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State Finance Chief: All Coronavirus Relief Money Will Be Spent

The state is working through a backlog of requests from local governments, nonprofits, and others for CARES Act funds.

Jeffco Commission To Consider Mortgage Assistance

The Jefferson County Commission is expected Thursday to amend its disbursement of Cares Act funds to include mortgage assistance for residents adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Birmingham Bringing Back Up to 132 Furloughed Employees

The city will borrow money from its general fund reserve amid concerns from some council members.

UAB Expert: Alabama Could See ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Coronavirus Cases This Month

Alabama will likely receive its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine in January, according to health care experts. It was previously predicted that Alabama would receive the vaccine in December.

Alabama Nears Deadline To Spend Coronavirus Relief Money

Alabama must spend its remaining coronavirus relief funds by Dec. 30. Advocacy groups are urging Gov. Kay Ivey to fund immediate needs across the state. But, getting the money out isn’t an easy task.

COVID Hospitalizations Hit Record High As Case Numbers Rise

UAB Hospital is caring for 125 COVID-19 patients, which is a new record high.

Can Trump Change A Key Census Count? Supreme Court Hears His Claim

Alabama is one of 10 states backing the Trump administration's memorandum that argues undocumented immigrants should not be counted in the 2020 federal census.

Council Postpones Vote On Holiday Pay, Says Woodfin Expects Them To Make Budget Decisions “Blindly”

The Birmingham City Council delayed a proposal to pay city employees for an unpaid holiday on Black Friday.

Dogs, Firehoses Were A Precursor To Today’s Violent Protests

“You will never be Christ, but that doesn’t mean that you stop pursuing that Christ-like behavior. What we have to do is be in relentless pursuit of having a positive relationship with the community we serve," said Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith.

Health Experts: Scale Back Thanksgiving Plans To Avoid COVID-19

Research from Georgia Tech University shows there is a one in five chance you will catch the virus if you gather with a group of ten people in Jefferson County.

New Exhibit At Birmingham Museum of Art Shows American History’s Violent Struggle

A new art exhibit features the work of Jacob Lawrence, widely considered one of the greatest modernist painters of the 20th century.

Hospitalized For Months: One Man’s Fight Against COVID-19

COVID-19 has left 38-year-old Victor Perea hospitalized for almost three months. His wife wants others to understand how bad the virus can be.

‘Life Raft’ Explores Climate Change In The Gulf Region

Life Raft is a new podcast answering questions about climate change and relieving some of the stress that comes along with all of it.

Jones Pleads With Public To Follow COVID Safety Guidelines As Cases And Deaths Increase

Health experts are warning about gathering with friends and family over the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

Rising COVID-19 Cases Starting To Strain Hospital Resources, Staff

The COVID-19 caseloads in Alabama hospitals are "worsening fairly rapidly," according to the president of the Alabama Hospital Association.

Commission OKs Cares Act Funding In Quick Session

"We don’t want to send money back to Washington. We want to make sure that it’s spent here and for us to do that, we need to make sure we’ve looked at every avenue possible," said Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons.

Birmingham Council Balks At Mayor’s Plan To Bring Back Some Workers, Wants More Information

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin wants to use $7 million from the reserve fund to bring back more than 130 furloughed city employees. But the city council is not sold.

The ‘Dirty Secret’ Of Wastewater Failures in Lowndes County

Activist Catherine Coleman Flowers describes her fight for environmental justice in her hometown in a new memoir.

Longtime Clanton Mayor Billy Joe Driver Would Have Done Just About Anything For His Little City

The longtime mayor for the city of Clanton died in July from COVID-19.

‘Unjustifiable’ Sheds Light On An Overlooked Alabama Police Killing

The podcast from Reckon South digs into the case of Bonita Carter, a 20-year-old Black woman, who was shot and killed outside of a convenience store in 1979.

Birmingham Library Exec Returns To Work After One-Month Suspension

Birmingham Public Library Executive Director Floyd Council was back at work Friday after one month of being suspended without pay.

Concerns Raised About COVID At Horizon Church Polling Place After Worker Tests Positive

Voters who cast their ballots last week at Horizon Church may have been exposed to COVID-19.

Rapid Rise Of Alabama, National COVID-19 Numbers Worries UAB Doctor

Alabama's number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths continues to rise.

Efforts to Keep Jones In U.S. Senate Sets New Records

The effort to re-elect U.S. Senator Doug Jones fell short. However, organizers say Black women, who were credited with helping him win the seat in 2017, are preparing for the future.

Birmingham Offers ‘Beacon’ For Alabama’s Transgender Community

The newly expanded Magic City Wellness Center is one of several providers working to increase access to gender-affirming medical care.

Birmingham City Council Approves Carraway Hospital Rezoning

Birmingham's Carraway Hospital, which has been closed since 2008, will be redeveloped to include retail, dining, residential, office and entertainment spaces.

New Microtransit Program Coming To Birmingham

The Birmingham City Council approved deals with this week with two bike- and scooter-sharing companies.

‘History Of Us’ Course Introduces Students To Their Ancestors And The Role Of Race In America’s History

'History of Us' is touted as the first Black history course of its kind taught in the Tuscaloosa public school system. The course asks students to be historians by researching major themes in Black history and framing those themes locally.

UA Sophomore Starts First Black Student-Led Magazine

The University of Alabama launched its first Black student-led magazine this semester. Nineteen Fifty-Six focuses on issues minority students face on campus and in everyday life.

Alabama Democrats Celebrate Biden Victory

Alabama Democrats celebrated the news that Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 presidential race.

With New Flag Design, Mississippi Ushers In A New Symbol Of Hope

Mississippi voters overwhelmingly approved a new design for a state flag to replace the Confederate-themed flag that had been in place since 1894.

Big Turnout But No Major Problems At Jefferson County Precincts

About 64% of registered voters in Jefferson County turned out to vote in Tuesday's general election, according to the county's website.