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A bill to regulate the production, sales and use of medical marijuana passed the Alabama Senate by a vote of 21-8. Dist. 8 Sen. Steve Livingston and Dist. 10 Sen. Andrew Jones, both of whom represent DeKalb County, voted to pass the bill.

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Alabama’s annual initiative to promote a healthier lifestyle and develop positive habits, Scale Back Alabama, is kicking off its 15th year.

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The week of March 8 is International Women’s Week. To highlight the amazing women working in the agricultural industry, the Alabama Extension animal science and forages team will release video interviews throughout the week to promote the women who built their careers on forages and the anim…

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Investigators with the DeKalb and Marshall County Sheriff’s Offices executed a search warrant on Tuesday that resulted in the recovery of numerous stolen items.

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Alabama House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, at right, participated this week in the Alabama League of Municipalities annual Advocacy Day to discuss the 2021 legislative session with city leaders. The event gives such officials an opportunity to share their ideas and concerns with…

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Alabama Provider Capacity Project representatives held a focus group event Thursday morning in Fort Payne with various agency and city representatives regarding substance abuse in DeKalb County.

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When looking at the pandemic’s effect on the local job market, new analysis provided by Jacksonville State University’s Center for Economic Development and Business Research offers some insight into how the spread of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus has affected the demand for nurses.

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Kayla Magbie represented the Fort Payne City Schools at a Wednesday press conference organized by the Alabama State Department of Education to announce 102 school systems have been awarded grants totaling $4.5 million to hire mental health service coordinators to support and expand the coord…

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A new and more highly transmissible COVID-19 variant, B.1.1.7, has been identified in three Alabama residents. Two are from Montgomery County and one is from Jefferson County; two are children under 19 and one is an adult. These are the first reported cases in Alabama of the variant which wa…

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It’s unthinkable and gut wrenching, but every year, thousands of children become victims of crimes--whether it’s through kidnappings, violent attacks, sexual abuse or online predators.

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) states that in the United States, people with disabilities are 4 to 10 times more likely to be victimized than people without them and children with disabilities are more than twice as likely to be victimized as children without them.

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As of Jan. 26, Alabama has seen more than 443,009 cases of COVID-19 with over 6,662 deaths confirmed, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) COVID-19 Data and Surveillance Dashboard.

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Despite the country being in dire financial straits, Alabama goes into its next regular legislative session with General and Education Trust Funds in relatively good shape, according to House Majority Leader Rep. Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, and Dist. 8 State Sen. Steve Livingston, R-S…

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In a Wednesday conference call with Alabama House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, R-Rainsville, and Dist. 8 State Sen. Steve Livingston, R-Scottsboro, Community Affairs Director Carolyn Bern and Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) Area 5 Administrator Mary Gomillion gave an updat…

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When new United States Senator Tommy Tuberville addresses Alabama’s needs in Washington D.C., he’ll have a DeKalb County native giving him insight into the issues. Tuberville recently named Jordan Doufexis as his senior advisor and state coordinator. Doufexis will manage Tuberville’s state s…

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January has been designated Radon Action Month. With people spending more time indoors due to the weather and the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s incredibly important to test your home for the presence of radon. Homes with high levels of radon have been found in every state, including Alabama. In fa…

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Communities can learn about a hands-on, proven approach to revitalize downtowns and neighborhood commercial districts during one of three workshops this month. Main Street Alabama, a non-profit organization and state coordinating program of Main Street America, will explain the different tie…

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In response to the global Covid-19 pandemic, TVA began administering the Community Care Fund in April, 2020, which provided matching grant funds to support and partner with Local Power Companies (LPCs) to meet needs in their communities. As the pandemic continues, TVA anticipates its impacts…

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January is National Blood Donor Month, serving to recognize the lifesaving contribution blood and platelet donors make while increasing awareness of blood donations’ critical needs.

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The COVID-19 outbreak in the tri-state area around Chattanooga is among the fastest-growing in the nation as the virus surges in rural and urban areas.

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November is American Diabetes Awareness Month, and it's an ideal time for you to to get a game plan together so you can make healthy choices and prepare for the future. You have important reasons to stay healthy: your family, work and your favorite hobbies.

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State Sen. Steve Livingston and Rainsville Mayor Rodger Lingerfelt joined with the ABC Hospice team on Wednesday to proclaim and celebrate November as Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

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U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, and State Sen. Steve Livingston toured the GameTime facility in Fort Payne this week. They asked questions of GameTime President Spencer Cheak and were joined by DeKalb County Economic Development Executive Director Jimmy Durham. Aderholt said he enjo…

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A new Mentone Arts Center opened last week at 5951 Alabama Highway 117. The former Kamama building also offers guests a restaurant, visitor center and multi-purpose room for events and educational workshops.

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The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) joins election officials and others in urging Alabamians to practice healthy behaviors when making their voices heard by voting in the November 3 general election.

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UPDATE: The DeKalb County Sheriff's Office will be closed an additional week out of an abundance of caution due to the recent spike of COVID cases in the county, according to a statement released Sunday. It will reopen on Monday, Nov. 16.

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The Alabama Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program (ABCCEDP) provides free breast and cervical cancer screenings for women who meet eligibility guidelines. Free services include a pelvic exam, pap smear, clinical breast exam, mammogram, and diagnostic services such as an ultrasou…

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The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Alabama Department of Agriculture and Industries (ADAI) are partnering to investigate a positive SARS-CoV-2 case in a deceased cat in Opelika, Ala. COVID-19 is in humans caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV…