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Alabama Governor Ivey Announces ATRIP-II Projects for 2021
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Alabama Governor Ivey Announces ATRIP-II Projects for 2021

MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation on Tuesday announced that more than $45 million in funding is being awarded to cities and counties for various road and bridge projects. The funding is made available through the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program-II (ATRIP-II), a program created under the Rebuild Alabama Act.  The Rebuild Alabama Act requires ATRIP-II to be an annual program setting aside a minimum of $30 million off the top of ALDOT’s share of new gas tax revenue for projects of local interest on the state highway system. “In Alabama, across our country and around the globe, we are all still working to get COVID-19 behind us, but here at home, we have not forgotten other priorities.  Even as w...
Atlanta Federal Reserve Appoints Birmingham Branch Board
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Atlanta Federal Reserve Appoints Birmingham Branch Board

BIRMINGHAM, AL (STL.News) The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta announces the appointment of two new members to the Birmingham Branch board of directors to serve three-year terms beginning January 1, 2021, and ending December 31, 2023. Maye Head Frei was appointed by the Board of Governors.  She is board chair of Ram Tool Construction Supply Company in Birmingham.  From 1997 to 2017, Frei was vice chair of administration at the family-owned business, which is one of the largest suppliers to commercial construction markets in the United States.  She is a graduate of Yale University. Larry D. Thornton Sr. was appointed by the Atlanta board of directors.  He is president and CEO of Thornton Enterprises in Birmingham, a McDonald's franchisee with seven restaurants in the Birmingham area.  ...
Alabama Governor: Airports Contribute $4.9 Billion Annually to Economy
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Alabama Governor: Airports Contribute $4.9 Billion Annually to Economy

Governor Ivey Announces Alabama Airports Contribute $4.9 Billion Annually to State and Local Economies MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey on Monday announced that the Alabama Department of Transportation (ALDOT) Aeronautics Bureau released the summary findings of the 2020 Statewide Airport Economic Impact Study.  According to the study, Alabama’s system of 80 public airports are economic engines for their local communities and significant contributors to the overall state economy. “Our airports are a key asset for Alabama, providing critically important access for Alabamians, as well as our visitors.  The 80 airports across our state also grow businesses, industries, and they create well-paying jobs,” Governor Ivey said.  “Alabama airports generate over $4.9 billion in state e...
Alabama Governor Announced Bamboo Products Manufacturing Plant
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Alabama Governor Announced Bamboo Products Manufacturing Plant

MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey announced today that Resource Fiber, a national leader in efforts to manufacture commercial bamboo products, plans to establish its first full-scale production plant in Alabama as part of a project that will create 111 jobs in Sulligent. Resource Fiber plans to invest $3.6 million in the Lamar County facility, where it will produce engineered bamboo products such as bamboo nail laminated timbers used in the construction of multi-storied buildings. “Resource Fiber’s decision to locate its production facility in Sulligent is great news for the city and for Alabama,” Governor Ivey said.  “This positions our state at the forefront in the commercialization of innovative bamboo products while creating good jobs in Lamar County.” Founded in 201...
Alabama: Scam Warning for COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccines
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Alabama: Scam Warning for COVID-19 Testing, and Vaccines

Alabama Department of Public Health, Medicaid Agency, Attorney General Issue Warning on Scams Claiming to Offer COVID-19 Testing and Vaccines MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) The Department of Public Health and the Alabama Medicaid Agency are receiving reports of citizens being contacted at their homes for the purpose of being offered COVID-19 vaccinations at home.  In addition, individuals claiming to be employees of the Medicaid Agency are contacting recipients by phone or in person and offering free COVID-19 testing. State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris, Medicaid Commissioner Stephanie McGee Azar and Attorney General Steve Marshall warn that this is a scam and anyone who is contacted about an offer for free in-home COVID-19 testing or vaccinations should immediately end the contact. T...
Alabama: Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccines Available
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Alabama: Governor Announces COVID-19 Vaccines Available

MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday announced that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18.  Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served.  The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout. “I appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,” Governor Ivey said.  “We have previously worked to provide vaccines to our health care workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic,...
Alabama: COVID-19 Vaccinations Available
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Alabama: COVID-19 Vaccinations Available

