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Almost every veterinary technician or veterinary nurse will tell you they do what they do because they love animals.  What they do every day can help animals live longer and stay healthier, which means they also help pet owners, making sure they understand what to do for their furry friends.  When a vet tech does their job well, everybody wins!

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Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies

Jul 23, 2021
Shelly Millender Jr.
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The man who helped desegregate Birmingham's city library.

Army veteran Shelly Millender Jr. died on Saturday at the age of 86.

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The states of Alabama, Florida and Georgia have been fighting over water for decades.

Water use around the city of Atlanta is causing problems downstream in Alabama and Florida. 

The U.S. Supreme court sided with Georgia in a lawsuit with Florida earlier this year. But that doesn’t mean the water war is over. Alabama and Florida both accuse Georgia of using too much water. 

“As human activity in the basin has grown it has put economic and ecologic stresses on the system," said Gordon Rogers, the Flint Riverkeeper in Georgia.

Liquid Gold

Jul 23, 2021

Local Meteorologist for WVUA 23 in Tuscaloosa, Richard Scott, noticed a lack of bees in his community and decided to explore a new hobby. 

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COVID is spreading again statewide. The Alabama Department of Public Health has reinstated its daily COVID updates to remind the public the pandemic isn’t over.

The average positive test rate has gone from over 11% to over 20% in the past week. A recent UAB study found that 70% of virus samples from across the state were the more transmissible and severe delta variant. 

Dr. Karen Landers is the district medical officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health. She said previous infection won’t make you immune to the delta variant.

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This year marks the 40th annual W.C. Handy Festival.

The festival is a two-week celebration of the music and culture of the Muscle Shoals area. The event is named after Florence native William Christopher Handy, commonly known as “the father of blues.” Of the nearly 300 activities planned, the festival will feature live musical performances, a screening of the new film Aretha, and musical activities for children.

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Alabama health officials say that the state's low vaccination rate is the direct cause for an increase of COVID-19 hospitalizations.

The president of the Alabama Hospital Association cited frustration and called the situation a "self-inflicted wound."

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With only 32% of the state fully vaccinated, hospitals are trying to spread the word about a life-saving COVID-19 treatment.

The Fever and Flu Clinic in Huntsville is hoping to educate the public about monoclonal antibodies. The artificial antibodies are used as a treatment for those who are infected with COVID and likely to experience sever disease. Previously the criteria for requiring the antibodies was much stricter. Now the treatment is available to a wider range of patients.

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Mobilians can get their grub on this week with a movable feast.

The Bay Bites Food Truck Festival is back in the port city with unique food and craft beer options. The festival will be hosted at Cooper Riverside Park tomorrow night from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will feature live music from Symone French and the Trouille Troupe and Harrison McInnis. The Mobile Bay Keeper hosts this event annually to raise money to test local swim sites for bacteria.  

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A community center dedicated to the survivors of America’s last slave ship will become a tourist attraction in Mobile.

The Heritage House center and museum will open this winter in Africatown. The Mobile neighborhood was founded mostly by survivors of The Clotilda cargo boat. The remains of that last slave ship were discovered in the Mobile River in 2018.

Meg Fowler directs the History Museum of Mobile. Her group is creating an exhibit in Heritage House.

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