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McFarland Boulevard Closures Planned as ALDOT Enters Final Stages of I-20/59 Bridge Project in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

It's been years in the making, and now the Alabama Department of Transportation is entering the final stages of construction in the Interstate 20/59 Bridge Project. The contractor announced that all lanes of McFarland Boulevard will be closed from 11 p.m. Friday, August 6 through 5 a.m. Monday, August 9th, as crews work on a new single-point urban interchange at Exit 73. The lane closures only impact the portion of McFarland Boulevard that run directly underneath the interstate.
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EXPLAINER: Will moratorium’s end spell evictions in Alabama?

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal freeze on most evictions enacted last year is scheduled to expire Saturday, after President Joe Biden’s administration extended the original date by a month. The moratorium, put in place by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in September, was the only tool keeping millions of tenants in their homes. Many of them lost jobs during the coronavirus pandemic and had fallen months behind on their rent.
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Vaccinations becomes an Alabama gubernatorial race issue

On July 22, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said: “It’s the unvaccinated folks that are letting us down,” when asked why Alabama leads the nation in unvaccinated persons. “These folks are choosing a horrible lifestyle of self-inflicted pain. We’ve got to get folks to take the shot. The vaccine is the greatest weapon we have to fight COVID. There’s no question about that.”
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ALABAMA: Vaccination Mandates Are Prohibited

Can the government force you to get the COVID-19 vaccine? Alabama has banned any county that tries. Lars speaks with Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall to explain what his state has done and what that means for the rest of the country. The post ALABAMA: Vaccination Mandates Are Prohibited appeared...

Alabama school districts await guidance to reopen safely

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) - School districts across the state are anxiously awaiting guidance to safely reopen. The Alabama Department of Public Health will soon release a toolkit designed to help schools manage and slow the spread of COVID-19. The toolkit isn’t quite ready for the public, but the state’s health...
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Alabama renters could face eviction, emergency relief available

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama renters who are financially struggling are in jeopardy of being evicted, as the federal eviction moratorium will expire this weekend. Many people are turning to the state and county for relief through renter’s assistance programs, but not everyone has received funds yet. The Alabama Housing...

Exploring Alabama: Combat Park in Eastaboga

EASTABOGA, Ala. — Have you ever imagined driving a tank? We're talking a real military tank. Well, you're in luck. Combat Park in Eastaboga has all kinds of military vehicles you can drive around a dirt track. WVTM 13's Lisa Crane drew the lucky straw to test drive this adventure...
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Alabama teachers share anxious feelings before another strange school year

JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. (WBMA) — State Superintendent Dr. Erick Mackey says this school year may be even more challenging than last year for educators. With students returning to the classroom next week and the covid situation much worse than just a month ago, some teachers are feeling a bit anxious ahead of this school year.

Troy University receives helicopter from Alabama Welcome Center

HOUSTON COUNTY, Ala. (WTVY) -- Troy University will soon have a new display piece on their troy campus. The university is receiving a Huey helicopter from ALDOT that was sitting at the Alabama Welcome Center on 231. The helicopter will be taken to Bell Helicopter to be restored. When restored,...