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    Ivey announces additional $500K for Cullman Co. road project

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A project to aid the expansion of a Cullman industry picked up some additional financial support with a $500,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), Gov. Kay Ivey announced this week. The ARC funding, along with a previously awarded $200,000 Community...

    Alabama DHR: 741 foster care adoptions finalized in FY 2023

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Friday announced that the Alabama Department of Human Resources finalized 741 foster care adoptions in fiscal year 2023. The announcement comes just before Ivey’s proclamation of National Adoption Day, which was observed on Nov. 18, 2023. The month...

    Ivey awards nearly $17.5M for improvement projects; Cullman County to receive $500K

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $17.5 million to provide improvements in 44 Alabama towns, cities and counties. The Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs) will enable local governments to pave or resurface roads, eliminate blight and drainage problems, improve water or...

    Ivey issues statewide ‘No Burn Order’

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed a statewide Drought Emergency Declaration – often referred to as a “No Burn Order” – prohibiting all outdoor burning in Alabama. This order is effective Nov. 9, 2023. at 8 a.m. CST. “Alabama is currently experiencing extremely dry...

    NWTF Alabama commits over $230K for 2024, boosts sew Habitat for the Hatch Initiative

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    EDGEFIELD, S.C. - The Alabama NWTF State Chapter recently approved $183,613 to 25 projects across the state for the 2024 Fiscal Year, along with a $50,000 commitment to wild turkey research. With collaborative partner funding, the NWTF Alabama’s investment for 2024 will be leveraged...

    ADMH: September is National Recovery Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – September is National Recovery Month and the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH), the Division of Mental Health and Substance Use Treatment Services and our community partners raise awareness and educate individuals and families through information and events to show the...

    Ivey urges Alabamians to be ready when disaster strikes

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    September is 'National Preparedness Month' MONTGOMERY, Ala. - As the nation marks “National Preparedness Month” in September, Governor Kay Ivey urges all Alabamians to have a plan ready for when disaster strikes. “Alabama is no stranger to the unpredictable and sometimes harmful effects of Mother Nature,” said Governor...

    Gov. Ivey awards grants for broadband expansion in sections of four north Alabama counties

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    MONTGOMERY — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded $7.86 million to continue expanding high-speed internet services in Alabama. The three latest grants, awarded from funds provided by the Alabama Legislature, will serve areas in Blount, Cullman, Marshall and Morgan counties. “Alabama continues to make steady strides in expanding...

    Ivey kicks off statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Gov. Kay Ivey on Wednesday, Aug. 9, kicked off the statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, during an official launch event. Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library is dedicated to inspiring a love of reading by gifting free books each month to...

    Op-Ed: To eliminate ‘help wanted’ signs, we must shift our focus to labor force participation. The Ivey Administration is doing that

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    To gather the fullest employment picture in Alabama – and across the nation for that matter – we must shift our focus to labor force participation.   Alabama’s current unemployment rate is at an impressive and historic low of 2.2%. In fact, almost all of the...

    Alabama’s unemployment rate unchanged at 2.2%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate held steady at a record low 2.2%. June’s rate is well below June 2022’s rate of 2.6%. The rate represents 50,427 unemployed persons, a new...

    Marshall issues consumer alert: How to avoid summer scams

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Summer is heating up, but so are the number of scam calls targeting you and your loved ones in an attempt to steal your identity and your hard-earned money. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall is urging Alabamians to be vigilant when...

    Trump to give keynote at ALGOP Summer Dinner

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -  The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) on Wednesday announced that Former  President Donald Trump will be the keynote speaker at its 2023 ALGOP Summer Dinner in Montgomery on Aug. 4 as part of the ALGOP’s Summer Meeting. “The Alabama Republican Party is delighted...

    Alabama DHR seeking foster homes for elderly, disabled adults

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    State will observe World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on June 15 MONTGOMERY, Ala. – As the state’s population ages, the Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) is seeking adult foster homes to help protect and care for vulnerable adults at risk for mistreatment. Adult foster care enables...

