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Ala. community colleges ask for $95M in COVID-19 relief funds for tech improvements

‘Revive Alabama’ grants available to small businesses

Absentee voting up for GOP runoffs

  ADPH: More than 1K Alabamians have died from COVID-19 as more than 48K test positive & 22K recover

OP-ED: Alabama Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton: Leadership is Being Constant to Something Greater Than Yourself

Huntsville man killed in Cullman County wreck

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Marsh sends internet spending request to Ivey

Reports: ‘Wonder Years’ reboot to be set in 1960s Montgomery

  Montgomery police escort slain detective to funeral home

Chilton County is latest victim of ransomware attack

Governor Ivey awards $18.27 million For coronavirus testing for nursing homes

Alabama Secretary of State releases sample runoff election ballots

How to cast an Alabama absentee ballot for July 14 runoff

Secretary of State John H. Merrill issued new guidance for absentee voting on Tuesday.

Naked Huntsville man trashes Limestone county home

A Huntsville man found himself in handcuffs on the Fourth of July after he was caught naked inside a home in the Clements area.

Authorities recover body in the water near Port of Decatur

The Morgan County Rescue Squad, Decatur Police, and Decatur Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a body in the water near the Port of Decatur Tuesday morning.

Rickey Smiley’s daughter shot in Houston

Smiley posted on Twitter and Instagram that his youngest daughter Aaryn was shot while trying to get food from Whataburger in Houston.

  Boaters on Logan Martin Lake hold parade for President Trump over weekend

Church of the Highlands postpones in-person Sunday services

Shoals business owner under fire after Facebook post

Statewide virtual school provider selected, broadband access ‘inequities’ remain

A Chilton County homicide victim identified 36 years after his death

Wetumpka picked for new HGTV series ‘Home Town Takeover’

Governor Ivey extends the state of emergency

Section II of today’s proclamation extends the state of emergency through September 9, 2020.

Gov. Kay Ivey: This is Our Time, Alabama

An OpEd from Governor Kay Ivey ahead of Independence Day

Tuberville campaign vehicle catches fire in DeKalb County

A campaign vehicle for U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville erupted in flames on Interstate 59.

Nursing home resident describes life during COVID-19 pandemic

Nursing home residents describe life during COVID-19 pandemic.

Emergency Missing Child Alert for 16-year-old girl cancelled

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency has cancelled a missing child alert for 16-year-old Cailie Amiurah Powell.

Mobile is latest Alabama city to mandate masks

The order requires everyone ten and older to wear a face-covering in public for at least the next 30 days.

Gov. Ivey announces $163 million expansion to SiO2 facility in Auburn

The expansion is for $163 million and will allow the facility to meet the U.S. government’s need for vials and syringes as the battle against COVID-19 continues.

Cullman County Sheriff’s Office creates a Community Response Team

Sheriff Matt Gentry said the Community Response Team (CRT) is a new team with the responsibility to enforce drug laws and aid the patrol deputies with reducing thefts, burglaries, and other crimes.

In pandemic, taxes on online purchases up; trend concerns educators

And while tax collection at physical locations still far outpaces online retail, sales tax is down about .5% year-over-year. The SSUT collection has about doubled.

Abused dog was one hour away from death by deliberate starvation before rescue

It’s an astounding case of animal cruelty. A pit bull is safe and sound with a veterinarian in Pike Road, but just a few days ago it didn’t look good for the pet.

Gov. Ivey appoints judge to Jeffco seat once held by retired Judge Alan King

The appointment is effective immediately.

  Gov. Ivey extends the statewide ‘Safer at Home’ order until July 31

Ivey and the state leaders encouraged everyone to wear a mask anytime you are in public.

UPDATE: President Trump’s campaign team decides against Alabama rally

President Donald Trump is getting further involved in Alabama’s U.S. Senate race between Tommy Tuberville and Jeff Sessions.

New court documents shed light on Valhermoso Springs murder case

Multiple search warrants have been entered into the court record. In them, deputies describe arriving on the scene of the murders on Talucah Road in Valhermoso Springs.

