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Weekend Digest – September 12, 2021
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Weekend Digest – September 12, 2021

1. ‘Don’t focus on hate’: World marks 20th anniversary of 9/11 The world solemnly marked the 20th anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, grieving lost lives and shattered American unity in commemorations that unfolded just weeks after the bloody end of the Afghanistan war that was launched in response to the terror attacks. Victims’ relatives and four...

House GOP caucus meets on prison plan
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House GOP caucus meets on prison plan

According to legislative leaders, the first phase of the plan includes building two new men's prisons at a total cost of $1.2 billion, with a third of that potentially coming from federal stimulus funds and a significant amount borrowed in a bond issue.

Counties ask for $10M reimbursement from state for county jail strains
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Counties ask for $10M reimbursement from state for county jail strains

The association approved the resolution last week that requests Gov. Kay Ivey and the state Legislature to “retroactively reimburse county governments for their extended care of an increased number of State-responsible inmates throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a consequence of the Alabama Department of Corrections' decision to drastically reduce its intake activities in 2020 and 2021."

Weekend Digest – September 5, 2021
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Weekend Digest – September 5, 2021

1. Amid virus surge, rising vaccination rates offer hope FILAlabama’s improving COVID-19 vaccination rates are offering a glimmer of hope to medical officials as the state continues to see a crush of virus patients in hospitals. But there is also concern about what is coming as the state moves through Labor Day weekend gatherings, the start...

Alabama community colleges offer students vaccine incentives
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Alabama community colleges offer students vaccine incentives

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – While state officials have held off offering any kind of statewide COVID-19 vaccine incentives, more than a dozen Alabama community colleges are offering perks for students and staff who get the shot. Colleges like Gadsden State Community College are offering students who are fully vaccinated to...

Commission on pandemic response narrows scope; federal help sent to south Alabama hospitals
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Commission on pandemic response narrows scope; federal help sent to south Alabama hospitals

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News MONTGOMERY, Ala. – The commission charged with analyzing Alabama’s response to COVID-19 on Wednesday agreed on questions to state agencies about how they reacted early in the pandemic. The commission’s work comes as the COVID-19 delta variant continues to hospitalize more Alabamians, 2,845 as of Wednesday, 41 of them...