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Tolls will help finance a new, $2 billion bridge that will cross the Mobile River and Mobile Bay on Alabama's coast. News outlets quote officials with the bridge project as saying a toll of up six dollars will be needed to pay for the bridge. Construction is supposed to start next year, and the tolls won't start until work is done around 2025. The project will increase the capacity of Interstate 10, which crosses the Mobile River and Mobile Bay at downtown Mobile. Construction will occur over a 10-mile-long area from downtown Mobile to Daphne in Baldwin County.

Alabama is losing another rural hospital.    Georgiana Medical Center in Butler County is closing at the end of the next month.  

 Ivy Creek health care company, which owns the hospital, made the announcement Tuesday.

St. John's
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An Alabama church has removed a pew honoring Confederate President Jefferson Davis, saying the memorial has no place in the church at a time when Confederate symbols have been adopted by white supremacists.

The pastor of St. John's Episcopal Church in Montgomery, Robert C. Wisnewski Jr., posted a message on the church website last week saying the wooden pew was dedicated more than 90 years ago at a service featuring a pro-lynching segregationist.

Justice for EJ
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Federal officials are investigating an Alabama mall shooting in which a police officer killed a black man he had mistaken for the gunman.

News outlets report U.S. Attorney Jay Town issued a statement Friday that the U.S. Department of Justice has been reviewing and is continuing to investigate the shooting death of 21-year-old Emantic "EJ" Bradford Jr.

APR's Pat Duggins

''I'm not confident we're going to get there," Alabama U.S. Senator Richard Shelby told reporters today, Bargainers clashed Sunday over whether to limit the number of migrants authorities can detain. This apparently tosses a new hurdle before negotiators hoping to strike a border security compromise for Congress to pass this coming week. The White House wouldn't rule out a renewed partial government shutdown if an agreement isn't reached.

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Talk of greater Pentagon investment in aerospace defense could mean good times in Huntsville. Blue Origin and Aerojet Rocketdyne plan new jobs and new facilities near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center appear to indicate billions more dollars for defense and telecommunications. AL.com reports Washington’s possible shopping list could include things like communications satellites, possibly armed satellites, and even satellite clusters that may one day become home to the internet.

Pet Relationships

Feb 9, 2019
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B.B. King's dog, Lucille, was a white Maltese.  This small breed is known to be affectionate, playful and intelligent.  But so are many other pets, whether purebred or not.  Just look for one that suits your personality and lifestyle!

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A federal appeals court has blocked the planned execution of an Alabama inmate to consider whether the state was violating the Muslim inmate's rights by not allowing an imam to replace a Christian prison chaplain in the death chamber.

The 11th U.S Circuit Court of Appeals granted a stay for 42-year-old Dominique Ray, a day before his scheduled execution for the slaying of a teenager more than two decades ago. The Alabama attorney general's office had asked the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate the stay and let the execution proceed Thursday night.

Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama

Alabama is taking part in a national effort to count the number of homeless in need of services.  The Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama is going over the numbers gathered from the Point in Time count conducted last week.    

          The “Point in Time” count is done by organizations all across the country to help get an accurate count of the homeless. Those numbers are then given to the Department of Housing and Urban Development where they allocate funds for programs based on the need.

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Taking your pet out for a walk is good for both of you.  You get a little exercise, your best friend enjoys a change of scenery, and you share a good time with your furry companion.  Part of being a responsible pet owner is doing things together!

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