Alabama’s elderly can now participate in more social activities.

Senior centers are reopening for indoor gatherings under Governor Ivey’s Safer Apart Program. The meeting places provide essential services like meals and exercise classes to the elderly. The centers were previously open only for outdoor activities and to-go meals.

Jean Brown is the Commissioner of Alabama Senior Services. She said COVID-19 has affected the mental health of Alabama’s elderly.  


Alabama healthcare providers still can’t use the Johnson & Johnson coronavirus vaccine. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention imposed a hold on all J & J shots because of blood clots linked to six cases. The delay is a concern in Alabama since the one shot vaccine was hoped to give patients in rural areas a better chance to get inoculated.

Dr. Richard Friend is the Dean of the University of Alabama’s College of Community Health Sciences. He said the pause may shake public confidence in the J & J vaccine.


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says almost one hundred and thirty million people aged eighteen or older have received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. That just over fifty percent of the total adult population. Almost 84 million people adults, or about third of that population, have been fully vaccinated. The news marks another milestone in the nation's largest-ever vaccination campaign. It also leaves more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves. However, that doesn’t apply to Alabama.


A woman who served a 10-year sentence in Alabama is being deported for lying about her role in the 1994 Rwandan genocide. The lawyer for Beatrice Munyenyezi says she lost her bid for a new trial has been sent home to Rwanda. The violence involved members of separate Rwandan tribes, the Hutus and Tutsis.

Feral Cats

Apr 17, 2021
DF (Denise) Church [Flickr]

When feral cats are spayed or neutered and released, it is possible they may be trapped again.  It is easy to tell if a male has been neutered, but not a female.  To prevent unnecessary surgery, one ear of a spayed feral cat is "tipped" (the tip surgically removed) so that it is obvious the cat has already been spayed!


The city of Mobile is teaming up with Alabama People Against a Littered State (ALPALS) to support the “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” Spring Cleanup this April and May.

The first organized community cleanup will be hosted by Dog River Clearwater Revival and will focus on the areas around Baumhauer-Randle Park on 1909 Duval Street in Mobile. The cleanup and collection of litter will take place on April 17, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cleanup supplies such as litter grabbers, bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided by the City of Mobile.

The Crimson Tide’s A-Day Game is back this Spring after being canceled last year due to COVID-19.

The famous scrimmage game takes place after the Crimson Tide’s final spring practice. It pits the team’s offensive starters against its defensive starters. The game serves as a major off-season attraction for fans of the Crimson Tide. Over 60,000 people attended the last A-Day game in 2019.



A bill that would ban transgender girls from playing on female sports teams is on its way to Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's desk.

The Alabama Legislature passed a bill on Thursday that would prohibit K-12 schools from letting anyone who is a "biological male" to participate on a female team.

The governor has given no indication on whether or not she will sign the bill.

Bill would ban state enforcement of federal gun laws

Apr 15, 2021


A bill has made its way through the Alabama Senate that would make it a misdemeanor for an officer to enforce any new federal gun restrictions.

The bill passed 21-5 and now moves to the House of Representatives.

The bill by Republican Sen. Gerald Allen would restrict police officers from enforcing a new federal law or executive order that regulates firearms, ammunition, or firearm accessories.

Medical marijuana bill heads to key House vote

Apr 15, 2021


Legalization of medical marijuana once again has forward momentum in the Alabama Legislature.

The House Health Committee approved a bill by Republican Sen. Tim Melson on Thursday, and it will now move to the Alabama House of Representatives for debate.

The proposal would allow people with qualifying medical conditions to purchase marijuana after getting a recommendation from a doctor. The Alabama Senate already passed the bill in a vote of 21-8.


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