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Daily News Digest – April 8, 2020

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Good morning!
Terribly sad news about the legendary John Prine dying after contracting the new coronavirus. Good news is he already had plans for when he gets to heaven .
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, April 8.




1. Black Alabamians more impacted

  • More than 40% of the COVID-19 deaths in Alabama have been in African Americans even though about a fourth of the state’s population is black, data released by state health officials showed Tuesday.
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health released demographic data on confirmed infections and deaths on the impact of the global pandemic in the state.
  • Of 39 verified deaths in the state, 17 were in African American patients and 17 were white. The remaining five were Asian or unknown. The state is investigating additional deaths reported in COVID-19 patients but have not confirmed those fatalities yet.
  • There were lesser racial disparities in the infections, according to the data. It showed whites represented almost half of all cases, while blacks represented 36.6%. The population of Alabama is 26% black.
  • There has been limited demographic data nationally so far on COVID-19 patients.
  • As of this morning, Alabama had a total of 2,197 confirmed COVID-19 infections, with 64 deaths, 39 of which had been confirmed to be from the virus. A total of 271 patients have been hospitalized throughout the state since March 13.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.


2. Grocery stores serve essential need

  • Grocery stores are implementing new safety measures and limiting the number of people inside their stores in an effort to keep employees and customers safe from the novel coronavirus.
  • Part of Gov. Kay Ivey’s stay-at-home order issued on Friday included limiting the maximum occupancy of essential retailers to no more than 50% their normal capacity. Stores are also asked to maintain proper social distancing guidelines for customers and comply with sanitation guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • The City of Montgomery last week attempted to implement stricter rules before the statewide order was put in place, limiting the number of customers in a store to 10 or fewer. Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a statement saying the city’s interpretation of the March 27 health order was incorrect and the 10-person rule was unenforceable.
  • Now grocery stores across the state are implementing social distancing guidelines to help protect both shoppers and workers.
  • Ellie Taylor, president of the Alabama Grocers Association, said the group’s members support the capacity control measures.
  • “The 50% maximum capacity will help us keep the numbers under control and maintain the safety of our other customers and our employees,” Taylor told Alabama Daily News.
  • Read the full story from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.






A message from

Alabama’s Locally-Owned Health Mart Community Pharmacies

  • Alabama’s community pharmacists are more than just the friendly faces that fill your prescriptions every month; they are an essential link in the healthcare chain.
  • In rural areas, community pharmacists are often the first – and sometimes the only – healthcare contact for residents in a community.
  • In addition to keeping Alabama communities healthy by filling prescriptions, most of the APCI network of community pharmacies provide vital healthcare services such as immunizations, clinical testing, and medication counseling.
  • We appreciate the pharmacists, pharmacy technicians, and pharmacy staff members – your friends and neighbors – in our locally-owned pharmacies who go above and beyond to safely meet the healthcare needs of Alabamians during this unprecedented time.






3. Trump blasts WHO

  • President Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened to freeze U.S. funding to the World Health Organization, saying the international group had “missed the call” on the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Trump also played down the release of January memos from a senior adviser that represented an early warning of a possible coronavirus pandemic, saying he had not seen them at the time. But he turned his anger on the WHO, first declaring that he would cut off U.S. funding for the organization, then backtracking and saying he would “strongly consider” such a move.
  • Trump said the international group had “called it wrong” on the virus and that the organization was “very China-centric” in its approach, suggesting that the WHO had gone along with Beijing’s efforts months ago to minimize the severity of the outbreak. The WHO has praised China for its transparency on the virus, even though there has been reason to believe that more people died of COVID-19 than the country’s official tally.
  • “They should have known and they probably did know,” Trump said of WHO officials.
  • Full story HERE.


4. Census slacker? You’ve got mail.

  • If you’re a census slacker and haven’t yet filled out the form for the 2020 head count, the federal government is trying another way to get in touch with you.
  • Starting today, the U.S. Census Bureau is mailing out paper forms to 65.6 million homes whose residents haven’t yet answered the once-a-decade questionnaire.
  • Most U.S. residents started getting notices about a month ago that they could respond online or by phone. But about 20% of households automatically received a paper questionnaire, either because their area lacks consistent internet connectivity or their neighborhood has a high percentage of people over age 65.
  • Now the rest of the nation, at least those households that haven’t responded, are getting paper questionnaires.
  • About a month into the start of the 2020 census for most U.S. residents, the self-response rate is approaching half of all households, with most responding online. Minnesota, Wisconsin, Michigan, Nebraska, Iowa and Virginia are setting the pace with response rates over 50%.
  • Of course they are. Beware of Virginia as they are known for double dribbling.
  • But in other states — Alaska, West Virginia and New Mexico — only between a quarter and a third of households have responded.
  • The Census Bureau’s suspension of field operations between mid-March and mid-April due to the spread of the new coronavirus may be affecting response rates.
  • Full story HERE.

