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Birmingham hospitals: Most COVID patients are unvaccinated

Aug. 04, 2021 19:36 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hospitals in Birmingham are seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients — usually unvaccinated and often younger — as doctors and administrators pleaded Wednesday for people to get vaccinated. Doctors and administrators at seven Birmingham hospitals...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Aug. 04, 2021 15:34 PM EDT

Decatur Daily. July 29, 2021. Editorial: Editorial: Vaccinations are better than masks or mandates The Issue As the delta variant of COVID-19 surges, federal health officials are again recommending wearing masks. ...

Attorney General: Colleges can't fine unvaccinated students

Aug. 04, 2021 15:22 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — To combat COVID-19 on campus, Birmingham-Southern College said all students would be required to undergo regular testing at the school at a cost of $500, but that vaccinated students could skip that hassle and also get their money back. The...

FedEx driver shot in Alabama in apparent case of road rage

Aug. 03, 2021 08:41 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A FedEx driver has been shot and wounded in an apparent case of road rage on an interstate in downtown Birmingham, authorities said. The gunfire happened Monday on Interstate 59/20. Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service said the FedEx driver was...

EXPLAINER: Will moratorium's end spell evictions in Alabama?

Jul. 30, 2021 09:58 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden's administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September,...

Health officials urge masks in schools, Ivey says no mandate

Jul. 28, 2021 20:33 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama public health officials are recommending that all students and teachers wear masks this school year because of a surge in COVID-19 cases, but a spokeswoman said Gov. Kay Ivey has been “crystal clear” that there will be no state mandates to do so. ...

Alabama man accused of holding woman captive for 3 days

Jul. 27, 2021 17:59 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man accused of holding a woman against her will for three days is in custody. Jefferson County deputies were called to a home in Adger, an unincorporated community southwest of Birmingham, at about 2:35 p.m. on Sunday to investigate...

Kemp to replace Underwood as CEO of Lakeshore Foundation

Jul. 25, 2021 10:34 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — John D. Kemp, an attorney who has spent years working with groups that assist the disabled, will take over later this year as chief executive of the Lakeshore Foundation, the organization announced. Directors of the Birmingham-based nonprofit...

Founder of Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama departing

Jul. 24, 2021 11:38 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The founder and chief executive of the Hispanic Interest Coalition of Alabama will leave the nonprofit organization at the end of the year, the group said in a statement. Isabel Rubio, who has led the Birmingham-based organization for 20 years,...

Activist who helped desegregate Birmingham library dies

Jul. 23, 2021 14:58 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Black Army veteran who helped peacefully desegregate an Alabama city's library with a sit-in protest in 1963 has died, according to the library and an obituary published by his family. Shelly Millender Jr. of Birmingham died on Saturday. He was...