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Lawmakers Fast-Track COVID-19 Bills, Liability Protection

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama lawmakers on Thursday fast-tracked a pair of pandemic bills — one to exempt coronavirus relief payments from state income tax and another to shield businesses, health care providers, and others from virus-related lawsuits. Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey and GOP lawmakers had named the bills — along with a third to renew the state’s pool of…

Broadband Internet Access for Alabama Students to Continue into 2021

Gov. Kay Ivey is extending the Alabama Broadband Connectivity for Students program into 2021 thanks to a provision in the latest COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress last week and signed by President Trump on Sunday. Ivey’s goal is to ensure that families can continue using the service, which provides access to high-speed internet for about 200,000 Alabama students. It…

Montgomery Announces Multi-Million Dollar Investment in City’s Transit System

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed/Source: Alabama News Network Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed announced a multi-million dollar investment in the city’s public transportation system. The money is coming from the CARES Act that was passed in March of this year. The funding will go towards upgrading and maintaining the Montgomery Transit System, or “The M.” It will include things like adding and…

Alabama Starts Giving $600 Federal Stimulus Payments to the Unemployed

The State of Alabama has now started giving people receiving unemployment benefits an extra $600 a week. That money was approved in the passage of the federal CARES Act late last month. The extra money is officially called the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) benefit. The Alabama Department of Labor began paying the benefits on April 8.  People whose claims…

Rural Health Medical Program in Selma to Get CARES Act Grant

The Rural Health Medical Program in Selma will be receiving a CARES Act grant of $719,960. The announcement was made by Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-Alabama). The money is part of $4,227,190 in funding for community health centers in Alabama’s 7th Congressional District as part of the funding allocated by the CARES Act. The CARES Act, Congress’ third COVID-19 response bill,…

Business Council of Alabama to Present TV Special to Help Small Business Owners

The Business Council of Alabama will present a statewide TV special called “The Small Business Exchange” on Thursday night from 7-8 p.m. The special is designed to help small business owners recover from the economic hit they’ve taken due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The special will air on Alabama Public Television and on Facebook Live. Small business owners can get…