Senate passes fix for small-business coronavirus relief

The Senate on Wednesday passed legislation to make it easier for businesses struggling during the coronavirus pandemic to take advantage of a payroll subsidy program that’s been a central part of Washington’s response to the corresponding economic crisis.

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Coronavirus in Alabama: 651 deaths, 18,500 total cases

Cinema chain AMC warns it may not survive the pandemic

US job losses in May could raise 3-month total to 30 million

7 more ADOC employees test positive for COVID-19

  FDA approves new NASA, Fitbit ventilators

AP source: NBA presents players with plan for season restart

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Curfews, pandemic test voters in primaries held amid unrest

Trump says GOP is pulling convention from North Carolina

Parade helps lift Montgomery nursing home residents’ spirits

  Teen depression on upswing during pandemic

Protests in top 25 virus hot spots ignite fears of contagion

  Pucker up: Man drinks lemon juice through straw in record time

David Rush is a tech company senior product manager, who also holds 149 Guinness World Records.

  Parisians return to cafes; Latin America sees virus surge

But as Parisians reclaimed their rhythm of city life, health experts warned that virus cases are still rising in Latin America, the world's latest COVID-19 epicenter.

  GRAPHIC: Trump threatens military force against protesters nationwide

A military deployment by Trump to U.S. states would mark a stunning federal intervention not seen in modern American history.

  Congress confronts dual crises of protests, virus outbreak

The House’s staggering $3 trillion package is mothballed in the Senate, where Republicans are focused instead on trimming unemployment benefits and getting Americans back to work. Quick action by Congress is skidding to a halt.

Crenshaw Community Hospital confirms first death related to COVID-19

  When there’s a pandemic, have a parade (but do it safely)

  Nearly 26,000 nursing home deaths reported as lockdowns ease

Gilead says drug helped moderately ill coronavirus patients

Recover Together Small Business relief fund opens for applications

Coronavirus complicates shelter plans during hurricane season

  10 percent of Alabama’s confirmed COVID-19 cases in Montgomery

Montgomery County continues to see an increase in COVID-19 rates with more than 1,700 cases confirmed to date.

  Italy loosens travel restrictions, reopens to tourism

Italians will be allowed to freely move about the country and European Union visitors will be welcomed without quarantine requirements.

Pier 1 closing all stores; bankruptcy approved

Pier 1 can now begin to shut down retail operations in about 500 stores across the country.

Fort Benning confirms more than 140 positive COVID-19 cases

More than 140 soldiers and trainees have tested positive for coronavirus on Fort Benning.

  Artist with autism thanks essential workers with balloon sculptures

During the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the balloon artist has used his sculptures to express gratitude to grocery store workers, mail carriers and healthcare workers.

  Remains of Mont. veteran who died from coronavirus lost in mail for months

The Air Force veteran and his wife had been on a trip abroad for their 41st anniversary when he became ill, later dying in the intensive care unit at a Spanish hospital.

  Massive protests worldwide raise fears of new coronavirus outbreaks

Health experts fear that silent carriers of the virus who have no symptoms could unwittingly infect others at packed gatherings with people cheering and jeering, many without masks.

Unrest demonstrates Biden’s challenge in breaking through

Joe Biden will spend the next five months presenting himself as a calming, competent alternative to the tumultuous administration of President Donald Trump.

  Montgomery physician invents hand sanitizing dispenser wristband

Dr. Stephen Chandler, an Otolaryngologist, used his time during the pandemic to create the “SaniStrap.”

  Many states scrambling to update hurricane plans for coronavirus

Hurricane season officially starts Monday, though Tropical Storms Arthur and Bertha arrived early. Forecasters are expecting a busier-than-normal season.

  NY governor signs bill granting front-line worker death benefits in coronavirus fight

Dozens of police officers, public health workers, transit workers and paramedics have died of COVID-19 in the months since New York became the epicenter of the pandemic in the United States.

