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Editorial Roundup: Alabama

Aug. 5, 2020 12:46 PM EDT

Recent editorials from Alabama newspapers: ___ Aug. 4 The Times Daily on Kanye West’s bid for the presidency: Kanye West is running for president of the United States. Or maybe not. It is impossible to know what the erratic pop star and fashion/media mogul is really up to. He has held a campaign event in...

Confederate monument vandalized outside Alabama courthouse

Aug. 5, 2020 12:42 PM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A Confederate monument in Alabama that has been the subject of protests against racial injustice was discovered vandalized early Wednesday. What appeared to be red paint was splattered all over the base of the rebel statue outside the Madison County Courthouse in Huntsville, news...

FILE - In this Sunday, July 12, 2020, vehicles wait in line at a COVID-19 testing site at the Miami Beach Convention Center during the coronavirus pandemic in Miami Beach, Fla. As coronavirus cases surge in hard-hit Florida, so do the turnaround times for test results. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky, File)

Virus testing in the US is dropping, even as deaths mount

Aug. 5, 2020 12:13 PM EDT

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to find out the results. An Associated Press...

Tuscaloosa to limit nightlife as college students return

Aug. 5, 2020 8:57 AM EDT

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Leaders in Tuscaloosa are moving to limit nightlife in the college town during the pandemic as thousands of students return to school for the fall semester. The Tuscaloosa News reports that a divided City County approved a measure Tuesday night that allows Mayor Walt Maddox to enact...

FILE - An employee leaves the state operated U.S. Space & Rocket Center, which serves as the visitor center for the nearby federally funded NASA Marshall Space Flight Center, in Huntsville, Ala. in this Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019 file photo. Space Camp, an educational program attended by nearly 1 million people, said Tuesday July 28, 2020 it's in danger of closing without a cash infusion because of the coronavirus pandemic.(AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

'Save Space Camp' drive prompted by virus reaches $1.5M goal

Aug. 5, 2020 8:23 AM EDT

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A fundraising drive has reached its goal of bringing in $1.5 million to save Space Camp from closing because of the coronavirus pandemic, organizers said. A corporate donation of $250,000 by the technology company SAIC Inc. pushed the effort over the top, officials said in a...

Officials: School laptops held up ahead of new academic year

Aug. 4, 2020 8:43 PM EDT

About 4,000 new laptop computers bound for an Alabama school district were held up over issues with manufacturers, weeks before the school year was set to begin with increased online learning amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to education officials. Etowah County Schools Superintendent Alan Cosby said...

Man charged with defrauding fund for slain Alabama officer

Aug. 4, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A man is charged with stealing from a memorial fund that was established to help the family of an Alabama police officer who was killed last year, authorities said Tuesday. Devonte Lemond Hammonds, 27, of Birmingham was charged with multiple counts of fraud, federal prosecutors said...

FILE - In this May 30, 2019, file photo, traffic passes a mural of the slave ship Clotilda along Africatown Blvd. in Mobile, Ala. The last slave ship known to have landed in the United States more than 150 years ago has a new owner: The state of Alabama. A federal judge granted ownership of the Clotilda shipwreck to the Alabama Historical Commission in a one-page order released Monday, April 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Kevin McGill, File)

Alabama proceeds with plan to remove artifacts from Clotilda

Aug. 4, 2020 3:58 PM EDT

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama is moving ahead with work to study and remove artifacts from the submerged wreckage of the Clotilda, the last slave ship known to land in the United States. The Alabama Historical Commission released a request Tuesday seeking a contractor to provide divers who can assess and...

A worker wearing a mask to protect against the coronavirus walks past space themed displays promoting an online service in Beijing, China on Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. An outbreak in China's far northwestern region of Xinjiang is continuing to subside. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

The Latest: Mainland China, Hong Kong report fewer new cases

Aug. 3, 2020 11:00 PM EDT

BEIJING — Both mainland China and Hong Kong reported fewer new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as strict measures to contain new infections appear to be taking effect. Mainland China announced 36 new cases across the country, down from 43 the previous day. Of those, 28 were in the northwestern region of...

President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with U.S. tech workers, before signing an Executive Order on hiring American workers, in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020, in Washington.(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Trump fires TVA chair, cites hiring of foreign workers

Aug. 3, 2020 7:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump said Monday that he had fired the chair of the Tennessee Valley Authority, criticizing the federally owned corporation for hiring foreign workers. Trump told reporters at the White House that he was formally removing chair Skip Thompson and another member of the...