pandemic

Caravan Set to Commemorate 56th Anniversary of ‘Bloody Sunday’

From the West Alabama Newsroom– COVID-19 has turned the annual Bridge Crossing Jubilee into a virtual event this year. But — one man is organizing a motorcade — to mark the 56th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. Burgess Bailey is planning a motorcade — as a way to commemorate Bloody Sunday during the pandemic. “Instead of them marching across the bridge…

Biden Says He’s ‘Bringing Back the Pros’ for Virus Briefings

In this Jan. 26, 2021, photo, President Joe Biden holds his face mask as he speaks on COVID-19. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) WASHINGTON (AP) – President Joe Biden is dispatching the nation’s top scientists and public health experts to regularly brief the American public about the pandemic that has claimed more than 425,000 U.S. lives. Beginning Wednesday, the experts will host…

Medical Breakthroughs: Fried Food Risks+Colon Cancer Risks+Pandemic Effects on Children

Eating fried foods is associated with an increased risk of major heart disease and stroke. that’s according to new research in the journal Heart. Scientists also found the risk increased with each additional weekly serving. Researchers in Britain say a simple, inexpensive test can help identify those at risk of developing colorectal cancer. The study found patients whose tests came…

Hiring Likely Weakened in December Amid Resurgent Virus

WASHINGTON (AP) – America’s employers likely cut back again on hiring last month – and might even have shed jobs – with the economy under pressure from a resurgent virus that has led many consumers to reduce spending and states and cities to reimpose business restrictions. Economists have forecast that employers added just 105,000 jobs in December. That would mark…

Congresswoman Sewell Hosts Holiday Food Giveaway in Wilcox Co.

From the West Alabama Newsroom– People in Wilcox County struggling through the pandemic — got a helping hand from Congresswoman Terri Sewell. Sewell held a drive thru food giveaway at Mt. Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in the Alberta community Wednesday morning. More than 500 boxes of food were given out to help people feed their families. Sewell says its important…

Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce Helps More Than 100 Small Businesses Amid Pandemic

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting Tuesday, highlighting a year of success and hardship in the midst of the pandemic. Small business owners nationwide are ready for the new year… And a one very different from 2020. Flora Brown, owner of Fairview Farmer’s Market, has been in the farming industry her entire life. She said as…

Merriam-Webster’s Top Word of 2020 Not A Shocker: Pandemic

NEW YORK (AP) – If you were to choose a word that rose above most in 2020, which word would it be? Ding, ding, ding: Merriam-Webster on Monday announced “pandemic” as its 2020 word of the year. Merriam-Webster’s editor at large, Peter Sokolowski, tells The Associated Press ahead of Monday’s announcement that pandemic rose to the top in March. That’s…

Local Food Bank Continues to Support Community During Pandemic

During the pandemic, many businesses and organizations have been hit hard enough to shut down or temporarily close. Though, the Montgomery Area Food Bank has made sure to fight through any obstacles to be able to deliver food to those less fortunate. With several changes in the way the get food to their recipients, and even a shortage in employees,…

Rep. Terri Sewell Presents 9th Annual and First Virtual Job Fair

From the West Alabama Newsroom– Congresswoman Terri Sewell is hosting her 9th Annual Job Fair this week — in spite of COVID-19. However, this year’s job fair — will be virtual. The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way — a lot of things are done. It’s why Congresswoman Terri Sewell’s 9th Annual Job Fair — will also be — her…

Alabama Adds Nearly 3,000 Virus Cases in Single Day

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – On Friday Alabama added almost 3,000 COVID-19 cases, the highest number reported in a single day since the pandemic began. State Health Officer Scott Harris says the number accurately reflects that Alabama is seeing increased community transmission of COVID-19. Officials believe many of those cases arose from Halloween parties, sporting events, and other group gatherings. Health…