• Gov. Kay Ivey announces new COVID-19 guidelines

    Gov. Kay Ivey announces new COVID-19 guidelines

    A new health order requires the closure of  certain “non-essential” businesses in Alabama. This order is effective March 28 at 5 p.m. The order defines affected businesses and activities that include entertainment venues, athletic facilities, close-contact service providers, and retail stores. The order is in effect until 5 p.m. April 17 when a determination on

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  • First signs of disruption appear in housing; markets ‘calm’

    First signs of disruption appear in housing; markets ‘calm’

    The outbreak of the coronavirus has dealt a shock to the global economy with unprecedented speed as it continues to spread across the world. Here is a look at some of the latest developments Wednesday related to the global economy, particular economic sectors, and the workplace: HOUSING: Economists have been waiting for the first signs

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  • Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill

    Washington agrees on unrivaled $2 trillion virus rescue bill

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House and Senate leaders announced agreement Wednesday on an unparalleled, $2 trillion emergency bill to rush aid to businesses, workers and a health care system slammed by the coronavirus pandemic. It’s the largest economic rescue bill in history. The package is intended as a weekslong or monthslong patch for an

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  • Tokyo Olympics postponed, U.S. closes in on relief package

    Tokyo Olympics postponed, U.S. closes in on relief package

    MADRID (AP) — The International Olympic Committee on Tuesday postponed this summer’s Tokyo Games for a year as coronavirus deaths mounted around the world and U.S. lawmakers closed in on a nearly $2 trillion deal to help cushion the economic damage from the crisis. The IOC acted on the recommendation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe,

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  • Beam offers help as students learn from home

    Beam offers help as students learn from home

    As schools close for the next few weeks, learning has moved to an online platform in the community.  “As a local business who cares deeply about our community and its citizens, we, in partnership with the school systems, are happy to ensure that every student and/or teacher who currently does not have a broadband service

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  • Resources during quarantine

    Resources during quarantine

    As of today, March 16, there are 22 COVID-19 (coronavirus) cases in Alabama. The stores are being depleted of thermometers, analgesics, peanut butter, and of course, toilet paper. And you know it’s bad when Chic-fil-A closes their dining room. All of the schools have closed until mid-April, and Alabama government has recommended we limit gatherings

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