9 tasks to share $2 million in Rebuild Alabama Act grant cash

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – Governor Kay Ivey’s office and the Alabama Department of Transportation are awarding more funds for road and bridge projects to several cities and counties in Alabama.

Just over $ 2 million will be used on nine projects. The money comes from the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019, the an annual scholarship program That requires ALDOT to provide $ 10 million in addition to the state’s new gas tax revenue for local projects.

The nine projects include:

The Office of Governor Kay Ivey and the Alabama Department of Transportation are releasing $ 2 million in funds from the Rebuild Alabama Act of 2019 for the following projects.((Source: Governor’s Office))

Applicants will also contribute a total of $ 4.2 million to the projects, although no appropriate funding was required to be eligible, the governor’s office said.

“Improving Alabama’s infrastructure remains a top priority for the Ivey administration, and thanks to Rebuild Alabama, we can continue to make good use of those funds. More and more towns and cities in our state are seeing new road and bridge projects in their areas and I look forward to this continuing, ”said Governor Ivey. “When we invest in our roads and bridges, we invest in our employees and our future.”

This is the third round of projects to be awarded under the annual grant program for 2021. The first two rounds earlier in the year saw $ 8 million in state funding for 34 projects, with this final round increasing the total for FY2021 to $ 10.04 million in state funding for 43 local projects.

The law stipulates that all projects must be advanced within one year of the granting of funds.

Although a number of projects are expected to be under contract by the end of this year, all projects must move forward within one year of the funding being awarded.

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Journey nurses headed to Alabama due to CARES Act cash

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – Healthcare facilities are grappling with a persistent lack of care and if you combine this with the pandemic, they desperately need more help.

Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that she was providing funds from the CARES bill to help. The CARES bill will be used to pay for state nurses to come and help.

The $ 12.3 million federal grant will fund travel nurses who come to the state of Alabama to help with health facilities that need them.

Dr. Don Williamson, director of the Alabama Hospital Association, says the nurses will not be dispatched immediately. Part of the process is identifying who needs help most and then creating a plan based on those needs to serve the areas most in need.

At the moment he says more than half of the ventilators available are being used by COVID patients and we have reported a shortage of ICU beds, both of which stretch the staff extremely thin.

“We are very confident that in the next few days and weeks we will be able to support some of our hospitals that have been so negatively affected by this current crisis,” said Williamson.

Dr. Williamson calls this a critical point and commends the governor for raising the funds to get aid.

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Covid vaccinations greater than double in Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama

A man will be vaccinated against COVID-19 at a vaccination festival in New Orleans, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States, on May 28, 2021.

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More and more people who were once hesitant in several southern states are now getting their first vaccinations as the Delta-Covid variant is tearing through areas of the United States with low vaccination rates.

Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana, and Alabama have more than doubled the seven-day average of daily first-doses reported since early July, data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows, as the outbreak worsened nationwide.

Over the same period, the average daily case number is unvaccinated from about 13,000 per day across the country to about 94,000 per day on the 4th.

“Americans are clearly seeing the effects of not being vaccinated and unprotected, and they are responding by doing their part, rolling up their sleeves and getting vaccinated,” White House Covid Tsar Jeff Zients said Thursday to reporters.

In Arkansas, which has the third worst outbreak in the country, based on new cases per capita every day, vaccinations nearly tripled. On July 1, the state administered a seven-day average of 2,893 first doses in the arms, which, according to a CNBC analysis of CDC data, represented new people receiving their first shots. By August 4, that number shot to a seven-day average of 8,585 first doses per day.

Mississippi, which saw the country’s fourth worst eruption, rose 109% through the 4th.

Louisiana is experiencing the worst per capita outbreak of new Covid cases in the country, recording hospital admissions after the Delta variant targeted the state’s mostly unvaccinated population.

The state governor has reintroduced a mask mandate until at least September 1 to slow down the transmission. Although, despite the recent surge in vaccinations, Louisiana still ranks fifth lowest in the country when it comes to fully vaccinated residents at 37.2%.

Behind Louisiana is Arkansas with 37% of the fully vaccinated population, Wyoming with 36.7%, Mississippi with 34.8% and Alabama with 34.6%, according to CDC data.

Covid cases with serious consequences are also increasing, according to US officials. The seven-day average of daily hospital admissions is up 41% from a week, with the average daily death toll up 39%, said CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky on Thursday.

Studies have shown that the Delta variant, unlike the original Covid strain, is much more transmissible and requires two doses of vaccine to give the body a chance to fight against infection and severe symptoms.

