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An iconic Alabama steakhouse and the woman who keeps it up

Jan. 23, 2021 3:53 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The night of her high school prom, Bernadine Birdsong went to the old Michael’s Sirloin Room on Birmingham’s 20th Street South for a steak dinner before the big dance. “I went to the prom in the hotel that was right across the street from Michael’s, the...

State sues Lakeville bar for operating without license

Jan. 23, 2021 2:52 PM EST

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Health has sued the owners of a bar in the southern Twin Cities metro area for operating as a food and beverage service without a license, the state said Saturday. The health department filed its lawsuit against Alibi Drinkery in Lakeville on Friday in Dakota...

Chicago restaurants, some bars reopen to indoor dining

Jan. 23, 2021 12:26 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Restaurants and certain bars across Chicago and suburban Cook County opened their doors to customers Saturday for the first time since late October after winning approval from Illinois health officials. Restaurants and bars that serve food can seat customers indoors at 25% capacity or 25...

Liquor overhaul bill would allow home delivery in New Mexico

Jan. 23, 2021 10:01 AM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s liquor laws may undergo their most significant changes in 40 years if legislation allowing for home deliveries and the creation of a new restaurant license gets signed into law. A bill introduced by Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil, D-Albuquerque, seeks to make major...

Michigan health director resigns; Whitmer names successor

Jan. 22, 2021 9:43 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, who issued sweeping orders to curb the spread of the coronavirus after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's powers were upended by a court ruling, abruptly resigned Friday. No explanation for the resignation was given. In a tweet, he said...

Michigan: Restaurants can open at 25% capacity, with curfew

Jan. 22, 2021 7:01 PM EST

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan restaurants and bars can reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity and with a 10 p.m. curfew starting Feb. 1, and concessions can resume at casinos, movie theaters and stadiums, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Friday. The state health department's coronavirus restrictions were...

Dr. Angel Temponi, left, administers the second dose of the Moderna vaccine to Dr. Barton Bernstein Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021 at Yuma Regional Medical Center in Yuma, Ariz. (Randy Hoeft/The Yuma Sun via AP)

The Latest: Arizona COVID-19 cases down despite high rate

Jan. 22, 2021 6:26 PM EST

PHOENIX -- Health officials say the number of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations in Arizona are declining despite the state having the worst infection rate in the country. Department of Health Services Director Dr. Cara Christ said Friday that the number of patients and even the positivity test rate have dipped...

Kentucky project to gather data needed to expand internet

Jan. 22, 2021 4:11 AM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Kentucky has launched a broadband speed test project to gather information needed to expand home internet access. The test is free and anonymous and can be taken at through Feb. 18. The information is needed to expand access for distance...

From left, Senate Minority Leader Gregory Baca, R-Belen, Sen. Joseph Cervantes, D-Las Cruces, and Senate Majority Leader Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, talk on the Senate Floor before the start of the 2021 legislative session in the State Capitol in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. (Eddie Moore/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico lawmakers among beneficiaries of relief grants

Jan. 21, 2021 7:45 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Direct grants to small businesses and nonprofit organizations that are a hallmark of New Mexico's coronavirus relief effort have been awarded to several state legislators as well as enterprises that have sued the state over Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham's aggressive public health...

FILEā€”In this file photo from Aug. 6, 2020, Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine shrugs his shoulders in response to a reporter's question about him testing positive for COVID-19 in Bexley, Ohio. Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy two million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete, File)

Ohio to spend $50 million on 2M home coronavirus tests

Jan. 21, 2021 5:25 PM EST

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio will use $50 million in federal pandemic aid dollars to buy 2 million at-home rapid coronavirus tests to help local health departments respond faster to testing needs, Gov. Mike DeWine announced Thursday. The governor also said the state's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. pandemic curfew, due...