5. News Briefs

Dr. Birx: Stick to guidelines, avoid 2nd wave in US

  • WASHINGTON — A leader of the White House’s coronavirus response team is warning there could be another wave of U.S. infections if people don’t stick with the health guidelines recommending they stay indoors and avoid social interactions.
  • Dr. Deborah Birx says “if people start going out again, socially interacting, we could see a very acute second wave very early.”
  • Birx told NBC’s “Today” show she’s “hopeful” the United States will have fewer than the projected 100,000 to 240,000 deaths. She says people have been following the 30-day recommendations to stay at least 6 feet away from others, wash their hands regularly with soap and water, use hand sanitizer and avoid gatherings of more than 10 people.
  • But she says what’s “really important” is people “don’t turn these early signs of hope into releasing from the 30 days to stop the spread.”
  • There have been about 400,000 U.S. cases and about 13,000 deaths.

Sheriff: 3 charged with murder of man found in shallow grave

  • GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Three people were arrested Tuesday in connection to the killing of an Alabama man, whose body was found in a shallow grave, authorities said.
  • Dale McKee, 33, Aprille Smith, 26, and Dylan Smith, 28, were charged Tuesday with murder in the death of 35-year-old Mark Wayne Motley Jr., news outlets reported.
  • Marshall County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Steve Guthrie said Motley was killed by blunt force trauma. His body was found in a shallow grave Monday afternoon in the Asbury community, Guthrie said.
  • Guthrie declined to comment on a suspected motive for the slaying but said Motley, McKee, Aprille Smith and Dylan Smith were acquaintances.
  • The investigation was ongoing.
  • It’s unclear whether the trio have attorneys who could comment on their behalf.

Coroner searches for family of man found dead in back yard

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have asked for the public’s help in finding family members of a man who was found dead in a back yard.
  • Adrian K. Anders, 48, was found unresponsive in the back yard of a home on March 26, news outlets reported.
  • Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said Anders was later taken to St. Vincent’s Hospital where he was officially pronounced dead. An autopsy was performed but a cause of death has not yet been determined.
  • Yates said there was no sign of foul play. Yates also said efforts to find Anders’ family were unsuccessful. His office is asking for the public’s help in finding Anders’ relatives.
  • Anyone with information can call the coroner’s office.

Mother of 5-year-old found dead pleads not guilty to abuse

  • JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The mother of a 5-year-old girl found dead in Alabama last year pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to child abuse and other charges in the case.
  • Brianna Williams, 27, was arraigned via videoconference before a judge in Duval County, Florida, on charges of child neglect, aggravated child abuse, providing false information to police and tampering with evidence, news outlets reported.
  • She initially told police that her daughter, Taylor Rose Williams, went missing the night of Nov. 6 from their Jacksonville home, but the woman stopped cooperating with detectives after being questioned about inconsistencies in her account, investigators said.
  • The search for the child took officials to Demopolis, Alabama, where Brianna Williams grew up, and remains later identified as Taylor’s were found in a wooded area near the city on Nov. 12, 2019.
  • Police documents previously revealed the girl last attended day care in April 2019, months before she was reported missing, and the child’s grandparents said they had not seen her in more than a year.




A message from

The Alabama Department of Archives & History

  • Explore Alabama’s history from the comfort of your couch!
  • With schools and businesses closed and social distancing required, the Archives has launched a new website, It features links to free resources from more than twenty organizations across the state.
  • The site includes links to virtual tours and exhibits, recorded public programs, documentaries, educational materials, digital collections, research databases, publications, and more. New content is added frequently.






ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – As grocery stores serve essential need, capacity limits and safety measures added
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama numbers show race disparity in COVID-19 deaths
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump blasts world health group, defends early virus steps
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Census sends paper forms to laggards as Midwest sets pace
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine has died at 73
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama virus cases top 2,000, more than 50 deaths
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Coronavirus changing pregnancy, delivery for Alabama women
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – BCA to host small business forum on Alabama Public Television
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Driscoll tapped to lead Port Authority
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Modeling coronavirus: ‘Uncertainty is the only certainty’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump, Biden spoke by phone about coronavirus outbreak
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Americans brace for ‘hardest, saddest’ weeks of their lives
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest, April 7, 2020
AL.COM  – Alabama prisons look for extra space in case of coronavirus outbreak
AL.COM  – Alabama’s coronavirus stats: 61% deaths in Alabama are age 65 plus; 315 healthcare workers diagnosed
AL.COM  – ‘This is a very hostile medical community:’ Alabama abortion provider testifies amid temporary ban
AL.COM  – Chambers County experiencing worst coronavirus outbreak in Alabama
AL.COM  – Two years after Alabama woman says she killed her rapist in self-defense, new evidence emerges
AL.COM  – Birmingham city, Jefferson county schools restart meals for students.
AL.COM  – GE Appliances offering ‘appreciation pay’ for Decatur workers during outbreak
AL.COM  – U.S. attorney not satisfied with progress on prison settlement talks with state
AL.COM  – Coronavirus leads to deadline extension on Alabama prison bids
Montgomery Advertiser – More than 300 Alabama healthcare workers diagnosed with coronavirus
Montgomery Advertiser – Coronavirus: How to report price gouging and fraud in Alabama
Montgomery Advertiser – Coronavirus: League of Municipalities advocates for CARE Act funding for Alabama’s cities
YellowHammer News – Poarch Band of Creek Indians donates $1 million to local hospital
YellowHammer News – Ivey delays due date for prison construction proposals by two weeks
YellowHammer News – UAB among first in the U.S. to offer clinical trial for the treatment of patients with severe COVID-19 using nitric oxide
Tuscaloosa News – Stress management urged during pandemic
Tuscaloosa News – Mother of 5-year-old found dead pleads not guilty to abuse
Tuscaloosa News – Maddox will hold virtual town hall meeting
Decatur Daily – First responders hoping to limit exposure to COVID-19
Decatur Daily – In Alabama, renewed talk of expanding Medicaid
Decatur Daily – Moulton man dies in tractor accident
Times Daily – Coroner identifies shooting suspect
Times Daily – Harris: State’s peak should come by end of April
Times Daily – Colbert circuit clerk urges absentee balloting by mail
Anniston Star – City of Anniston could lose 10 percent of revenue to COVID-19
Anniston Star – Alabama 46 bridge in Cleburne County collapses during construction
Anniston Star – Jacksonville gives raise to first responders working through pandemic
Gadsden Times – Testing for COVID-19 held in Marshall County will continue in Boaz
Gadsden Times – EMA asks for supplies as state stockpile dwindles
Gadsden Times – 39 deaths in state; 3 confirmed in Etowah
Dothan Eagle – ADPH reveals demographic insight of positive COVID-19 tests
Dothan Eagle – ON THE FRONTLINE: Nurses feel strain, support in fighting COVID-19
Dothan Eagle – COVID-19 – The Latest: Wiregrass Transit suspending service on Thursday; 9 deaths now reported in Houston County; Ivey announces
Troy Messenger – FUMC offers drive-in service
Troy Messenger – PCBOE opens homework hotlines
Troy Messenger – Lowery’s folk art bricks pay tribute to middle school teachers
Andalusia Star News – Mother, daughter spread joy with cards
Andalusia Star News – APD investigating B&E of vehicles
Andalusia Star News – Mizell reports first case of COVID-19
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika Housing Authority developing plan to aid residents through pandemic
Opelika-Auburn News -COVID-19 latest: EAMC celebrates patient moving from ICU to regular room after ventilation; Lee County cases surpass 130 mark, Chambers County reports eighth death, tops 100 confirmed cases
Opelika-Auburn News – Self-sufficient: Mama Mocha’s stays community-minded during trying times
Daily Mountain Eagle – Family Services Center matching needs with resources
Daily Mountain Eagle – Revenue office no longer answering phones
Daily Mountain Eagle – Walker County receives D- for social distancing
Trussville Tribune – Trussville Area Chamber of Commerce: Thinking ahead, post-COVID preps for businesses
Trussville Tribune – City of Moody giving first responders hazardous duty pay
Trussville Tribune – Leeds first responders getting permanent raise, police to get new vehicles
Athens News Courier – 3 arrested for drugs, violating health order
Athens News Courier – LCSO: Don’t call 911 about stay-at-home order
Athens News Courier – A CALL TO RESIDENTS: City, county officials address questions, update residents
Sand Mountain Reporter – 3 suspects charged in Asbury murder
Sand Mountain Reporter – Body found in Asbury identified
Sand Mountain Reporter – Body discovered in Marshall County | Sheriff’s office opens murder investigation
WSFA Montgomery – Preliminary numbers: 98K unemployment claims filed in one week
WSFA Montgomery – 39 deaths, over 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alabama
WSFA Montgomery – Coosa County deputies stumble onto a homicide
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Churches prepare for first-of-its-kind Easter Sunday
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – UAB opens dorm for medical workers, other frontline families forced to get creative
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – A Fun Weather Experiment Regarding Cold/Warm Air
WAFF Huntsville – UAB: Plans in place to let medical students graduate early to treat COVID-19 if needed
WAFF Huntsville – UAH-based organization offering free webinars on small business loans
WAFF Huntsville – Cade Smith’s road to recovery from COVID-19
WKRG Mobile – Food trucks adjust to coronavirus changes
WKRG Mobile – ‘Light it up Mobile’ event scheduled for USA Health University Hospital
WKRG Mobile – City of Fairhope curfew not approved Tuesday
WTVY Dothan – COVID-19 drive-thru testing site in Enterprise
WTVY Dothan – Police will cite Dothan business and customers for violating health laws
WTVY Dothan – Academy Sports and Outdoors has closed showroom for third time
WASHINGTON POST  – Even as deaths mount, officials see signs pandemic’s toll may not match worst fears
WASHINGTON POST  – Who gets a shot at life if hospitals run short of ventilators?
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump removes inspector general who was to oversee $2 trillion stimulus spending
NEW YORK TIMES  – Coronavirus Was Slow to Spread to Rural America. Not Anymore.
NEW YORK TIMES  – The New York Times: Privacy Cannot Be a Casualty of the Coronavirus
NEW YORK TIMES  – Small Business Aid Program Stretches Agency to Its Limits

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