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US researchers test pig-to-human transplant in donated body

Jan. 20, 2022 13:29 PM EST

Researchers on Thursday reported the latest in a surprising string of experiments in the quest to save human lives with organs from genetically modified pigs. This time around, surgeons in Alabama transplanted a pig’s kidneys into a brain-dead man — a step-by-step rehearsal for...

Alabama closes year with surge in COVID-19 cases

Dec. 31, 2021 11:47 AM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama closed 2021 with a surge of COVID-19 cases as the extremely contagious omicron variant of the coronavirus continues to sweep the nation. Alabama on Thursday hit a new high for the seven-day average positivity rate— the percentage of COVID tests...

Virus hospitalizations, school cases increasing in Alabama

Dec. 21, 2021 16:12 PM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — COVID-19 numbers are again headed in the wrong direction in Alabama, with hospitalizations up more than 50% from a month ago and school cases climbing in the state with the nation's second-highest death rate during the pandemic. Although the state's health...

3 University of Alabama law school students donate kidneys

Dec. 18, 2021 00:12 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Three University of Alabama law school students are using this holiday season as a reason to share information about a gift they gave that had life-saving implications for their recipients. Angelica Mamani, Katrina Smith and Ryne Smith recently donated...

$1.2M awarded for Alabama-based breast cancer research

Dec. 06, 2021 07:51 AM EST

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — More than $1.2 million is being awarded to fund 20 breast cancer research projects across Alabama using money from donations, government and sales of specialty license plates. The Breast Cancer Research Foundation of Alabama announced the...

Alabama university president to skeptics: "Meet me halfway"

Dec. 05, 2021 11:26 AM EST

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The new president of the University of South Alabama, whose appointment raised concerns among some because of his limited academic background, said he hopes to build relationships and learn from those already in the school community. Addressing a...

Alabama band to make its debut appearance in Macy's parade

Nov. 25, 2021 01:09 AM EST

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama’s Million Dollar Band will be making its first appearance in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City. The Tuscaloosa News reports that the band is scheduled to play “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” and...

Group finds site linked to tribes seeking return of remains

Nov. 23, 2021 21:24 PM EST

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Native American tribes fighting for the return of human remains and funerary artifacts excavated from an ancient settlement in present-day Alabama got help for their argument Tuesday when a federal advisory committee found the site to be culturally linked to their...

Indian tribes seek return of remains, artifacts from Alabama

Nov. 19, 2021 18:16 PM EST

Seven tribes are asking an Alabama university to return the remains of nearly 6,000 people excavated over the years from what once was one of the largest Native American settlements in North America. The Oklahoma-based Muscogee Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and five...

Former Alabama dean named interim president at UAH

Nov. 18, 2021 15:56 PM EST

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former engineering dean at the University of Alabama was approved as interim president at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, the University of Alabama System said. Trustees on Nov. 10 approved Chancellor Finis St. John's appointment of...