegelman. Read more about the case in our comprehensive news archive of every…

Alabama Police Plan to Launch Drones to Monitor College Campuses

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Officials at an Alabama university have divulged a new plan to use unmanned aerial drones to help police monitor, and supposedly protect, students on campus. Law enforcement officials unveiled the plan Wednesday at a press conference at the University of Alabama Huntsville, saying the aircraft would provide an “eye in the sky” that could help…

Reward of $5,000 Offered in Bald Eagle Shooting Death

This American bald eagle, with its tail submerged at the water’s edge, took refuge behind a log after it was shot down in Neshoba County. The wounds to the eagle’s wings, leg, and eye were too severe for survival, so this representative of our national symbol had to be euthanized. Photo by Paul Windham, Mississippi…

Transocean Pleads Guilty in Gulf Deepwater Horizon Disaster

Sentenced to Pay $400 Million in Criminal Penalties, the Second-Largest Criminal Clean Water Act Fine in U.S. History – BP’s oil still pollutes Gulf Shores beaches – By Glynn Wilson – Transocean Deepwater Inc. pleaded guilty to a violation of the Clean Water Act Thursday for its illegal conduct leading to the BP Gulf Oil…

Alabama Senate Business, Labor Committee Considers Open Carry Gun Law

Watch the video to see the debate about the difference between a concealed pistol permit and the current policy on gun possession in the state. By Glynn Wilson – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The Senate Business and Labor Committee debated an open carry gun law this week sponsored by far right conservative Senator Scott Beason, the…

Homeland Security Releases Spying Keyword List Due to FOIA Lawsuit

The Department of Homeland Security has been forced to release a list of keywords and phrases it uses to monitor social networking sites and online media for signs of alleged foreign or domestic threats of terrorism. The list was posted online by the Electronic Privacy Information Center, a privacy watchdog group which obtained the document…

Americans Favor State Marijuana Laws Over Federal Government Enforcement

By Glynn Wilson – A significant majority of the American people oppose the U.S. government stepping in to enforce federal anti-marijuana laws in states where the people have voted to make it legal for medical or recreational use, according to the latest Gallup poll on the subject, which found that 64 percent of Americans want…

Alabama Voters Approve Forever Wild, Vote Down Amendment 4

But Corporate Republicans Slip One In Against Unions on Amendment 7 – By Glynn Wilson – The same corporate Republican special interests who spent billions trying to elect Massachusetts Mormon Mitt Romney over President Barack Obama also failed to derail the popular and successful Forever Wild land conservation program in Alabama and to take away…

Amendment 4 Violates State’s Responsibility for Public Education

By Dr. Gerald W. Johnson, Auburn Professor Emeritus of Political Science/ Special to the News-Journal – MONTGOMERY, Ala. — The number one responsibility of the state and the number one priority of our citizenry is public education. Amend. 4 on the November ballot violates both of these. Amend. 4 states: Nothing in this Constitution shall…