“Even if someone decided to get the vaccine today, it will be some time before their body and immune system are able to cope with it,” said Gigi Gronvall, immunologist and senior scientist at the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Safety, said CNBC. “You want to make sure you aren’t exposed before your body has a chance to turn the virus off.”

Still, residents in severely affected states who start vaccinating will help slow the spread of the virus sooner rather than later and could prevent future hospitalizations and deaths.

Patients of different ages hospitalized with Covid in states like Missouri, Florida, Arkansas and Louisiana express their regret and ask their communities to get vaccinated after initially not receiving the vaccination.

Overall, the US reported an average of about 677,000 daily vaccinations last week (as of August 4), an 11% increase over the previous week.

The number of first vaccine doses increases faster than the overall rate. According to the CDC, an average of about 446,000 first doses were given daily for the past seven days, 17% more than the week before.

Alabama teenager donates his hair, raises cash for kids with most cancers

Kieran Moïse, 17, before and after cutting his 19-inch hair and donating it to Children With Hair Loss, a nonprofit that provides human hair replacements to children and adolescents facing medical hair loss, in Huntsville, Ala . (Courtesy Gregg Gelmis via AP)

Kieran Moïses Afro was a great 19 inch, a big part of his personality. But after six years of growth, the 17-year-old Alabamian knew that he and his hair would soon be parted: it was destined for the US Air Force Academy.

In memory of a friend who died of cancer, he cut it off and donated it to the charitable organization Children with hair loss, which provides human hair replacements for children and adolescents facing medical hair loss from cancer treatments, alopecia and burns.

“I knew I didn’t want it just cut off and thrown on the floor, so I wanted to give something back,” he said. “I knew I wanted to send a message.”

He did – and many replied. Moïse printed out flyers and posted the news on social media for a nonprofit event at a brewery in Huntsville, Alabama. There, family, friends, and even some of his elementary and middle school teachers took turns cutting his hair into braids. His story spread widely on the internet.

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“It’s good to see good news and see that people are still doing good things because they are just inspiring others,” he said.

“That’s really what I want to do with it: I want other people to (say), ‘Hey, if he does this, I can do it too.'”

Moïse also started a fundraising campaign St. Jude Children’s Research Hospitalwho had helped his late classmate Josh Quist. He died when they were in middle school. “That’s when I started to hate cancer,” said Moïse.

Initially, Moïse hoped he could raise $ 19,000, or $ 1,000 per inch of hair. Kieran’s Curls for Cancer has exceeded expectations and has raised nearly $ 35,000 for St. Jude.

Small gestures of friendliness, said Moïse, can spread. “When you smile, it usually makes someone else smile, and then that one smile can brighten someone else’s day,” he said.

“I know I’ve had tough days where someone is just doing something good for me or I see them doing something good for someone else, and I remember that all day.”

Hindu Cultural Heart of North Alabama raises cash for India COVID-19 reduction efforts

HARVEST, Ala. – While the pandemic is on its way to get under control here in the United States, it is still devastating populations elsewhere around the world.

Right now India is devastated and a harvest-based organization is doing its part here at home to help those thousands of miles away.

The Hindu Cultural Center in Northern Alabama is holding a fundraising campaign “Pray for India”.

The aim is to raise as much money as possible from community members to donate for the purchase of vaccines and oxygen for COVID-19 patients in India. They have raised $ 3,000 so far, but organizers said they are hoping for more.

“It’s been so bad in the last few weeks that people need a lot of help. In a country with so many people, it was difficult for the government and the communities and we thought we would do something and raise funds to help them, ”said Dr. Subir Paul.

Dr. Paul is a nephrologist who sits on the HCCNA Board of Trustees.

For members of the HCCNA community, the devastation is personal as many have family members or friends who are sick or have died from COVID-19 complications, including Dr. Paul.

The organizers have not set a deadline for the fundraiser but will continue to raise funds as long as there is an interest in helping.

Click to contact HCCNA Here.

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The Talladega Superspeedway helps tornado victims

On Friday April 2nd, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., fans will have the opportunity to get behind the wheel of their own vehicle on the Talladega Superspeedway to help disaster victims. With a donation of USD 50 per vehicle, participants can drive two full laps of the track. The proceeds will go to American Red Cross Alabama Disaster Relief through Dega Gives, a donor-advised fund of the NASCAR Foundation. You can find an early registration at nascarfoundation.org/talladegagives and is strongly recommended to guarantee a place. Drives can also be purchased on the day of the event. Participants behind the wheel must have a valid driver’s license and all vehicles must have a valid license plate. Every vehicle must be equipped with sufficient seat belts for all passengers. Vehicles that are classified as unsafe by TSS employees are not allowed to drive on the route for a route trip. No motorcycles, mobile homes or tractor units are allowed on the route. Participants must complete a Talladega Superspeedway route and a COVID-19 waiver.

