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An expert and author has published a new guide to identifying birds in Alabama. "Birds of Alabama” offers a unique experience for beginners, intermediate and advanced bird watchers with an identification system created by the writer, Marc Parnell. Parnell offers an introductory look at what beginning birders need to get out into the field and start studying birds. He believes a pair of binoculars is one of the most important items in a birders toolkit and that it should be one of the first purchases for beginners. Parnell lives in Ohio. He has written field guides for other states and cities but sees something special in Alabama.

A lawyer for an Alabama inmate who was the subject of a national manhunt after escaping with the help of a jail official, said he's received threats for representing the man. Mark McDaniel, a lawyer representing Casey White, says he'll also seek a change of venue to move his upcoming trial out of the north Alabama city. McDaniel said the threats won't make a difference, because it's his duty to give White the best defense he can. Casey White and jailer Vicky White disappeared from Lauderdale County Detention Facility last month, sparking a manhunt. The two were captured in Evansville, Indiana. Officials say Vicky White died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

The number of people hospitalized for COVID-19 is again on the rise in Alabama after weeks in decline. More than 130 people are being treated statewide for the first time since March. State statistics show hospitalizations crept up this week to reach 132 on Thursday. That’s still only a fraction of the number of people who were hospitalized when the pandemic was at its worst. Then, about 3,000 patients filled beds. About 19,650 people have died of COVID-19 in the state. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University say the state has the nation’s fourth-highest death rate, with 402 fatalities for every 100,000 residents.

Just days after local sheriff’s investigators found thousands of dollars worth of stolen property — including a boat — at a Dothan storage facility, two people wanted in connection with a series of thefts were spotted in a Florida Walmart parking lot by an observant citizen who had seen info…

ATLANTA — Georgia voters didn’t get much of a break from election talk on the day after the Tuesday primary in which Republican Gov. Brian Kemp demolished GOP challenger David Perdue and Democrat Stacey Abrams finally clinched a nomination waiting for her after no other members of her party …

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