An American automaker is using one of its factories to make thousands of ventilators. Ford is hoping to build 50,000 ventilators in 100 days at a plant in Michigan. The ventilator they will produce will only use air pressure and requires no electricity. A Florida company called Airon currently manufactures the ventilator and licenses it to GE Healthcare, but the company can only make three units per day. 500 union auto workers have volunteered to staff Ford’s Michigan plant t
President Trump has extended the “social distancing” guidelines to April 30th as the nation continues to fight the COVID-19 virus. According to the John Hopkins University and Medicine Coronavirus Center, there are currently 160,000 cases throughout the country and more than 2900 patients have died. The number of COVID-19 cases in the state also continues to grow while several additional deaths have also been confirmed related to this virus. There are now 923 Alabamians who
Jacksonville State University has announced the cancellation of in-person classes for the spring semester, as well as postponing upcoming graduation ceremonies. Students at Jacksonville State are back from what would have been their spring break last week, but due to the COVID-19 outbreak, the university will continue classes online. Undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies for the spring have been postponed until late May or early June. If ceremonies are not allowe
One local fire chief is expressing his gratitude to community leaders for their support during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jacksonville State University has donated personal protective equipment to the Jacksonville Fire Department. According to fire chief Keith Kadle, the university has also loaned thermometers for firefighters to use during COVID-19 calls. Jacksonville City Schools is also allowing the fire department to use a disinfectant machine to sanitize vehicles and facilit
The 20-year-old Anniston woman who had been reported missing last week has been found safe. WEIS Radio reports that Janie Bryant has been located at a hospital in Stockbridge, Georgia. Bryant was admitted into the hospital on Saturday night, but has no physical injuries. She won’t tell anyone where she has been for the last week or how she arrived at the hospital. Bryant was last seen March 23rd at her home in the 2,000 block of Moore Avenue in Anniston. Her parents believe s
The groundbreaking ceremony for the new federal courthouse in Anniston has been postponed to a later date due to COVID-19. The more than $42 million project will be home to the U.S District Court and the Bankruptcy Court of Northern Alabama. The building will be built on the location of the former City Hall building. Once construction begins, the project is expected to take two years to complete.
State prison parole hearings have been postponed due to Governor Kay Ivey’s order to shut down non-essential businesses and limit gatherings in an attempt to slow the spread of the coronavirus. According to WEIS Radio, The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles canceled all 172 hearings previously scheduled through mid-April. Parole hearings, which are held in Montgomery, are normally attended by family members, friends, and representatives of crime victims as well as inmates
While Americans wait for their stimulus checks to arrive, the FBI and other government agencies are warning people to not fall for scams. Government officials say scammers are already trying to steal people’s money by asking for personal or financial information through calls, texts, email, and on websites. With the passage of the Stimulus Bill, Americans are eligible for up to $1,200 per person and should expect to see that money within a few weeks. However, others who filed
The Coronavirus pandemic has caused oils prices to suffer. Oil prices are also tanking as a demand collapses and the price war between Saudi Arabia and Russia continues. As of today, Brent Crude, the world's benchmark, is hovering around $26 barrel, which is a low that hasn't been seen in almost two decades. U.S. is trading oil at $20.27, that’s down nearly 6%.
The postseason basketball honors continue to roll in for local athletes. The Alabama Sportswriters Association has released the "Players of the Year" award winners. Talladega's Kobe Simmons won the honor for the second straight season. Simmons averaged 19 points, nine rebounds and two assists per game and led the Tigers to the Class 4A state championship game. Talladega finished the season with a 26-7 record. Meanwhile Anniston's Allasha Dudley grabbed the girls 4A Player of