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The headline in the little newspaper said COVID-19 numbers were spiking in the farm towns of western Minnesota. Doctors urged people to get vaccinations, the Monitor-News reported. But to some in the town of Benson, the Monitor-News was lying. It's vaccinations that are killing people, they say. It’s another measure of how, in an America increasingly split by warring visions of itself, division doesn’t just play out on cable television, or in mayhem at the U.S. Capitol.  It has seeped into the American fabric, all the way to Benson’s 12th Street, where two next-door neighbors -- the publisher of the Monitor-News, and a harsh critic -- can live in different worlds.  

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Alabama lawmakers have given final approval to a plan to use more than $700 million in pandemic relief funds on a mix of broadband, water and sewer projects and healthcare reimbursements.  The Alabama House of Representative passed the bill 100-0.  The governor is expected to sign the plan.  Gov. Kay Ivey, in a statement Thursday, called lawmakers into special session to pass the plan. 

A combative Roy Moore has denied on the witness stand that he knew the woman who says the failed U.S. Senate candidate sexually molested her when she was 14. Attorneys for Moore's accuser, Leigh Corfman, called the former Alabama judge to testify Thursday in a trial dealing with dueling defamation suits they filed against each other. Corfman's allegations that Moore touched her inappropriately in 1979 when he was in his 30s were published as he ran for the Senate in 2017. He ultimately lost that race. Moore pointed at Corfman in the courtroom Thursday as he insisted: “I never met that woman.” Corfman says his denials defamed her reputation.