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Alabama teen dies in drowning at state park

May. 28, 2020 5:15 PM EDT

An Alabama teenager who was set to play college football at UAB has died in what authorities called an accidental drowning in a state park lake. Jamari Smith, 18, went under the water while swimming with friends at Chewacla State Park in Auburn on Wednesday afternoon, Lee County Coroner Bill Harris said in a...

Alabama enacts ban on outdoor burning over air quality

May. 23, 2020 11:32 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is banning outdoor burning in a dozen of its 67 counties to protect air quality. The order, which includes the state's most populated counties, covers areas that have a history of air pollution problems, according to an announcement from the Alabama Department of...

Esports thrives during absence of traditional sports

May. 23, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Esports has attempted to bridge the gap between the urge for competition and the necessity of physical contact to do so. Chance Crawford, one of the organizers of MGM Esports and Gaming, says esports in Montgomery can address the gap people feel in social distancing, strengthen...

Daphne Jackson works on Shelby White as stylists at The Nook on 7th Street in Tuscaloosa, Ala., do hair Monday, May 11, 2020, for the first time since mid-March, when personal contact businesses were shut down due to COVID-19 restrictions. (Gary Cosby Jr./The Tuscaloosa News via AP)

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 12.9% because of pandemic

May. 22, 2020 7:24 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s unemployment rate jumped to 12.9% in April during the economic shutdown linked to the coronavirus pandemic, the worst in nearly 38 years, the state said Friday as its most populous county extended a lockdown order because of an increase in cases. Department of Labor...

In this Wednesday, May 20, 2020 photo, friends and family members attend Spain Park High School's graduation ceremony at the Hoover Met, in Hoover, Ala. Everyone attending the ceremony had to wear a mask as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus. (Joe Songer/The Birmingham News via AP)

Alabama reopening continues amid shaky coronavirus progress

May. 21, 2020 5:03 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama will revive more of its economy by letting entertainment venues, athletics and schools reopen Friday afternoon despite shaky progress in taming the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Kay Ivey announced new rules Thursday that allow casinos, tourist attractions, bowling alleys, youth...

Alabama Parole Board resumes hearings after 2-month pause

May. 20, 2020 2:07 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Board of Pardons and Paroles denied release to 90% of the inmates up for consideration during its first hearing following a monthslong suspension amid the coronavirus pandemic. The board voted to deny parole to 20 out of 22 inmates it reviewed on Tuesday, according to a...

Alabama stadium project resumes after positive virus tests

May. 20, 2020 1:07 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Work on Alabama's Bryant-Denny Stadium has resumed after an undisclosed number of workers tested positive for the coronavirus, temporarily halting work on the construction project. Montgomery-based Caddell Construction Company, the project's chief contractor, told The Tuscaloosa...

Alabama coronavirus cases rise by nearly 300

May. 16, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama’s death toll from the coronavirus neared 500 on Saturday. The Alabama Department of Public Health reported there have been more than 11,500 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state and at least 485 deaths. That’s 12 more deaths than were reported Friday. Three...

Black, POC business owners struggle to get emergency loan

May. 16, 2020 12:02 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Catastrophic is how David Sadler describes the impact of COVID-19 on his six-vehicle chauffeur service. And he doesn’t see things letting up. At least, not until early next year — maybe. From the moment that President Trump started issuing international travel...

Alabama Gov. Ivey: COVID-19 threat remains, take precautions

May. 15, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Friday urged state residents to be “smart and vigilant “about the continuing threat of the coronavirus even as the state takes steps to reopen. “Let me be abundantly clear: the threat of COVID-19 remains,” Ivey said in a...