    ACES: Pinkeye in cattle: Combating an expanded list of viruses and bacteria

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Pinkeye is a well-known bacterial infection that cattle producers watch for each year. The number of cases often increase during the summer and into the fall. The bacterium Moraxella bovis is most associated with pinkeye infections. However, an Alabama Cooperative Extension...

    Trump to visit Alabama this summer

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Alabama Republican Party (ALGOP) on Thursday announced that Former President Donald Trump will be visiting the state this summer, saying, “Logistics for Trump’s visit are already underway, and details for the upcoming dinner will be announced shortly.” "The Alabama Republican Party...

    “It’s Games Time!”: 40th Anniversary Alabama State Games coming June 9-11

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The months of planning and weeks of work have dwindled down into a few days of anxious anticipation as the 40th Anniversary Alabama State Games are just days away. The events- https://www.alagames.com/sports- are scheduled for June 9-11 in Birmingham and Jefferson...

    Ivey signs ‘historic’ Education Trust Fund, General Fund budgets

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey on Thursday signed the state’s budgets, including the General Fund and the supplemental and the Education Trust Fund and its supplemental. “I am proud to officially put my signature on yet another historic investment in our students, teachers and...

    ‘Sweet Home Alabama just got a little sweeter!’

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey made it official Friday, June 2, 2023: the Yellowhammer Cookie is Alabama’s official state cookie. On Friday, Montgomery fourth grader and recipe creator Mary Claire Cook brought a batch of the cookies to Ivey in her office. As the...

    ‘It’s about fairness, plain and simple’: Ivey signs bill limiting transgender college athletes

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed House Bill 261 into law. The bill limits transgender students to playing sports in public colleges and universities only with their biological sex. Said Ivey in a statement, “Look, if you are a biological male, you...

    Aderholt: Check passports before booking travel

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    WASHINGTON, D.C. —Back in February, Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Alabama, issued a reminder to make sure your passport is still valid before booking international travel.  Also, he said, applying for a new passport or a passport renewal is currently taking two months or longer. On Thursday,...

    AL unemployment rate record low 2.2%; Cullman County’s rate 1.4%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Friday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted April unemployment rate is 2.2%, down from March’s rate of 2.3%, and below April 2022’s rate of 2.5%. April’s rate represents 51,462 unemployed persons, a new record low, compared to...

    Statewide agencies that assist domestic violence victims granted $115K

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $115,000 to help provide training and resources that ensure victims of domestic violence have access to professional assistance through local law enforcement agencies and nonprofit groups. The Administrative Office of Courts will use funds of...

    ACES: Alabama 4-H Foundation invests in future through scholarships

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. — The Alabama 4-H Foundation is helping 35 Alabama 4-H members achieve their dreams of higher education. This year, the foundation will award 33 $1,000 scholarships to graduating 4-H members in 23 Alabama counties. The foundation is also awarding two $1,500...

    ADMH: May is Mental Health Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Each May, the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) promotes Mental Health Awareness Month along with other national organizations to raise awareness and acceptance surrounding mental health and to reduce stigma. This year Mental Health Month’s theme is “LookAround, Look Within”and...

    Northern flicker: The story behind Alabama’s state bird

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – In Alabama, one of the most iconic and historic creatures is the Northern flicker. These distinguished birds are found in forests, neighborhoods and parks across the state–reminding residents of the species’ significant heritage. The Northern flicker, also known as the...

    AG Marshall recognizes National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall this week recognized National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, which occurs annually during the last week of April and highlights victims of crimes, as well as the professionals and volunteers who support them and their families. “Throughout the week, this...

    ALEA: April marks Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The behavior of driving distracted continues to plague our state’s roadways by creating dangerous situations that can easily be avoided by using safe driving practices. In recognition of National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) Highway Patrol...

    2 ‘plays’ of ‘The Game Plan’ pass Alabama Senate

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two of the four bills in the legislative package coined “The Game Plan” passed the Alabama Senate April 13, 2023, according to the office of Senate President Pro Tem Greg Reed, R-Jasper.  Reed’s office said the bills “address increasing investment in...

