Legislature passes bill further restricting abortion clinics

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The Alabama Legislature gave final approval  Tuesday that would further restrict abortion clinics in the state. The Senate voted 22-10 to approve the legislation that would require physicians at abortion clinics to have admitting privileges at local hospitals; would require them to be built up to ambulatory clinic standards; and would make it a felony [...]

Bingo trial: Jury acquits all 6 defendants

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A federal jury Tuesday acquitted six defendants of corruption charges related to legislation involving state gambling. The defendants — VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor; state Sen. Harri Anne Smith of Slocomb; former state Sens. Larry Means of Attalla and Jim Preuitt of Talladega; McGregor lobbyist Tom Coker and former Country Crossing spokesman Jay Walker — [...]

Bingo trial: Quotes and tidbits from Week 6

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Every week of the federal corruption trial has included quotes, comments and tidbits that did not make it into the daily stories in the Montgomery Advertiser. Since the sixth week of the trial of casino owner Milton McGregor, his lobbyists, and four legislators was no different, the Advertiser decided to share some of those comments [...]

Massey: Smith may not have seen checks as bribe

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Former lobbyist Jarrod Massey said this afternoon that a state senator may not have the same interpretation of a series of donations as he did during testimony in a trial over alleged corruption related to gambling legislation. Massey, who has pleaded guilty to bribery charges, said under cross-examination from Jim Parkman, an attorney for state [...]

Ronnie Gilley could resume testimony this afternoon

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Cross-examination of FBI Special Agent John McEachern was scheduled to wrap up this afternoon, with Country Crossing Developer Ronnie Gilley expected to take the stand afterward. Gilley’s testimony last week in the bingo corruption trial was interrupted after he reported dehydration. McEachern has been on the stand since Wednesday. In the late morning, McEachern was [...]