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Disney to lay off 28,000 at its parks in California, Florida

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – The Walt Disney Co. is planning to lay off 28,000 workers in its theme parks division in California and Florida. The company has been squeezed by limits on attendance at its parks and other restrictions due to the pandemic. Officials said Tuesday that two-thirds of the planned layoffs involve part-time workers but they ranged from salaried…

Governor Ivey Issues Statement in Support for Nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court

Following President Donald J. Trump’s announcement of his nomination of Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court of the United States, Governor Ivey issued the following statement of support: “I commend President Trump’s nomination of Amy Coney Barrett to serve on the United States Supreme Court. Judge Barrett will be focused on interpreting the law, being an arbiter and not…

Sen. Doug Jones: Ginsburg Replacement Should Wait Until After Election

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – U.S. Sen. Doug Jones of Alabama said he will not support any U.S. Supreme Court nominee before the outcome of the presidential election. Jones, a Democrat, said Friday that the nomination to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg should be made by the winner of the November presidential election. Jones accused Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell…

Judge says 2020 census must continue for another month

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A federal judge has stopped the 2020 census from finishing at the end of September. Her order extends the once-a-decade head count of every U.S. resident for another month, through the end of October. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s preliminary injunction also suspends a year-end deadline for delivering the numbers needed to decide how many seats each…

Replacing Late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s Seat

As the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg lies in repose in front of the supreme court, the debate over her empty seat continues. Her death has sparked controversy over the balance of the court just weeks before the November presidential election. President Donald Trump is expected to announce his selection to replace Justice Ginsburg in the coming days….

Grand jury indicts 1 police officer in Breonna Taylor death

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky grand jury on Wednesday indicted a single police officer for shooting into neighboring apartments but did not move forward with charges against any officers for their role in Breonna Taylor’s death. A grand jury announced that Officer Brett Hankison was charged with three counts of wanton endangerment in connection to the police raid on…

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg Dies at 87

Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the longest serving woman on the U.S. Supreme Court and a strong liberal voice on issues dividing the nation, has died, the Supreme Court announced tonight. She was 87. “Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died this evening surrounded by her family at her home in Washington, D.C., due to complications of metastatic pancreas cancer,” the Court said…

Tropical Storm Sally Set to Become Hurricane and Threaten U.S. Gulf Coast

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) – Tropical Storm Sally churned northward on Sunday, poised to turn into a hurricane and send life-threatening storm surge along the northern Gulf of Mexico. Sally is expected to become a hurricane on Monday and reach shore by early Tuesday, bringing hurricane conditions to a region stretching from from Morgan City, Louisiana, to Ocean Springs, Mississippi….

Alabama Last in Census Response as Much of Deep South Lags

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama ranks last in the country for response to the 2020 U.S. Census with Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia also in the bottom five. . Numbers from the U.S. Census show Alabama so far has the lowest percentage of households responding of any state in the country. About 81.5% of Alabama households have been counted as of…

Governor Ivey Remembers September 11, 2001

Source: Governor’s Office/Hal Yeager Governor Kay Ivey released the following statement this morning reflecting on September 11, 2001: “September 11, 2001 will forever be marked as one of our country’s darkest days, as it changed our lives forever. Almost two decades later, we still grieve the loss of the nearly 3,000 American lives and continue to honor the memory of…