    ACES: Take care to prevent an invasive species garden takeover

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Beauty can be deceiving, especially in the garden. Invasive species of plants are often pretty or ornamental. Whether homeowners purchase a plant or it shows up like a weed, an invasive species can quickly become a problem. Protect the garden...

    3 arrested for identity theft, voter fraud in Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Alabama Sec. of State Wes Allen on Tuesday announced that his office assisted the U.S. Department of State, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Russellville Police Department with an...

    Alabamians reminded to call 811 before digging

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - With warmer weather and signs of spring in sight, April serves as the perfect reminder for Alabama homeowners to call 811 when planning outdoor projects involving digging. Recognizing April as 811 Safe Digging Month, the Alabama Public Service Commission (APSC) recommends using...

    April is Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month

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    BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has officially proclaimed April Parkinson’s Awareness Month across Alabama.  It is estimated that more than 16,000 people are living with Parkinson’s Disease (PD) in Alabama, with more than 800 diagnosed every year, according to the Michael J....

    Ivey says 2022 economic development projects generated $10.1B in new capital investment

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey this week announced that economic development activity in Alabama generated $10.1 billion in new capital investment during 2022, a new annual record and another indicator of strength in the state’s economy. Governor Ivey said the 2022 Alabama Economic Development...

    HPD, ALEA statements on fallen HPD Officer Garrett Crumby, injured Officer Albert Morin

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    HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -  The Huntsville Police Department (HPD) is mourning the loss of Officer Garrett Crumby, 36, who made the ultimate sacrifice following a shooting Tuesday, March 28. Officer Albert Morin, 34, remains in critical condition at Huntsville Hospital, but is expected to survive. Crumby...

    The truth behind eggcessively expensive eggs

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Today’s chicken egg costs 140% more than one year ago. Demand for eggs has progressively increased since 2009, exacerbating the current expense that consumers are feeling in their wallets. Many egg-related experiences–such as cooking breakfast or dyeing Easter eggs–will cost...

    State’s Feb. unemployment rate ties record low 2.5%; Cullman Co. tied for 3rd lowest at 2.0%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is 2.5%, tying the all-time record low, down from January 2023’s rate of 2.6%, and below February 2022’s rate of 2.6%. February 2023’s rate represents 56,221 unemployed persons, a new record low, compared to...

    ADMH receives $1M grant to develop criteria for CCBHCs

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded the Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) a Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) Planning Grant in the amount of $1 million to develop statewide certification criteria for CCBHCs. A...

    AL Senate passes health care facilities visitation legislation

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Sen. Garlan Gudger, R-Cullman, introduced Senate Bill 113 this week to protect and enhance the visitation requirements for patients, clients or residents of health care facilities. The bill passed committee on Wednesday, March 22, and passed the Senate today as amended,...

    February 2023 health department scores

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    CULLMAN, Ala. - Each month, food establishments are inspected by the Alabama Department of Health and graded on every aspect of the business.  Below are the local businesses and institutions that were inspected in February. Establishment Name: Berkeley Bob's Coffee Address: 304 1st Ave SE City: Cullman Zip Code:...

    ‘Secure your load and avoid litter in the road’

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Proper load securement is extremely important for a variety of reasons. Whether simply transporting personal items in the back of a pickup or securing industrial equipment on a commercial motor vehicle, it’s the responsibility of that individual to ensure the load...

    530K Alabama children to receive summer P-EBT benefits

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Human Resources (DHR) on Tuesday announced plans to issue Summer Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits to an estimated 530,000 children who receive free or reduced-price school meals through the National School Lunch Program. Qualifying households will get $120 for each...

    ALGOP breaks record with Ron DeSantis dinner

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    HOOVER, Ala. - The Alabama Republican Party said it broke its record for the largest fundraising dinner in ALGOP history when it hosted Florida Governor Ron DeSantis at its annual Winter Dinner in Hoover last week. DeSantis shared his “Florida Blueprint" with attendees –...

    Ivey announces economy gained 54,100 jobs in 2022, unemployment rate at 2.6%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted January unemployment rate is 2.6%, unchanged from December 2022’s revised rate, and also unchanged from January 2022’s rate. January’s rate represents 58,411 unemployed persons compared to 59,986 in December and 60,270...

