Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why

Business Insider: California and Alabama are the only two states that aren’t participating in the giant antitrust investigation of Google, and neither is really saying why. “Xavier Becerra and Steve Marshall, the attorneys general of California and Alabama, respectively, are the only two holdouts in the joint state investigation of the two tech companies. It’s unclear why neither is taking part in the investigation, and neither offered much of an explanation.”

AL .com: Hey, Alabama, public data are public documents, too

AL .com: Hey, Alabama, public data are public documents, too. “David Simpson is curious, which is a good thing for a researcher to be. Simpson is a PhD student studying political science at Columbia University. Also, he’s an Alabama native. So when it came time to direct his study to a particular interest, he naturally turned his attention to his home state.”

University of Alabama: Grant Allows UA, Invisible Histories to Archive Southern LGBTQ Life

University of Alabama: Grant Allows UA, Invisible Histories to Archive Southern LGBTQ Life. “The University of Alabama was awarded a $300,000 grant from one of the largest foundations in the country to archive LGBTQ history in the South. The grant, given by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will allow the University and its partner, the Invisible Histories Project, to curate collections across the South, starting in Alabama and moving to Mississippi and Georgia.”

Bham Now: Alabama Butterfly Atlas adds new “search by color” feature. Site includes eggs, caterpillars and more

New-to-me: a site devoted to Alabama butterflies. From the article: “Launched in April 2017, the Alabama Butterfly Atlas (ABA) collects, interprets, and shares information about Alabama’s butterfly populations for the purpose of education and conservation. It puts science-based information into the hands of those who need it—students and teachers, gardeners, conservationists, and green space planners across the state.”

PoliceOne: Federal grant to help Ala. establish a civil asset forfeiture database

PoliceOne: Federal grant to help Ala. establish a civil asset forfeiture database. “Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced April 10 a $38,336 grant that will go toward establishing a statewide database to enable the tracking of property seized by police during arrests. The money, which is provided to the state from the U.S. Department of Justice, will go to the Alabama Justice Information Commission for the development of a civil asset forfeiture plan. The plan includes the development of a database.”

WSFA (Alabama): New database to be created to track all civil forfeitures

WSFA: New database to be created to track all civil forfeitures. “Civil asset forfeitures are items used in the commission of a crime. Asset forfeitures generally include seized evidence like drugs, cash, cars and really anything used to further criminal activity. If law enforcement can prove a direct connection to that crime, a judge can turn that seizure over to them to use for law enforcement, often bridging the funding gap. Thursday, the District Attorney’s Association announced a civil asset forfeiture agreement to create a new, public database to hold the information about all seizures.”

Alabama Secretary of State: Secretary Merrill Announces Availability of Proclamations On Secretary of State Website

Alabama Secretary of State: Secretary Merrill Announces Availability of Proclamations On Secretary of State Website. “Alabama Secretary of State John H. Merrill has worked to digitize proclamations issued by the Office of the Governor of Alabama. Secretary Merrill has made these documents available to the public as a part of his work to make as many pieces of state government transparent and available to the people of Alabama as possible.”