MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - President Donald Trump has very strong support in Alabama, but his public flogging of Attorney General Jeff Sessions is dismaying Republicans who consider the conservative stalwart to be a home state hero. Trump's near-daily Twitter humiliations of Sessions, an apparent effort to force him out, puts party members in awkward positions ahead of next month's special primary election for the U.S. Senate seat Sessions vacated. One Trump voter says "You just don't treat people like this."
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Another inmate is dead from violence at a state prison in central Alabama. The prison system says 47-year-old Timothy Robertson was stabbed to death Tuesday night at Elmore Correctional Facility. Another inmate is being charged with murder. Robertson is only the latest inmate killed at the prison. Two prisoners were killed in separate stabbings in February, and an officer was wounded in March. Prison Commissioner Jeff Dunn says the agency will address the escalation of violence.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - Police in Alabama say a shooting has left a 27-year-old man dead and they're now seeking a person of interest. Athens police Chief Floyd Johnson tells local media that Brenton C. Gatlin was found with a gunshot wound late Tuesday inside an Athens home. Police say it's not clear whether Gatlin was living at the home.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks offered to withdraw from a GOP Senate primary if all other Republican candidates also withdraw, potentially paving the way for Attorney General Jeff Sessions to be the party's Senate nominee this fall. Brooks, a Sessions ally, said he cannot remain silent about the treatment Sessions is receiving from President Donald Trump, who has scorned Sessions as "very weak" and hinted he may be fired.
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