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OPELIKA, Ala. (AP) — A judge is citing the coronavirus outbreak in reinstating bond for a teen charged in the wreck that killed Auburn University broadcaster Rod Bramblett and his wife. 

An order that takes effect Thursday says 17-year-old Johnston Edward Taylor can be released to home confinement once he finishes an in-patient treatment addiction program.

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NORTHPORT, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama high school student has named NASA’s first Mars Helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer. 

NASA said Wednesday that Ingenuity, the name submitted by Vaneeza Rupani, was selected for the 4-pound solar-powered helicopter.

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PRATTVILLE, Ala. (Montgomery Advertiser) — A city in Alabama has approved the sale of land to a chemical company planning to build a $2 million factory to support a paper mill. 

The Montgomery Advertiser reports that the Prattville city council held a special meeting Tuesday night to vote on the plan. The 15-acre parcel in the town’s industrial park was sold to Autumn Tree LLC.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Two Alabama inmates who say they were beaten while handcuffed by a prison guard have sued him and other prison employees for conspiring to conceal to assault. 

Authorities say that in February 2019, inmates Cortney Rolley and Christopher Hampton were beaten by Elmore Correctional Facility Sgt. Ulysses Oliver Jr. Authorities say Oliver faces up to 20 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to assaulting the pair.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Democratic leader in the Alabama House of Representatives is urging  lawmakers to wait until summer to pass state budgets, for both safety and fiscal concerns. 

House Minority Leader Anthony Daniels said in a press conference that it is difficult to craft a budget when the state is still trying to assess the pandemic’s impact  on revenue, small businesses, schools and other factors.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.

The in-person scrutiny at practices and in meetings is always a meaningful part of the evaluation process at the week-long audition for NFL teams in Mobile, Alabama.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate on Tuesday said he would like to use a large portion of the state’s coronavirus relief funds to establish broadband through the state. 

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said Tuesday that he hoped to put $800 million from an estimated $1.7 billion in federal relief dollars for broadband access.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Labor has launched a new tool to allow some job seekers to speed up the claims process for unemployment benefits. 

The UI Claims Tracker was added Tuesday to enable people who are eligible for the government's Pandemic Unemployment Assistance to upload their income documents directly. The state agency says it distributed more than $372 million in employment benefits to nearly 180,000 claimants between March 16 and April 24.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is expected to make an announcement regarding the future of state closure orders because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Ivey and State Health Officer Scott Harris have scheduled a Tuesday morning news conference along with members of the governor’s coronavirus task force. Alabama is under a stay-home order through April 30.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is marking Confederate Memorial Day. State offices are closed April 27 for Confederate Memorial Day. 

Organizers of an annual Confederate remembrance service at the Alabama Capitol posted on social media that this year’s event was cancelled because of COVID-19. Confederate Memorial Day was made a state holiday in Alabama in 1901.

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Tuscaloosa is marking the anniversary of the tornado outbreak that killed more than 50 people in the west Alabama city. 

Denny Chimes will ring 53 times Monday afternoon to honor each person who died when a massive twister hit the city on April 27, 2011. About 250 people died statewide that day as dozens of tornadoes swept across Alabama, and some entire towns were nearly leveled.

 

OPELIKA, Ala. (Opelika-Auburn News) — Alabama’s attorney general’s office is investigating a state prosecutor who reported himself on an ethics issue. 

Lee County District Attorney Brandon Hughes said he told the Alabama Ethics Commission about a possible ethics issue months ago. He says when they didn't respond, he stopped the action immediately.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state senator is expressing concern about plans to resume the legislative session in early May, saying it would put people at risk from coronavirus. 

Sen. Vivian Davis Figures of Mobile on Friday released a letter she wrote to Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh.  Figures said lawmakers should adjourn the session and return later in the year to approve state budgets for the fiscal year that begins Oct. 1.

 

MONTOGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A spokeswoman says Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will work with the state health officer through the weekend to firm up a timetable to reopen state businesses. 

The state’s current stay-home order for the coronavirus outbreak sets to expire on April 30.  Ivey is expected to announce next week if it will continue or if some restrictions will be lifted.  

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GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) — Goodyear is permanently closing a nearly century-old tire plant that employs more than 400 people in Alabama. 

