Alabama Senate

Who won Alabama Senate runoff? Tommy Tuberville beats Jeff Sessions for GOP nomination –

Alabama Republican Senate hopeful Tommy Tuberville awaits primary runoff results on Tuesday night.

Former Auburn University football coach Tommy Tuberville defeated ex-US Attorney General Jeff Sessions in Tuesday night’s runoff for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate.

Tuberville, who was making his first run for public office, will face Democrat Doug Jones in November.

The Associated Press called the race at 8:19 p.m., a little more than an hour after polls closed. With 774 of 2,281 precincts reporting, unofficial results show Tuberville garnered 88,015 votes – or 62% – to Sessions’ 53,277 or 38%.

You can see complete election results here.

You can see detailed Senate results here.

The race pitted Tuberville – who was backed by President Donald Trump – vs. Sessions, who left the Senate before being named the Trump administration’s Attorney General in 2017. Sessions resigned a year later after fall out with Trump over the AG’s decision to recuse himself from the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Sessions defended his decision while on the campaign trail.

“You know, I don’t focus on regrets,” Sessions said. “I say my prayers and try to do the right thing. I think Donald Trump has been a president who has advanced the interests and values that I believe in. As attorney general, President Trump and I had one disagreement.”

The first statewide referendum held amid the coronavirus pandemic, turnout for Tuesday’s primary was extremely light in most places. Secretary of State John Merrill originally predicted turnout as high as 22% but modified that down on election day to 15-10%.

Tuberville will face Jones in the Nov. 3 general election.

Tuberville eyes big step toward becoming next Alabama senator

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Alabama Football

Alabama football: At least five players have reportedly tested positive for the coronavirus – CBS Sports

Alabama’s players have begun to return to campus ahead of voluntary workouts starting next week. At least five of those players have already tested positive for the coronavirus, according to 247Sports. The names of the players who have tested positive for COVID-19 have not been disclosed.

Simone Eli of CBS 42 in Birmingham reported that, not only did five unidentified players test positive, but that many more could be subject to quarantine as roughly 50 players were gathered together on the band field on Wednesday.

Alabama, and the rest of the SEC, is able to open up for voluntary offseason workouts on June 8. Eli reports that the group of players on the football field were there on their own and not part of any organized team activity.

The SEC announced last month that it will allow teams to begin voluntary offseason workouts on June 8. The conference’s announcement detailed the proper procedures that need to be taken by schools with players who test positive.

Student-athletes must be screened before arriving on campus within 72 hours of entering facilities and on a daily basis upon resumption of athletics activities. Players who test positive must be immediately isolated and the school will begin contact tracing and following CDC and local health guidelines.

Alabama isn’t the first school to have players test positive for COVID-19. Multiple Oklahoma State players tested positive this week, and Iowa State announced its first positive test within the athletic department on Wednesday.

The majority of schools either have already started offseason training or will begin workouts over the next 10 days. Due to the increased testing taking place for players returning to campus, more news positive tests will likely be coming throughout the college football world.

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Alabama student names NASA’s first Mars helicopter –

Ingenuity Mars Helicopter
The flight model of NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech

An Alabama high school student named NASA’s first Mars helicopter that will be deployed to the red planet later this summer.

Ingenuity, the name submitted by Vaneeza Rupani, was selected for the 4 pound (1.8 kilograms) solar-powered helicopter, NASA said in a statement on Wednesday. The name coined by the junior at Tuscaloosa County High School in Northport was just one of 28,000 names submitted in NASA’s “Name the Rover” essay contest for K-12 students across the United States.

“The ingenuity and brilliance of people working hard to overcome the challenges of interplanetary travel are what allow us all to experience the wonders of space exploration,” Rupani wrote in her essay. “Ingenuity is what allows people to accomplish amazing things, and it allows us to expand our horizons to the edges of the universe.”

In March, the selected the name Perseverance for the Mars Rover based on a Virginian student’s , but decided to come back to the submitted essays to also pick a name for the helicopter that will accompany the Rover.

NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine said Ingenuity “encapsulates the values that our helicopter tech demo will showcase.” Alabama Sen. Richard Shelby also congratulated Rupani for the honor.

“It was really cool I got to be a part of something like this,” she told the AP.

Ingenuity has already completed testing in a NASA simulation chamber in Southern California. Next, it will be attached to the belly of the Perseverance, which will take off for Mars in July or August. After it arrives on the red planet, the helicopter will remain under a protected covering to protect it from debris until the timing is right for the aircraft to be deployed.

It will then have a 31-day flight window to prove that powered flights can be accomplished on Mars, NASA said.

This year’s mission is part of a program that also includes missions to the moon to prepare for a possible human exploration of Mars. NASA plans to land the first woman and the next man on the moon in 2024, and set up a continued human presence “on and around” the moon in eight years so they can use it to send astronauts to Mars.

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