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Miami Dolphins Have Selected Tua Tagovailoa as the Fifth Pick in the NFL Draft

Regardless of the hip injury that Tua Tagovailoa suffered from during a game against Mississippi State in November, The Miami Dolphins have decided to make the Alabama quarterback the fifth overall pick in the NFL draft. The Dolphins hope Tagovailoa can become a franchise quarterback and the centerpiece of their rebuilding effort that began a year ago. They were undeterred…

Rep. Sewell Votes in Favor of Latest Coronavirus Relief Package

U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (AL-07) voted in favor of the House-passed Senate Amendment to H.R. 266, the Interim Emergency Coronavirus Relief Package, otherwise known as the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act.   “I am hopeful that this legislation will offer relief to our small businesses, health care providers and states as they battle the coronavirus,” said Rep. Sewell. “I…

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed on Fox News; Discusses Reopening Alabama’s Economy

With the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases rising daily in our state and the lack of testing supplies, Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed made an appearance on fox news Saturday afternoon. He discussed when Alabama’s economy should reopen… explaining that less than 1% of the state’s population has been tested for the virus. Mayor Reed explained the importance of what he…

Record 16.8 Million in U.S. Have Filed for Unemployment Since Virus Began

With 6.6 million people seeking unemployment benefits last week, more than one in 10 U.S. workers have lost their jobs in just the past three weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak. The numbers show that this is the largest and fastest string of job losses in records dating to 1948. By contrast, during the Great Recession it took about 10…

U.S. Rep. John Lewis Pushes Joe Biden to Pick Woman of Color for His VP Running Mate

U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-Georgia), the nationally-known civil rights icon,  said today that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden should pick a woman of color to be his running mate. Lewis made the comments as he endorsed Biden for president. “I think Vice President Biden should look around. It would be good to have a woman of color,” Lewis told reporters…

More Than 6.6 Million Applied for Unemployment Help Last Week

More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus. A Labor Department report shows that job cuts are mounting against the backdrop of economies in the United States and abroad that have almost certainly sunk…

Publix Offering Rent Relief for Businesses in Publix-Owned Shopping Centers

Publix announced Saturday that it’s offering rent relief to businesses operating in nearly 300 Publix-owned shopping centers. This, including 23 in Alabama, that have closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The relief package includes waiving rent for two months, as well as waiving payments for common area maintenance fees and taxes, regardless of the tenant’s access to other relief or…

Civil Rights Leader Rev. Joseph Lowery, Alabama Native, Dies at 98

Civil rights icon the Rev. Joseph Lowery delivers the keynote address at Clark Atlanta University’s fall convocation Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in Atlanta. Lowery urged young people to vote at the event where a voter registration march was planned but canceled because of the weather. (AP Photo/David Goldman) Nationally-known civil rights leader Rev. Joseph E. Lowery has died at the…

President Trump Signs $2.2 Trillion Stimulus Bill

President Donald Trump signs the coronavirus stimulus relief package, in the Oval Office at the White House, Friday, March 27, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) President Trump has signed an unprecedented $2.2 trillion economic rescue package into law, after swift and near-unanimous action by Congress to support businesses, rush resources to overburdened health care providers and help struggling families…

Update: U.S. House to Vote Friday on Senate-Approved Aid Package

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote Friday on a $2.2 trillion coronavirus economic relief bill that the Senate approved unanimously Wednesday night. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi predicted the bill will pass the House with “strong bipartisan support.” The bill will bring aid to businesses, workers and health care systems struggling with the coronavirus pandemic, the unprecedented response to it,…