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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...

Hundreds rally for striking coal miners in Alabama

Aug. 04, 2021 13:26 PM EDT

BROOKWOOD, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of union members from multiple states rallied Wednesday for Alabama miners who have been on strike against Warrior Met Coal Inc. since early April seeking contract improvements. With many in the crowd holding signs decrying unfair labor...

Alabama hunters take aim at feral pigs during the night

Aug. 04, 2021 08:14 AM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — More than 500 Alabama hunters have bought licenses to hunt feral pigs and coyotes at night, authorities said. It’s a new approach to try to control the destructive animals in Alabama, Al.com reported. State lawmakers passed...

Report: Deadly crash began when tractor-trailer hit vehicles

Aug. 03, 2021 18:15 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A crash that killed 10 people — including nine children — on a rain-slicked Alabama interstate happened after a tractor-trailer truck slammed into vehicles that had slowed down because of minor crashes, according to a preliminary report released Tuesday. ...

Prosecutors ask judge to keep convicted sheriff in jail

Aug. 03, 2021 16:56 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A longtime Alabama sheriff convicted of felony charges and removed from office should have to remain in jail until he is sentenced, prosecutors told a judge Tuesday. Former Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely hasn't shown any reason he should be...

Railroad tie fire still burning in Alabama despite storm

Aug. 03, 2021 15:19 PM EDT

SELMA, Ala. (AP) — A huge fire that consumed thousands of railroad ties in rural western Alabama was still burning Tuesday, nearly two days after it started. A storm that dumped rain on the blaze Monday evening helped keep it contained to the property of National...

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...

Longtime Alabama sheriff convicted on theft, ethics charges

Aug. 02, 2021 20:00 PM EDT

ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — A longtime Alabama sheriff has been removed from office, the attorney general's office said, after jurors on Monday found him guilty of charges of theft and using his office for personal gain. News outlets report that jurors convicted Limestone...