Many House members to participate in testing drive for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day Wednesday

February 7, 2018

By Chip Brownlee
Alabama Political Reporter

Dozens of Alabama lawmakers are expected to take part in a testing drive on Wednesday to raise HIV and AIDs awareness.

The lawmakers will get tested at an event at the Alabama State House for Black HIV/AIDs Awareness Day, Feb. 7. Many of the lawmakers are black but some white members signalled on the House floor Tuesday that they would also take part in the event to help raise awareness.

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Controversial hire James Talton has been removed

June 9, 2017

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Thursday, June 8, 2017, former Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) Director James Talton no longer works for the Alabama Department of Public Health. Talton was recently appointed Public Health Administrative Officer; but on Thursday a spokesman for the Department said that Talton no longer works there.

“Effective today, Mr. James Talton is no longer employed with the Alabama Department of Public Health. The Department wishes him well in his future endeavors.”
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Bentley Approves Emergency Funding for Zika Response

August 11, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, August 5, 2016, as the threat from the Zika virus continues to grow, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley announced that he has approved the use of emergency funds to support the State’s efforts against the Zika Virus.

Governor Bentley approved the use of emergency funds up to $250,000 to assist in mosquito control efforts, after the Alabama Department of Public Health requested assistance with Zika mitigation funding.
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Byrne Urges President Obama to Use Remaining Ebola Funds to Fight Zika Virus

August 5, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Wednesday, August 3, 2016, US Representative Bradley Byrne (R-Montrose) sent a letter to President Obama calling on his administration to use unspent money that has been set aside to address the Zika virus.

According to information provided by Congressman Byrne’s office, “In April, the Obama Administration announced that it would use $589 million in unspent money from the Ebola disease outbreak on combatting the Zika virus. As of last Friday, the Office of Management and Budget confirmed that $385 million of that money remains unspent.
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Cullman Zika Case was Contracted on Foreign Travel

August 2, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

The recent Zika case in Cullman has been determined as being due to foreign travel; but the specter of Zika becoming endemic to the United States appears to be becoming a reality as fourteen cases in South Florida have been attributed to native Florida mosquitos.

State Senator Paul Bussman (R-Cullman) said in a statement, “Wanted to update you all on the ZIKA issue that was identified in Cullman Co. I have been communicating with Dr. Tom Miller, the director of AL Public Health. The case in Cullman Co. was contracted while the resident was travelling out of the United States – NOT in Alabama. That is very important.”
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EPA Warns that Chemicals Could be Too High in Eight Alabama Water Systems

May 23, 2016

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Friday, May 20, the Alabama Department of Public Health announced that the tap water from the West Morgan-East Lawrence Water Authority, the Gadsden Water Works and Sewer Board, the Centre Water and Sewer Board, A.W. (Vinemont Anon West Point) Water Systems Inc., West Lawrence Water Co-op, the Northeast Alabama Water District, the Rainbow City Utilities Board, and the Southside Water Works and Sewer Board may pose some health risks according to new standards released by the US Environmental Protection Agency.
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House Black Caucus Proposes Budget

May 19, 2015

By Brandon Moseley
Alabama Political Reporter

Tuesday, May 19, the Alabama House of Representatives is expected to review and debate the General Fund Budget when the legislature reconvenes.  Last week the House Republicans unveiled an austerity budget with cuts to State agencies.  On Monday, members of the House Black Caucus announced their own alternative strategy to fund State services.  Like the GOP’s budget, it does not have any revenue measures and makes deep cuts to numerous General Fund agencies; but it cuts much more deeply into several agencies in order, “To protect the State’s health, safety and human service agencies.”
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