Top Headlines: Alabama hospitals lose $739M in revenue, UA to push contact tracing app

Alabama hospitals lost $739M in revenue in March, April, group says
Alabama hospitals lost about $739 million in revenue from mid-March to the end of April because of the coronavirus outbreak, according to data collected by the Alabama Hospital Association. — Anniston Star

Teen set to become youngest lawyer in modern Alabama history
Meet Seth Harding. He recently received a degree from the University of Alabama School of Law, but he’s not your average law school graduate. He’s only 19 years old, and he’s currently on track to be the youngest person to ever take the Alabama bar exam. — AboveTheLaw

University of Alabama to push contact tracing app, require online health checks
The University of Alabama will require students and staff returning to its three campuses in the coming months to submit online health checks regularly and encourage them to download its contact tracing app, officials told Reuters on Thursday. — Reuters

US existing home sales plunge 17.8% in April
Sales of existing home plunged 17.8% in April with the real estate market still in the grips of the coronavirus pandemic…. The National Association of Realtors said Thursday that last month’s decline pushed sales down to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 4.33 million units, the slowest pace since September 2011. — AP

Why Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey amended state order to reopen despite coronavirus case rise
At a press conference Thursday, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that the state would be moving to an amended safer-at-home order until July 3. The change allowed for places like movie theaters and child care facilities to open up but be subject to social distancing and sanitation rules as soon as 5 p.m. Friday, May 22…. Practices for athletic competition can begin the following day, with games being permitted to take place by June 15. — Montgomery Advertiser

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First piece of disputed Keystone XL pipeline finished
A Canadian company has built the first piece of the disputed Keystone XL oil sands pipeline across the U.S. border and started work on labor camps in Montana and South Dakota. But it has not resolved a courtroom setback that would make it hard to finish the $8 billion project. — AP

GM says it is reopening two of its Mexican plants Friday
General Motors announced Thursday that it is “gradually restarting operations” at engine and transmission plants at two of its four manufacturing complexes in Mexico. — AP

Magical glow-in-the-dark paddleboard tour under the stars in Alabama
If you’re looking for cool Alabama tours that let you explore in unique ways, then you’ll definitely want to add this glow-in-the-dark paddleboard tour to your list. Forrest Paddle Boarding in Huntsville offers a few different ways for you to soak up Alabama’s views. — Narcity

You can eat 15 dozen oysters here for only $10 if you do it in an hour
Food challenges can be intimidating, thrilling, and sometimes even just a little weird. But a good challenge will evoke all kinds of emotions in participators and onlookers alike, and the oyster challenge at Acme Oyster House in Alabama is no exception. — Narcity

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