“They will have to be addressed in the special session,” Rep. Bill Poole, R-Tuscaloosa, said Friday. "I think it should be a priority. It's a priority of mine, and I think that sentiment extends to the governor and the rest of the Legislature." Read the full story
Just hours before Alabama once again loosened its safer-at-home policies Friday, state Department of Public Health officials said they were “reviewing additional ways” to bolster contact tracing, a process that may help slow the spread of COVID-19.
The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering allowing law enforcement agencies access to ALDOT rights of way and structures to install license plate readers and other surveillance equipment.
Unemployment skyrocketed to 12.9 percent in Alabama in April, according to figures released Friday morning by the Alabama Department of Labor. Anniston had the second highest unemployment rate among the state's largest cities, at 22.1 percent. Calhoun County’s unemployment rate was 18.4 percent.
Alabama hospitals lost about $739 million in revenue from mid-March to the end of April because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to data collected by the Alabama Hospital Association.