- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 24, 2015

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Officials say a $100,000 grant will be used to fund health screenings for students in 17 Alabama counties.

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs said in a statement Tuesday that the screenings are being funded by the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Officials say Pelham-based nonprofit Sight Savers America is expecting to conduct 70 health screenings this school year and aims to reach about 14,000 students in Talladega, Jefferson and Limestone counties among others.

Officials say nurses will address any urgent medical needs during the screenings and provide detailed reports for follow-up care.

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