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Smaller Classes, Online Reservations New Norm As Gyms Reopen

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. (AP) – Big box gyms and local fitness studios are reopening under a patchwork of protocols based on state and local guidance, and others are following basic protocols. including: spacing out cardio machines, using touchless entry, reducing class sizes, and requiring users to clean equipment before and after each use. Even though gym users are required to…

Prattville Man Dies After Truck Strikes a Power Pole

A Prattville man has lost his life in a single-vehicle accident. Sixty-year-old William McDonald Sanders of Prattville was killed Saturday night, May 24, at 10:18 after the Dodge Ram he was driving went off the roadway and struck a power pole. Senior Trooper Michael Carswell said Sanders was not using a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene….

Alabama Coronavirus Outlook Worsening Amid State Reopening

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP)- As casinos, churches, and more reopen, Alabama’s coronavirus caseload is worsening. The State’s political leaders and health experts are struggling to make many residents see the continued need for social distancing, crowd limitations, and wearing masks after Gov. Kay Ivey reopened much of the economy. Cases are on the increase, but health officials say it’s impossible to…

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…