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Alabama inmate fights to halt execution, ‘won’t give up’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Tommy Arthur has had his execution postponed seven times since 2001, so many delays that victims’ rights advocates derisively call him the “Houdini” of death row. He says he is innocent and is fighting for an eighth reprieve, but he is losing optimism: “They are going to kill me this time.” Arthur, now 75, is to be put to death Thursday for the 1982 murder-for-hire slaying of Troy Wicker. Wicker’s wife, Judy, initially told police she came home and was raped … Read the referenced┬ástory here:…

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Alabama Redraws Election Maps, Likely to Face Court Fight Again

Alabama’s GOP-dominated legislature redrew legislative maps Friday under court order to fix racial gerrymandering, punctuating a session rife with racial turmoil over issues such as the protection of Confederate monuments and an email that compared lawmakers to monkeys. The Senate approved new district maps Friday and sent them to the governor despite objections from black Democrats who said the new ones are still gerrymandered to maintain white GOP dominance in the conservative state. In January, a three-judge panel ordered legislators to redraw lines before the 2018 elections, saying Republicans had…

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