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ADOL changing how it resolves unemployment benefit problems

ADOL changing how it resolves unemployment benefit problems

ADOL inundated with unemployment claims By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A giant wave of unemployment benefit applications is washing over the Alabama Department of Labor. “It definitely was a tsunami. That’s what we call it in the office a tsunami of claims. And we’re still completely in the thick of it,“ said ADOL spokesperson Tara Hutchison. Hutchison says the number of claims has broken all records. By the beginning of June, the Department of Labor had paid out more benefits in almost three months than it had for the past seven years combined. Up until recently people with unemployment...

July 24, 2020
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Alabama lawmaker who honored Klan leader says he’s surprised by criticism

Alabama lawmaker who honored Klan leader says he’s surprised by criticism

Alabama lawmaker who honored Klan leader says he’s surprised by criticism By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Rep. Will Dismukes, a Republican from Prattville, says he’s surprised by the response to his recent Facebook post that showed him giving the invocation at an annual birthday celebration for Nathan Bedford Forrest. Forrest was a leader in the Confederate Army and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. The event was held Saturday at Fort Dixie in Selma, the same day the late U.S. Rep. John Lewis was remembered for his vast civil rights contributions during a service at Brown...

July 27, 2020
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Inverness barber shop plans to reopen Friday despite being deemed a nonessential business

Inverness barber shop plans to reopen Friday despite being deemed a nonessential business

By HOOVER, Ala. (WBRC) - One local business owner is pushing back against city and state restrictions against nonessential business. Scott Farr, the owner of The Male Room in the Inverness Shopping Center, says he will welcome customers starting Friday who need haircuts. He says he understands the threat of the coronavirus but adds that the financial threat of keeping doors closed is more imminent. On Friday, as the majority of businesses at the Inverness Plaza shopping center remain closed, The Male Room grooming salon will be open. The owners posted a lengthy message to customers on...

April 16, 2020
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Nearly 107,000 Alabamians filed for unemployment last week

Nearly 107,000 Alabamians filed for unemployment last week

By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - The official number of initial unemployment claims filed during the week of March 29-April 4 has been released. The Alabama Department of Labor said 106,739 initial claims were filed online and by telephone, with 94,047 COVID-19 related. showed about 98,000 claims were filed during the time period. ADOL’s “” page shows 36,662 claims were filed in an unclassified sector, while 13,962 claims were filed by those who work in manufacturing. Workers in the accommodation and food services industry accounted for 12,121 claims. The “” page shows that in WSFA 12 News’...

April 9, 2020
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Preliminary numbers: 98K unemployment claims filed in one week

Preliminary numbers: 98K unemployment claims filed in one week

Nearly 100,000 Alabamians have applied for unemployment By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Alabama Department of Labor preliminary numbers show about 98,000 unemployment claims were filed between March 29 to April 4. This is an increase from the about 74,000 claims filed March 22-28. ADOL has said the system is overwhelmed, leaving some people to wait days before they can file a claim. The labor department says they are making IT improvements and using staff from other divisions to help people file. They are also looking at using an outside call center to help handle the influx of people. For...

April 7, 2020
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Judge temporarily blocks Alabama’s ban on abortions during coronavirus outbreak

Judge temporarily blocks Alabama’s ban on abortions during coronavirus outbreak

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked an effort that would have banned abortions in Alabama amid the coronavirus outbreak. The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit Monday challenging Alabama’s temporary state health order, which requires dental, medical and surgical procedures to be postponed during the pandemic. The ACLU argued the state was “using the guise of the COVID-19 crisis” to prevent people from having an abortion. The health order, issued Friday and in effect until April 17 at 5 p.m., included exceptions for treatment of an “emergency medical...

March 31, 2020
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Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

Governor Ivey: 28,000 Paycheck Protection Program loans issued in Alabama

By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WBRC) - Governor Kay Ivey released a statement Monday urging Congress to put more money into the Paycheck Protection Program. The program, which ran out of money Thursday, provided loans at ultra-low interest rates to businesses with fewer than 500 employees to incentivize them to keep staff on payroll or rehire workers who have already been laid off as a result of the virus outbreak. If at least 75 percent of the money goes to keep employees on the payroll, the federal government will forgive the loans. Governor Kay Ivey on the program: “In Alabama, small businesses...

April 20, 2020
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Alabama banks unable to submit small business loans to SBA

Alabama banks unable to submit small business loans to SBA

By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Emergency loans through the federal government’s Small Business Administration are supposed to be pumping money into businesses desperate to keep payroll and bills paid, but an unclear issue has developed that’s keeping them from accessing the critical funding. Few banks, if any, in Alabama or across the country were able to upload Paycheck Protection Program loans on Monday. The SBA’s E-Tran System is struggling to accept the program’s loan transmittals after it spent the weekend updating its systems to be prepared for them to start at the beginning of the...

April 27, 2020
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Alabama unemployment claims top 400,000

Alabama unemployment claims top 400,000

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - More than 400,000 Alabamians have filed unemployment claims during the past six weeks as businesses were ordered closed, or stopped work, during the coronavirus outbreak. The Alabama Department of Labor announced the latest numbers. Nearly 75,000 new claims were filed last week. The record unemployment claims have been cited by politicians and groups eager to end closure orders. A state stay-home order expires at 5 p.m. and retail stores and beaches will be allowed to open with occupancy limits. Salons, barber shops, gyms, tattoo parlors, bars and on-site restaurant...

April 30, 2020
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Lieutenant governor says Alabama mask mandate is an ’overstep’

Lieutenant governor says Alabama mask mandate is an ’overstep’

By MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) - Shortly after Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced a statewide mask mandate, Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth spoke out against it. While Ainsworth said wearing a mask and social distancing are good ways to slow the spread of COVID-19, the mask mandate is an “overstep that infringes upon the property rights of business owners and the ability of individuals to make their own health decisions.” Wearing a face mask and maintaining social distancing are among the best ways to slow the spread of COVID-19. However, it’s an overstep that infringes upon the property rights of...

July 15, 2020
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