Tuskegee University hopes to announce fall reopening plan in coming weeks

Several Alabama universities and colleges have announced their plans to move forward with reopening in the pandemic world.

US food prices see historic jump, are likely to stay high

Big fluctuations in food prices began in March, when the coronavirus pandemic began to sink in for U.S. consumers.

  US cities fear protests may fuel new wave of virus outbreaks

As some countries have effectively lowered the rate of infections, they have been moving ahead with relaxing restrictions but are keeping a very close eye on developments.

New N-95 masks disinfection sytem available

This is for hospitals, nursing homes, private health care doctors.

  Partygoer at Missouri’s Lake of Ozarks tests positive for COVID-19

Health officials are seeking to “inform mass numbers of unknown people” after a person who attended crowded pool parties over Memorial Day weekend at Missouri’s Lake of the Ozarks tested positive for COVID-19.

University of Alabama funds kick start research projects into COVID-19

The projects are a way to better understand the coronavirus pandemic so that people are better prepared to deal with the consequences of one if it happens again.

  Lowndes County has highest rate of COVID-19 cases, unemployment in Alabama

Lowndes County, southwest of Montgomery, has the highest rate of coronavirus cases and the highest unemployment rate in the state.

  ‘We are still in a crisis’: Mayor urges Montgomery residents to stay home or wear masks

“We are still in a battle,” Reed said, stressing the need for residents to “rewind your habits” to where they were in March.

6 MPD officers, more jail staff and federal inmates test positive for COVID-19

The Montgomery Police Department confirms several police officers have tested positive for COVID-19, and there are additional cases at the municipal jail.

  Trump takes aim at WHO as US economic outlooks worsens

In the U.S., the virus threw more than 2 million people out of work last week despite the gradual reopening of businesses, stoking fears the scourge is doing deep and potentially long-lasting damage to the world's largest economy.

  Homeless student in Florida graduates as valedictorian

Martin Folsom and his mother have been in and out of homelessness since he was a kid and throughout his four years at A. Philip Randolph Career Academies.

Trump strikes China over virus, Hong Kong and student visas

In the news conference, Trump also said the U.S. would sanction Chinese officials responsible for the eroding autonomy of Hong Kong.

  Virus ignited in US no earlier than mid-January, study says

That means anyone in the U.S. who thought they had the virus in December or early January probably had the flu, public health researchers said.

New York City eyes June 8 for first phase of reopening

New York City is on track to begin reopening June 8 as the state gradually loosens restrictions put in place during the coronavirus crisis, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Friday.

  Sewage could be key in detecting coronavirus outbreaks

Germany is among several countries experimenting to see whether sewage could be a COVID-19 early warning system.

TJ Maxx, Marshalls, HomeGoods to reopen all stores in next month

TJX Companies temporarily closed its 4,400 locations on March 19 and began to reopen them on May 2.

  Secrecy on legislator’s COVID-19 illness roils Pa. statehouse

A bitter partisan fight over a Pennsylvania lawmaker’s decision to wait a week before disclosing his COVID-19 diagnosis spread to the House floor Thursday, and the state attorney general declined to investigate.

Debate over $600 in jobless aid to intensify as claims rise

The money, included in a government relief package enacted in March, is set to expire July 31.

  US consumer spending sinks by record 13.6% in face of virus

U.S. consumer spending plunged by a record-shattering 13.6% in April as the viral pandemic shuttered businesses, forced millions of layoffs and sent the economy into a deep recession.

45 at Union Springs nursing home test positive for COVID-19

Southern Springs Health Care in Bullock County says 38 residents and seven staff members have tested positive for COVID-19.

New Zealand down to one active coronavirus case

New Zealand health authorities have reported no new virus cases for a week.

  County Road 12: Elmore County science sensation

Even during this coronavirus pandemic a sophomore at Stanhope Elmore High School is making waves with her science project.

  Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others

What’s going on inside our hospitals may be a better way to assess the current state of the pandemic.

