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Birmingham mayor released after COVID-19 treatment

Jan 6, 2021

 

The Birmingham mayor has been released after being hospitalized for COVID-19. 

The city said Randall Woodfin went home Wednesday to continue recovering and quarantine.

The 39-year-old was admitted to Princeton Baptist Medical Center on Monday with pneumonia in his left lung caused by the virus. He was treated with Remdesivir and convalescent plasma therapy during his stay in the hospital.

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Health officials in Alabama are asking for patience as the COVID-19 vaccine is slowly rolled out throughout the state. 

Vaccines are being prioritized for health care workers and long-term care residents, but health officer Scott Harris said the state expects to make the shots available to more people soon.

So far 42,000 shots had been administered out of the state's allotment of 226,000.

 

Alabama Public Radio is presenting NPR's rolling coverage of protesters who breeched the U.S. Capitol building and the floor of the U.S. Senate. The attack followed a public address by President Trump where he allegedly urged his followers to take action following the Electoral College certification of Joe Biden as winner of the race for U.S. President.

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 Alabama will be part of a big change for the Small Business Administration. 

The Women’s Business Center in Clanton will be part of the SBA’s new effort to help businesses owned by women. The center is part of a group called the Regional Economic Assistance for Communicating Hope or REACH for short.

 

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The Ohio State Buckeyes says it will face Alabama for the college football championship despite concerns of COVID-19 issues within its ranks. Published reports say the winners of this year’s Sugar Bowl semifinal against Clemson may not have enough key players to take the field at Hard Rock Stadium for Monday’s title game against the Tide. Ohio State has had problems with the coronavirus throughout the season going to the cancellation of its game against Illinois.

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Crimson Tide player DeVonta Smith is the first wide receiver to win the Heisman Trophy since Desmond Howard did it while playing for Michigan in 1991. Smith is now Alabama's third winner of the Heisman, following running backs Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry. Smith took the honor for best player in college football over three other finalists. The list included Alabama quarterback Mac Jones, Clemson's Trevor Lawrence, and Kyle Trask of Florida.

Alabama political scientist Bill Stewart dies at 80

Jan 5, 2021
William H. "Bill" Stewart Jr.
University of Alabama

 

A retired University of Alabama political scientist died at the age of 80 on Sunday. 

William H. "Bill" Stewart Jr. taught at Alabama for over 40 years and mentored both students and state politicians. 

The Hartselle native was known as an authority on Alabama history and politics in the news. 

 

Several mayors in Alabama’s major cities have announced they’ve tested positive for COVID-19.

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The suspense is set to end tonight for two members of the Crimson Tide. Alabama quarterback Mac Jones and wide receiver DeVonta Smith are finalists for the Heisman Trophy. They’ll join Florida’s Kyle Trask and Trevor Lawrence of Clemson as nominees for best player in college football. This year’s Heisman presentation will be conducted remotely due to COVID-19.

Mac Jones had nothing but good things to say about DeVonta Smith shortly before the list of finalists was announced.

 

Two Alabama lawmakers may find themselves in the middle of an attempt to overthrow President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory on election day.

Newly sworn Alabama U.S. Senator Tommy Tuberville said he’ll join an estimated dozen members of the upper chamber in challenging the Electoral College’s certification of Joe Biden as President. Observers say tomorrow’s vote in Congress is largely ceremonial and any attempt to overturn the outcome is doomed to failure. 

 

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The Lee County Remembrance Project plans to honor four Black men who were killed by white mobs over a century ago.

Co-founder Ashley Brown said the group hopes to erect a historic marker that tells the victims' stories outside the county courthouse. She said they also want to establish an official day of remembrance for the victims. 

Gulf coast healthcare workers roll up their sleeves for Moderna COVID-19 vaccine

Jan 4, 2021
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One of the first allocations of coronavirus vaccines distributed in Mobile was five hundred doses of the Moderna product. Those shots went to local healthcare workers and first responders. They and nursing home residents are listed at the top of the vaccine priority list. Five hundred Mobile healthcare workers and first responders were first in line to get their initial dose of COVID vaccine across Alabama.

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An emergency rule on curbside alcohol sales, unanimously adopted by the Alabama ABC Board, ends on January 4th. The amendment allows bars and restaurants licensed to sell spirits to dispense drinks “to-go” until tomorrow. The order came as concerns over a holiday spike of COVID-19 cases continued to grow statewide. Chambers of commerce across the state requested the curbside alcohol sales amendment. The rule restricts the amount of alcohol to be sold to .375 liters of spirits, two bottles of wine, or one hundred and forty four ounces of beer per customer.

If you're looking for chilly temperatures as we ease into 2021--well, we're not there yet. Highs in the mid to upper fifties statewide and only a slight chance of rain. Lows in the low to mid thirties from the Tennessee Valley to the Gulf coast.

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Many of the New Year's resolutions we make for ourselves could also apply to our pets - eat healthier, get more exercise, regular medical checkup and shots.  But this year my resolutions are for better treatment and concern for all pets!

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The 2021 college football title game will be a rematch from the 2015 bowl season. Alabama won a lopsided 31-14 victory over Notre Dame, and the Ohio State Buckeyes routed Clemson 49-28 in the Sugar Bowl. Those wins set up the College Football Playoff title game at Miami’s Hard Rock Stadium between Alabama and Ohio State. The last time the two teams met was in the 2015 Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The Buckeyes beat the Tide 42-25 during that semi-final game.

