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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Hundreds of cubicles stretch across the converted bowling alley, a cavernous space that was set up to hold more workers when a Montgomery call center outgrew its old building. Those cubicles now sit empty, but the calls are coming in faster than ever.

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DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — Melinda Jones turned to the internet as a way to keep her small downtown Decatur business afloat during the coronavirus pandemic, and so far she has found success.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Honor Blackman, the British actress who played the Bond girl Pussy Galore in "Goldfinger," has died. She was 94.

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Shortly after moving into my home in Georgia, I noticed some thick, hairy vines growing up the trunks of a few of my trees. I thought they were dreadful looking, so I grabbed my gloves and pruners and headed out to remove the ugly beasts. I cut and yanked on them until my trees were free of them.

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NEW YORK (AP) — In Montana, a father and son running a small oil business are cutting their salaries in half. In New Mexico, an oil truck driver who supports his family just went a week without pay. And in Alaska, lawmakers have had to dip into the state's savings as oil revenue dries up.

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For Pope Francis at the Vatican, and for Christians worldwide from churches large and small, this will be an Easter like none other: The joyous message of Christ's resurrection will be delivered to empty pews.

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As of this writing, at least 251 million people in at least 30 states, 81 counties, 15 cities and one United States territory are living the reality of a stay-at-home directive. A month ago, hardly any of us had contemplated this. I’d never even heard the term. Now, I’m living it.

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ATHENS — Amanda Coleman, head of the Athens-Limestone Public Library’s children’s department, and her assistant, Ambre Hyatt, are doing what they’ve done together for years — presenting a children’s story time with books, songs and a felt board.

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MONTGOMERY (AP) — Confirmed coronavirus infections in Alabama topped 1,500 on Saturday as residents statewide were placed under an emergency order requiring them to stay home as much as possible.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Tens of thousands of medical workers across the United States are suddenly out of work as operating rooms and doctor's offices go dark, casualties of urgent calls to prioritize coronavirus patients at overwhelmed hospitals and of the economic waves the crisis is churning.

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ODENVILLE (AP) — The old cinder block stage across the street from Odenville United Methodist Church hadn't been used for so long that brush had grown up and covered it, but by Sunday morning (March 29), it was the focus of outdoor church.

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Stress is abundant these days, and sugar is a proven stress reliever. So, when faced with a closed movie theater but plenty of movie-theater candy, Cinemagic Theatre staff had an idea: share it with some of the most stressed members of the community today.

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — President Donald Trump's campaign has sent a letter to Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general now running for a U.S. Senate seat, objecting to Sessions' portrayal of himself as a Trump supporter in a campaign mailer.

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After previous measures failed to produce the desired results, Gov. Kay Ivey joined the growing list of governors across the United States ordering their citizens to stay at home to reduce the spread of COVID-19.

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Social Security beneficiaries who are not typically required to file tax returns will not need to file an abbreviated tax return to receive an economic impact payment, according to officials with the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service.

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Citizen scientists are volunteers who donate their time to observe, notate and report on a specific topic of research – essentially a type of crowd-sourcing.

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Evening and nighttime drivers should exercise caution on Interstate 65 in Limestone County next week as resurfacing resumes between milepost 339 and Exit 351, according to a release from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

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Bill Withers, who wrote and sang a string of soulful songs in the 1970s that have stood the test of time, including “Lean On Me,” “Lovely Day” and “Ain’t No Sunshine,” has died from heart complications, his family said in a statement to The Associated Press. He was 81.

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Allen Aldridge, on ladder, and Steve Usery install fans Thursday at the Limestone County Farmer's Market on West Green Street in Athens. A total of 16 fans were installed. The county was awarded a grant for the fans, which will help keep the vendors and customers cool during the hot summer months.

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Officials with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management say there's no need to hoard cases of bottled water during the coronavirus crisis, as residents' drinking water is safe.

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For the first time in years, possibly ever, the greatest show on dirt will not take place on the third weekend in May.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists offered more evidence Wednesday that the coronavirus is spread by seemingly healthy people who show no clear symptoms, and the federal government issued new guidance warning that anyone exposed to the disease can be considered a carrier.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 6.6 million Americans applied for unemployment benefits last week — doubling a record high set just one week earlier — a sign that layoffs are accelerating in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak.

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A medical helicopter preparing to fly a critically injured dog-bite victim to Vanderbilt Hospital on Tuesday nearly had to halt operations when someone flew a radio-controlled drone into the rescue helicopter's landing zone, officials said Wednesday.

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Gov. Kay Ivey and state superintendent Eric Mackey announced last week that school buildings would remain closed until at least June 5. Local school officials have been hard at work ever since to make sure student education doesn't suffer as a result.

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As millions of job cuts tear through the U.S. economy, a faint glimmer of light has emerged: Some employers are trying to maintain ties to the staffers they're letting go so they can more quickly rehire them once the viral outbreak has passed.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Nearly 3,000 sailors aboard a U.S. aircraft carrier where the coronavirus has spread will be taken off the ship by Friday, Navy officials said Wednesday as they struggle to quarantine crew members in the face of an outbreak.

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Every week, I am challenged while choosing two animals to feature with this column. Do I pick the cutest animals, hoping to draw people into the shelter? Do I pick animals that have been there the longest? Do I pick animals that are most at risk, due to temperament or health conditions? Do I…

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The spread of COVID-19 has upended many people’s lives. As with other virulent health crises, the practice of social distancing has been recommended to flatten the curve of the COVID-19 outbreak. One way to socially distance oneself is to avoid unnecessary trips to places where the public ma…

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Obituaries

Frankie Lee Elders, 50, of Elkmont, Alabama, died Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. A private graveside service will be held at Roselawn Cemetery.

Greg Miller, 59, died April 1, 2020. He is survived by his wife, Debra. A private service is planned, to be attended by his closest family and friends. In lieu of flowers, make donations to your favorite charity.

Ray Carl Wolfe passed away Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at his home. He is survived by his wife, Tracy. His family will be holding a private service.

Mrs. Jecine Beatrice Woodall, 77, of Athens, Alabama, died Tuesday at her residence. A private service and burial will be held later.

Cecilia "Faye" Page of Athens, Alabama, died March 30, 2020. She was born October 31, 1933, to Henry Swann and Blanche (Budden) Williams. She is preceded in death by her parents; husband, Jimmy F. Page; and sisters, Leta Day and Gloria Davis. She is survived by her sister, Lila Barber; child…