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Authorities continue their investigation of a shooting at Riverchase Galleria shopping mall, Friday, July 3, 2020, in Hoover, Ala., that left an 8-year-old boy dead and three other people hospitalized. (Carol Robinson/The Birmingham News via AP)

8-year-old killed, 3 injured in shooting at Alabama mall

Jul. 3, 2020 11:45 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — An 8-year-old boy was killed Friday in a shooting at an Alabama shopping mall that left three other people injured, police said. Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis said the child was killed in the afternoon shooting at the Riverchase Galleria. The police chief said a girl and two adults...

Alabama health officials can't verify 'COVID party' reports

Jul. 3, 2020 6:41 PM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Department of Public Health said it could not verify reports of so-called COVID-19 parties where students deliberately tried to become infected, but also warned people not to try it. Tuscaloosa City Councilor Sonya McKinstry told news outlets this week that she heard of...

Alabama reports highest number of daily virus cases at 1,700

Jul. 3, 2020 4:11 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama reported more than 1,700 new confirmed coronavirus cases— the highest number yet for a single day— as doctors and state officials expressed concern about further spread during the Fourth of July holiday weekend. The state on Thursday surpassed the previous...

FILE - In this March 7, 2015, file photo, singing

Move to rename 'Bloody Sunday' bridge has critics in Selma

Jul. 3, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands gathered in this river city in 1940 to dedicate a new bridge in honor of white supremacist Edmund Pettus, a Confederate general and reputed Ku Klux Klan leader. Just 25 years later, the bridge became a global landmark when civil rights marchers were beaten at its base. Today,...

The U.S. Supreme Court is seen Tuesday, June 30, 2020 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

Supreme Court blocks curbside voting in Alabama

Jul. 2, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision Thursday blocked a lower court ruling allowing curbside voting in Alabama and waiving some absentee ballot requirements during the COVID-19 pandemic. Conservative justices granted Alabama’s request to stay a federal judge’s...

Potato chip heiress wins back control of fortune

Jul. 2, 2020 8:47 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The heiress to the Golden Flake potato chip empire is for now back in control of her fortune after a ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court. The court voided a 2019 probate order granting an emergency conservator that came after two employees claimed that 88-year-old Joann...

FILE - In this Monday, March 3, 2020, file photo, Alabama U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville speaks to his supporters at Auburn Oaks Farm in Notasulga, Ala. Tuberville’s campaign bus went up in flames late Wednesday, July 1, 2020, on the side of a north Alabama interstate. (Joe Songer/AL.com/The Birmingham News via AP)

Senate candidate's campaign bus catches on fire in Alabama

Jul. 2, 2020 12:00 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville’s campaign bus went up in flames Wednesday night on the side of a north Alabama interstate. The DeKalb County Sheriff’s office posted on social media that a lane of Interstate 59 was shut down after a recreational vehicle caught...

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey asks citizens to continue wearing masks and use social distancing during a coronavirus update in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday June 29, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Mobile, Tuscaloosa join Alabama cities requiring face masks

Jul. 1, 2020 6:53 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile and Tuscaloosa have joined the list of Alabama cities requiring face masks to help prevent the spread of the coronavirus, as cities look for ways to curb rising infections and hospitalizations. The Mobile City Council voted 6-1 on Wednesday for an ordinance requiring facial...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Jul. 1, 2020 4:12 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ July 1 The Times Daily on the meaning of Fourth of July this year: This weekend Americans will celebrate Independence Day, but it will be a commemoration like no other in recent memory. A deadly virus has claimed roughly 125,000 lives in the United States alone....

Governor Kay Ivey and State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris ask citizens to continue wearing masks and use social distancing during a coronavirus update in the state capitol building in Montgomery, Ala., on Tuesday June 29, 2020. (Mickey Welsh/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama skips tougher virus rules despite worsening pandemic

Jun. 30, 2020 4:05 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Faced with climbing virus numbers, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday extended a state health order that limits the number of people in restaurants and stores but didn't follow other states that have issued new restrictions amid the worsening pandemic. Ivey announced she was extending...