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A New Push for a Comprehensive Gambling Bill

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There will be a full push for a comprehensive gaming bill during the 2022 legislative session. 

The Alabama Track Owners Association — a partnership of owners of the four greyhound racing tracks, including the Poarch Creek Indians — are out with new ads on Wednesday that highlight the benefits of the bill and encourage voters to contact their state lawmakers. 

The ads highlight the revenue and jobs associated with the bill and note that the jobs created would be “four automotive manufacturing plants” and generate more than $700 million annually. They also point out that the state of Alabama provided an auto manufacturer with more than $700 million in incentives and tax breaks to bring 4,000 jobs to the state, while the gaming bill will generate that amount annually without a dime of taxpayer funds. 

The ad is referencing the Toyota-Mazda plant near Huntsville, which has been a boon for the North Alabama area and sparked unprecedented economic growth. 

Under the comprehensive gaming bill that lawmakers failed to approve during the last session – but which they feel they have the votes to pass during this session – the state would authorize full casinos at five or six locations, depending on the final version of the bill, and authorize a statewide lottery. 

The resort-style casinos, which would be located at the four existing tracks in Birmingham, Shorter, Eutaw and Mobile — and potentially at existing gaming locations near Dothan and in Lowndes County — are projected to create between 10,000 and 15,000 permanent jobs. Many of those jobs would be in economically depressed areas that lack major industries, another benefit often touted by supporters of the plan. 

State Sen. Greg Albritton has stated previously that he plans to sponsor the comprehensive gaming bill during the 2022 session. It will be very similar to the bill that passed the Senate in 2021, he said. 

The ads will begin on TV stations around the state on Wednesday.

Original Post: alreporter.com

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Prior Infection, Vaccines Provide Best Protection From COVID

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A new study that compares coronavirus protection from prior infection and vaccination concludes getting the shots is still the safest way to prevent COVID-19.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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UPDATE: 2 Pedestrians Killed, 1 Hurt in Horrific San Jose Collision

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SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — Two pedestrians were killed and another injured Tuesday night after they were struck crossing Almaden Expressway in San Jose.

According to San Jose police, officers responded to the area of Almaden Expressway and Foxworthy Ave. for a traffic collision involving a vehicle and three pedestrians at approximately 8:24 p.m.

A preliminary investigation has revealed that a 2017 Toyota sedan was traveling northbound on Almaden Expressway in the No. 1 lane in the area of Foxworthy Ave.

The Toyota then struck three adult pedestrians who were crossing Almaden Expressway outside of any marked crosswalk. The pedestrians were crossing from the west side towards the east side of the expressway.

The investigation has also revealed that the vehicle had a green light at the intersection.

Two male pedestrians were transported to local hospitals where they were pronounced dead. A third female victim suffered injuries that were not life-threatening. The identity of the victims will be released by the Santa Clara County Coroner’s Office after their next of kin are notified.

The driver, who also sustained moderate injuries and was taken to a local hospital, was cooperating with the investigation. There was no indication of drug or alcohol influence.

San Jose police said it was the 6th fatal collision and victims number 6 and 7 of 2022. This is also the 4th and 5th pedestrian fatalities of 2022.

Anyone with information on this investigation is urged to contact Detective Templeman #3566 of the San José Police Department’s Traffic Investigations Unit at 408-277-4654.

Original Post: sanfrancisco.cbslocal.com

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US Faces Wave of Omicron Deaths in Coming Weeks, Models Say

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The fast-moving omicron variant may cause less severe disease on average, yet COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. are climbing. Deaths could top 1 million by early spring. “It unfortunately is going to get worse before it gets better,” an epidemiologist said.

Original Article: seattletimes.com

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