Posts by Eddie Burkhalter

Members of SPLC-labeled “hate group” helped draft new monuments bill, lawmaker says

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Rep. Mike Holmes, R-Wetumpka, says an Alabama organization — which has been identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a hate group — didn’t help him write his bill that would strengthen Alabama’s Memorial Preservation Act, but that two members of that organization, one of them a judge, did.  Holmes’s House Bill 242 would enhance penalties in the state’s Memorial Preservation Act by enacting a $10,000 daily fine for elected officials and institutions, such as universities,…

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Bill to repeal Memorial Preservation Act fails to advance

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Alabama House Judiciary Committee members on Wednesday sent a bill that would have repealed the state’s Memorial Preservation Act to a subcommittee, making the likelihood of its passage less certain.  Rep. Juandalynn Givan, D-Birmingham, wants to repeal Alabama’s Memorial Preservation Act, which was approved by the state Legislature in 2017 and prohibits cities and counties from removing monuments from public property that have been there for 40 years or more, or face a one-time $25,000 fine.  Under…

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Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs installs equipment to combat COVID

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The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs has installed special equipment in the state’s four homes for veterans to combat COVID-19. That specialized equipment, and the ongoing vaccinations of residents and staff, have department leaders hopeful that the health pandemic that’s hit the state’s homes for veterans hard, is turning a corner.  Kent Davis, the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs, told APR on Wednesday that the needlepoint bi-polar ionization systems installed in the homes’ HVAC…

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“A tidal wave:” ICU beds scarce as Alabama breaks another hospitalization record

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There were no intensive care beds available in Mobile County on Tuesday, the second day in a row Alabama set a record for hospitalized COVID-19 patients, and if models hold up, there could soon be the need to set up temporary medical facilities outside of hospitals, according to a UAB infectious disease expert.  Dr. Jeanna Marrazzo, director of UAB’s Division of Infectious Diseases, told reporters on Tuesday that looking at some models that forecast what might happen…

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Alabama Political Reporter partners with Covering Climate Now

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Deer gun season begins Saturday in parts of the state. In July, the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources announced the creation of two new deer hunting zones: zones D and E. Today in Zones D and E it is black powder musket and air rifle season. Deer gun season in those two new zones begins Saturday. In most of the state — zones A, B and C — it is still bow season. Gun season…

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Alabama sees record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations Monday

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Alabama on Monday saw a new record with more people in hospitals with COVID-19 than ever before and a new record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units as public health experts worry about what is to come after Thanksgiving gatherings. The Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday reported 1,717 hospitalizations statewide, breaking the previous record of 1,613 set on Aug. 6. The state’s seven-day average of hospitalizations has increased each day for the last…

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Mental Health Commissioner Lynn Beshear to retire Dec. 16

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Alabama on Monday saw a new record with more people in hospitals with COVID-19 than ever before and a new record number of COVID-19 patients in intensive care units as public health experts worry about what is to come after Thanksgiving gatherings. The Alabama Department of Public Health on Monday reported 1,717 hospitalizations statewide, breaking the previous record of 1,613 set on Aug. 6. The state’s seven-day average of hospitalizations has increased each day for the last…

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Vaccines should protect against mutated strains of coronavirus

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“Everyone needs help from time to time.” That was the last text my Aunt Cheryl sent to me on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 9:36 a.m. She sent a few others over the next week or so to our various group texts, but that was her last message to me personally. It was in reference to me arguing over my grandparents insisting on helping me pay for a new car after my old one had been totaled…

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Alabama hospitals nearing COVID-19 summer surge levels

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“Everyone needs help from time to time.” That was the last text my Aunt Cheryl sent to me on Saturday, May 16, 2020, at 9:36 a.m. She sent a few others over the next week or so to our various group texts, but that was her last message to me personally. It was in reference to me arguing over my grandparents insisting on helping me pay for a new car after my old one had been totaled…

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Judge reduces former Alabama Speaker Mike Hubbard’s prison sentence

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Almost two years ago, Trump administration EPA Region 4 Administrator Onis “Trey” Glenn III was charged with more than a dozen state felony ethics violations. On Monday, he pleaded guilty to three misdemeanor charges after reaching a plea agreement with the prosecution. The plea deal came shortly before Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Stephen C. Wallace was to hear arguments on selective and vindictive prosecution. According to a statement from the Ethics Commission at the time, Glenn,…

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