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‘Our healthcare system has been maxed out.’ Montgomery Mayor talks about ICU bed shortage

‘Our healthcare system has been maxed out.’ Montgomery Mayor talks about ICU bed shortage

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Mayor Steven Reed of Montgomery says critical care patients are being sent to Birmingham for treatment because there are no ICU beds in Montgomery.“If you’re from Montgomery and need an ICU bed, you’re in trouble,” said Reed Wednesday morning. “Our healthcare system has been maxed out.” He says there aren’t enough healthcare options outside of metro Montgomery, so people are having to seek treatment in the city. He says that’s what is putting the extra burden on the hospitals.Reed went on to give an accounting of ICU beds. He said one hospital is 3 ICU beds short of where...

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May 20, 2020
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Alabama Secretary of State confirms absentee ballots will be only vote-by-mail option

Alabama Secretary of State confirms absentee ballots will be only vote-by-mail option

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May 30, 2020
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Auburn preparing to welcome some students back to campus for classes

Auburn preparing to welcome some students back to campus for classes

AUBURN, Ala. – Auburn University says some students will be allowed back on campus for classes near the end of summer.The university said Friday that some of its second mini-session will have on-campus classes, which will enable campus staff and faculty to begin implementing several new protocols developed for students preparing to return in the fall, including “a mobile COVID-19 health check” and social distancing in classrooms.The second mini-session begins June 29. More than 3,000 students are registered for courses, according to the university.In addition to face-to-face and online...

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May 29, 2020
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Fishermen in Hawaii catch 220 pounds of tuna, donate it to health care workers

Fishermen in Hawaii catch 220 pounds of tuna, donate it to health care workers

TAMPA (CNN) – A group of fishermen in Hawaii had a lucky day at sea and decided to use their catch to feed their local health care workers.The group caught two yellowfin tuna totaling 220 pounds.The fish was sent to a seafood distributor who cleaned, cooked, and prepared the tuna into more than 300 poke bowls.The meals were then delivered to Honolulu’s Straub Medical Center and the Queen’s Medical Center.The men said they were inspired to do good for their community after witnessing another local fisherman, 104-year-old Setsuo Todoroki, regularly catch fish he then donated to strangers in...

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June 1, 2020
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Protest conclusion on square could have ended differently, state NAACP president says

Protest conclusion on square could have ended differently, state NAACP president says

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – The head of the Alabama NAACP said law enforcement talked them out of having their rally at the Madison County Courthouse Wednesday, and he believes the outcome would have been different if they had been allowed there.Benard Simelton, president of the Alabama State Conference of the NAACP, said in a news conference Thursday afternoon that police convinced them to hold their protest at Big Spring Park East instead of on the courthouse steps.Simelton said he believes the if NAACP leadership had been there.“As we told the chief of police this afternoon, we believe that if...

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June 5, 2020
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Tuberville campaigns in North Alabama, avoids public speaking and interview requests

Tuberville campaigns in North Alabama, avoids public speaking and interview requests

HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tommy Tuberville has appeared at various campaign events across North Alabama this week. Friday morning, Tuberville stopped in Meridianville to meet with supporters.Towards the end of the primary election and the start of the runoff against Jeff Sessions, Tuberville has generally avoided larger media outlets. Tuberville last interviewed with News 19 3 months ago following his victory over Sessions.News 19 reporter Ethan Fitzgerald asked Tuberville dring a July 14 Zoom interview, “We are curious if we will be able to hear a little bit...

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Oct 10
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ABC Board rescinds alcohol sales curfew

ABC Board rescinds alcohol sales curfew

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) Board rescinded its 11 p.m. curfew for alcohol sales at establishments across the state.The curfew was put into place on July 27th in an attempt to flatten the coronavirus curve. At that time, Chairperson Alan Spencer said the board would relieve the restrictions as soon as possible.The ABC board also met to discuss the same action last Thursday, on September 24th, where the members agreed that it was time to end the curfew. But, they ultimately delayed the vote until they could meet with the Bar Association.A Huntsville bar...

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Sep 29
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Tennessee doctor, 6 others indicted in North Alabama drug and fraud case

Tennessee doctor, 6 others indicted in North Alabama drug and fraud case

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — A doctor who shut down his North Alabama pain clinics after being accused of over-prescribing pills has been indicted on federal charges.Six other people were indicted along with Lewisburg, Tenn., Dr. Mark Murphy in the Northern District of Alabama in what federal prosecutors say was a $41 million health care fraud scheme.Murphy and his wife Jennifer, both 63, are accused of using their Alabama clinics, North Alabama Pain Specialists, to unlawfully distribute drugs and to develop a large patient group they could use to profit from medically unnecessary services. The...

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Sep 30
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Obama wishes Trump, first lady a ‘speedy recovery’

Obama wishes Trump, first lady a ‘speedy recovery’

WASHINGTON – Former President Obama sent best wishes to President Trump and first lady Melania Friday after Trump flew by helicopter to Walter Reed Medical Center for treatment for coronavirus.“Michelle and I hope that the President, First Lady, and all those affected by the coronavirus around the country are getting the care they need and are on the path to a speedy recovery,” Obama said in a tweet.The 44th president added, “Obviously, we’re in the midst of a big political battle right now, and while there’s a lot at stake, let’s remember that we’re all Americans. We’re all human beings....

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Oct 3
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IRS documents show Tuberville Foundation kept money from vets

IRS documents show Tuberville Foundation kept money from vets

HUNTSVILLE, Ala – A recent New York Times and Associated Press report detailed less than one-third of Tommy Tuberville Foundation funds left the organization and ended up in the hands of veterans. Tuberville’s campaign denies this and claims the IRS reporting documents do not show the full picture.Tax documents show Tuberville held golf tournaments which paid for themselves. In 2017 and 2018 the foundation reported profits exceeding $40,000 with expenses/distributions to veterans never exceeding $5,000. Tuberville has campaigned frequently on veteran issues. Tuberville says his salary will...

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Ethan Fitzgerald
Oct 15
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