1-year-old boy abducted in Bay Minette has been located

The State of Alabama has cancelled an AMBER Alert issued late Monday night for a missing 1-year-old boy.

Monday is last day to register to vote in upcoming Alabama election

The deadline for Alabamians to register to vote for the upcoming July runoff election is Monday.

Two suspects in killing of seven people arrive back in Alabama to face capital murder charges

Michael Legg and Frederic Allen Rogers are charged with capital murder in the deaths of the seven people killed on June 4.

  Could we see a statewide mask order?

With Jefferson County's announcement, many are now watching to see if a statewide mask order could be in the works for Alabama.

Conversations begin on Alabama’s police policies, training

Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, said he and other Democratic Caucus members are working on multiple pieces of police reform legislation.

  Schools will reopen: state announces Alabama’s Roadmap to Reopening Schools plan

Mackey says as the state looks forward to the 2020-2021 school year, we know many challenges lie ahead, but it is the intention of the Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) that all schools reopen this fall under the following guiding principles.

Alabama’s top doctors plead for change in behavior as state sees record COVID-19 cases

While testing has increased, so has the percentage of positive tests being returned.

Despite historic unemployment, state leaders see ‘up-skill’ opportunity amid outbreak

Instead of seeming ambitious, that workforce development goal is now considered a necessity for the state’s economic recovery and getting hundreds of thousands of Alabamians back to work.

Huntsville police search for suspect in racist graffiti incidents on Governors Drive

Huntsville Police received multiple reports of racist graffiti painted near Governors Drive and Memorial Parkway

  More states list Alabama on their travel advisory

The rising coronavirus cases are putting Alabama on more travel advisory lists for New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut. If you plan to visit the tri-state area, you’ll have to quarantine for 14 days.

Alabama report details graduates’ employment, shows workforce needs

Five years after they graduated in 2013, 51% of Alabama public university bachelor’s degree recipients were employed in the state, according to a new report.

$1000 reward offered for info in Macon County cross burning case

Central Alabama CrimeStoppers is offering a $1000 reward for information related to a hate crime that took place in Macon County.

Early Trump supporter Barry Moore didn’t vote in 2016 primary; says he should have voted absentee

In his recent campaigns for Congress, former State Rep. Barry Moore, R-Enterprise, has frequently touted his claim of being Alabama’s first elected official to publicly endorse Donald Trump for president. But the first time Trump was on the ballot in the competitive 2016 presidential primary, Moore

Surveys for Senate seat show mixed results

Two recent surveys testing the Alabama Senate race show some mixed results, but generally positive signs for former Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville.

About 70% of Alabama nursing homes have COVID-19 case

In-person nursing home visits won't be happening anytime soon in Alabama a spokesperson for the Alabama Nursing Home Association says.

East Ala. boy who nearly drowned in Panama City Beach released from hospital

A 4-year-old Eufaula boy who nearly drowned while vacationing in Panama City Beach last week has now been released from the hospital and is well on his way to recovery.

  ‘Shocked and appalled’: Gov. Ivey releases statement regarding incident at Talladega Superspeedway, NASCAR president holds news conference

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statement Monday regardless an incident over the weekend at Talladega Superspeedway.

Decatur police replace vandalized screen door for World War II veteran

Several Decatur police officers went above and beyond for a World World II veteran in the area.

Auburn University to require face mask use

Auburn University is issuing a new policy that requires the use of a face mask during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Mayor Reed calls for remembrance, reconciliation on Juneteenth

“We must embrace Alabama’s full legacy,” the mayor noted. “Juneteenth allows us to commemorate the symbolic and historical end of slavery while reflecting on the long road to racial reconciliation in America.”

Huntsville police chief spends hours explaining response to protests

Chief Mark McMurray spent more than three hours outlining why officers used force to get protesters to disperse.

Report: Alabama law enforcement seized $4.8M in 2019; lawmaker wants more information

The report does not include information on how much of that forfeited money, or other property, was taken from people who were not charged or convicted of crimes. In 2019, some lawmakers pushed to stop the state’s use of forfeitures without convictions.

