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LINDEN, Ala. (AP) - An Alabama newspaper owner who promoted a revival of the Ku Klux Klan says he has a deal to sell the business. Editor Goodloe Sutton tells The Associated Press this week's issue of The Democrat-Reporter of Linden, Alabama, could be his last. Sutton has been trying to sell the small weekly for years. He prompted a firestorm last month with an editorial criticizing Democrats that began: "Time for the Ku Klux Klan to night ride again." A black employee appointed to run the paper later quit.
OZARK, Ala. (AP) - The wife of an Alabama man charged with capital murder in the slaying of two teenagers nearly 20 years ago says he's innocent. Jeanette McCraney defended her husband, 45-year-old Coley McCraney, during a news conference Wednesday in Ozark. Jeanette McCraney says her husband is a truck driver and minister who puts other people first. Officials say genetic testing provided the link that resulted in McCraney's arrest last week in killings that haunted southeast Alabama for almost two decades.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A one-time aide to former first lady Michelle Obama will review workplace practices at a prominent civil rights law firm that fired its founder. A statement from the Alabama-based Southern Poverty Law Center says attorney Tina Tchen will conduct a "top-to-bottom" review at the liberal, nonprofit organization. The law center is best known for its work monitoring extremist groups. It fired founder and prominent civil rights attorney Morris Dees for unspecified reasons last week.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama officials say a gun maker is losing $3 million in incentives from the state. State Commerce Secretary Greg Canfield told AL.com in an email Tuesday that Remington Arms has failed to meet hiring and payroll targets at its Huntsville plant, costing it $3 million in incentives.
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