    Ivey delivers 2023 State of the State Address

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Gov. Kay Ivey on Tuesday night delivered the 2023 State of the State Address. Below are the governor’s remarks, in full: Lieutenant Governor Ainsworth, Pro Tem Reed, Speaker Ledbetter, Speaker Pro Tem Pringle, members of the Alabama Legislature, justices of the Alabama Supreme...

    AL Children’s Health Insurance Program celebrates silver anniversary

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Children’s Health Insurance (CHIP) Program is celebrating 25 years of serving Alabama children and teens with high quality, low-cost health care coverage for families with incomes above Medicaid eligibility and up to 300% of federal poverty level. “For the past 25...

    Alabama mom uses Count the Kicks app, saves her baby’s life

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Shamari Cooke never expected that downloading a free app called Count the Kicks to track her baby’s movements during pregnancy would help save her daughter’s life. During pregnancy, Cooke learned about the importance of kick counting from her obstetrician/gynecologist, who suggested...

    Parents and guardians reminded that childhood vaccinations are required

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.- Now is the time to make sure your children are up to date on their vaccines before the start of school. Getting children all recommended vaccines is one of the most important things parents can do to help protect their kids’ health,...

    Gov. Ivey awards grants for domestic violence enforcement, training and related services for agencies in north Alabama; Cullman a recipient

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded nearly $130,000 in grants to help agencies investigate and prosecute domestic violence and related crimes while providing services for victims. “There is no excuse for domestic violence and those who commit that atrocious act need to be...

    Elective abortions illegal in Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall announced Friday afternoon that the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Alabama has lifted the injunction against Alabama’s Human Life Protection Act. “The State of Alabama’s emergency motion to lift the injunction and reinstate Alabama’s 2019 law, which...

    ALEA driver license offices to close June 20 in observance of Juneteenth

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's (ALEA) Driver License Offices across the state will be closed Monday, June 20, in observance of Juneteenth, a federal holiday established June 2021. The day is set aside to commemorate the emancipation of slavery in the United...

    COVID-19 testing no longer mandated for flights to the U.S., but testing and avoiding travel when sick still recommended

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Travelers returning to the United States from foreign countries by air this summer are relieved of one requirement. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has rescinded its order requiring a negative pre-departure COVID-19 test before flights to the United...

    Governor Ivey shares Alabama earns ‘Silver Shovel’ Award for economic development

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    MONTGOMERY – Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that Area Development, a national business publication, has selected Alabama for a Silver Shovel Award, recognizing the state’s economic development successes in 2021. The honor reflects strong recruitment results for the Alabama team, with companies announcing new facilities...

    Alabama Department of Public Health issues 2022 Fish Consumption Advisories

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) annually updates fish consumption advisories based on data collected the preceding fall by the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM).  ADEM, the Tennessee Valley Authority and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources...

    Voters overwhelmingly approve state parks amendment

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - By a wide margin, Alabama voters approved the amendment on last Tuesday’s ballot to provide as much as $80 million in funding for improvements and enhancements to Alabama’s 21 state parks. “I would like to thank the voters of Alabama for their...

    ADPH provides information regarding infant formula shortages

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), Women, Infants and Children (WIC) Program realizes the challenges that many families are facing with the current nationwide infant formula shortages. ADPH WIC is working daily to address this issue in Alabama.ADPH WIC’s infant...

    Governor Kay Ivey wins Republican Primary outright without a runoff

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    Montgomery, Ala – The campaign to reelect Governor Kay Ivey today announced that Kay Ivey has won the Gubernatorial Republican Primary election outright without a runoff. Ivey, speaking to supporters at her election night watch party in Montgomery, said: “I can’t tell you how proud I...

    ADPH observes Healthy and Safe Swimming Week 2022

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is participating in the annual Healthy and Safe Swimming Week, May 23-29, 2022, an initiative of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The goal of this week is to maximize the health...

    Pfizer COVID-19 booster dose for children 5-11 now authorized, recommendations updated

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Children ages 5 - 11 are now authorized to receive a booster dose of Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least five months after completion of the primary vaccine series. Children ages 5 - 11 years who are moderately or severely immunocompromised should...

