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    On Saturday morning, Jeff Walker woke his 15-year-old daughter Harleigh up with some news. In return, “she gave me the biggest hug,” Jeff told The Daily Beast. Late Friday night, U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a temporary injunction on a new Alabama law that made it a felony for doctors and parents in the state to provide gender-affirming medical treatment to transgender youth under 19, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. Judge Burke left in place a provision banning gender-affirming surgeries on trans minors. Another part of the law left intact by Judge Burke insists that teachers and school officials tell parents if a child discloses to that official or staff member that they feel they are transgender. On Saturday, trans teenagers, their parents, and doctors were both celebrating, while also eyeing the injunction cautiously as a momentary reprieve; Governor Kay Ivey said it was a “temporary legal roadblock,” while the state attorney general indicated he would appeal. For now, trans teens, their doctors, and their supporters are celebrating a rare moment of victory. The...
    Alabama has not been immune to the nationwide baby formula shortage, and the issue has become part of the state’s race for its U.S. Senate GOP nomination now underway. Former Business Council of Alabama president and CEO Katie Britt, the apparent frontrunner in the race, blasted the Biden administration on Thursday for the shortage by blaming the “incompetence and radical agenda” of President Joe Biden. “Hardworking Alabama families have already been suffering from Joe Biden’s crushing inflation every time we go to the grocery store or the gas pump,” Britt said in comments given exclusively to Breitbart News. “Now, parents across our state are faced with the added fear of not being able to find formula for their babies — on top of skyrocketing costs making it less affordable when they can find it. As a mom myself, I know the stress that this crisis is causing Alabama families. This can literally be a life or death problem for vulnerable babies.” “Unfortunately, this is simply the latest example of Joe Biden’s incompetence and radical agenda devastating working families and parents,”...
    By Katy St. Clair | Bay City News Service As states across the country pass or move to pass laws criminalizing gender-affirming care for trans youth, Senator Scott Wiener (D-SF) is doubling down on his push for Senate Bill 107, which would make California a “refuge” for trans minors and their parents fleeing prosecution in other states. Alabama is the latest state to criminalize gender-affirming healthcare for youth, such as puberty blockers or hormones, which are often given to patients under the age of 19 under the guidance of a doctor. The law, entitled the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, went into effect on Sunday and is punishable to up to ten years in prison. “Today, trans kids in Alabama lost two of their most fundamental rights: Access to health care and bodily autonomy,” said Wiener. “Alabama’s vile decision to criminalize gender-affirming care by physicians– and to parents for supporting their trans kids– will cost lives.” The Alabama law also requires school counselors, nurses, and others to notify parents if a child discloses that they may be transgender....
    Alabama has become the first state to criminalize the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender people under age 19. The new law, which will take effect on May 8 unless blocked by the court, will make it a felony for a doctor to prescribe puberty blockers or hormones to aid anyone under the age of 19 who is in gender transition.  Violations will be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. It also prohibits gender transition surgeries, although doctors told lawmakers those are not performed on minors in Alabama.  In line with some other Republican-led states, legislators here also passed a law requiring students to use bathrooms corresponding to their sex at birth and prohibiting discussion of gender and sexual identity in the lower grades. The two bills were signed into law on April 8 by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey, a day after being passed by the Alabama Legislature. Advocacy groups quickly filed a lawsuit on April 11 challenging the medication ban. Republicans argue the bills are needed to protect children and that decisions on gender-affirming...
    By Kim Chandler | Associated Press MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Families with transgender teens sued the state of Alabama in federal court on Monday to overturn a law that makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity. The two lawsuits — one on behalf of two families and another on behalf two families and the physicians who treat their children — pose legal challenges to legislation signed into law Friday by Republican Gov. Kay Ivey. “Transgender youth are a part of Alabama, and they deserve the same privacy, access to treatment, and data-driven health care from trained medical professionals as any other Alabamian,” Tish Gotell Faulks, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama, said in a statement. Faulks added that lawmakers are using children, as, “political pawns for their reelection campaigns.” Ivey and legislators face primaries next month. Unless blocked by the court, the Alabama law will take effect May 8, making it a felony for a doctor to prescribe puberty blockers or...
