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Officials: Backlogged data led to spiked in virus cases

Aug. 13, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Several Alabama counties saw a large increase in coronavirus cases earlier this week because of backlogged data, officials said. The high one or two-day increases seen in some counties were due to new testing facilities not reporting information regularly to the Alabama Department...

$500 million expansion at Alabama's AM/NS Calvert mill

Aug. 13, 2020 12:55 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama steel mill is getting a $500 million expansion that's expected to create 200 direct jobs, officials said. ArcelorMittal announced the expansion plans Wednesday for it AM/NS Calvert mill in north Mobile County. The company intends to add an electric arc furnace to its...

Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advances in US Amateur

Aug. 12, 2020 11:23 PM EDT

BANDON, Ore. (AP) — Qualifying medalist Wilson Furr advanced to the second round of match play in the U.S. Amateur on Wednesday, beating China's Aaron Du 6 and 4 at breezy Bandon Dunes. Furr, the 22-year-old rising Alabama senior from Jackson, Mississippi, will face Vanderbilt's Harrison Ott. “The...

A man wearing a face mask to protect against the coronavirus sits in front of a mural at a shopping and office complex in Beijing, Tuesday, Aug. 11, 2020. Mainland China and semi-autonomous Hong Kong saw declines in their recent outbreaks Tuesday. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

The Latest: Seattle schools to start with remote teaching

Aug. 12, 2020 10:38 PM EDT

SEATTLE — The Seattle school board has voted unanimously to begin the academic year with remote teaching only. The Seattle Times reports the state’s largest school district approved the plan Wednesday. The remote learning plan passed with a wide-ranging amendment from school board members that...

Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Aug. 12, 2020 2:22 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Aug. 9 The Times Daily on responsibility falling on students as the school year begins amid the pandemic: Students across Alabama are resuming their studies, and according to the best estimates, somewhere between 60% and two-thirds of them will be returning to...

2 Alabama schools go virtual after positive COVID-19 test

Aug. 12, 2020 9:08 AM EDT

MOULTON, Ala. (AP) — More than 1,200 students at two small-town Alabama schools will begin the year at home after a person connected with both tested positive for COVID-19. While 12 other Lawrence County schools planned to begin traditional classes Wednesday morning, Superintendent Jon Bret Smith told the...

Alabama woman charged with sister’s murder

Aug. 11, 2020 7:06 PM EDT

ATMORE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is in custody on a murder charge connected to the discovery in March of her sister's decomposing body. Atmore police on Sunday arrested Josephine Gaines, 34, who was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped for a traffic violation, al.com reported. Police said Gaines...

Judge dismisses lawsuit challenging Alabama mask order

Aug. 11, 2020 5:53 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A judge on Tuesday dismissed a lawsuit challenging the legality of Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey's statewide order to wear face coverings in public places to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Montgomery Circuit Judge Greg Griffin entered the order following a hearing. Real estate...

NAACP seeks rehearing in Alabama voter ID lawsuit

Aug. 11, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is asking a federal appeals court for a rehearing in its lawsuit challenging Alabama’s photo ID law as racially discriminatory. In July, a three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals issued a split decision to...

Alabama man charged in mother's death found competent

Aug. 11, 2020 10:22 AM EDT

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A south Alabama man charged with killing his mother and burning her body has been found mentally competent for trial. Records show a psychologist determined Chad Brogdon, 36, can understand the legal system, but the expert wrote that Brogdon has a long history of drug abuse. ...