Martha Shearer got her voting rights back after serving time for a drug conviction. But her brother, convicted of a similar crime, was not able to get his voting rights restored. Gigi Douban/WBHM hide caption

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In Fight For Ballot Access, 'Moral Turpitude' Becomes A Litmus Test In One State
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Tight end O.J. Howard of the Alabama Crimson Tide scores a 53-yard touchdown Monday in the third quarter against the Clemson Tigers during the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship Game in Glendale, Ariz. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images hide caption

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Sloss Furnace in Birmingham, Ala., produced iron for decades. The site closed in the 1970s and is now a national historic landmark. Nicolas Henderson/Flickr hide caption

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Concerned Workers Face Dwindling Industry And Layoffs With A Steely Resolve
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Rosa Parks, whose refusal to give up her seat touched off the Montgomery bus boycott and the beginning of the civil rights movement, is fingerprinted by police Lt. D.H. Lackey in Montgomery, Ala., Feb. 22, 1956, when she was among several others charged with violating segregation laws. Gene Herrick/AP hide caption

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In Montgomery, Rosa Parks' Story Offers A History Lesson For Police
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The State Judicial Building in Montgomery, Ala., is seen in 2003. The state's top court ruled against the parental rights of a lesbian who adopted her partner's children in Georgia, and she's appealing that ruling to the Supreme Court. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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At Southern Factory, Workers Try Again To Unionize
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Former Madison, Ala., police officer Eric Parker walks out of the federal courthouse this week. He was accused of using excessive force against Sureshbhai Patel, a visitor from India who testified he didn't understand commands given in English. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Chirag Patel helps his father, Sureshbhai Patel, out of the car as they arrive outside the federal courthouse before start of a trial against Madison, Ala., police officer Eric Sloan Parker. Brynn Anderson/AP hide caption

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Talladega Mayor Larry Burton was attacked after pulling up to the barber shop where he cuts hair. He spent several days in the hospital because of his injuries. Google Maps hide caption

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A Lane cake is a layered sponge cake filled with a rich mixture of egg yolks, butter, sugar, raisins and whiskey and topped with boiled icing. Nadia Chaudhury for NPR hide caption

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A cypress tree swamp in Byrnes Lake, part of the more than 200,000-acre Mobile delta. It's the most biologically diverse river delta system in the country. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger
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Every spring, local residents have staged a play based on To Kill a Mockingbird in this courthouse in Monroeville, Ala. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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A Town Divided Over The Next Chapter Of An Iconic Harper Lee Book
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Regatta participant Robert Luiten of Mobile, Ala., right, rejoices on learning that his son, Leonard Luiten, was found after their boat capsized in a storm on Saturday, in Dauphin Island, Ala. The Coast Guard is still searching for five missing sailors. Mike Kittrell/AL.COM/Landov hide caption

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Fresh oil puddles on the white sand in Orange Beach, Ala., during the BP oil spill in 2010. Debbie Elliott/NPR hide caption

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5 Years After BP Oil Spill, Experts Debate Damage To Ecosystem
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A photo made available by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows Anthony Ray Hinton. Hinton, who spent nearly 30 years on death row, will go free Friday, after prosecutors told a court that there is not enough evidence to link him to the 1985 murders he was convicted of committing. AP hide caption

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Maranda Brooks stands in January outside a payday loans business that she used to frequent. Troubled by consumer complaints and loopholes in state laws, federal regulators are proposing expansive, first-ever rules on payday lenders, aimed at helping cash-strapped borrowers from falling into a cycle of debt. Tony Dejak/AP hide caption

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Payday Loans — And Endless Cycles Of Debt — Targeted By Federal Watchdog
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