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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (The Birmingham News) — The Alabama state legislature has approved nearly half a million dollars to investigate deaths from childbirth and pregnancy complications in the state. 

AL.com reports the money was approved in the state’s budget that awaits Gov. Kay Ivey's signature. It will fund a committee that is reviewing autopsies and medical records of women who died from childbirth complications.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms are allowed to reopen Monday as the state eases restrictions during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the loosening of restrictions last week. Businesses including restaurants, hair salons, bars, breweries and gymnasiums can reopen Monday with rules including crowd limits and cleaning requirements. Theaters, bowling alleys and other entertainment venues remain closed.

 

Alabama lawmakers began the 2020 legislative session with several big-ticket items before them, including a prison overhaul, a possible state lottery and medical marijuana legislation.

But those issues fell by the wayside as the coronavirus outbreak interrupted the legislative session. 

Lawmakers passed state budgets, a bond issue for school construction and a prohibition on cities enacting occupational taxes without legislative approval.

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Alabama’s dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms prepped to reopen Monday as the state eases restrictions during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. 

The state is lifting restrictions on nonwork gatherings of 10 or more people beginning Monday. Businesses including restaurants, hair salons, bars, breweries and gymnasiums can reopen with rules including increased cleaning, crowd limits and, in some cases, the use of face masks.

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WAAY-TV) — State transportation officials say work to replace part of a damaged north Alabama highway near Huntsville is running ahead of schedule. 

Heavily traveled U.S. developed dangerous cracks during torrential rains in February, and engineers decided to relocate the road rather than fix it. Building two, 100-foot-long bridges will be a key part of the project. 

 

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama-based program compiling the history of LGBT people in the Deep South is being recognized for its work. 

The Society of American Archivists is presenting is Archival Innovator Award to the Invisible Histories Project. The Birmingham-based nonprofit has been collecting and archiving material about the gay and lesbian community in the South since 2016.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms are being allowed to reopen with limits as the state eases restrictions during the continuing coronavirus pandemic. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the new rules aimed at helping restart the state economy Friday. New guidelines require that social distancing rules remain in place, and businesses are being required to limit crowds based on capacity.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday approved a $1.25 billion bond issue for school construction in the largest capital improvement project in more than a decade. 

The House of Representatives voted 68-5 for the bond issue to fund capital improvement projects at public schools, universities and two-year colleges. 

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama police say a woman faces disorderly conduct charges after an altercation that began when a Walmart employee asked her to wear a face mask and ended with a police officer performing a “take-down” maneuver. 

Video of the confrontation circulated widely on social media. The video shows the officer picking the woman up and throwing her to the ground. It appears he was attempting to handcuff her.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is blasting legislators for seizing control of the state’s coronavirus relief money.  

The governor challenged them to spend it wisely and said she won’t call a needed special session until they disclose their plans.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — New unemployment claims have leveled off some in Alabama after a record 400,000 people applied for job loss benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.  

The Alabama Department of Labor reported that nearly 29,000 unemployment claims were filed last week. More than 19,400 of those claims are COVID-19 related.  

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Bennie Adkins was a Vietnam War hero who returned home to Alabama, got three college degrees and started a successful accounting firm. 

He was the first Medal of Honor recipient to die of COVID-19 and family members say he had charisma that drew in others naturally. President Barack Obama awarded Adkins the country's highest military honor in 2014.

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GREENVILLE, Ala. (WSFA-TV) — A south Alabama mayor and his wife have both been diagnosed with COVID-19. 

Greenville Mayor Dexter McLendon says he and his wife Janice both tested positive for the new coronavirus that causes the illness.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers will not vote on controversial proposals that would limit the state health officer’s powers to order closures and give immunity to companies for coronavirus-related lawsuits. 

The bills are expected to return in the next legislative session after this one was cut short because of the coronavirus outbreak.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have advanced pared down state budgets because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

The House Ways and Means Education Committee advanced a $7.2 billion education budget that skips a 3% pay raise lawmakers had hoped to give teachers and public school employees.