    A bill in Alabama that would ban transgender treatments for minors, such as puberty blockers and hormone therapy, has passed out of the legislature and will go to Gov. Kay Ivey’s desk for signature. NEW COLORADO LAW SOLIDIFIES ABORTION ACCESS THROUGHOUT PREGNANCY — WHAT TO KNOW The bill, the Alabama Vulnerable Child Compassion and Protection Act, advanced out of the state House on Thursday by a vote of 66-to-28, mostly along party lines, having passed out of the Senate in February. If enacted, the bill would classify certain transgender treatments delivered to people under 18 as a felony, and doctors found to be violating the law could face up to 10 years in prison. “We make decisions in this body all the time that are to protect children from making decisions that could permanently harm them before they are old enough and have a brain developed enough to fully understand their decisions,” said Republican state Rep. Wes Allen, who introduced the House version of the bill. The bill would also ban all school personnel from withholding...
    FAMILIES in Alabama who are claiming child tax credits will get extra tax support thanks to a new bill being made into law. Governor Kay Ivey yesterday, February 23, signed a child tax credit bill, providing relief to families throughout the state. 1The tax break for Alabama families is equal to about $100 per childCredit: Getty The House version of the bill was approved last week, but heading into the holiday weekend, it was still pending final sign-off from the Governor. Alabama Daily News reports that support for the bill has been overwhelming. It passed both chambers last week, but some have been frustrated the relief hasn't come sooner, before tax season started. Compassion for parents working, homeschooling, and caring for young children during Covid helped make the law a reality. “One of the problems was that people were working, and their children were not in school. So they had to pay extra money to help somebody take care of their children while at work,” said Representative Jim Carns. As Senator Roberts put it, “Parents were put...
    (CNN)Lieutenant General Gwen Bingham has spent much of her Army career being a frontrunner. She is only the second African American woman ever to become a three-star General in the Army and as she advanced throughout her career, she has been either the first woman, the first African American, or both to hold that position. The general is quick to mention she would not be where she is without others "plowing tough ground" before her, and her warm, friendly approach has a way of putting everyone at ease. If breaking barriers seems to be a natural talent for Gen. Bingham, it's because she's been doing it her whole life. Gwen Bingham receiving her Second Lieutenant bars at the University of Alabama's ROTC commissioning ceremony in 1981.The girl from TroyBingham grew up in Texas and Alabama during the '60s and '70s, when the Civil Rights Movement and the assassinations of President Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr. were shaping the nation. It was during these formative years when Bingham says she first experienced racism. Read MoreAs a teenager, a race riot broke out at...
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Transgender youth, parents and advocates on Tuesday urged the Alabama House of Representatives, as well as the state’s governor, to reject legislation that would ban the use of puberty-blockers or hormones to treat transgender minors. Arkansas earlier this month became the first state to approve such legislation. Alabama could be the second if House members approve the Senate-passed bill. Parents, medical providers and a transgender teenager spoke out against the Alabama bill during a virtual press conference hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. “I ask you to take a look at our family. How am I hurting me or anyone else by wanting medical hormonal treatment? I do not want to be a pawn in a political agenda in which I was never consulted about,” Phineas Smith, a 16-year-old transgender boy, said. The Alabama bill would make it a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, for a doctor to prescribe puberty-blockers or hormones or perform surgery to aid in the gender transition of people 18-years-old or younger. The measure...
