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Tuscaloosa Mayor’s New Executive Order to Reopen Bars and Restaurants

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBMA) — A new executive order will go into effect at 6:01 p.m. on Tuesday, September 8 permitting Tuscaloosa bars and restaurants to begin reopening with limited capacity. Mayor Walt Maddox issued an executive order to shut such establishments down after a rise in COVID-19 cases in the city. Mayor Maddox along with the City of Tuscaloosa said the…

Child Care Crisis Pushes U.S. Mothers out of the Labor Force

NEW YORK (AP) – Research is increasingly pointing to a retreat of working mothers from the U.S. labor force, as the pandemic leaves parents with few child care options and the added burden of navigating distance learning. The trend threatens the financial stability of families in the near-term. In the long-term, the crisis could stall, if not reverse, decades of…

Cybercrime on the Rise During Pandemic

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – State securities officials say cybercrime including email attacks are on the rise during the pandemic. A statement from the Alabama Securities Commission said social engineering attacks have been increasing with more people working at home and children using virtual learning because of the Coronavirus outbreak. Commission Director Joe Borg said information is more accessible than ever,…

Officials Warn Stay Vigilant This Holiday Weekend to Avoid COVID Spike

Labor Day weekend is upon us, and the Alabama Department of Public Health is concerned about another spike in COVID cases. Dr. Karen Landers with the Alabama Department of Public Health said this concern comes from the spike in virus cases associated with holidays… Memorial Day weekend, and most recently July 4th celebrations. That is the main factor Governor Ivey…

River Region United Way’s New President: Ron Simmons’ Vision

The River Region United Way welcomed a new president and CEO in July. Alabama News Network’s Samantha Williams sat down with Ron Simmons Thursday to get an idea of his vision for the organization moving forward. Ron Simmons is replacing Jimmy Hill who served the River Region United Way for 10 years. He was the president and CEO for 6…

74-Year-Old Opelika Woman in the Running for the Nation’s Fittest Senior

A 74-year-old from Opelika proving it’s never too late to start new goals… From embarking on a new career to being in the running for the nation’s ‘most fit’ senior. Before the pandemic, Mona Burke spent several days a week in the Anytime Fitness Opelika gym working to get healthier after injuring herself in 2019. Now, she is working out…

Troy Man Charged With Domestic Violence 1st Degree

Willie Jamel Bray, 26, of Troy, has been arrested by the Troy Police Department for Domestic Violence 1st degree. Officers responded to a report of a man down on Peacock Street at 7:25 am Sunday morning. When officers arrived, they found 51-year-old Willie Edward Bray suffering from a gunshot wound to the abdomen. Paramedics from the Troy Fire Department and…

MPD Hosts “Stop the Violence’ Rally Saturday

In an effort to decrease crime in the Capital City, Montgomery Police Department hosted a ‘Stop the Violence’ rally Saturday in Oak Park. City leaders, activists and community members came out to celebrate unity in the city and address the ongoing issues of violence. Mayor Steven Reed, Police Chief Ernest Finely and organizers spoke on the call to action to…

Friday Night Crash in Bullock County Claims the Life of One Person

A two-vehicle crash that happened at 10:02 p.m. Friday night has claimed the life of a Fitzpatrick man. Clifford Leenant McWhorter, 58, was killed when the 1985 Nissan Pickup truck he was driving collided with a 2003 Honda Civic. McWhorter was not using a seat belt and was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on Alabama 110 at…

Auburn Woman Dead in Two-Vehicle Crash Friday Night

At about 9:00 Friday night, a two-vehicle head-on collision claimed the life of 20-year-old Brantley Rayanna Powell, of Auburn and Lincoln, AL. Auburn Police said the accident happened in the 1600 block of Shug Jordan Parkway. Auburn Police, Auburn Fire and Rescue and EAMC EMS responded to the scene. That’s when they found Powell ejected from her vehicle. Lee County…