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FULTONDALE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama doctor has pleaded guilty to prescribing controlled substances to patients without a medical reason. 

Dr. Paul Roberts pleaded guilty Monday to several charges including prescribing medically unnecessary drugs and health care fraud.

 

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's largest shopping mall is reopening for the first time during the coronavirus pandemic as protests continue to further accelerate the economy. 

Shoppers returning to the Riverchase Galleria in suburban Birmingham on Tuesday found most stores still closed and many people wearing face masks. But opening the doors was another step in reviving an economy hit hard by precautions against COVID-19.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Many African Americans watching protests calling for easing restrictions meant to slow the spread of the new coronavirus see them as one more example of how their health and their rights just don’t seem to matter. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have resumed a shortened legislative session focused on state budgets. 

Legislators had taken a nearly two month break during the COVID-19 outbreak but returned to Montgomery to pass state budgets and a few other bills.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials are watching to see if the state has any upswing in coronavirus activity after the state lifted a stay-home order last week. 

State Health Officer Scott Harris said right now it is unclear “what direction” the state is headed. He said by around May 10, the state should hopefully be able to judge if there is any rebound of virus activity.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's top official for K-12 schools says public schools closed because of the coronavirus could bring some students back in June as part of a phased reopening. 

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Traffic accidents are killing fewer people in Alabama during the pandemic.

Statistics from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency show highway deaths dropped 58% in April from March and 42% from a year earlier. 

State troopers also investigated 43% fewer traffic accidents in April than in March. WALA-TV reports the statistics match data from the Alabama Department of Transportation, which has vehicle counters along Interstate 10 and I-65.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic is expected to end years of record growth in Alabama's tourism revenues. 

The Alabama Tourism Department says 28 million visitors spent nearly $17 billion in the state in 2019. It was the third straight year that travel spending grew by more than $1 billion in the state.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s number of coronavirus cases have continued to rise as some cities eased the restrictions that had been in place since the global crisis began. 

As of Saturday evening, more than 7,600 cases of COVID-19 had been reported in the state according to state health data. Alabama’s death toll from the virus was at least 288.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Supreme Court ehas upheld the dismissal of lawsuits challenging the use of red light cameras in several cities.  

The lawsuits were filed by motorists who received tickets from traffic cameras in Midfield, Center Point and Opelika. The suits challenged the use of automatic traffic-enforcement cameras. Justices upheld decisions to dismiss the lawsuits.  

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit says that Alabama's voting rules amid the coronavirus pandemic jeopardize the health of voters, especially older voters, black voters, and voters with disabilities. 

The lawsuit filed by the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Alabama Disabilities Advocacy Program alleges that Alabama’s rules will require people to choose between voting and protecting their health.

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HANCEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The state of Alabama is suing Tyson Foods over a 2019 wastewater spill that caused the largest recorded fish kill in the state. 

The Alabama attorney general’s office filed the suit Thursday, saying Tyson was negligent “by causing a public nuisance." The lawsuit says a pipe failure at the Tyson plant caused over 200,000 gallons of “insufficiently-treated wastewater” to flow into the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River, killing around 175,000 fish.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabamians filed onto beaches and into previously shuttered retail stores as a state stay-home order expired. 

A state stay-home order expired at 5 p.m. Thursday and retail stores and beaches were allowed to open with occupancy limits.  Elective and non-emergency medical procedures are also being allowed to resume.

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ALICEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former corrections officer at a federal prison in Alabama has pleaded guilty to charges related to sexual assault of female inmates. 

Federal prosecutors said 39-year-old Adrian L. Stargell pleaded guilty to two counts of violating the rights of two women, whom prosecutors said he sexually assaulted on multiple occasions, and one count of making false statements to federal agents.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 400,000 Alabamians have filed unemployment claims during the past six weeks as businesses were ordered closed, or stopped work, during the coronavirus outbreak. 

The Alabama Department of Labor announced the latest numbers.  Nearly 75,000 new claims were filed last week. The record unemployment claims have been cited by politicians and groups eager to end closure orders.

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