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Beirut Death Toll Rises After Enormous Explosion

Updated at 5:41 p.m. ET Beirut is reeling and Lebanon is in grief after a powerful explosion tore through the capital's port area on Tuesday. The enormous blast, which officials said was driven by thousands of tons of ammonium nitrate, killed at least 135 people and injured thousands more. Emergency crews are still working to find all the victims. "No words can describe the horror of the disaster that has hit Beirut last night, turning it to a disaster-stricken city," Lebanese President...

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On this edition of WJAB's "Yo! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims has the opportunity to check in with 

Jordan ChillCity Moore 

& Kathy Jones of the League of Women Voters! Find out more about voting rights, registration and a very important voter awareness event taking place on August 3rd!

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He was born to sharecropper parents in Troy, Alabama. Social activism inspired him even as a young boy. He is a two-time HBCU graduate, Fisk University and American Baptist Theological Seminary (ABT). Even while in college he marched, protested, was arrested, beaten and still a great orator. Politics took him by storm. He rallied with Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Viola Liuzzo, Amelia Boynton, President Barack Obama, just to name a few. The conscious of the U.S. Congress, Congressman-Rev. John Lewis, became quiet on Friday, July 17, 2020.

On this edition of WJAB's "Yo! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims has the opportunity to speak with Violet Edwards!

Violet made history being elected as the first African-American woman to the Madison County Commission. We find out the path Violet took to get to the Commissioners seat and share some things you may not have known about her!

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On the latest edition of WJAB's " YO! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims speaks with AAMU's and the Tennessee Valley's own John Moore aka Jahni the Artist! We talk about the arts and education, the arts and social justice, afrofuturism and HBO's "Watchmen'!

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On this edition of "YO! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims has the opportunity to speak with AAMU Alum, author, poet, blogger Marc Lacy! Lacy has two Facebook exclusive shows and presentations you need to check out "Soapboxin" and "Brand Crush Sunday". Find out more in this special zoom interview!

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UPDATE - July 29, 2020

The Governor of Alabama amended the "Safer At Home" order. It has been extended to August 20, 2020.

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Original post: July 15, 2020

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, held a press conference on Wednesday, July 15, 2020 to provide an update on the state of Alabama COVID-19 efforts.

This includes a statewide mask requirement. This amended order extends until July 31, 2020 at 5 p.m.

This health order has unanimous support of the Madison County Board of Health, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and Madison Mayor Paul Finley and County Commission Dale Strong.

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On this episode of " In Tune with T Mill" host Tim Miller and WJAB's Marcus Sims talk with Huntville hip hop artist and producer Michael Villano. Michael is joined on this interview with his longtime collaborator  vocalist Shawntey "Ladylace". Michael and Shawntey both talk about the history of  of hip hop in North Alabama, current state of local music and much more.

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Update: July 2, 2020

MONTGOMERY, Ala., July 2, 2020 - Governor Kay Ivey extends the state of emergency for Alabama until September 9, 2020.

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