    ADEM installs sea turtle sculpture at Grand Bay Welcome Center to highlight ‘Help Keep Our Waters Clean’ project

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    MOBILE, Ala. – As part of its campaign to educate the public about the need to keep Alabama’s bio-rich watersheds free of litter that could pose threats to marine life, the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) has installed in Mobile County the first...

    As infant formula shortage continues, Alabama pediatricians advise against diluting infant formula

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. -- News reports abound about the current shortage of infant formula facing families across the nation and in Alabama, due to supply chain issues and a recall of products by one of the largest producers of infant formula in the United States....

    Alabama poultry’s environmental excellence

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Poultry ranks as Alabama’s top-producing agricultural commodity. The industry continues to strive for environmental excellence each day while meeting the demand of consumers. Advancements in Poultry Production Through scientific research and adoption of new technologies, poultry farmers are becoming more efficient. In...

    Alabama’s booming catfish industry ranked #2 in U.S.

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    AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala.—Alabama has a reputation for cooking and serving delicious food. Barbecue, coleslaw and fried chicken are all southern staples. In the summer, though, nothing really beats a plate of fried catfish. The state’s affinity for catfish goes beyond just cooking and eating. Alabama...

    ADMH: May 8-14 is National Prevention Week

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    Montgomery, Ala. – According to the 2020 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, an estimated 59.3 million Americans ages 12 and older used illicit drugs in the last recorded year. In Alabama, for ages 18 and older, an estimated 351,000 people have alcohol...

    Investigations of nine young children with adenovirus are underway

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Since November 2021, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH), in collaboration with pediatric healthcare providers including hospitals who treat children and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has been investigating an increase in hepatitis in young children. These...

    Governor Ivey signs Nick Risner Act into law, backing the blue

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 143, which is named in honor of Sheffield K-9 Sgt. Nick Risner, who was tragically murdered in October 2021 by a man previously convicted of manslaughter. The Nick Risner Act, which is sponsored by Rep....

    Governor Ivey strengthens election integrity, signs “Zuckerbucks” bill into law

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday signed House Bill 194, the “Zuckerbucks” bill, into law. House Bill 194, sponsored by Rep. Wes Allen (R – HD89), prohibits state and local election officials from accepting private donations to fund election-related expenses. In the 2020...

    Governor Ivey signs three notable bills to improve Alabama communities

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed three notable bills into law aimed at improving Alabama communities. Governor Ivey signed Senate Bill 224, which requires individuals to contact prospective employers at least three times per week for each week of unemployment claimed to...

    House GOP Caucus successfully addresses all items in its 2022 ‘Standing Tall for Alabama’ legislative agenda

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter (R - Rainsville) and Agenda Committee Chairman Randall Shedd (R - Fairview) on Friday announced that members of the body’s Republican Caucus successfully addressed all items in its “Standing Tall for Alabama” legislative agenda during the...

    Governor Ivey signs Numeracy Act into law, strengthening Alabama’s focus on reading and math

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed Senate Bill 171, the Alabama Numeracy Act, into law. The Numeracy Act, sponsored by Sen. Arthur Orr (R – SD3) and Rep. Alan Baker (R – HD66), is a strategic approach to improving mathematics achievement.  In...

    Black bear cubs collared in northeast Alabama

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - To say Traci Wood has a passion for bears would understate her love for the small black bear populations on opposite ends of the state in northeast and southwest Alabama. Wood, State Wildlife Grants coordinator with the Alabama Department of Conservation and...

    Governor Ivey announces funds transferred to ADEM for statewide water and sewer projects

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Governor Kay Ivey announced on Friday that the Alabama Department of Finance has signed an agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management (ADEM) that officially provides $225 million in COVID-19 relief funds to ADEM for grants to provide or improve...

    Attorney General Steve Marshall files suit to end Biden’s public-travel mask mandate

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a lawsuit against the Biden administration’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for its imposition of an illegal mask mandate for public travel despite court rulings that it is violating the law. “Since the COVID-19 pandemic began,...

