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Alabama lawmaker would reduce penalties for pot
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Task Force arrests four men on drug trafficking charges
Officials with an area drug task force on Friday announced the arrest of four men on charges of trafficking cocaine.
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Bill would ban Alabama judges from waiving court fees
A bill set to come before the Alabama Legislature this year would ban judges from waiving court fees — even for peopl...
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No injuries in Oxford car fire
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City officials call New Year’s Eve fireworks show a success
The city of Anniston celebrated New Year’s Eve with a fireworks display at the Duck Pond in McClellan on Wednesday, a...
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Government shutdown delays tax season by 10 days
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Anniston area ends 2013 as wettest year on record
For the Anniston area, 2013 was the wettest year since the meteorologist began keeping records in 1903 — and that had...
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George Smith: One more miracle for 'our' Tigers
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Democratic candidate says real-life experience an asset
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