Red Barat

For one night only, Red Baraat, a pioneering band from Brooklyn, New York, will be performing a virtual live concert on the Internet on Thursday, April 1st at 6pm Alys Stephens Center. The group, conceived by Dhol player Sunny Jain, has received worldwide praise for its unique sound, which is a mixture of hard North Indian bhangra with elements of hip-hop, jazz and raw punk energy. Red Baraat’s second album in 2013, “Shruggy Ji”, debuted at number 1 on the Billboard World Music Chart in the US and put the band on a world tour that is not yet over. The event is free and open to the public.

Wilson Pickett Music and Arts Festival

The Wilson Pickett Music and Arts Festival will practically return with entertainment, artists and activities from April 3rd to May 1st. Shop for art online from the comfort of your home, attend workshops, and more. Shop for original creations by local and regional artists in the virtual artist village. Performances include Bama Sound, Cameron DuBois and a concert of five fantastic reinterpretations of Wilson Pickett hits. Chef Chérie Bryant shows how to make Pickett’s favorite dishes. Take a closer look at Prattville’s talented artists and take a sneak peek at Margarita Partridge’s upcoming original musical telling the story of the Tolpuddle Martyrs. Sign up for virtual workshops, including a live musical theater workshop with Muse founders Alex Lacamoire, Joseph Joubert, and Zane Mark. Younger festival-goers can take part in a live cookie decorating workshop and three visual arts workshops taught by Prattville artists, including a crayon workshop, an acrylic painting workshop, and a watercolors workshop. Visual arts workshop participants who live in and around Prattville can collect a free bag containing all of the supplies needed to conduct each workshop while supplies last. Contact the Bureau for Cultural Arts and Special Events at 334-595-0850 or visit www.prattvilleal.gov.

Alabama Ballet

Tickets are for sale for Alabama Ballet “Romeo and Juliet. Performances will take place April 23-25 ​​at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. Classical ballet was choreographed by Roger VanFleteren, associate artistic director and resident choreographer of the Alabama Ballet, and is based on Shakespeare’s tragedy. Ballet is known for its breathless pas de deux, dramatic emotions and tragic story. Loyal to Shakespeare, it follows the fate of the Star Crossed Lovers from their first meeting to their untimely, tragic death. “Romeo & Juliet” is probably the most famous love story in the world, and the ballet version of the tragic story is based on Prokofiev’s dramatic score, widely recognized as a masterpiece of 20th century music.

A very crazy tea party

Greet the spring with a friendly couple at the A Very Madd Tea Party, which debuts on OWA Island in Foley. This teatime experience will put the spotlight on a family-friendly live show with a cast of characters straight from Wonderland. With a selection of snacks and teas The spice and tea exchangeThis hour-long interactive experience features a live song-and-dance performance from Madd Hatter and friends including Alice, Queen of Hearts, and the elusive White Rabbit. Stay after the show for photos with characters and an autograph session. The Ticket event is available through April 3rd at selected times.

A Very Madd Tea Party will be held at the OWA in Foley until April 3rd. (contributed)

A Very Madd Tea Party will be held at the OWA in Foley until April 3rd. (contributed)

A Very Madd Tea Party will be held at the OWA in Foley until April 3rd. (contributed)

Bellingrath Gardens and House

When the sun rises Bellingrath Gardens and House At Easter, guests are invited to enjoy a sunrise service with friends and family on the Great Lawn. The free service starts at 6:30 a.m. and is open to everyone. Guests are requested to bring their own chairs and are 6 feet apart for this outdoor event. A cooked breakfast can be purchased after the service. If the weather is bad, the service will be moved to the Magnolia Café.

Alabama Symphony Spring Serenades

These special, never-before-seen performances were featured in this unusual season by the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. Each presentation can be viewed for a little over a week. The spring serenades include Mozart’s “Clarinet Quintet”, “Bohemian Serenade” and “Cinematic Spring”. Watch spring serenades Here.

Avondale Brewing Company concert

The stolen faces will perform at the Avondale Brewing Company on Friday April 2nd at 8pm. Tickets are $ 15. Only a small percentage of tickets are sold for these shows. Tables are available based on availability. You are welcome to bring garden chairs. The guests are asked not to gather in front of the stage and to distance themselves socially from other groups.

Easter photos on the quay

Get a professional Easter keepsake family photo at The quay in Orange Beach 2-3. April from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. There are several background options to choose from. So wear your Easter and “spring” in the season. Choose from a variety of pricing packages. Photos have a socially distant composition and masks are recommended. Live rabbits may not be available.