  Non-profit organizations feeling impact of COVID-19

As the coronavirus pandemic continues to financially strain communities, organizations that rely on donations are getting hit hard.

  US virus deaths top 100,000, 41 million unemployed

Worldwide, the virus has infected more than 5.6 million people and killed over 350,000, with the U.S. having the most confirmed cases and deaths.

More ADOC staff members test positive for COVID-19

ADOC says this now makes 46 COVID-19 cases among ADOC staff.

Alabamians are recovering from COVID-19, one man shares his story

Some good news about the COVID-19 pandemic this afternoon.9,355 people in Alabama have recovered from covid-19, 1,404 since last Thursday.

  State health officer calls Memorial Day crowd pictures of Ala. beaches ‘terrible’

State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris provided some democratic leaders with updates on the pandemic Thursday.

Birmingham City Council votes to extend face covering ordinance

The city council believes with increasing numbers of positive cases the ordinance needs to be extended for a while longer.

  Court back in session in some counties, virus overhauls normal operation

In-person court proceedings resumed in the 19th Judicial Circuit covering Elmore, Autauga, and Chilton counties this week.

Washington recovers $300M in fraudulent unemployment claims

Washington officials say the state has recovered $300 million paid to criminals who used stolen personal information to file fraudulent unemployment benefit claims.

‘Feisty’ 103-year-old survives virus, celebrates with beer

“Feisty" is the way Shelley Gunn describes her 103-year-old grandmother.

  Sweden steadfast in strategy as virus toll continues rising

Sweden took a relatively soft approach to fighting the coronavirus, one that attracted international attention. Large gatherings were banned, but restaurants and schools for younger children have stayed open.

ADOL set up at Acadome to help in filing unemployment forms

ADOL staff has been on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day this week.

  House approves changes to business virus aid subsidy program

The House gave sweeping bipartisan approval Thursday to legislation to modify a new “paycheck protection” program for businesses that have suffered COVID-related losses.

Church of the Highlands announces when in-person services will resume

Alabama’s largest church will welcome guests back in person on Father’s Day.

  Coronavirus takes deadly toll on African American communities

Coronavirus has had a disproportionate impact on African-Americans, as minority communities have seen much higher rates of infection and death.

Dallas County Courthouse partially closed due to COVID-19

A section of the Dallas County Courthouse is shutdown after a positive case of COVID-19.

Deputies: Food, drinks locked from veterans in group home

Mobile County deputies arrested the homeowner on elder abuse and neglect charges. His wife will also face similar charges.

ADOC: 2 inmates, 4 more employees test positive for COVID-19

The Alabama Department of Corrections says two more inmates and four more employees have tested positive for COVID-19.

  2.1 million workers filed for unemployment last week

The national jobless rate was 14.7% in April, the highest since the Great Depression, and many economists expect it will near 20% in May.

  Application window for Montgomery small business relief fund opens Monday

Help could be on the way for small businesses in the Montgomery area struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Trump continues to claim broad powers he doesn’t have

As he battles the coronavirus pandemic, President Donald Trump has been claiming extraordinarily sweeping powers that legal scholars say the president simply doesn't have. And he has repeatedly refusing to spell out the legal basis for those powers.

Hours away from being put on ventilator, COVID-19 patient is saved by experimental treatment

Doctors at the Carolina Pines Regional Medical Center say an experimental COVID-19 treatment being tested there has been one of the first signs of hope in the fight against this virus.

  House casts proxy votes in pandemic, Republicans have doubts

It was a day for the history books on Capitol Hill: For the first time, House lawmakers voted by proxy, an unprecedented move to avoid the risks of travel to Washington during the pandemic.

Troy Parks and Recreation Department cancels spring baseball, softball seasons

A new season is scheduled to begin on Aug. 1 as long as current restrictions from the Alabama Department of Public Health are lifted.

Are recovered COVID-19 patients immune?

We asked state health officials for an update on whether a recovered person is also immune to the virus.