    Absentee voting period for May 24 Primary Election begins Wednesday

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— The absentee voting period for the May 24 Primary Election begins on March 30, 2022. Important absentee voting deadlines are listed below: May 17, 2022: The last day that absentee ballot applications can be returned by mail.May 19, 2022: The last day that...

    Gov. Ivey signs constitutional carry bill

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Alabama is now the 22nd constitutional carry state, and the first state to pass and sign constitutional carry in 2022.  All law-abiding citizens will soon be able to exercise the right to carry a gun without a permit.  Cullman City Police Chief Kenny...

    CDC offers new COVID-19 Quarantine and Isolation (Q&I) Calculator for the public

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - Cases, hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 have declined greatly in Alabama. However, it is unknown if the BA.2 subvariant or other emerging variants may escape the immune's systems response from either a previous COVID-19 infection or vaccine-induced protection. If so, mitigation...

    Alabama’s February unemployment rate is 3.0%

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced on Friday that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted February unemployment rate is 3.0%, down from January’s rate of 3.1%, and below February 2021’s rate of 3.8%. February’s rate represents 68,703 unemployed persons, compared to...

    Governor Ivey transfers funds for broadband expansion

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced the completion of the process to transfer the American Rescue Plan Act funds designated for broadband expansion to the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs (ADECA). A memorandum of understanding designates ADECA as the state...

    National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week: Linking teens to facts that Shatter the Myths® about drugs and drug use

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    Montgomery, Ala. – The Alabama Department of Mental Health (ADMH) is celebrating and supporting the annual National Drug and Alcohol Facts Week (NDAFW®), along with the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). The weeklong observance,...

    Online job ads in January up 40% from last year

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Data collected and analyzed by the Alabama Department of Labor’s Labor Market Information (LMI) Division shows that as of January 2022, the yearly comparison of online job ads is 84,068, up 40% from January 2021. The monthly total of online job...

    Annual 100 Alabama Miles Challenge 2022 begins March 26 statewide, free digital service can track miles automatically

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and its partners will kick off the 2022 season of the 100 Alabama Miles Challenge virtually on Saturday, March 26. The 100 Alabama Miles Challenge is a free statewide public program designed to inspire...

    Governor Ivey announces another round of local projects funded by Rebuild Alabama; several projects slated for Baileyton area

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that more than $5 million in state funding is being awarded to cities and counties for various road and bridge projects. Those in Baileyton will see work on the following projects: Resurface Grandiflora Road from SR-69...

    Local agencies receive $11 million from Gov. Ivey to assist low-income families with water costs

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Gov. Kay Ivey has awarded grants totaling $11.1 million to help low-income households with water service costs statewide.  The grants for the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program will enable community service agencies to aid with residential water and wastewater services costs for low-income...

    Attorney General Steve Marshall leads 21-state brief in support of South Carolina abortion law

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall led a 21-state amicus brief filed Tuesday in support of South Carolina’s one-year-old Fetal Heartbeat and Protection from Abortion Act, which had been blocked by federal district and appeals courts. Attorney General Marshall filed the amicus brief in Planned Parenthood...

    Governor Ivey awards $30 Million for Rural Hospitals COVID Recovery grants

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $30 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to establish COVID recovery grants for rural hospitals. This program is an initiative of Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature to...

    Attorney General Steve Marshall continues fight to permanently block Biden’s federal-contractor vaccine mandate

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—Attorney General Steve Marshall has filed a brief in support of a lawsuit led by Kentucky seeking a permanent end to President Biden’s mandate that federal contractors and their employees receive the COVID-19 vaccine. “On December 7, a federal district court granted the State...

    Governor Ivey defends Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights, signs constitutional carry bill into law

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed House Bill 272, known as the constitutional carry bill, into law, defending law abiding Alabamians’ Second Amendment rights. “Unlike states who are doing everything in their power to make it harder for law abiding citizens, Alabama is...

    Governor Ivey announces BELLA+CANVAS plans high-tech fabric-cutting facility in Alabama, creating 557 jobs in Wetumpka

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that BELLA+CANVAS, a fast-growing apparel manufacturer with a “Made in the U.S.A” focus, plans a major investment in Alabama to open an advanced fabric-cutting facility expected to create over 550 jobs in Wetumpka. Los Angeles-based BELLA+CANVAS...

