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HARTFORD, Ala. (AP) — A small Alabama town has closed several of its government offices after a spike in coronavirus cases, some of which were linked to a forum featuring candidates running for mayor and city council. 

Social media posts from the Hartford Police Department show the city hall, public library and several businesses in the town of about 2,600 were closed by Tuesday.

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DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — Tornado researchers want to know more about how tornadoes form from squall lines in the Wiregrass region of Alabama and Georgia.

That part of the South is of interest to Chris Weiss, a professor of atmospheric science at Texas Tech University, The Dothan Eagle reported. He's one of the leaders of the team involved in the Verification of the Origin of Rotation in Tornadoes Experiment (VORTEX ) Southeast.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs is looking for a location in southeast Alabama to build the state's fifth veterans home.

Al.com says the department sent out requests for site selection proposals Monday. The plan is to build a 182,000-square-foot (16,900-square-meter) home to provide skilled nursing care for 150 to 175 veterans. The minimum site requirement is 27 acres (11 hectares).

 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Drought conditions are improving in Alabama, but conditions are still too dry for farmers in the southeastern corner of the state.

An assessment released this week by the U.S. Drought Monitor shows about 40% of the state is either abnormally dry or in a drought. The area includes the homes of about 440,000 people statewide.

The current situation represents an improvement of about 3 percentage points from a week before. But it's much worse than a year ago, when nearly all of the state had adequate rain.

President Donald Trump has approved federal disaster aid relief for four Alabama counties affected by Hurricane Michael.

The emergency disaster declaration covers Dale, Geneva, Henry and Houston counties, which are near the Florida panhandle where the hurricane made landfall last week.

Gov. Kay Ivey recently issued a news release saying Saturday's declaration means the counties will get funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency Public Assistance Program to help local governments cover costs associated with preparing for and responding to Michael.

New Peanut Buying Station in Southeast AL

Sep 18, 2017
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Jay Hare / Dothan Eagle

Local farmers in southeast Alabama have opened a peanut-buying station as another way to peddle the area’s cash crop.

The Dothan Eagle reports the new station, the Farmer’s First Peanut Company, opened late last week in Geneva County. The $2 million facility was built by a group of local farmers looking for a locally-controlled peanut buying station. The facility will sell the crop to Georgia-based Birdsong Peanuts.