COVID-19 Vaccination Available for Alabamians 75 Years Old and Older, First Responders, and Law Enforcement MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Alabama Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) on Friday announced that ADPH will provide COVID-19 vaccinations for people 75 years old or older, as well as first responders, including law enforcement and firefighters, statewide by appointment only effective January 18.  Appointments at locations throughout the state are made first come, first served.  The addition of these groups is not a full expansion into the next phase of the vaccine rollout. “I appreciate the swift work of ADPH to establish a system to efficiently provide our limited resources of vaccine to as many Alabamians as possible,” Governor Ivey said.  “We have...
Department of State Breaks Ground for New U.S. Consulate General
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Department of State Breaks Ground for New U.S. Consulate General

The Department of State Breaks Ground for New U.S. Consulate General in Casablanca (STL.News) U.S. Ambassador to the Kingdom of Morocco David T. Fischer and U.S. Consul General Jennifer Rasamimanana celebrated today the groundbreaking of the new Consulate General campus in Casablanca, the latest demonstration of our enduring friendship and strategic partnership with the Kingdom of Morocco.  Attendees at the ceremony included representatives from the Moroccan Ministry of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation, and Moroccan Expatriates; Wali of Casablanca-Settat Said Ahmidouch; Casablanca Mayor Abdelaziz El Omari; and Hay Hassani Governor Khadija Benchouikh. The new U.S. Consulate General will provide a secure and resilient platform for U.S. diplomacy in Morocco.  Miller Hull of Seattle, W...
U.S Embassy Wins Engineering Excellence Grand Award
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U.S Embassy Wins Engineering Excellence Grand Award

New U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, Wins Engineering Excellence Grand Award from American Council of Engineering Companies (STL.News) The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), a leading organization representing the business and professional interests of consulting engineering firms in the United States, honored the new U.S. Embassy in Pristina, Kosovo, as a 2020 Grand Award Winner in the Engineering Excellence category. The ACEC awards jury recognized the project’s cutting-edge approach to waste-water management and energy conservation. An example of the Bureau of Overseas Buildings Operations’ (OBO) resilient and sustainable projects, cost-effective measures were taken that allowed for annual energy and water savings of roughly 40% and 90%, respectively. These measures ...
Alabama Governor Announced that New venture will expand Jasper lumber
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Alabama Governor Announced that New venture will expand Jasper lumber

Gov. Ivey: New venture will expand Jasper lumber production facility, creating 60 jobs MONTGOMERY (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey on Tuesday announced that Jasper Lumber Co. and Canada’s Tolko Industries Ltd. have formed a partnership that will expand lumber production at a Walker County facility through a $45 million project creating at least 60 jobs. The investment will triple capacity at Jasper Lumber’s existing sawmill and create additional activity for its other subsidiary companies, which will operate under the parent company Jasper Forest Products LLC, a Jasper-Tolko Partnership. Plans call for the construction of new facilities, the installation of new machinery, and increased shifting at the mill. “The venture between Jasper Lumber and Tolko Industries will deliver a signif...
Ivey Announces Special Election Dates for House District 73
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Ivey Announces Special Election Dates for House District 73

Governor Ivey Announces Special Election Dates for House District 73 MONTGOMERY (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday signed a proclamation to set special election dates for Alabama House District 73.  This seat was held by Matt Fridy, who was elected to the Alabama Court of Civil Appeals. Governor Ivey set the special primary election for Tuesday, March 30, 2021; the special primary runoff, if necessary, for Tuesday, April 27, 2021; and the special general election for Tuesday, July 13, 2021. “The election for House District 73 coincides with the special election for the vacant state senate seat so that we can ensure the people of Shelby County have representation,” Governor Ivey said. “I encourage everyone in this district to get out and vote.  Let’s make sure that you have a s...
Justice Department Sues Northern Alabama Housing Authority and Property Owners
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Justice Department Sues Northern Alabama Housing Authority and Property Owners

(STL.News) The Justice Department announced today that it has filed a lawsuit alleging that the Housing Authority of Ashland, Alabama, which manages seven federally funded low-income housing complexes, violated the Fair Housing Act by intentionally discriminating on the basis of race or color against applicants for housing. The department’s complaint alleges that the Housing Authority denied African-American applicants the opportunity to live in overwhelmingly White housing complexes, while steering White applicants away from properties whose residents were predominantly African-American. The lawsuit also names as defendants Southern Development Company of Ashland Ltd., Southern Development Company of Ashland #2 Ltd., and Southern Development Company LLC, which are the private owners...
Mobile, AL man Sean Michael Howell Pleads Guilty Producing Child Pornography
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Mobile, AL man Sean Michael Howell Pleads Guilty Producing Child Pornography

