Town of Hayneville Receives Over $62,000 in COVID-19 Funding

Governor Kay Ivey has awarded the Town of Hayneville with COVID-19 funding. Governor Ivey awarded the West Alabama town with $62,009.68 to assist with the outbreak. The funding is part of the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the “CARES” Act). Research shows that rural areas in Alabama have some of the highest rates of COVID-19 cases, due…

President Trump Declares National Emergency Due to Coronavirus

President Trump declares a National Emergency due to coronavirus outbreak. Declaring a national emergency will bolster funding for fighting virus outbreak. Officials are racing to slow the spread of the outbreak. Negotiations continue between the White House and Congress on an aid package, but there was no announcement of a breakthrough, as House Democrats prepare to vote on their own…

State prison system seeks money to hire more officers

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama’s prison system on Thursday asked lawmakers for a $42 million funding increase as the state tries to comply with a federal court order to add 2,200 officers by 2022. Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn told lawmakers that the state continues to struggle with unacceptably high violence because of the combination of overcrowding, under staffing and contraband….

Byrne Acts to Protect Alabamians from the Zika Virus

Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) voted yesterday in favor of legislation to provide funding for combatting the Zika virus. The House bill provides $622 million in new funding to address the Zika virus. The funding is offset by leftover money from the Ebola virus response and the transfer of funds from the Department of Health and Human Services Non-Reoccurring Expense Fund….

Federal Auditors Question Tuscaloosa 2011 Tornado Funding

Federal auditors say Tuscaloosa improperly received more than $1 million in aid following the monster tornado that struck in 2011. The Tuscaloosa News reports the Office of Inspector General has determined the Federal Emergency Management Agency should reclaim about $1.2 million in storm assistance. Mayor Walt Maddox says the city disagrees with auditors’ findings, and so does the Alabama Emergency…