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Traditional Graduation Ceremonies Back On At Some High Schools

Hoover City Schools announced it will move forward with in-person graduation ceremonies this week, and they’re not alone. Parents are divided on the issue.

Pandemic Complicates Preparations for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the Deep South is nothing new. But hurricane season with a pandemic? That is different.

Pepper Place Farmers Market Becomes A Drive-thru For The Pandemic

The crowds of the Market at Pepper Place have given way to a line of cars for safety's sake during the pandemic.

Local Group Effort Seeks to Overcome Barriers of Legal Status, Language to Offer COVID-19 Testing

Several organizations have come together to devise a unified strategy to reach Latino and other non-English-speaking residents of Jefferson County with COVID-19 information and support.

Some Restaurants Continue Curbside Service Despite Relaxed Restrictions

Gov. Kay Ivey’s updated “safer-at-home” order puts most of the hospitality industry back to work. Some business owners were quick to open their doors, but others are sticking with curbside service only.

Face Covering Law in Birmingham Extended Through Next Week; Curfew Lifted

Birmingham’s public safety curfew is no longer in effect, but the ordinance requiring masks or face coverings to be worn in public has been extended for another week.


Businesses Eagerly Reopen As Others Take A Phased Approach

On the first day many businesses were allowed to reopen since the pandemic, not all opted to jump back in.

As State Loosens Restrictions, Health Experts Worry About COVID-19 Spread

As Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey allows more businesses to reopen next week, UAB infectious disease expert Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is worried about the state's recent increase in average cases and deaths related to COVID-19.

Alabama Reopening Restaurants, Bars With Limits On Monday

Alabama’s dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms will be allowed to reopen next week.

Amid COVID-19 Pressures, Lucy’s Coffee & Tea Closes For Good

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea has been a Birmingham staple for more than 25 years. Earlier this week, owner Lucy Bonds announced she’s closing her cafe for good.

Jeffco Commission Goes Behind Closed Doors Over Stimulus Money

The Jefferson County Commission received guidance this week on their legal use of federal stimulus money because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

As Medical Procedures Resume, Patients Weigh Whether It’s Safe

Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allows doctors to resume elective medical and dental procedures. For some patients, that’s good news.

Players & Coaches Prepare For Uncertain Future In College Athletics

The cancellation and delay of sporting events due to the coronavirus is creating uncertainty for student athletes. College coaches have fewer opportunities to scout new players and they face mounting financial pressure that's led some schools to cut athletic programs.

Some Sheriffs Say They Won’t Enforce Alabama’s Coronavirus Order

Alabama has allowed many retailers to reopen at limited capacity, but businesses such as gyms, nail salons and barbershops remain closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some sheriffs said they won’t enforce the statewide order.

City Council Places May 15 Deadline On Birmingham’s Mask, Public Safety Ordinances

Birmingham has placed a May 15 deadline on its mask and public safety ordinances, bringing them in line with Gov. Kay Ivey’s safer-at-home order.

Shoppers Emerge From Quarantine As State Eases COVID-19 Emergency Order

Alabama's retail industry opened its' doors once again after being closed for at least a month because of COVID-19.

UAB Furloughs Staffers And Cuts Pay Amid Pandemic

UAB announced Monday that more than 300 university staff members will be temporarily furloughed in an effort to offset significant financial losses due to COVID-19.

In Rural Alabama, Pandemic Highlights Need For Broadband Access

The internet is helping a lot of people get through the COVID-19 crisis. But many people in rural areas like the Black Belt have no internet access at all.

Birmingham Mayor Announces Nightly Curfew, Defends Mask Ordinance

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is defending two new city ordinances tightening restrictions around COVID-19. Beginning Friday, residents will be under a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they must wear face coverings in public.

Alabama Lawmakers Return To Pass Budgets After Extended Coronavirus Break

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery Monday after an extended break because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans want to pass the budgets quickly. Democrats want to wait.

UAB Drug Remdesivir Is First to Block the COVID-19 Virus, May Become Standard of Care. Fauci “Optimistic.”

Remdesivir, a drug developed through a federal grant to UAB, may be the first effective therapy for treating severely ill COVID-19 patients, early analysis of a large federally sponsored study found this week.

Small Business Loans Site Crashes Amid Flood of New PPP Applications

Alabama bankers couldn’t access the federal Paycheck Protection Program application site on Monday so that small businesses hurt by the coronavirus could apply for the loans.

Some Alabama Graduations Saved By Going Virtual

Most spring graduations are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But a few groups and institutions are organizing virtual ceremonies for the class of 2020

Jefferson County Reopening Courthouses Friday, With Some Restrictions

Jefferson County will reopen its courthouses and county facilities on Friday.

Despite Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions, Many Plan To Stay At Home

Gov. Kay Ivey will ease coronavirus restrictions starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Under the new rules, businesses and all retailers can reopen. So will beaches and doctors offices. Nevertheless, many people plan to stay put.

Retailers And Beaches Allowed Conditional Reopening As Ivey Eases Stay-At-Home Order

Gov. Kay Ivey says retailers and public beaches can reopen under certain conditions as she relaxes a stay-at-home order issued to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Birmingham Requires Face Masks in Public Starting Friday

Birmingham residents will be legally required to wear face masks in public starting May 1.

UAB to Start COVID-19 Testing With Mobile Units in Bush Hills, Center Point

UAB will deploy a new COVID-19 mobile testing unit this week to communities across Jefferson County.

Comedians Get Extra Creative During The COVID-19 Pandemic

With entertainment venues closed because of COVID-19, local standup comedians and improv performers are having to find other ways to connect to their audiences. Some have even turned to social media to practice their craft.

Alabama Lags Coronavirus Testing Rate Advised to Begin Reopening

Data shows Alabama lags behind most of its Southeast neighbors in COVID-19 testing.

UAB Hospital Losing $70 Million Per Month Due To COVID Restrictions

UAB Hospital is taking a financial hit from COVID-19. Officials announced Friday a projected loss of $70 million per month due to fewer clinical visits, elective surgeries and hospital stays.

Inside Alabama’s Prisons, Fear Of A Coronavirus Outbreak

Alabama corrections officials recently reported the first inmate death related to COVID-19. With several prisoners and staff members testing positive for the virus, those inside Alabama prisons worry this is just the tip of the iceberg.