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Alabama pays out $6 million in unemployment benefits to people affected by coronavirus layoffs

Alabama pays out $6 million in unemployment benefits to people affected by coronavirus layoffs

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Between March 27 to last Friday, the Alabama Department of Labor paid over $6 million in unemployment compensation related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the department announced Monday.Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington said that the benefits were given to 22,646 claimants, representing 25,379 weeks claimed and accounting for approximately 67% of all unemployment compensation benefits paid in the past seven days.“We have seen an overwhelming number of employees filing claims for unemployment compensation benefits,” Washington said. “We...

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April 6, 2020
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Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama native and former NFL quarterback, killed in car crash

Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama native and former NFL quarterback, killed in car crash

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — A single-vehicle crash Sunday night has claimed the life of a Montgomery native and former NFL quarterback.Tarvaris Dandre Jackson, 36, was killed when the 2012 Chevrolet Camaro he was driving left the roadway, struck a tree then overturned at 8:50 p.m. Sunday. Jackson was transported to a local hospital, where he was later pronounced dead.The crash occurred on Pike Road near Antioch Lane, approximately 7 miles south of Montgomery. Nothing further is available as ALEA State Troopers continue to investigate.Jackson was a standout quarterback at Alabama State...

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April 13, 2020
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Bessemer nurse on the front lines of coronavirus pandemic

Bessemer nurse on the front lines of coronavirus pandemic

Bessemer, Ala. (WIAT) — Those who have been on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic have deservedly been called heroes.“It’s heartbreaking to see this,” Bessemer City Councilor Kimberly Alexander said.Lately, Alexander has taken her councilor hat off and worked as a registered nurse. Something she has done for the past 15 years. She described to CBS 42 the war-like struggles she has faced dealing with the virus.For the past month, Alexander has been in California helping some of the patients who are now headed home after being quarantined in San Diego. The Grand Princess Cruise Ship...

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Cory McGinnis
March 31, 2020
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Gov. Kay Ivey to Alabamians: ‘Don’t get out if you don’t have to’

Gov. Kay Ivey to Alabamians: ‘Don’t get out if you don’t have to’

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — As the number of coronavirus cases rise in Alabama, Gov. Kay Ivey is asking residents to stay at home if they are able to.On Monday, Ivey released the following statement in a video:“Social distancing? Sheltering in place? Knowing who’s essential or non-essential? Ya’ll, these terms that aren’t in most of our vocabularies, but here’s what I know and what I hope you’ll consider: these are uncertain times for sure, so for now and the foreseeable future, please, please consider staying safe at home. We know that our most vulnerable are people with pre-existing health...

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Drew Taylor
March 30, 2020
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Birmingham police search for suspect after officer involved shooting

Birmingham police search for suspect after officer involved shooting

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Birmingham police are looking for a suspect after an officer involved shooting at Wild Oak Drive and Montevallo Road.Police tell CBS 42 the incident happened just before 11 p.m. Friday night.Officers were called to the area over a stolen vehicle.When officers arrived, gunfire was exchanged. No officers are hurt.Police are actively looking for a suspect near Crestwood Boulevard and Montevallo Road.Police are asking the public to avoid the area.Stay with CBS 42 as we learn more.× Close Ad

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Charisse McDaniel
April 18, 2020
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Suspect in Aniah Blanchard murder faces additional charge of biting corrections officer

Suspect in Aniah Blanchard murder faces additional charge of biting corrections officer

OPELIKA, Ala. (WIAT) — is facing additional charges for allegedly biting a corrections officer at the jail he is being held in.Ibraheem Yazeed, 30, has been charged with allegedly biting one officer on the leg after fighting with officers for refusing to enter his cell. He is charged with second degree assault.According to court records filed Friday, Yazeed had finished a shower at the Lee County Detention Center on March 23 when Officers Carl Key, Christopher Carroll and Steven Barner tried to get him to go into his cell.However, Yazeed reportedly refused and started becoming hostile to...

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Drew Taylor
April 20, 2020
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Alabama family loses 3 loved ones to COVID-19, 6 others recovering

Alabama family loses 3 loved ones to COVID-19, 6 others recovering

ETOWAH COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — An Etowah County family is warning others about the dangers of COVID-19 after three deaths within the family.A total of nine people in the Porter, Posey, and Woods families tested positive for coronavirus over the past several weeks.“I hope that for our family and the loses that we’ve gone through that it would be a lesson learned. I don’t want anyone to ever have to experience what we are going through,” said Kyra Porter, who lost her sister, her father, and her cousin.Porter identified her late family members as 70-year-old Billy Ray Woods, 51-year-old...

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Michael Clark
April 20, 2020
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Michael Jordan’s first game as a Birmingham Baron, a memory forever cherished

Michael Jordan’s first game as a Birmingham Baron, a memory forever cherished

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — On any given day, Stephen Dees and his children are probably watching TV together.On one particular day not long ago, it just so happened “Space Jam,” the 1996 movie where NBA legend Michael Jordan plays basketball with Bugs Bunny and other “Looney Tunes” cartoon characters, was on. To Dees’ 4- and 6-year-old, Michael Jordan is just an actor. But to Dees, he’s a hero.Dees and his longtime friend, Michael Gallops, were on the field with Jordan the day he started his first and only season as a Birmingham Baron 26 years ago.Dees and Gallops grew up in Montgomery and...

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Drew Taylor
April 24, 2020
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University of Alabama planning to reopen full classes for fall semester

University of Alabama planning to reopen full classes for fall semester

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama is planning to restart in-person classes starting in the fall, a representative confirmed to CBS 42 Wednesday.UA, like many universities across Alabama and the United States, ended the spring semester early back in March due to the outbreak of the coronavirus, which also caused the university to cancel trips abroad.The university has its own task force that has been monitoring the spread of the virus and when it would be safe for majority of students and faculty to be back on campus.× Close Ad

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Drew Taylor
April 29, 2020
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John Prine’s love of Vulcan and the song he wrote about the Birmingham landmark before he died

John Prine’s love of Vulcan and the song he wrote about the Birmingham landmark before he died

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — For over 50 years, John Prine sang about everything from to to an angel that .”In one of his last recorded songs even Birmingham’s iconic iron statue atop Red Mountain served as a muse for the acclaimed songwriter, who was often compared to the likes of Mark Twain or Marcel Proust for both the humor and emotion of his songs.In Prine’s “The Lonesome Friends of Science” from his final album, “The Tree of Forgiveness,” Vulcan, the god of fire in Roman mythology, was a part of a celestial love triangle as a lover spurned.In one part of the song, Prine described Vulcan...

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Drew Taylor
April 8, 2020
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