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UPDATE: Jamari Smith, Montgomery High School Basketball Star Drowns

According to the Auburn Department, a teenage male from Montgomery drowned in the 100 block of Shell Toomer Parkway Wednesday afternoon. The Lee County Coroner identified the victim as 18-year-old Jamari Smith. Officials say first responders who arrived on scene immediately performed CPR on the Smith to resuscitate him. Smith was transported by ambulance to EAMC Emergency Room, where he…

Alabama Jobless Rate Jumps to 12.9% because of Pandemic

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 38 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%…

Montgomery Fire/Rescue Investigates House Fire on Greyfield Drive

Montgomery Fire and Rescue is currently investigating a structure fire that occurred in the 8100 block of Greyfield Dr. District Fire Chief Q. L. Burke says as the responding units arrived, they discovered heavy smoke coming from the rear of a one-story home. The home received heavy damage throughout. The occupants were out of the house on arrival and there…

COVID-19 Kills 23 Patients at Alexander City Veterans Nursing Home

ALEXANDER CITY, Ala. (AP)- 23 patients have died at an Alabama veterans nursing home because of the coronavirus. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs said Tuesday that 23 deaths from the virus occurred at the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City. The state-owned facility has a capacity of 150 residents, and 91 have tested positive for the virus….

Alabama State University Host Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Although the ASU Class of 2020 did not walk across the stage, graduates were still honored. On Friday the class was honored with a virtual ceremony. Back in March the university announced that graduation would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic, but last month officials made the decision to honor graduates on the same day that they would have…