Campus free speech bill goes into effect July 1, no action required until 2021

A state law regarding free speech at public colleges and universities goes into effect July 1, but doesn’t require any action by schools until early 2021.

  State looks for local leaders to take action while weighing options for COVID-19 next steps

The number of positive COVID cases continues to rise and health leaders are expressing grave concerns. State health leaders say they’re looking at options, but also urging local leaders to take action.

Dust from the Sahara Desert is heading for the Gulf of Mexico and Alabama

Saharan dust will be responsible for many things over the next couple of weeks!

Federal judge says Alabama can’t forbid curbside voting

The judge lifted a statewide prohibition on curbside voting at in-person polling locations.

110K sign petition to rename Edmund Pettus Bridge, site of ‘Bloody Sunday’

What’s in a name? That depends on historical perspective when it comes to the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama.

SPLC to invest $30M into voter outreach programs

The Southern Poverty Law Center will be investing $30 million into voter outreach organizations in five southern states to increase voter registration and fight voter suppression.

Court waives absentee ballot requirements in certain counties

On Monday, a federal judge lifted a statewide ban on curbside voting and waived certain absentee ballot requirements for voters in at least Jefferson, Mobile and Lee Counties for the July 14 election.

State funds put into bringing ‘Best and Brightest’ to Decatur, Marengo County

Alabama lawmakers recently approved funding for a pilot scholarship program to get recent college graduates with degrees in science, technology, engineering and math subjects to live in the city of Decatur and the Demopolis areas.

Doctor speaks after Montgomery County sees highest COVID-19 cases in Alabama

Montgomery County now has the highest number of COVID-19 cases in Alabama with 2,791 cases, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Alabama Medicaid increases 2% in 2019

Alabama’s unemployment rate steadily decreased amid a booming economy last year, but the number of people receiving health care through Medicaid in Alabama grew in 2019.

Racist graffiti found on Huntsville overpass Saturday morning

By 9 a.m. the graffiti had been cleaned off the overpass.

Morgan County officials continue to investigate Valhermoso Springs septuple homicide

The latest from Morgan County's investigation of the Valhermoso septuple homicide.

$275M in CARES funds allocated to Alabama higher education

Alabama colleges and universities are getting about $275 million directly from the federal government to help mitigate the impacts of the coronavirus on them and at least some of their students.

Alabama photographer captures rare event that only happens for 1-2 weeks a year

Photographer Ron Burkett captured incredible and rare photos of synchronous fireflies in Trussville, Alabama.

Merrill says Ala. prepared for July runoff after ‘unfortunate’ Ga. primary

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill says we’re prepared for July’s runoff election, despite concerns over the chaotic experience in Georgia Tuesday.

A look into where Alabama’s $3.7 billion coronavirus relief money went

The rest of the funds were mostly made available directly to state agencies through existing programs in order to address pressing needs at the beginning of the pandemic.

BCRI to honor activist and scholar Dr. Angela Davis

The award honors outstanding individuals for their significant contributions to civil and human rights.

2 active duty Navy pilots killed in Dallas County plane crash

A Wednesday afternoon plane crash in rural Dallas County involved two fatalities, not one, according to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Office.

Etowah County residents oppose planned construction of a nearby Dollar General

The newer Dollar General, just a couple of miles from another one in East Gadsden, would be located on a vacant lot near the entrance to Tillison Bend.

State survey aims to address broadband service gaps

The state says many Alabama homes and businesses are likely receiving less than 25 megabits per second download speed and three Mbps upload speed.

New poll shows Sessions closing gap with Tuberville

A survey conducted on behalf of the Sessions campaign shows the former U.S. Attorney General trailing the former Auburn football coach 43% to 49% in a ballot test among likely Republican voters.

Nine companies submit bids for statewide virtual school

Last month, Alabama Daily News reported that ALSDE wants a statewide virtual learning option for K-12 students whose parents may not want them to return to traditional classrooms this fall.