Gigi Douban has reported for public radio since 2006. She’s filed stories for WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and Public Radio International’s The World. Most recently, Gigi reported for Marketplace, bringing the country stories about toxic landfills, debtors prisons, and lighter fare, like why urinals are ubiquitous in public bathrooms, but not in homes. She's also written for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World, and on occasion, actually runs.
The Birmingham Barons have their first home game of the season Wednesday against Montgomery. And like many minor league baseball teams, they’re implementing some changes to make games faster and more fun to watch.
An Alabama state lawmaker and the former head of the state Republican party have each been arrested in connection with a public corruption scheme, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
Two waves of severe weather are expected today around the state, including supercell thunderstorms, according to the Alabama Emergency Management Agency.
In the aftermath of Wednesday’s deadly shooting at UAB Highlands Hospital, friends remember Nancy Turnage Swift, the nursing supervisor who was killed, as outgoing and caring.
Two people are dead after a shooting yesterday at UAB Highlands Hospital. One was the gunman, who died last night of self-inflicted gunshot wounds. Another shooting victim, a UAB employee, died during surgery last night. A third is in stable condition. Le’Darius Hilliard was inside UAB Highlands Hospital for a brief period during yesterday’s shooting. WBHM’s Gigi Douban talked with him this morning.
The Alabama legislature considers tightening up the state ethics law and a bill that would allow the Ten Commandments to be displayed in public buildings, including schools. The bill’s sponsor says it can deter a school shooter from carrying out an attack.
The number of food trucks in Birmingham has exploded over the last couple of years. But the Travis Chicago Style no-frills white truck with a red stripe gets high marks from Birmingham residents, particularly African Americans who grew up seeing his truck.
Attorney Bernard Harcourt, lawyer for Alabama death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm, says Hamm’s injuries following Thursday’s botched execution were worse than expected.