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Evy Leibfarth navigates a slalom course at Montgomery Whitewater Park in Alabama. She won an Olympic trial there and punched her ticket to the Paris games this summer. Montgomery Whitewater Park hide caption

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Shalela Dowdy, a plaintiff in a lawsuit challenging Alabama's congressional districts, poses for a portrait on Government Street in Mobile, Ala., on April 1. Emily Kask for NPR hide caption

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In new congressional district, Black voters weigh what representation really means

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Carlee Russell admitted in court on Thursday that she lied about being abducted in Alabama in July 2023 and about seeing a toddler walking alongside an interstate. Hoover Police Department hide caption

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Hundreds gather for a protest rally in support of in vitro fertilization legislation on Wednesday in Montgomery, Ala. Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP hide caption

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The "Angels of Hope" wall at the office of People Engaged in Recovery holds pictures of people lost to addiction, including a young dad with his baby son and a musician holding two cats. Aneri Pattani/KFF Health News hide caption

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Can a mathematical model decide best how to spend opioid settlement cash?

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An illustration of the blastocyst stage of embryo development at about five to nine days after fertilization. The outer layer will grow to form the placenta. The inner cells will become the fetus. Juan Gaertner/Getty Images/Science Photo Library hide caption

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The science of IVF: What to know about Alabama's 'extrauterine children' ruling

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Left: President Joe Biden delivers remarks to the National Association of Counties Legislative Conference on Feb. 12 in Washington. Right: Nikki Haley, former governor of South Carolina and 2024 Republican presidential candidate, during a bus tour campaign event in South Carolina on Feb. 21. Evan Vucci/AP; Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall's office asked the Alabama Supreme Court on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2024, to set an execution date for Alan Eugene Miller, shown here in 1999. Dave Martin/AP hide caption

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The decision stems from a case brought by three couples that had pursued in vitro fertilization treatment. Sang Tan/AP hide caption

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How Alabama's ruling that frozen embryos are 'children' could impact IVF

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Frozen embryos and sperm are stored in liquid nitrogen at a fertility clinic in Florida. The Alabama Supreme Court ruling stems from wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic in the state. Lynne Sladky/AP hide caption

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Alabama's largest hospital says it is halting IVF treatments in wake of court ruling

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The Alabama Supreme Court ruled, Friday, Feb. 16, 2024, that frozen embryos can be considered children under state law, a ruling critics said could have sweeping implications for fertility treatments. The decision was issued in a pair of wrongful death cases brought by three couples who had frozen embryos destroyed in an accident at a fertility clinic. Kim Chandler/AP hide caption

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Johnny Mims, 39, says he is still recovering physically after he was tased by police in Birmingham, Ala. He said he continues to be haunted by the incident. Juandalynn Givan hide caption

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Alabama is asking the Supreme Court to postpone the creation of a new congressional map while it pursues further appeal. Anadolu Agency via Getty Images hide caption

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John Wahl, 37, is the youngest GOP state party leader in the country. He also runs a business as a butterfly farmer in Athens, Ala. "This is me, the chairman of the Alabama Republican Party, in his natural habitat," he told NPR during a visit to his butterfly farm. Quentin Renard Gunn for NPR hide caption

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This butterfly farmer wants to strengthen the Republican Party's hold on Alabama

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This undated photo provided by Alabama Department of Corrections shows inmate Kenneth Eugene Smith, who was convicted in a 1988 murder-for-hire slaying of a preacher's wife. The Alabama attorney general's office on Friday, Aug. 25, 2023 asked the state Supreme Court to set an execution date for death row inmate Kenneth Smith using nitrogen hypoxia. AP via Alabama Department of Connections hide caption

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This undated photo provided by the Alabama Department of Corrections shows James Barber. A federal appeals court on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, refused to stop Barber's upcoming execution in Alabama, rejecting his argument that the state has a history of botched lethal injections. AP hide caption

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