Coronavirus

Alabama’s September Unemployment Rate Jumps a Full Percentage Point from August

Alabama’s unemployment rate is now 6.6% in September as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to damage the state’s economy. The unemployment rate for September is a full percentage point higher than August’s unemployment rate of 5.6%. In September of 2019 the unemployment rate for Alabama was 2.7%. The state’s labor secretary, Fitzgerald Washington, says fluctuations in the unemployment rate will likely…

COVID-19 Testing Event Held in Shorter Thursday

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Alabama Health Officials Hold Briefing on COVID-19 Vaccination Plan

On Thursday State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, and Alabama Department of Public Health officials previewed their preliminary plan for COVID-19 vaccines. Officials say that initially any  vaccine will be scarce, and prioritizing recipients will be a focal point. Dr. Harris says officials expect to have multiple vaccines available at the same time. The first doses of any vaccine is…

Alabama HC Nick Saban, AD Greg Byrne Test Positive for COVID-19

Alabama’s Nick Saban says he has tested positive for COVID-19, but has no symptoms; Athletic Director Greg Bryne also has positive test. This comes four days before a Top-3 match-up against #3 Georgia Bulldogs. Both Saban and Byrne received positive tests Wednesday. Saban says he isn’t experiencing any symptoms. He says he immediately left the football facility to quarantine at…

Drive-Up COVID-19 Tests Offered in Macon County Thursday

The Alabama Department of Public Health says a drive-up COVID-19 testing clinic will be held Thursday, October 15, in Macon County. The tests will be offered from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. at the Shorter Farmer’s Market, 16675 U.S. Highway 80 West in Shorter. The testing clinic is offered by the Macon County Health Department to patients who meet the…

MPS Employees Protest Return to In-Person Learning

Thousands of Montgomery Public Schools students left the virtual classroom and returned to the traditional Tuesday, October 13. But around 100 teachers protested the decision to re-start classroom learning. While students have the option to return to school or continue with virtual learning, teachers say they wanted the same option. Some said that Montgomery Public Schools doesn’t have a plan…

MLB Welcomes Fans for First Time in 2020

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COVID-19 Creates New Challenges to Effort to End Hunger in Selma

From the West Alabama Newsroom– The COVID-19 crisis continues to create new challenges in the fight to stamp out hunger. Namely, the pandemic has affected both the food supply — and demand for food. The Selma Area Food Bank has been working to end hunger in West Alabama — for close to 30 years. Executive Director Jeff Harrison says the…

Vanderbilt-Missouri Football Game Postponed Because of COVID-19

The Southeastern Conference has announced that the Vanderbilt at Missouri football game scheduled for Saturday has been postponed due to positive COVID-19 tests and quarantining of individuals within the Vanderbilt football program. The SEC says this action is consistent with its COVID-19 management requirements. The game is tentatively rescheduled for December 12 in Columbia, Missouri. This is the first SEC…

Some Montgomery School Bus Drivers Not Satisfied with Safety Measures

Some school bus drivers for Montgomery Public Schools say they’re not satisfied with the conditions of their return to work on Tuesday, Oct. 13. The bus drivers say they’re returning to work with no mechanics, no supervisors and no guidance on COVID-19 safety measures.  They say they’re worried for their own safety and the safety of the children. They say…