(STL.News) United States Attorney Richard W. Moore of the Southern District of Alabama announces that Sean Michael Howell, age 21, of Mobile, Alabama, entered a guilty plea to two counts of production of child pornography.  Howell faces a minimum mandatory sentence of fifteen years in prison, and a maximum of 60 years. According to court documents filed in connection with his guilty plea, Sean Michael Howell was the manager at a roller skating rink in Saraland and met two pre-adolescent boys through his work.  The defendant offered the boys free skating if they would stay behind after the rink closed and he would regularly engage in sex acts with them at the rink.  He also took the two boys to a motel in Mobile and sodomized the victims there. One of the boys disclosed the abuse to his ...
Alabama Governor: Golden Boy Foods to Expand Manufacturing Operation
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Alabama Governor: Golden Boy Foods to Expand Manufacturing Operation

Gov. Ivey: Golden Boy Foods to expand Alabama manufacturing operation, add 67 jobs in Troy MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday announced that Golden Boy Foods, a leading manufacturer of private label food products, plans to invest more than $13 million in an expansion project at its production facility in Troy, creating 67 full-time jobs. To expand peanut butter production, Golden Boy will modify its existing Alabama manufacturing facility and occupy a 170,000-square-foot building being constructed by the City of Troy’s Industrial Development Board and leased on a long-term basis to the company. The growth will essentially double Golden Boy’s industrial footprint in Pike County, where it has operated since 2011. “Southeast Alabama is peanut country, and I welcome Gol...
Ala: Nolberto Ortega Sentenced to More Than 32 Years in Prison
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Ala: Nolberto Ortega Sentenced to More Than 32 Years in Prison

(STL.News) – United States Attorney Prim F. Escalona and Drug Enforcement Administration Special Agent in Charge Brad L. Byerley, announce that NOLBERTO ORTEGA, 54, of Chicago, Illinois, was sentenced to 390 months in prison on October 28th for distribution of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl.  U.S. District Judge Liles C. Burke imposed the sentence. In August 2019, a federal grand jury charged ORTEGA in a multi-count indictment with leading a drug trafficking organization that transported heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and fentanyl from Mexico to Talladega, Alabama.  The charges stemmed from an investigation led by the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Talladega County Drug Task Force in early 2019.  Officers arrested ORTEGA in California after seizing a shipment o...
Alabama Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order
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Alabama Governor Ivey Issues Amended Safer at Home Order

MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey on Thursday issued her nineteenth supplemental emergency proclamation containing an amended Safer at Home Order that includes a statewide mask requirement.  Individuals will be required to wear a mask or other facial covering when in public and in close contact with other people, as described in the order.  This amended order extends until Friday, December 11, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Amended Safer at Home Order Safer at Home Info Sheet 1 Safer at Home Info Sheet 2 Safer at Home Info Sheet 3 Nineteenth Supplemental Emergency Proclamation STL.News References: Alabama Kay Ivey Can also be viewed on The Media Note
Alabama: United States Attorney Announces $992,237 Award
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Alabama: United States Attorney Announces $992,237 Award

Alabama: United States Attorney Richard W. Moore Announces $992,237 Award to Combat Violent Crime in Selma, Alabama (STL.News) – United States Attorney Richard W. Moore today announced more than $990,000 in Department of Justice grants to fight and prevent violent crime in the Southern District of Alabama.  The grants, awarded by the Department’s Office of Justice Programs, are part of more than $458 million in funding to support state, local and tribal law enforcement efforts to combat violent crime in jurisdictions across the United States. “One of the fundamental missions of government is to protect its citizens and safeguard the rule of law,” said Attorney General William P. Barr.  “The Department of Justice will continue to meet this critical responsibility by doing everything within...
Alabama Governor Ivey Announces Awardees of Crisis Center Funding
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Alabama Governor Ivey Announces Awardees of Crisis Center Funding

Governor Ivey Announces Awardees of Crisis Center Funding MONTGOMERY, AL (STL.News) Governor Kay Ivey announced today, along with Commissioner Lynn Beshear of the Alabama Department of Mental Health and House Majority Leader Nathaniel Ledbetter, the awardees of funding for crisis centers to serve individuals with mental illness and substance use disorders. The providers and locations of the new crisis centers are AltaPointe Health in Mobile, the Montgomery Area Mental Health Authority, and WellStone Behavioral Health in Huntsville. “Behavioral health care in Alabama is changing to better meet the needs of our citizens,” Governor Ivey said.  “Expanding and enhancing access to crisis care services will also provide a range of tools to divert individuals from emergency departments and jails...