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The home of Alabama’s Women’s Hall of Fame will remain open for now. Judson College in the town of Marion met a fundraising goal. Schools officials say the college met a half million dollar cash target from donors. Other supporters have reportedly committed money toward a future total of one point three million. The school’s Board of Trustees is approving a plan to move forward with a residential spring semester for all returning students, and the school is looking ahead for a fall session.

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Today marks six years since recreational marijuana was legalized in Colorado. Alabama State Senator Tim Melson, a Republican from Florence, says he plans to re-introduce a bill that would allow Alabamians to possess and use cannabis for medical reasons under strict regulation. The idea passed in the Alabama Senate, but failed to pass in the State House during the 2020 legislative session. Voters in Colorado, by contrast, approved a constitutional amendment legalizing pot by a 54% margin.

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Alabama faces Notre Dame in the Rose Bowl semi-final game ahead of this season's college football championship.  The Crimson Tide defeated the Fighting Irish in 2013 to win the first back-to-back titles since Nebraska did it in 1995. The USC Trojans won consecutive championships in 2003 and 2004, but the second win was stripped due to NCAA violations.

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U.S. Senator Doug Jones joins a line of Alabama lawmakers who were exposed to, or tested positive for, COVID-19. The Democratic Senator will spend the final days of his term in quarantine after his wife tested positive for the coronavirus. Jones told his followers on Twitter that his wife Louise isn't feeling too well but is okay. Longtime Republican Alabama U.S. member Mike Rogers tested positive for COVID-19 earlier this month, and experienced mild symptoms. The lawmaker told his constituents with a similar Tweet that he was self-isolating after consulting with the House physician.

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With just one exception, every Republican member of the U.S. House from Alabama voted against President Trump over higher COVID-19 relief payments. Robert Aderholt was the lone GOP vote in favor of the $2000 checks favored by Trump and House Democrats. The economic impact of the coronavirus on Alabama remains apparent. The state Department of Labor says over one hundred thousand Alabamians remain without work, blamed largely on the coronavirus. The state’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.4% in November. That’s a big improvement from earlier in the year but still above last year's level.

Gulf coast Mardi Gras in a COVID-19 world

Dec 30, 2020
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It looks like COVID-19 could change how the Gulf coast celebrates Mardi Gras. Many carnival organizations have called off parades for 2021. Others still hope that they might be able to carry on. Let’s look at how some communities and parading societies are reacting to the effect of the coronavirus on the 300-year-old Gulf Coast tradition.

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The Crimson Tide continues practice ahead of Friday’s Rose Bowl against Notre Dame. One benefit from moving the game from Pasadena to Texas due to COVID-19 is that more fans and family are being allowed to attend. This game is something of a rematch when Alabama beat the Fighting Irish in 2013. The Tide’s second title in a row was the first back-to-back championships in college football since USC did it in 2003 and 2004. The Trojans were stripped of their 2004 victory, leaving Nebraska as the most recent repeat champion in 1995.

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The time between Christmas and New Year’s is when most of the decorations tend to come down. All across the country there was an increase in the number of people who bought and used real Christmas trees this year. Now that Christmas is over, they must find a way to safely dispose of them. Marsha Gray is the executive director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. She said while it may be a hassle to dispose of a real tree, there are plenty of ways to do it.

 

Alabama veterans will be among the first in the state to receive the coronavirus vaccine. 

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said residents and staff at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City will receive the first round of the Pfizer vaccine on Tuesday. The three other state veterans' homes will administer vaccines over the next two weeks.

Alabama ending in-person unemployment help

Dec 28, 2020

 

Alabamians seeking unemployment will now have to do so over the phone. 

The Alabama Department of Labor said it is ending the in-person service due to the health risks of COVID-19. 

Starting Jan. 3 people looking to claim unemployment have to call 1-800-361-4524 from 5 p.m. to midnight on Sunday through Thursday to schedule a callback for the next day to set up an appointment.

COVID-19 blamed for slow tourism numbers along the Gulf coast

Dec 28, 2020
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Gulf coast tourism officials say COVID-19 and lingering damage from Hurricane Sally have seen bookings drop. This follows record business last year. Thousands of retirees avoid the northern cold by spending the winter on Alabama beaches. They’re often called snowbirds, but this year fewer are flying south.

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The Christmas Day explosion in downtown Nashville has caused a ripple effect as far south as Birmingham, Alabama. The blast, being investigated as a deliberate act by the FBI and ATF, occurred in front of a AT & T facility. The T-Mobile cell service company said on Twitter that service disruptions include Alabama, Louisville, Nashville, Knoxville, and Atlanta. The message went on to say that “restoration efforts continue around the clock & we will keep you updated on progress.”

New Pet in the House

Dec 26, 2020
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Having a new pet in your home can be a fun and exciting time for both of you, but it's important to get things off on the right foot.  Your new furry buddy will need some supplies, and especially attention from you.  After all, it takes time to adjust to all-new surroundings - and people!

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Political wrangling in the waning days of the Trump administration could hit unemployed Alabamians starting today. The current federal jobless benefits through the U.S. CARES Act are set to expire today, and there’s no indication President Trump has signed a new program ironed out by Congress, which included $900 stimulus checks for most Americans. Trump insisted that the amount be hiked to $2,000, then jetted off to his Mar-A-Lago property in Florida, leaving Democratic lawmakers seizing on the President’s apparent generosity and the GOP reportedly feeling blindsided.

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