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State enters agreement to recruit South Korean STEM educators
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State enters agreement to recruit South Korean STEM educators

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Alabama education and South Korean officials have signed a memorandum of understanding for a pilot program to bring much-needed science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers here. The partnership includes the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, the Alabama State Department of Education, the Alabama-Korea Education and Economic Partnership and the...

Seven-day average in reported COVID-19 cases declines
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Seven-day average in reported COVID-19 cases declines

There were 3,533 new COVID-19 cases confirmed Saturday and Sunday, bringing the total since March to 88,811, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.  The website BamaTracker, an independent site that analyzes ADPH data, noted that of 2,031 cases added Sunday, 532 were in Mobile County, the most added in a single day to...

Update: Dismukes files missing ethics report
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Update: Dismukes files missing ethics report

Embattled state Rep. Will Dismukes said this week he filed an annual statement of economic interest, as required by law, and is trying to straighten out why it is not yet public record.
The Alabama Ethics Commission, which collects the filings and displays them in a searchable database, confirmed to Alabama Daily News that the agency did not have the 2019 document from Dismukes, R-Prattville. Two previous years are available.

COVID-19 hospitalizations around 1,600
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COVID-19 hospitalizations around 1,600

The number of Alabamians hospitalized with COVID-19 symptoms continued to hover around 1,600 on Thursday for the fourth day in a row. About 10,070 people in the state have been hospitalized since the pandemic began in March, the Alabama Department of Public Health reports. On Thursday, 1,923 new COVID-19 cases were reported, bringing the seven-day...

Updyke, Alabama fan who killed iconic Auburn trees, dies
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Updyke, Alabama fan who killed iconic Auburn trees, dies

By MARY SELL, Alabama Daily News Harvey Updyke, the rabid Alabama fan who admitted poisoning Auburn University’s famed oak trees in 2010, died Thursday, multiple news outlets reported overnight. Updyke, a retired Texas state trooper who most recently lived in Louisiana, pleaded guilty to poisoning the trees in 2013. Updyke’s son Bear Updyke told AL.com...