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Back to school: Start dates and COVID-19 guidelines for Alabama schools

All students, faculty, and visitors will be required to wear face masks until further notice at all schools. Unless mandated by a government entity, facial coverings will be optional for students, faculty, staff and visitors. Classroom and common spaces will return to pre-COVID configurations and procedures. More information here. Bessemer...
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VIDEO: Mandates return, Ivey’s frustration with the unvaccinated is shared across the nation, U.S. Capitol riot hearing begins and more on Alabama Politics This Week …

Radio talk show host Dale Jackson and political consultant Mecca Musick take you through Alabama’s biggest political stories, including:. — Are states heading towards vaccine mandates after President Joe Biden told federal employees they have to get shots?. — Is Governor Kay Ivey’s decision to lean on vaccines and away...
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Should students mask up? Alabama parents, doctors weigh in

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – On the eve of the first day of school for some K-12 students in our region, the debate continues for whether children should be required to wear masks in the classroom. Masks are recommended in the classroom by the Jefferson County Department of Health and the...
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‘We Can Do This Alabama’: Campaign takes new approach to vaccinations

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A new campaign is kicking off to convince more people to get the COVID-19 Vaccine. The effort, called “We Can Do This Alabama”, is a partnership between the Alabama Department of Public Health, the Alabama Hospital Association, and the Medical Association of Alabama. It’s asking for more people to promote getting the vaccine on a personal level.
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666 New COVID Cases Reported in Alabama on Saturday

There were 666 new cases of COVID-19 reported Saturday, July 31st – according to a dashboard update from the Alabama Department of Public Health. Those numbers are lower than the previous week – where cases averaged more than 2,000 a day. The case total for July 31st is the lowest in more than two weeks, but the reports of new positive cases often drop on weekends; officials delayed the reporting of case numbers from Thursday and Friday as they updated their data.
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EXPLAINER: Will moratorium’s end spell evictions in Alabama?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The end of some tenant protections has raised concerns that tens of thousands of Alabama residents will be unable to afford their rent and face eviction. A federal freeze on evictions expired Saturday. Census data indicates 57,970 state residents are concerned that they could be evicted...
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What not to flush, Suni Lee’s medals, weather: Down in Alabama

We don’t want to shake anyone’s faith in marketing, but some things just aren’t what they’re billed to be. Just as Harry Hogge told us there’s nothing stock about a stockcar, some Alabama utilities and environmental groups are telling us that there’s nothing flushable about flushable wipes. The moral of...
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Alabama NewsCenter — Auburn University Retiring Bald Eagle Spirit From Pregame Flights This Fall

This fall on the Plains will mark a special time for a beloved member of the Auburn family as the university honors bald eagle Spirit upon her retirement from pregame flights. When Spirit arrived at the College of Veterinary Medicine’s Southeastern Raptor Center in the late 1990s, no one knew she would one day come to represent the Auburn spirit alongside the university’s official golden eagles known as War Eagles.