    A woman has been shot dead and five others, including a four-year-old, have been injured after a shootout in a crowded Alabama park on Easter Sunday. Gunfire broke out at around 7pm in Patton Park, Birmingham, where hundreds of families had gathered. The woman, 32, who cops believe was an innocent bystander, was found dead in the backseat of her car after she was shot in the head. A woman has been shot dead and five others, including a four-year-old, have been injured after a shootout in Patton Park (pictured) on Easter Sunday Gunfire broke out at around 7pm in Patton Park, Birmingham , where hundreds of families had gathered A 21-year-old, a 17-year-old, a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the hip, a 15-year-old and a 4-year-old were struck by the gunfire.  Two of them were taken to hospital in a serious condition while a third suffered life-threatening injuries.  RELATED ARTICLES Previous 1 Next Heavily-armed members of far-right militia Boogaloo Bois... Riots break out at St Louis jail as dozens of...
    A series of tornadoes hatched by early spring “super cell” storms tore across Alabama and moved into Georgia early Friday, leaving at least five people dead amid ruins of wrecked homes, splintered trees and crumpled businesses. Authorities said one fierce tornado traveled roughly 100 miles (160 kilometers) across Alabama on Thursday, leaving a long path of damage. The National Weather Service for Atlanta said a “dangerous, fast moving” tornado ripped through some of the metro’s southern suburbs just after midnight. With power knocked out to tens of thousands and people now tasked with clearing away the debris and rebuilding, the violent weather that swept parts of Alabama and the region marked the most dreaded part of springtime in the Deep South: tornado season. While Alabama appeared to bear the brunt of Thursday’s tornado outbreak, forecasters warned of dangerous thunderstorms, flash floods and possible twisters from eastern Mississippi into western Georgia, and northward into Tennessee and Kentucky. Also, flash flood warnings and watches extended to the western Carolinas during the night hours. The deaths were confirmed in Calhoun County, in east...
    Alabama bill would force schools to out trans students to their families
    CENTER POINT, Ala. (AP) — An apartment fire in Alabama displaced multiple Birmingham-area families Sunday afternoon. The fire began sometime before 1:30 p.m. in the Parkway Villa apartments in Center Point, WBRC-TV reports. The blaze was under control within 30 minutes, Center Point Fire Department officials said. No injuries have been reported. Around 15 people were displaced by the fire. Eight units were damaged. Officials on the scene told WBRC that the Red Cross has been notified. Copyright 2020 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. Tags: Alabama, Associated Press
    By KIRSTEN FISCUS, The Montgomery Advertiser MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — As a soft rain fell outside Kershaw YMCA, dozens gathered to listen as Furlesia Bell talked during an annual prayer vigil and balloon release for homicide victims. She held a butterfly — plastic and pink and covered in glitter — but the metaphorical representation of the bauble was the important part. She held the physical representation of change. Of a metamorphosis that she underwent, at first unwillingly, but then accepted with grace. It represented the change that all family members of homicide victims would too go through, or were in the process of navigating. It’s a burden to be on the journey. Bell describes the butterfly in three parts. There is the “ugly stage.” The stage where the caterpillar slinks along with unknowing purpose. It knows it has a job to do, but doesn’t quite know why. It moves through life until the second state where it tucks itself away in a safe shell for its transformation before reaching the final state, its re-emergence into a strong being. It’s a...
    ROCKFORD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man is charged with using a shotgun to kill his mother and sister more than two decades ago. Coosa County authorities announced the arrest of Joe Daniel Stallions, 42, of Ariton on Thursday. Stallions is charged with capital murder in the deaths of his 38-year-old mother, Bobbi Ingram and 17-year-old sister, Jodi Stallions, Sheriff Michael Howell told a news conference. The two were found shot to death at their home near Rockford on Jan. 12, 1999, and the teen’s 8-month-old daughter, Angel Wall, was found unharmed in another room. Now an adult, Wall fought back tears as she thanked the sheriff's office for pursuing the case. “Hopefully we get some answers from here,” she said. Authorities didn’t discuss any possible motive, and court records did not list a defense attorney who could speak on behalf of Stallions. Howell said Stallions was previously questions about the killings, which have been investigated by every sheriff's administration since they occurred. “These murders shocked the community and the families of the victims,” said Howell. "After these many years...
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