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The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says it investigated 10 traffic fatalities during the Fourth of July holiday period, which officially began at 12:01 a.m. Friday, July 2, and ended at midnight Monday, July 5.

ALEA’s Marine Patrol Division saw a continual trend of zero boating fatalities and zero non-boating fatalities (drownings) on the state’s waterways.

Mayor Steven Reed has named veteran law enforcement officer Ramona Harris as the interim police chief of the Montgomery Police Department while the search continues for someone to fill the role permanently.

Harris has been with MPD for more than 18 years and has worked her way up the ranks to police major.

Officials at UAB are seeing hearing loss from long-hauler Covid patients.

“This is part of the neurological manifestations of Covid,” Director of UAB’S Post Covid Treatment program Dr. Turner Overton said. “Because of the closeness of the auditory canals and the relationship between the sinuses and the respiratory track, there is an ability for the virus to affect the nerves that are involved in hearing.”

Overton said they’ve seen around 1,700 people with long-term Covid symptoms overall.

Vaccinated Alabamians can feel safe and protected against the new Delta variant of COVID-19, according to UAB. We spoke with an infectious disease expert who says the vaccines are still working well even as the virus mutates.

The Delta variant is a hot topic of conversation because doctors have learned it’s extra contagious, making it riskier for unvaccinated people to get.

“It also is somewhat vaccine resistant as well,” said Dr. Paul Goepfert at UAB.

  The city of Montgomery announced Tuesday that first responders and front-line workers will soon see a hefty bump in the size of their paychecks thanks to a realignment of the city’s pay plans.

Now, it’s explaining how much money that decision will cost taxpayers and where the money will come from.

ALDI opens second Montgomery grocery store location

Jun 10, 2021
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  Montgomery residents now have another option for grocery shopping. A grand opening ceremony was held Thursday morning for the area’s newest ALDI store.

Balloons and a ceremonial ribbon-cutting event greeted those waiting outside the new store, located in the former Earth Fare building on Eastchase Parkway.


The new store is part of ALDI’s multi-billion dollar national expansion plan to become the third-largest U.S. grocery retailer by store count by the end of 2022, the company said.

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announces reelection bid

Jun 3, 2021

Gov. Kay Ivey has announced she will seek a second full term in office as governor.

The announcement came Wednesday through her reelection campaign team.

Ivey, 76, says that while her first term was marked with historic economic growth, record-low unemployment, and critical improvements in education and to the state’s infrastructure, more work remains.

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City Councillor, Oronde Mitchell is bringing a new type of basketball league to the city of Montgomery. He says the purpose of this league is to allow students to have something to do outside of school that can help the youth in the community.

The Montgomery Basketball League will consist of 8 teams with students ages 14 to 18.  The expectation is to bring about mentor-ship as well as competition to the youth in the community. The league will even consist of a NBA style draft so that students get the opportunity to get picked for different teams and compete for top spots.

ADPH opens 10 no appointment, walk-in vaccine clinics

Jun 1, 2021
WSFA News 12

  The Alabama Department of Public Health is opening a number of free walk-in vaccine clinics around the state where no appointment is necessary.

ADPH has been pushing for more people in this state to get vaccinated, looking for ways to reach more people and make it easier and more accessible. These walk-in clinics will serve as just one of the ways the department can work towards that goal.

Anyone 18 and older will be eligible for the Moderna vaccine at 10 different sites in the East Central District. Here are the locations, days and hours for the walk-in clinics:

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  Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey is weighing whether to delay next year’s high-stakes requirement to hold back third-graders who aren’t reading on grade level. Ivey has through Thursday to sign legislation by Democratic Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham that would push back the promotion requirement from the 2021-22 school year to the 2023-24 school year.