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Evan Mealins


Montgomery, AL, United States

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Past articles by Evan:

Alabama's anti-begging laws ruled unconstitutional

Critics of the laws argued that they criminalized homelessness and did nothing to advance public safety. → Read More

Bill to eliminate newspaper legal notices gets criticism from press association

"In many cases, those most affected will be seniors, rural Alabama, and the less affluent." → Read More

Five dead in Alabama prisons since March 1

The deaths bring 2023's reported total to 32, though that's likely an undercount. → Read More

Ivey signs order targeting state regulatory restrictions

Agencies also have to designate an employee as its "Red Tape Reduction Coordinator" by May 1. → Read More

'Blood on your hands': Vigil honors 270 people who died in Alabama prisons

"Even if they give them a sentence, they’re not sentenced to death," said the father of Denarieya Smith, who was killed in Alabama prison. → Read More

Alabama prisons report net loss of 52 workers last quarter

The department also reported a 63.6% overall vacancy rate in correctional staffing. → Read More

Ivey proposes $400 tax rebates during State of the State

Much of Ivey’s speech focused on new policies aimed at boosting business in the state and improving educational outcomes. → Read More

3 unusual Alabama bills, including a ban on microchipping employees

One bill would make Space Force service members and veterans subject to the same laws as other military branches' members and vets. → Read More

SPLC continues John Lewis' wreath laying tradition for first time since his death

"... we have people who are stepping into his seat and taking up his charge," SPLC President Margaret Huang said. → Read More

'Pray for our church': Downtown's Faith Full Gospel burns

Crews shut down part of Highland Avenue to battle the fire. → Read More

ADOC: St. Clair prison assaults that hospitalized two were 'related'

The department didn't name the men suspected of assaulting Desmonte Leonard and Jamarkous Antonio Coleman. → Read More

AG Marshall seeks death warrant for James Barber as Ivey greenlights executions

Gov. Kay Ivey said "now it is time" to resume carrying out executions. → Read More

Apartment tenants can get legal advice at free clinic

Local leaders say they've heard about poor conditions in some Montgomery apartment complexes. → Read More

Montgomery mayor wants nonprofit leader arrested for extortion over audio

Reed makes a series of fiery, profanity-filled comments about the city's racial dynamics in the heavily edited audio. → Read More

LIVE UPDATES: Severe weather threatens Alabama

Much of Alabama is at risk of severe weather and tornadoes Thursday and into Friday morning. → Read More

Man gets two life sentences in brutal 2017 killing of Mary Lou Gedel

Prosecutors say Rodney McQueen tortured 92-year-old Mary Lou Gedel during the killing. Gedel worked for years as a dietitian for the state. → Read More

Q&A: How SPLC 'state office' will take up top concerns across Alabama

"I love rural living. I think quality of life and access to resources should be just as important for rural Alabama," SPLC's Tafeni English said. → Read More

Montgomery clergy calls for review of execution process to be public

The Montgomery faith leaders delivered a letter signed by more than 170 Alabama clergy members. → Read More

Lawmakers delay $1B prison healthcare contract over cost, possible conflict of interest

YesCare previously provided healthcare services to the prisons under former name Corizon. → Read More

Fewer early prison releases? Pre-filed bill could delay mandatory release until 2030

Sen. Chris Elliot, R-Fairhope, pre-filed a bill to pause the mandatory early release program until 2030. → Read More