Mike Durant, a Huntsville businessman best known as the helicopter pilot who was shot down and captured during the 1993 “Black Hawk Down” incident, has thrown his hat into the ring to become Alabama’s newest representative to the U.S. Senate.

Lobsterfest was a drive-thru affair this year, but the annual fundraiser still pre-sold 800 tickets to those who could pick up lobster meals at Grace Episcopal Church on a bright and breezy Saturday afternoon.

The state authority charged with distributing up to $263 million in federal funding for emergency rental assistance told a panel of lawmakers on Wednesday it has pledged for distribution most of the money, eliminating the risk of a federal take back. 

During Regional Medical Center's weekly social media COVID update, Dr. Almena Free, vice president of medical affairs and chief medical officer, appeared upbeat and was smiling as she began the online broadcast.

Lawmakers next week will focus on prison construction and funding legislation and two criminal justice reform bills, according to the special session proclamation released by Gov. Kay Ivey.

The proposed plan to build new prisons in Alabama would also allow the purchase of the empty, privately owned prison in Perry County to hold parole violators who are crowding some county jails around the state.

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