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Second inmate virus death reported in state prisons

Jun. 3, 2020 8:19 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama prison system said Wednesday that a second inmate has died after testing positive for COVID-19 as the number of cases among inmates and staff continued to rise. William Hershell Moon, a 74-year-old inmate at St. Clair Correctional Facility, died Wednesday at a hospital....

Workers and a volunteer clean up damage outside a burned-out clothing store in Birmingham, Ala., on Monday, June 1, 2020, following a night of unrest. People shattered windows, set fires and damaged monuments in a downtown park after a protest against the death of George Floyd. Floyd died after being restrained by Minneapolis police officers on May 25.  (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Birmingham starts work to remove Confederate monument

Jun. 2, 2020 12:07 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala, (AP) — The mayor of Alabama's largest city declared a state of emergency, imposed a curfew and began work to remove a Confederate monument Monday after demonstrators smashed windows, robbed shops and set fires following a peaceful protest against the death of George Floyd in Minnesota....

Alabama virus cases top 18,000

Jun. 1, 2020 6:13 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama has topped 18,000 cases of coronavirus with nearly a third of the cases being added in the last two weeks. As of Monday, Alabama had more than 18,000 cases of COVID-19 and more than 640 deaths, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Nearly a third of the...

Montgomery may consider face mask requirement

May. 30, 2020 11:24 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Montgomery might become the latest Alabama city to require the wearing of face masks in public as the city deals with rising COVID-19 cases. Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said Friday that the proposal may be brought to the city council as soon as Tuesday. Birmingham currently has an...

Justin Heideman leads the Jeff Davis High School Marching Band in the annual Magic City Classic parade in downtown Birmingham, Ala., on Saturday Oct. 26, 2019. (Kirsten Fiscus/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Vanilla Funk: Viral drum major joins Alabama State band

May. 30, 2020 12:01 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Justin Heideman flicked through YouTube searching for more videos. His search intensified, as each video he passed excited him. Every video he had flirted with before and he could recall the rhythms that were played, every count and beat of music, the videos’ highlights and,...

Alabama man missing for 2 months found dead in SC

May. 29, 2020 5:37 PM EDT

BEAUFORT, S.C. (AP) — Two months after he disappeared from Alabama, the man's body has been found in South Carolina. Phillip Rawling Jr., 42, was reported missing March 31 by his family in Montgomery who said he suffered from a mental condition that required medication. The Beaufort County Sheriff’s...

In this May 27, 2020, photo, health care worker Tonya Wilkes adjusts her mask while working at a Lowndes County coronavirus testing site in Hayneville, Ala. Experts say Lowndes County and nearby poor, mostly black counties in rural Alabama are now facing a “perfect storm” as infections tick up: a lack of access to medical care combined with poverty and the attendant health problems that can worsen the outcomes for those who become sick. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Virus taking hold in rural, old plantation region of Alabama

May. 29, 2020 4:03 PM EDT

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Sparsely populated Lowndes County, deep in Alabama's old plantation country, has the sad distinction of having both the state’s highest rate of COVID-19 cases and its worst unemployment rate. Initially spared as the disease ravaged cities, the county and other rural areas in...

Lawsuit seeks early, easier voting during COVID-19 pandemic

May. 29, 2020 2:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit is seeking to ease Alabama’s restrictions on absentee ballots and in-person voting during the COVID-19 pandemic, including to allow early voting as a way of mitigating transmission risk at the polls. The League of Women Voters of Alabama and eight voters over age 60...

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...