Malique Rankin, CBS 42

Malique Rankin

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Birmingham, AL, United States

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Recent articles by Malique:

Should Alabama expand Medicaid coverage?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Alabama is one of 14 states that have not expanded Medicaid. Rep. Terri Sewell said Medicaid expansion is needed in Alabama now more than ever as the coronavirus pandemic enters into its third month. In a conversation with state health officer Scott Harris, Sewell said expanding could save lives. “It’s always a […] → Read More

City of Birmingham disputing $450,000 mask order

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin claims a distribution company did not send the city the masks they ordered. The distribution company, Metron Marketing and Distribution claims they fulfilled the order as stated on the invoice. The dispute boils down to N-95 vs. KN-95 masks. Mayor Woodfin claims the city ordered N-95, but received […] → Read More

Memorial Day weekend travel expected to decline due to COVID-19

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)– Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer. This is the first time in 20 years AAA is not issuing a travel forecast for the holiday because of the coronavirus pandemic. Fewer travelers are expected on the roads and in the skies as many attractions remain closed. Now, many are exploring more […] → Read More

Small church reopens for first time in 8 weeks

IRONDALE, Ala. (WIAT) — May 17 is the first Sunday in two months many churches have held in-person services in the state of Alabama. Upper Room Baptist Church is a smaller church in Irondale. The pastor said it’s because of their size they felt it safe to invite their members back in. “We are a […] → Read More

Churches prepare to resume in-person worship

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — This weekend, many churches will be resuming services for the first time in roughly two months. Extensive measures are being taken to clean and disinfect before worshipers return. Services have been online only for St. Barnabas church. Father Douglas Vu has hired professional help to disinfect the building before mass resumes. […] → Read More

What will graduation look like for Alabama’s high school seniors?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In the coming weeks, seniors across Alabama will be graduating from high school, but with social distancing mandates, many of those ceremonies will look very different from past years. Throughout the area, city and county school districts are taking different approaches in the hopes the governor eases restrictions so they can […] → Read More

It’s national nurses week!

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — May 6 is National Nurses Day, kicking off National Nurses Week. As the fight against the coronavirus wages on, we see day after day, the crucial and lifesaving roles our healthcare workers fill. Our nurses deserve recognition every day of the year, but now, more than ever as their jobs have […] → Read More

Safer at home order frustrating local restaurants

HOOVER, Ala. (WIAT) — Gov. Kay Ivey’s Safer at Home order went into effect on Thursday. It allows retail stores and beaches to reopen but keeps dining areas closed in restaurants across the state. Local business owners are feeling frustrated as this decision is beyond their control. Thirstea in Hoover has remained open throughout the […] → Read More

UAB infectious disease doctor speaks about new coronavirus treatment ‘Remdesivir’

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The White House announced the experimental drug, Remdesivir, has shown real promise as a therapy for treatment of the coronavirus. Jodie Dionne-Odom M.D., assistant professor in UAB’s Division of Infectious Diseases spoke with CBS 42 to discuss UAB’s role in studying the use of Remdesivir as a treatment of COVID-19. “Everything […] → Read More

Alabama 4-year-old recovering from rattlesnake bite

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WIAT) — 4-year-old Spencer Briggs is recovering from a rattlesnake bite. His parents, Laura and Forrest Briggs tell CBS 42 the incident happened on Saturday afternoon. Spencer and his little brother were playing in their driveway in Lacey’s Springs. A delivery man arrived to drop off a package. Spencer went to help the […] → Read More

Car insurance companies to send savings checks to customers

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — In the coming weeks, we can expect to see checks in the mail from our car insurance companies. Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that automobile insurers are returning premium totaling to date more than $100 million, to more than two million Alabama policyholders during the ongoing crisis brought on by COVID-19. […] → Read More

How COVID-19 pandemic impacts women on the front lines

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The majority of healthcare providers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic are women. Oftentimes, it’s women who are responsible for taking care of children and family. For many, those responsibilities are combined, with women working full-time, and tending to their families. Marina Baker is a single mom and an […] → Read More

Volunteer fire department prepares for Thursday storms while recovering from Sunday storms

CHILTON COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — There is a chance of severe weather in the southern half of the state on Thursday night. Many cities across the region are still recovering from Sunday’s severe weather damage. For some areas, preparing for more bad weather is all the more difficult as they’re still recovering from the last […] → Read More

CDC chief says there could be second, possibly worse coronavirus outbreak this winter

President Trump has pushed for the return of normalcy most recently giving all governors a road map last week for recovering from the economic pain of the coronavirus pandemic → Read More

Local leaders weigh in on Trump’s new guidelines

ALABASTER, Ala. (WIAT) — Thursday evening, President Donald Trump announced new guidelines for reopening the United States. He has made May 1 a target date. The president’s new guidelines offer a three-phase approach to help states and local leaders determine when they should reopen. The announcement entirely backtracks statements the president made Monday, claiming he, […] → Read More

Gov. Ivey: ‘We will do what we believe to be in the best interest of Alabamians’

Birmingham, Ala. (WIAT) — On Monday, President Donald Trump claimed the authority to reopen states lies with him. Governors across the country disagree, leading to the potential power struggle that is creating confusion nationwide. Gov. Kay Ivey said on or before April 28, she will announce an updated plan of action before the current stay […] → Read More

Blount County couple survive having home ripped off its foundation while they were in it

BLOUNT COUNTY, Ala. (WIAT) — The Blount County Emergency Management Agency director says when the storm came through Sunday night, this area in Cleveland saw the worst of the damage. This house was lifted up, ripped apart, and moved about 100 feet over. The homeowners were inside during the storm, and miraculously no one was […] → Read More

Brighton firefighter recovering from presumed COVID-19 case after wife tested positive

BRIGHTON, Ala. (WIAT) — A Brighton firefighter is now recovered from a presumed case of COVID-19. Lester Milligan quarantined for over two weeks and was recently given clearance to return to work. Milligan says he wants people to take the virus seriously, but also remind others that the statistics and headlines we see represent real […] → Read More

Blood testing for COVID-19 now available in Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — Doctors in the Birmingham area are performing their very first COVID-19 blood tests. The test checks if patients have the virus and if they’ve developed antibodies against it. When patients are tested by a nasal swab for COVID-19, it can take 24 to 48 hours to get results. Now that some […] → Read More

UAB to partake in COVID-19 clinical trial using nitric oxide

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) — The University of Alabama at Birmingham is one of a few hospitals in the country participating in an international study assessing the use of inhaled nitric oxide to improve outcomes for COVID-19 patients with severely damaged lungs. Currently, there are no approved treatment options available against the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes […] → Read More