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SPANISH FORT, Ala. (AP) — A lawyer for a city worker who accused an Alabama mayor of slapping her has now been fired after refusing to perform temperature checks at City Hall. 

Attorney Ed Smith says Lyndsey Cooper was dismissed Monday for insubordination by the coastal town of Spanish Fort. He says Cooper has no medical training and refused to take the temperatures of people entering City Hall.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has topped 18,000 cases of coronavirus.  

The state's Department of Public Health says Alabama had more than 18,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 600 deaths as of Monday.  

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Restaurants in Tuscaloosa are changing their business practices due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The risks COVID-19 poses on dine-in customers have forced these restaurants to serve customers through safer alternatives such as curbside and drive-thru.

Andrea Snyder is the owner of the Urban Cookhouse restaurant in Tuscaloosa. She said the restaurant now relies on drive-thru and their food truck, which it may use even after the pandemic ends.

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Alabama continues to reopen as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Mobile currently has the most cases in the state and Montgomery is getting national attention for the growing numbers there. This is not the first pandemic to hit the Yellowhammer State. The responses have similarities to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 and the Yellow Fever outbreaks in Mobile.

 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery might become the latest Alabama city to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city deals with rising COVID-19 cases. 

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Friday that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to ease Alabama’s restrictions on absentee ballots and in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The League of Women Voters of Alabama and eight voters over age 60 filed the lawsuit against Secretary of State John Merrill and others. It asks that public officials use their emergency powers to ease restrictions during the pandemic.

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HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County has the sad distinction of having both Alabama's highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. 

The county and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama were initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, but are now they are facing an increase in confirmed infections.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Corrections says a prison infirmary has been quarantined after two inmates there tested positive for coronavirus. 

The inmates were transferred to a hospital and the  infirmary at Kilby Correctional Facility placed on quarantine. The prison system said in a news release that a total of 55 staff members, including contract staff, and 11 inmates have so far tested positive for the virus.

 

DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama school district says a student who attended a graduation ceremony last week has tested positive for the new coronavirus. 

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama added more than 5,000 coronavirus cases over the last 14 days as the state began lifting restrictions. 

As of Wednesday, more than 15,000 people have tested positive for the coronavirus in Alabama and 581 have died. State Health Officer Scott Harris said an increase in testing is behind part of the increase, but that doesn't explain all of it.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Some Alabama residents spent the holiday weekend struggling to claim their weekly unemployment benefits. 

The Alabama Department of Labor tells local news outlets that about 53,000 people were blocked from filing the required weekly report telling state government that they still don’t have a job. Only then is another week’s worth of unemployment benefits paid.

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MONTEVALLO, Ala. (AP) — Pam Nichols normally spends Memorial Day with a huge crowd at the Alabama National Cemetery after helping place thousands of little U.S. flags on veterans’ graves.

Both the crowds and the flags are missing this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

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Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus passed 550 on Sunday, according to data from the state Department of Public Health. 

There have been over 14,200 confirmed cases of the virus statewide. Close to 4,400 cases have been reported within the last 14 days.

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Health officials are worried that Alabama's coronavirus caseload is increasing and residents aren't guarding against COVID-19 as it opens its casinos, church and more. 

Parking lots are filling up again outside many businesses, and in many places it's rare to see people wearing face masks.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's unemployment rate has jumped to 12.9% in April during the economic shutdown linked to the coronavirus pandemic. 

That's the worst in nearly 37 years. Statistics released by the state Friday show nearly 217,000 people lost jobs from March to April. The change left 283,787 people without work statewide. The April rate of nearly 13% percent was up from 3% just one month earlier.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is reopening more of its economy despite shaky progress in taming the coronavirus pandemic. 

Gov. Kay Ivey announced new rules Thursday that allow entertainment venues, athletics, schools and more to open beginning Friday. That means things like casinos, tourist attractions, bowling alleys, arcades and youth sports practices can resume. But all remain subject to social-distancing, capacity and sanitation rules.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Claims for unemployment compensation during the coronavirus pandemic have topped 500,000 in Alabama. 

The state Department of Labor says more than 25,000 initial jobless claims were filed last week. That brings the state total since mid-March to more than 500,000.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles denied release to 90% of the inmates up for consideration during its first hearing following a monthslong suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Work on Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium has resumed after an undisclosed number of workers tested positive for the coronavirus, temporarily halting work on the construction project. 

 

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — The Birmingham suburb of Fairfield has become the latest local government in Alabama to file for bankruptcy. 

News outlets report that the city of about 11,000 people filed for bankruptcy protection on Tuesday, citing as much as $10 million in liabilities.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama State Health Officer Scott Harris says the trend in coronavirus numbers depends which part of the state you are looking at. 

Harris said the state is continuing to experience outbreaks. He said Butler, Mobile, Marshall and Franklin counties have outbreaks.

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At the Montgomery Regency Trailer Park, kids often gather before the 10:30 a.m. arrival of the Brown Bag Bus. It's a race to be first to greet their buddy behind the wheel, James Amos.

"Mr. Amos" knows by name most of the 600-plus kids on his route. He knows their houses, too. So if it's time for him to leave and they haven't visited yet, he honks the horn to get their attention.

 

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's state-owned space museum has permanently cut more than a third of its workforce because of the coronavirus pandemic. 

News outlets report the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville has laid off more than 100 of its 280 full-time employees. A spokesperson says most of its remaining workers also are on furlough. The museum hopes to reopen next week since the state has loosened restrictions meant to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WKRG-TV) — Large crowds have returned to Alabama beaches as the state loosened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings. 

WKRG-TV reports that beaches are seeing sizeable crowds. Alabama beaches opened this month after being closed for six weeks. The state last week allowed restaurants to reopen dining rooms if social distancing measures were followed.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers have agreed to give Gov. Kay Ivey a large amount of control over the state’s $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief funds. 

Lawmakers approved an executive amendment on a spending bill that deposits the money into several broad categories such as $300 million to reimburse state agencies for coronavirus expenses and $250 million to local governments.  

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MONTGOMERY, Ala, (AP) — Alabama lawmakers are meeting for the final day of the legislative session amid a continuing dispute with Gov. Kay Ivey over how to use the state’s $1.8 billion in federal coronavirus relief funds. 

Lawmakers will decide whether to accept, or reject, Ivey’s executive amendment on a spending bill to broadly detail how all the COVID-19 funds should be used. The Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature have been in a tug-of-war over the funds.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus neared 500 on Saturday. 

The Alabama Department of Public Health reported there have been more than 11,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 485 deaths. That’s 12 more deaths than were reported Friday.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is urging state residents to be smart and vigilant about the threat of the coronavirus even as the state takes steps to reopen. 

Alabama on Monday allowed restaurants to resume on-site dining and hair salons, gyms and bars to reopen. State Health Officer Scott Harris said it will take two to three weeks to know the effects of loosening public gathering restrictions.

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s administration is inching forward with a plan to lease three mega-prisons built by private companies. 

The Department of Corrections opened bids from two companies seeking the contracts. Ivey’s office said they are now in a “confidential proposal evaluation period.”

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