Archives: August 2021

Pandemic windfall for US schools has few strings attached

By COLLIN BINKLEY, GEOFF MULVIHILL, CAMILLE FASSETT and LARRY FENN Associated Press As the federal government releases historic sums of pandemic aid to the nation’s schools, it’s urging them to dream big, to invest in seismic changes that will benefit students for generations to come. But many districts say they have more urgent problems to

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Federal team to help with COVID-19 surge at Dothan hospital

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) – A federal team of health care workers is being sent to a southeast Alabama hospital seeing a surge in COVID-19 patients. State Health Officer Scott Harris said Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is sending a task force team to Southeast Medical Center in Dothan. Alabama is

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Alabama child dies after being found unresponsive in a car

HOLLY POND, Ala. – Authorities in Cullman County say a young child has died after being found in a car, though sheriff’s officials have not revealed the circumstances. Cullman County Coroner Jeremy Kilpatrick says 3-year-old Johnathan Millam was pronounced dead Sunday at a local hospital. The Cullman Times reports that he was found unresponsive in

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Report: Evidence of extensive corrosion in collapsed condo

MIAMI – Video released by a team of federal investigators shows more evidence of extensive corrosion and overcrowded concrete reinforcement in a Miami-area condominium that collapsed in June, killing 98 people. The National Institute of Standards and Technology also announced Wednesday it will conduct a five-pronged investigation into the Champlain Towers South collapse. It will

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Woman charged with kidnapping in abduction of Alabama infant

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama woman is charged with kidnapping after a newborn baby boy was abducted from a home in suburban Birmingham. Authorities tell news outlets that 37-year-old Lakesha Brown was arrested in the disappearance of 4-day-old Kamarion Taylor. Authorities say the baby’s mother awakened from a nap Tuesday afternoon to find the

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Natural gas blamed for explosion at Selma community center

SELMA, Ala. (AP) – An explosion that damaged Selma’s city convention center is being blamed on a natural gas problem. The Selma Times-Journal reports that Mayor James Perkins Jr. told a City Council meeting on Tuesday that Spire has accepted responsibility for the explosion. The blast on Monday dislodged bricks and left cracks in walls

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Stillman College offers COVID-19 vaccine clinic for community

By WVUA 23 News Reporters Elise Anzaldua and Sarah Erickson TUSCALOOSA — To aid in the ongoing efforts to vaccinate Alabamians against COVID-19, Stillman College will provide a convenient site for vaccinations on Aug. 24 and 25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Both the Moderna and Phizer vaccine will be offered on

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Pet of the Week, Aug. 24, 2021: Meet Jem

Jem is a gem of a handsome silver tabby available for adoption from the Humane Society of West Alabama. This 4-month-old kitten is looking for a fun and energetic family that can keep up with his youthful antics. He was rescued when his feral mom moved him and his sister to a dangerous place on

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Spirit of Alabama: T-Town Punishers focus on doing good

When you hear the name T-Town Punishers Law Enforcement Motorcycle Club, it might not bring “charitable giving” to mind, but that’s exactly what this group keeps at the forefront of its mission. In fact, their motto is “Service For Others.” “A lot of people are confused when they think motorcycle club,” said T-Town Punishers member

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University Medical Center offering COVID-19 vaccinations Saturday

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Need a COVID-19 vaccine? Here’s another opportunity. On Saturday, Aug. 28, University Medical Center is offering the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccination by appointment from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Vaccinations are for UMC patients ages 12 and older or University of Alabama students, faculty and staff. To schedule an

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Rising COVID-19 cases continue to affect children in Alabama

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller The Alabama Department of Public Health reports a significant increase in pediatric cases of COVID-19 this month. Alabama has at least 50 children hospitalized statewide and has recently had at least nine children on ventilators in a single day. “I am very concerned that the children of Alabama

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High School Football Rundown-8/19/21-8/20/21

By WVUA 23 Sports Catch up with WVUA 23’s high school football coverage from this past week. Football Friday will officially begin on Friday, Aug. 27 at 10 p.m. Berry Wildcats at Northside Rams By WVUA 23 Sports Reporter Tatumn Vaught Northside hosted Berry for their home opener last Thursday and won the game 37-6.

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70 Companies Represented at Jasper Job Fair

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart On Tuesday, the Walker County Chamber of Commerce partnered with Bevill State Community College to host a job fair at the Jasper Civic Center. Around 70 different companies and agencies were represented, looking for people to join their team. All kinds of jobs were available, including state jobs,

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Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely sentenced to three years in jail

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Kyrsten Eller Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday morning that former Limestone County Sheriff Michael Anthony Blakely was sentenced to serve three years in jail for violation of the law. Blakely was found guilty by a jury in Limestone County Circuit Court on Aug. 2 on two counts: one of

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Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Soul Jam Canceled

By WVUA 23 Digital Reporter Anneliese Taggart Bad news for soul music fans… the 70’s Soul Jam concert set for Oct. 1 at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater has been canceled. The Amphitheater did not release any reason for this cancellation. Anyone who purchased tickets online or by phone will automatically receive their refund. For those who

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Defense secretary: US troops must get shots ASAP

By The Associated Press WASHINGTON – Military service members must immediately get the COVID-19 vaccine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin says in a memo Wednesday, ordering service leaders to “impose ambitious timelines for implementation.” Now that the Pfizer vaccine has received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration, the Pentagon is adding it to the

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Alabama poison control fields more calls about ivermectin

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – A poison control hotline in Alabama is fielding increased calls about ivermectin, an animal dewormer that doctors are warning people not to try as a home remedy for COVID-19. Doctors say it’s dangerous for people to self-dose, particularly with the large quantities given to animals. The Alabama Poison Information Center has

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From CVS to Goldman Sachs, FDA move prompts vaccine mandates

By PAUL WISEMAN and JOSEPH PISANI AP Business Writers From Walt Disney World to Goldman Sachs, a flurry of private and public employers are requiring workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19 after the federal government gave full approval to the Pfizer shot. And the number is certain to grow. For the past eight months, coronavirus

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Mayors of Birmingham, Mobile win re-election

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The mayors of two of Alabama’s largest cities have won re-election by wide margins. Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin outdistanced seven other candidates in balloting Tuesday to win a second four-year term with about 64% of the vote. The challengers included Jefferson County Commissioner Lashunda Scales. She finished second. Mobile Mayor Sandy

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Tider Insider: 8/24/21

Gary Harris and Rodney Orr discuss Alabama football’s second fall scrimmage, and which players stood out, they discuss the upcoming game against Miami, what Jahleel Billingsley’s role might be this season, and they discuss the Alabama soccer, and volleyball teams. All that and more, plus, we answer viewer questions — on the phone, through email,

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Bill Lamb announces run for District 62 state house seat

Former Tuscaloosa County Chief Financial Officer Bill Lamb announced today that he’s entering the ring for the District 62 seat in the Alabama House of Representatives. Lamb, who is a Republican, is gunning for the seat being vacated by Alabama Rep. Rich Wingo, who is not seeking re-election. “During my time as CFO, I was

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