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     A federal appeals court is being asked to toss a lawsuit that had accused Alabama lawmakers of racially discrimination due to a law that blocked the majority-black city of Birmingham from raising its minimum wage. At issue in arguments scheduled Tuesday before the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is a 2016 statute requiring every city in Alabama to have the same minimum wage. Lawmakers passed the law after Birmingham's city council voted to increase the city's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. The state law effectively nullified the planned increase.

Moore will try again for U-S Senate

Jun 21, 2019

      Alabama Republican Roy Moore, who defiantly opposed gay marriage and defended the public display of the Ten Commandments, has jumped into the race for a U.S. Senate seat he lost under a cloud of accusations two years ago. In announcing his candidacy Thursday, Moore defied national GOP leaders eager to keep him out of the contest after his narrow defeat to Democratic Sen. Doug Jones. The loss in a once reliably red state came amid accusations that Moore engaged in sexual misconduct with teenage girls decades ago, which Moore has vehemently denied.

Hyles Files: To My Son

Jun 14, 2019
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   The contest to see who will be the Republican nominee for House District 74 in Montgomery is going to a runoff. After yesterday’s election, in very light balloting, Charlotte Meadows gathered 44 percent of the vote, while second place finisher Michael Fritz took in 22 percent. The four other candidates, Jesse Heifner, Daniel Sparkman, Tobias Grant and Jay King accrued 12, 11, 7 and 4 percent, respectively. Meadows and Fritz are set for a runoff on August 27. The winner of the runoff faces Democrat Rayford Mack in the general election Nov 12.


   Lilly Baptist Church in Montgomery is celebrating the 50 year anniversary of its pastor, the Rev. Thomas E. Jordan. From a very young age, Jordan has known what he wanted to do with his life. He was baptized at 11 years old by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Dexter Avenue King Memorial Baptist Church. At 18, he accepted his call to ministry. After receiving his Bachelor Degree at Morehouse College, he served as an assistant to the late Rev. Dr. Ralph David Abernathy.

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President Trump is ordering the Pentagon to rewrite a rule allowing athletes to delay mandatory active service in order to play professional sports directly upon graduation.

"These student-athletes should be able to defer their military service obligations until they have completed their professional sports careers," Trump wrote in a presidential memorandum issued on Wednesday.

Twenty candidates have made it to the first round of Democratic primary debates. Ten take the stage Wednesday night, with Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren at the center. Night 2, on Thursday, will include former Vice President Joe Biden and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.

The two-hour debate, hosted by NBC News/MSNBC/Telemundo, starts at 9 p.m. ET both nights.

As you watch, follow NPR's live blog for analysis and fact checks of the candidates' statements.

The Federal Aviation Administration has found a new problem in Boeing's troubled 737 Max that the company must address before the regulatory agency will allow the airplanes to fly passengers again. The discovery further delays the airliner's return to service.

Southwest, American and United Airlines, the three U.S. carriers that fly Max jets, have already pulled the aircraft from their schedules through Labor Day weekend and this latest development could set back the plane's return to commercial flight well into the fall.

The National Rifle Association has shut down its online TV channel and lost its chief lobbyist, new setbacks for group that also is the subject of another new congressional investigation, NPR has learned.

The NRA has struggled under both scrutiny from the outside for its connections to Russia's interference in American politics and from internal divisions over its leadership and its finances.

Updated at 7:19 pm. ET

If you pull up YouTube for squirrels on water skis, the latest Taylor Swift music video or the Democratic debate Wednesday night, you'll notice something prominently displayed at the top of the page — a banner ad paid for by the Trump campaign.

President Trump's campaign is counterprogramming the debate and making a point — he is the president, running for reelection while Democrats are running against each other.

Reddit, the self-proclaimed "front page of the Internet," is restricting a forum that is wildly popular among some of President Trump's core fans.

Officials with Reddit said Wednesday that a community on the message board called The Donald, which has around 750,000 followers and is known for its provocative content, is being "quarantined" over violations of its content policies.

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The National Rifle Association has cancelled production on its internet television channel amid a growing controversy over how money at the organization is being spent.