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Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey speaks at the State Capitol in Montgomery, Ala., on Friday, May 8, 2020. (Jake Crandall/The Montgomery Advertiser via AP)

Alabama coronavirus outlook worsening amid state reopening

May. 23, 2020 9:55 AM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — With Alabama's coronavirus caseload worsening while casinos, churches and more reopen, the state's most recognizable person had some stern words about bringing COVID-19 under control. “You need to be staying 6 feet away from me, and haven't I told you you have to wear a mask...

Man charged in son's death after police chase, crash

May. 21, 2020 6:30 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been charged in the death of his 15-year-old son, who died in a car crash after the man led officers and a reality television crew on a high speed chase. Reico Terry, 41, was charged Wednesday with reckless murder in the death of Jaylen Derrell Terry, news outlets...

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How should I clean and store my face mask?

May. 21, 2020 2:02 AM EDT

How should I clean and store my face mask? Cloth face masks worn during the coronavirus pandemic should be washed regularly, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health experts recommend wearing a mask made from cotton fabric, such as T-shirts, or scarves and bandannas, when...

Senior class members and spectators, most of them wearing masks, attend the graduation ceremony of Spain Park High School in Hoover, Ala., Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Health officials say usual graduation ceremonies could endanger the public health by promoting the spread of disease. But school officials say they're using social distancing guidelines and abiding by state health rules. (AP Photo/Jay Reeves)

Pomp and masks: Graduations draw thousands despite pandemic

May. 20, 2020 10:25 PM EDT

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — High schools nationwide have canceled or postponed traditional graduation ceremonies to avoid worsening the spread of the new coronavirus, but some plunged ahead with full-fledged springtime commencement exercises as usual, with tweaks to account for health concerns. Thousands of...

FILE - In this May 3, 2017, file photo is the remains of a business that was only open briefly in Woodstock, Ala., once operated with the help of John B. McLemore, who is featured in the serialized podcast

Lawsuit over popular 'S-Town' podcast dismissed

May. 20, 2020 6:45 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A lawsuit against the makers of the hit podcast “S-Town,” which tells the story of a man's troubled life and death in rural Alabama, was dismissed after a settlement was reached with the estate of the show's late protagonist. The lawsuit, filed by the estate of John...

Sheriff: Boy dead after police chase partly taped by TV crew

May. 18, 2020 8:48 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man led Alabama officers and a reality television crew on a weekend chase that ended when he crashed his vehicle into a tanker truck, killing the man's 15-year-old son, authorities said. Reico Terry, 41, remained jailed Monday after the death of his son Jaylen Derrel Terry in...

Video shows 'take down' arrest after Alabama mask dispute

May. 7, 2020 7:31 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A woman faces disorderly conduct charges after an altercation that began when a Walmart employee in Alabama asked her to wear a face mask in the store and ended with a police officer performing a “take-down” maneuver on her, officials said. Video of the confrontation...

Police: Officer wounded, man killed after cafe confrontation

Apr. 24, 2020 5:44 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A customer at a cafe in Alabama who refused to pay was fatally shot after he fired upon and wounded an officer Friday morning, authorities said. Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith said the shooting happened outside Ruth's Cafe in Birmingham, news outlets reported. The...

Police: Suspect in 4 Alabama killings arrested after manhunt

Apr. 20, 2020 2:26 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man suspected of killing as many as four people across Alabama and robbing several others was arrested after an hourslong search by police, authorities said. Derrick Hightower, 32, of Columbus, Georgia, had been shot in the arm before being taken into custody Saturday afternoon in...

3 men arrested in theft of Alabama town's welcome signs

Apr. 15, 2020 3:17 PM EDT

EVA, Ala. (AP) — Three men were arrested after someone stole the welcome signs from a small town in north Alabama, authorities said Wednesday. Officials awoke Tuesday to discover that two metal “Welcome to Eva” signs, each about 4 feet (1.2 meters) tall, were missing from roadsides near the...