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November 6, 2021

Judge fired for racist, inappropriate conduct

In Alabama, Talladega County Probate Judge Randy Jinks, 65, was removed from office by a unanimous order after being accused of racist and sexually inappropriate behavior.

The nine-member Alabama Court of the Judiciary filed its unanimous order after the panel found he violated a number of judicial ethics rules, including failing to uphold the integrity and independence of the court system.

The original complaint had accused Jinks of watching and sharing inappropriate videos and making comments about women’s anatomy.

Jinks, who doesn’t have a law license, mouthed the n-word when referring to Black people during Black Lives Matter protests. Jinks made multiple racist comments about George Floyd, calling him “just another thug” who “pretty much got what he deserved.”

Records show that Jinks denied most of the allegations, blamed workers for misunderstanding jokes, and accused employees of eavesdropping.

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Alabama judge booted for racist, inappropriate behavior

October 8, 2021

Four killed in Alabama floods

A slow-moving weather front soaked Alabama, leaving entire communities submerged on Thursday and killing at least four people.

The National Weather Service said up to 13 inches of rain fell in central Alabama, with the possibility of an additional five through the evening.

Floodwaters carried away vehicles, according to Marshall County Coroner Cody Nugent. Nugent said a 4-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman died in separate incidents as a result. Rescue searchers found the bodies of a 23-year-old boyfriend and girlfriend inside of a car, according to Shelby County Coroner Lina Evans.

“Normally it’s just a trickle. It was raging,” Evans said.

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Alabama swamped, 4 killed in floods from slow-moving front

September 21, 2021

Grim: this state saw more deaths than births last year

In a grim first, in 2020, more people died in Alabama than were born.

“Our state literally shrunk,” said Dr. Scott Harris, the state’s top health official.

Alabama saw 64,714 deaths last year, Harris said, compared to 57,641 births. Officials will confirm the preliminary numbers later in the year.

Harris said the state hadn’t experienced this milestone in over 100 years, not even during World War II.

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There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

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