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Dennis Pillion


Birmingham, AL, United States

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Past articles by Dennis:

Family mourns pregnant nurse, unborn child dead of COVID: ‘We’re glad she’s not suffering’

Haley Richardson of Alabama was a healthy 32-year-old nurse with no preexisting conditions before she contracted COVID-19, loved ones said. → Read More

Charles Barkley to lead COVID vaccine rally, blames unvaccinated ‘idiots’ for lockdowns

"You’ve got these idiots out here who don’t want to take the vaccine and who don’t want to wear a mask, and they’re out here getting people sick and killing people all over the country," Barkley said. → Read More

‘I’m sorry, but it’s too late’ doctor tells unvaccinated, dying COVID patients

“And now all you really see is their fear and their regret," said the Alabama doctor whose sickest COVID patients are unvaccinated. → Read More

Alabama rolls out plan to test every college student for coronavirus

College students, start checking your email on Sunday. Operation GuideSafe is about to begin. More than 50 Alabama 2- and 4-year colleges are participating in the plan to test every student before they return to campus. → Read More

‘Never Seen Anything Like COVID-19’: Alabama Doctors Battle Virus

Even as Alabama doctors are improving at treating COVID patients, they are being slammed with record numbers of them. Hospitals large and small across Alabama are seeing new record numbers of COVID patients. → Read More

COVID-19 Tracking App Key to University of Alabama Opening

Technology that can track whether students, and even college football fans, are feeling symptoms of COVID-19 could be a major part of the plan to reopen Alabama college campuses and stadiums this fall. → Read More

The Coronavirus Buzz Inside Alabama’s Command Center

That once-empty office suite is now Alabama’s COVID-19 Unified Command, a collection of resources from the Alabama National Guard, the Alabama Emergency Management Agency and the Alabama Forestry Commission to support the Alabama Department of Public Health in handling the information and logistical challenges in fighting the virus. → Read More

Alabama Shares COVID-19 Patient Data with First Responders

Normally, that information would be shielded to comply with patient confidentiality law, but Alabama and Massachusetts determined that the benefits to public safety outweigh privacy concerns. → Read More

National Geographic, Cory Booker explore Alabama’s ‘environmental racism’

In an episode airing tonight, National Geographic’s Explorer follows Booker through Alabama’s Black Belt region to “delve into environmental racism.” → Read More

EPA regional admin Trey Glenn resigns after indictment

Glenn submitted a letter of resignation to acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler on Sunday. → Read More

BRIEF: FEMA to Reimburse Jacksonville State $18M for Tornado Rebuilding

The tornado caused an estimated $70 million in damages to the campus and surrounding areas, and damaged 50 of 70 structures on the JSU campus. → Read More

A look into the Cahaba River and what it will take to conserve it

As Alabama's longest free-flowing river, the Cahaba has a big impact on Birmingham. We take a deep dive into our city's long, complicated, and ever-changing relationship with the waterway. → Read More

Mobile Baykeeper: Coal ash endangers 'America's Amazon,' Mobile-Tensaw Delta

Group says water testing and dam analysis show coal ash presents dangers of pollution and major dam failure. → Read More

Alabama cracks down on E. coli bacteria in rivers with revised standards

E. coli bacteria live in human intestines and usually enter waterways through untreated sewage. → Read More

Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn highlight Alabama environmental group fundraiser

Reba McEntire, Brooks and Dunn, Robert Kennedy, Jr. and others gather for Tennessee Riverkeeper fundraiser. → Read More

What's the penalty for killing a creek? In Alabama, $32,000

Environmental group criticizes ADEM for light-handed approach to water pollution violations. → Read More

3M water pollution case gets 2019 trial date

Tennessee Riverkeeper is suing the chemical giant over PFC contamination near the company's Decatur facility. → Read More

Michigan flooding is bad enough without the worry of floating fire ant colonies

During floods, fire ant colonies can band together in clumps and float until they reach dry land. → Read More

UAB students build solar house with tornado safe room for international competition

The house will have to store enough energy to host dinner parties, do laundry and charge an electric car overnight. → Read More

Alabama coal plant listed as largest greenhouse gas emitter in the country

The Weather Channel cites EPA data showing Alabama Power's Plant Miller as the nation's largest greenhouse gas emitter. → Read More