Student reporter Monica Nakashima

The nation may see a rise in gas prices soon due to the winter conditions in Texas.

The Lone Star state is the main producer of gas in the country. According to an AL.com article, 11 refineries in Texas and one in Kansas have at least partially closed due to the extreme cold weather. Alabamians could see a slight raise in gas prices within a few weeks.

Alabamians were reminded this past week how dangerous driving during snowy conditions can be. People who are not used to extreme cold weather can overlook some important steps to take before operating a vehicle.

Clay Ingram is a PR representative for AAA Alabama. He said it’s important to clean off all your car windows and lights before getting on the road.

Residents in North Alabama have an opportunity to connect with automotive companies this week.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic limiting job hiring, the North Alabama Virtual Automotive Manufacturing Hiring Event hopes to connect residents with TBAKI, Mazda-Toyota, Zutech USA, and BASF. The event will take place on Feb. 11 from 4-5:30 p.m. and Feb. 13 from 12-1:30 p.m. The event is free and participants need a mobile phone or laptop to log in. The Huntsville-Madison Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event.

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Locations for large scale COVID-19 vaccinations in Baldwin County are shifting south next week.

Individuals who are eligible to receive a dose include those who are 75 and older, or first responders. Shots will continue at the OWA center in Foley on Tuesday and Thursday.

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Voting for the “Mask Up Alabama” video contest is coming to a close this Thursday at noon. 

The competition is asking Alabamians to vote on their favorite videos made by fellow residents sharing why they feel it’s important to wear a mask during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, and the Medical Association of the State of Alabama are sponsoring the contest. The three organizations selected 10 videos for the public to vote on out of almost 100 submissions. 

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Hurricane Sally hit the Gulf Shores as a Category 2 storm with winds hitting 105 mph. The Alabama coast is receiving large downpours of rain and storm surges are covering the beaches.

The National Hurricane Center said this will result in dangerous, possibly historic flooding from the Florida Panhandle to Mississippi as well as inland on the coast within the upcoming days.

 

Alabama has ranked last in response to the 2020 US census. 

Numbers recorded from the U.S. Census show that Alabama has had the lowest percentage of households responding out of any other state in the country.