Top Headlines: Unemployment Claims Keep Going Up, Piggly Wiggly Expanding in Tuscaloosa

Unemployment claims keep going up
Alabama saw 8,764 new unemployment claims the week of Nov. 1-7. Of those, 38% were COVID-19-related. The previous week, 7,060 claims were filed and about half of them were coronavirus-related. – Alabama Department of Labor

Alabama Power fined for air pollution
Alabama Power will pay a $35,000 fine to settle an air pollution violation at its Barry Steam Electric Generating Plant in Mobile County. The company self-reported the violation – emitting 5% more hydrochloric acid at a coal-fired plant than standard allow — according to the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. –

Hyundai employees make large donation to United Way
Employees of Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama donated more than $318,000 to United Ways of Alabama Wednesday. Since 2004, Hyundai employees have given more than $3.5 million to the United Way. – WSFA-12

Piggly Wiggly expanding in Tuscaloosa
A fifth Piggly Wiggly in the Tuscaloosa area should open right after Christmas. The new grocery store will be on Bear Creek Road, in a former Vowell’s Fresh Market location.  – Tuscaloosa News

State has $1 billion left in CARES Act money
Alabama has almost $1 billion left in coronavirus relief funds and has until Dec. 30 to spend it. The state has spent about $850 million of $1.7 billion it was allocated by the CARES Act. –

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