Confederate Memorial Day 2020: Today is state holiday in Alabama

While many state offices are closed with employees working remotely due to the coronavirus pandemic, Monday is an official state holiday – Confederate Memorial Day.

Confederate Memorial Day falls on the fourth Monday of the month, this year coming on April 27.

On a typical Confederate Memorial Day, state offices and courts, including license and car tag offices, are closed. Most city and county offices and courts are open, though the COVID-19 stay-at-home order has stopped many operations.

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People are buying up a heartburn medicine that’s being tested as a coronavirus treatment, leading to shortages

The active ingredient in many heartburn medications is being studied as a coronavirus treatment, leading to shortages of popular heartburn brands at major US pharmacies.

Famotidine, an antacid and antihistamine found in the brand Pepcid AC and generic medications, is being used in a trial by researchers at Northwell Health in the New York City area, Dr. Kevin Tracey told Business Insider.

Even as Tracey urged people not to go out and hoard heartburn medicines,

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Fred The Godson Dies: New York Rapper Had COVID-19, Was 35

The pandemic has claimed yet another young victim, as New York rapper Fred the Godson has died from COVID-19 at age 35. His death was confirmed by his friend, DJ Self.

Born Frederick Thomas, the South Bronx rapper had earlier sent out a picture of himself on a ventilator. He had asthma and had impaired kidney function as a complication of COVID-19. In the picture, he held up a closed fist, writing on Instagram,

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Astronaut Scott Kelly offers coronavirus lockdown tips for keeping kids motivated to study

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Record-breaking former NASA astronaut Scott Kelly has a unique insight into staying engaged and motivated while in isolation.

In 2016 Kelly became the first American to spend 12 consecutive months in space when he completed an epic 340-day stint on the International Space Station.

With remote learning replacing physical classrooms for millions of children during the coronavirus lockdown, Kelly says that kids’ long-term goals and aspirations are more important than ever.

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Georgia Beginning To Reopen Its Economy, Lifting Some Coronavirus-Crisis Limits

Updated at 7:28 p.m. ET

Citing President Trump’s guidelines for Opening Up America Again, released last week, Gov. Brian Kemp announced at a news conference Monday steps to reopen Georgia’s economy, starting this Friday.

Kemp said “favorable data, enhanced testing and approval of our health care professionals” motivated him to reopen some businesses in the next week. Georgia is on track to meet Phase 1 criteria as recommended by the White House’s coronavirus task force,

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Oil prices plunge below zero stocks close lower

Stocks on Monday gave back last week’s gains, with the Dow tumbling nearly 600 points, amid a historic drop in oil prices and fears that a decline in new coronavirus cases and a gradual reopening of the U.S. economy may not be enough to draw wary consumers back into stores and restaurants.

“They’re going to go back with caution,” says J.J. Kinahan, chief market strategist of TD Ameritrade. “Let’s not get ahead of ourselves.”


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U.S. Bank readies $1 billion cushion for bad loans, takes earnings hit

U.S. Bancorp on Tuesday said it carved out nearly $1 billion in reserves for the first quarter — more than twice the usual amount — to cover potential defaults from the economic shock brought on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The move by the Minneapolis-based bank — following similar steps yesterday by financial institutions like JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo & Co., dealt a blow to its bottom line. U.S. Bank (NYSE: USB) posted net income of $1.17 billion,

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PNC: Customers checking for stimulus payments caused technical issues

PNC Bank customers were having problems accessing their online or mobile banking accounts Wednesday morning, a day when 80 million Americans were expected to receive their direct deposited stimulus checks from the U.S. government.

PNC spokesperson Marcey Zwiebel said the issues were a result of an influx in customers accessing their accounts at the same time to check for their stimulus payments.

“Like other banks, PNC customers have experienced intermittent mobile and care center access today,” Ms.

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White House says Trump won’t fire Fauci over coronavirus comments

“This media chatter is ridiculous — President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said.

The White House said Monday that President Donald Trump is not considering ousting Dr. Anthony Fauci, a day after the president retweeted a message that ended with the demand “Time to #FireFauci.”

“This media chatter is ridiculous — President Trump is not firing Dr. Fauci,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said. “The president’s tweet clearly exposed media attempts to maliciously push a falsehood about his China decision in an attempt to rewrite history.”

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NFL quarterback and Montgomery native Tarvaris Jackson dies in auto wreck

A former NFL and Alabama State University quarterback has died following a single-vehicle wreck Sunday night.

State Trooper Michael Carswell said Tarvaris Dandre Jackson, 36, died shortly after 9 p.m. following the wreck near Pike Road.

Jackson was traveling on Pike Road near Antioch Lane, about 7 miles south of Montgomery, when his 2012 Chevrolet Camaro left the roadway, struck a tree and overturned, Carswell said. Jackson was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

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