Papers filed by the Ohio-based company show it has reached a deal with labor to shutter its plant at Gadsden for good. A document shows the company accepted 740 buyouts at the sprawling factory last year, and news outlets report it laid off about 100 people in February.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs has disclosed that half of the residents at a veterans home in central Alabama tested positive for COVID-19, identifying dozens more cases after it was able to test all residents. 

The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said Thursday that 64 residents and 23 employees at Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City have tested positive for COVID-19. The agency said eight deaths have been reported at the facility.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Legislature will not resume the legislative session until early May because of the coronavirus outbreak.  

Legislative leaders announced they will push back the date for restarting legislative business from April 28 to May 4.  

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh said lawmakers will prioritize passage of the two state budgets, as well as local bills, when they return.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system has reported its fourth case of COVID-19 in a state inmate.

The Department of Corrections announced the positive test on Wednesday in a news release.  

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama race course says it will need to find homes for more than 500 dogs after discontinuing live greyhound racing at the venue. 

WTVM reports that the Jefferson County Racing Association announced last week that it will no longer be holding live greyhound races at the Birmingham Race Course.

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ANDALUSIA, Ala. (The Birmingham News) — Police have charged an Alabama woman with violating the state’s coronavirus stay-at-home order after she hosted a party at her home and coughed in the face of an officer who came to shut it down. 

Al.com reports 39-year-old Melanie Nicole Chambers hosted the party on Monday night for one of her children.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says she intends to keep a stay-home order in place through April, striking a measured approach as some Southern states push to quickly reopen. 

Ivey said Tuesday that she intends — for now — to keep a stay home order in place through April 30. State Health Officer Scott Harris said the state has not quite met a federal recommendation of 14 days of declining cases before proceeding to an additional phase of reopening.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The head of the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute is stepping down. 

The board chairman announced the resignation of the president and chief executive of the museum, Andrea Taylor, in a statement. Taylor has been in the job since 2015.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey says the reopening of the state’s economy must be a gradual process to avoid a resurgence of coronavirus cases. 

The Republican governor is facing a push by some businesses to be allowed to reopen while balancing health concerns and worries that limited testing has not fully tracked the state of the virus's spread in Alabama.

The current closures and stay-home order lasts through April 30.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBMA-TV) — Alabama's Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has reported a 10% increase in sales last month, and medical professionals say the spike in demand may signal struggles with mental health. 

WBMA-TV reports the ABC Board made over $6 million more in sales in March 2020 compared to last March. The sales boost is being attributed to the new coronavirus, which has led to social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate is up substantially to 3.5%, and it will go even higher because of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Statistics released by the state on Friday show the state's jobless rate has increased in March from the record-low 2.7% in February.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is asking an appellate court to allow the state to block abortions during the COVID-19 epidemic. 

Attorney General Steve Marshall said the state is appealing to the 11th U.S. Circuit of Appeals seeking to overturn an injunction issued by a federal judge. Alabama argued in court filings that some abortions can be safely postponed as the state tries to conserve medical equipment and fight the spread of the virus.  

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — An annual beachfront musical festival held in Alabama has been postponed until next year amid restrictions on large gatherings during the coronavirus pandemic. 

Organizers for the Hangout Fest said Wednesday the festival has moved to May 2021.

This year’s lineup was set to feature various artists, include Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Megan Thee Stallion and Lana Del Rey.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health and advocacy groups are urging  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and legislators to expand the state’s Medicaid program as the coronavirus outbreak strains health care systems and takes its deadliest toll on people with underlying medical problems.

A group of more than 60 organizations announced a renewed push to try to convince Alabama politicians to expand the state’s Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Investigators have determined that a fire which killed eight people at an Alabama marina earlier this year was an accident. 

Scottsboro Fire Chief Gene Necklaus said in an email Wednesday that the blaze originated on one boat at Jackson County Park Marina. He says it was an accident, but state investigators couldn't determine an exact cause.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school district says it will begin deploying school buses Wednesday to provide Wi-Fi hot spots to students in need of internet access. 

News outlets report Montgomery Public Schools plans to park six buses around town for students to get connected while learning remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic. Most of the hot spots were expected to be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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