    ACDD launches new “See Me” campaign for Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.—The Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities (ACDD) has launched a new  campaign to coincide with Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month in March. Each message  features a different person with disabilities inviting the viewer to “See me as”: an “equal”, “employee”,  “graduate”, “neighbor”, “achiever” and more.  The ACDD’s messaging will be featured on social media, digital ads online and  outdoor billboards throughout the state.  “Our survey results showed that there were several concerns among those with developmental  disabilities and their families,” said Executive Director of the ACDD Darryle Powell. “Many times, the  general population is unaware of the strides the disabled have made in terms of employment,  educational opportunities, and housing.”  Powell continued: “This campaign brings attention to their many achievements in these areas, as well as  how they simply want to be seen and accepted by their fellow Alabamians. They want the same things  as  anyone else, to be active participants in their communities. Through this campaign, we hope to increase  understanding, and for people to get to know and appreciate those with developmental disabilities.”  For more information, contact the Alabama Council on Developmental Disabilities at 334-242-3973 or  visit https://www.acdd.org/. 

    Governor Ivey awards additional $80 million to hospitals and nursing homes

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday awarded an additional $80 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to provide reimbursements for the state’s hospitals and nursing homes. This will support two grant programs of up...

    Governor Ivey signs six bills, solidifies Alabama as most pro-military state

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday signed six bills designed to make Alabama even more military-friendly. Those bills include Senate Bills 28, 99, 116, 119, 141 and 167. “Alabama is the most pro-military state in the nation, and I am proud to put...

    Governor Ivey Awards $10 million for volunteer fire department COVID recovery grants

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday awarded $10 million of the State Fiscal Recovery Fund from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to establish COVID recovery grants for volunteer fire departments.  This program is an initiative of Governor Ivey and the Alabama Legislature...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    CDC’s COVID-19 Community Levels help determine prevention steps

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) COVID-19 Community Levels (www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/your-health/covid-by-county.html) is a new tool to help communities decide what prevention steps to take based on the most recent data available. The CDC has released its new community level graphics...

    Governor Ivey signs House Bill 82, supporting Alabama small businesses

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.  – Governor Kay Ivey on Monday signed House Bill 82, the Small Business Relief and Revitalization Act of 2022 sponsored by Rep. Danny Garrett (R – HD44), into law providing immediate tax relief for Alabama small businesses. “Small businesses are the pillars of our...

    ALGOP takes on education issues at its winter meeting

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    BIRMINGHAM Ala.- Members of the Alabama Republican Party Executive Committee (ALGOP SEC) approved a trio of resolutions pertaining to education during the Party's winter meeting in Birmingham this past weekend. "Education has always been a priority for the Republican Party. We must protect our children...

    Financial relief will soon be available to assist Alabama landowners adversely affected by the non-native, invasive noxious weed, cogongrass

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission, the Cogongrass Mitigation Program is made possible through a grant from the USDA Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), Plant Protection & Quarantine (PPQ). The goals of this program are to reduce the number...

    Musical legend Lionel Richie participates in photo voter ID efforts

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala.— We are excited to announce that multi-platinum singer and songwriter Mr. Lionel Richie, a native of Tuskegee, Alabama, has agreed to participate in our 2022 photo voter ID and voter registration initiative. Mr. Richie will be, in addition to the 45th President...

    Governor Ivey announces Alabama’s 2021 exports surpassed pre-pandemic levels, showed robust gains as state’s economic momentum accelerates

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey on Wednesday announced that Alabama’s exports in 2021 surged more than 20% in value compared to the previous year, surpassing pre-pandemic levels and indicating the underlying resilience of the state’s economy. New federal government figures show that Alabama’s exports of...

    Governor Ivey encourages veteran hiring through HIRE VETS Medallion Program

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    MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Governor Kay Ivey and Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington are encouraging Alabama employers to hire veterans by applying to and participating in the Hire Vets Medallion Award Program, an official program of the U.S. Department of Labor. The application period...