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Sessions, Running for Senate, rejects Trump’s criticism

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Jeff Sessions is pushing back at President Donald Trump’s criticism, telling Trump that he was “damn fortunate” Sessions recused himself from the Russian investigation. Sessions responded pointedly on Twitter after Trump called Sessions untrustworthy and reiterated his endorsement of Sessions’ Republican primary rival for U.S. Senate, former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville. “Look, I know…

MEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS: Social isolation + Strokes & COVID-19 + Weight gain after surgery

New research in Germany finds social isolation can increase the risk of heart attack, stroke and death from any cause. With many people avoiding contact with others because of the Coronavirus, doctors say this study raises concerns about the possible negative impact of self isolation. The rate of strokes among COVID-19 patients appears relatively low, but a high proportion of…

President Trump Deems Churches ‘Essential,’ Calls for Them to Reopen

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Friday that he has deemed churches and other houses of worship “essential” and called on governors across the country to allow them to reopen this weekend, even as some parts of the nation remain under Coronavirus lockdown. “Today I’m identifying houses of worship — churches, synagogues and mosques — as essential places that…

Local Pastor Shares His Opinion on Reviving In-Person Church Services

As COVID-19 restrictions start to loosen, churches are making moves to revive in-person services. Last week, the Archdiocese of Mobile released guidelines for Catholic Churches that wished to resume public masses. A few of the guidelines include social distancing in pews, no use of shared surfaces, and regular sanitation. Alabama News Network spoke with local pastor Kyle Searcy of Fresh…

Virus Outbreak Alabama Restaurants Large Crowds Return to Alabama Beaches

GULF SHORES, Ala. (AP) — Large crowds have returned to Alabama beaches as the state loosened restrictions on restaurants and social gatherings. WKRG-TV reports that beaches are seeing sizeable crowds. Alabama beaches opened this month after being closed for six weeks. The state last week allowed restaurants to reopen dining rooms if social distancing measures were being followed. “Each weekend has gotten…

Special Election Set for House Seat

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Gov. Kay Ivey has scheduled a special election to replace a central Alabama legislator who announced she is resigning to take a position with the Trump administration. Rep. April Weaver of House District 49, consisting of Bibb, Chilton and Shelby counties, announced her resignation last week. Ivey said the primary election for the seat will be…

Civil Rights Icon, Robert Graetz Celebrated With a Parade in Honor of His 92 Birthday

Montgomery, Al (ANN)- Today was a special day for civil rights icon and retired Lutheran pastor Robert Graetz who turned 92- years old today. To help celebrate, members of the Messiah Lutheran Church came together and prepared a drive-by parade in Graetz’s honor.  He was also presented with flowers and balloons all in a way to say “happy birthday.” Steven…

Update on the Primary Elections that are Set to Take Place July 14

Montgomery Al, (ANN)- With Alabama’s Primary Elections being less than two months away, Alabama News Network has been keeping a watchful eye on the 2nd congressional district seat and the Alabama GOP Senate runoff. Former Auburn head football coach Tommy Tubberville and former attorney general Jeff Sessions are vying for the GOP Senate seat. The winner will face U.S. Senator…

Alabama Coronavirus Cases Rise by Nearly 300

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)- Alabama’s Coronavirus death toll neared 500 on Saturday.  The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reports that there have been more than 11,600 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 485 deaths which is 12 more than reported Friday. Mobile, Jefferson, and Montgomery counties all accounted for 41% of all case growth in the…

Sessions Defends Recusal in Letter to Alabama Voters

  MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Former Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions is seeking to reclaim his seat after serving as President Donald Trump’s attorney general. In an open letter to Alabama voters, Sessions explains his recusal from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. He has gone on the offensive about the recusal, which drew Trump’s ire and has…