The landmark Voting Rights Act faces further dismantling in case from Alabama

The law is once again on the chopping block ­— this time on the question of how state legislatures may draw congressional district lines when the state's voters are racially polarized.

Alabama could use nitrogen hypoxia for executions in death sentences. What is it?

The state approved the method in 2018, but it has not yet been used or tested. A man awaiting a Sep. 22 execution said he opted for nitrogen hypoxia instead of lethal injection due to a fear of needles, but corrections officers lost his paperwork.

A Black pastor sues the police who arrested him while watering his neighbor’s flowers

Michael Jennings, the Black Alabama pastor arrested while watering his neighbor’s flowers, has filed a federal lawsuit against the police officers involved in his detainment. The lawsuit also names the city of Childersburg, which oversees the police department that arrested Jennings, as a defendant.

A Black pastor was watering his neighbor’s flowers. Then the police showed up

Michael Jennings, a longtime pastor at Vision of Abundant Life Church in Sylacauga, Ala., says he was doing a neighborly deed of watering his out-of-town neighbor’s flowers, per their request, when a police officer showed up.

Alabama execution is set despite opposition from the victim’s family

Joe Nathan James Jr. was convicted and sentenced to death in the 1994 shooting death of Faith Hall in Birmingham. Hall’s daughters have said they would rather James serve life in prison.

Exploring the Clotilda, the last known slave ship in the U.S., brings hope

The discovery of the ship on an Alabama river bottom has fostered a renewed hope for descendants of the Clotilda's captives, and the community they founded called Africatown.

A civil rights memorial in Alabama expands to document lynching victims’ stories

The Equal Justice Initiative addresses America's history of racial violence at a time when state lawmakers nationwide have been trying to limit teaching about divisive topics in public schools.

Barlow & Bear bring musical theater into the TikTok era

Birmingham's Abigail Barlow is up for a Grammy this year with her writing partner Emily Bear for their work on the 'Bridgerton Musical'.

Supreme Court lets Alabama use GOP-backed map of the state’s congressional districts

The court's action came on an emergency appeal from Alabama, which challenged a decision by a three-judge federal court panel that included two Trump appointees.

Amazon warehouse workers in Alabama vote for second time in union effort

Last year, Alabama workers voted against forming the first unionized Amazon warehouse in the U.S. Then, federal labor officials said Amazon unfairly influenced that election. Now, a re-vote begins.

Why a mailbox continues to loom over Amazon union vote at Alabama warehouse

The mailbox was a key reason why labor officials ruled to re-do a union election at Amazon's Alabama warehouse. For the re-vote, the mailbox got moved. The union wants it gone.

Amazon warehouse workers get to re-do their union vote in Alabama

A federal labor official has ordered a revote in the biggest Amazon union election in the U.S. The agency found the company's anti-union tactics tainted the original vote that rejected unionizing.

Montgomery, Ala., drops Confederate street name to honor famed civil rights attorney

Despite a threat from Alabama's attorney general, Jefferson Davis Avenue in Montgomery will be no more. The street once named for the Confederate figure will now honor civil rights attorney Fred Gray.

A missing Alabama woman’s body is found in a parked, unoccupied police van

Christina Nance had been missing since Sept. 25, her family says. Video footage from that day shows her entering the van, which was in a police parking lot. Her body was found 12 days later.

There Were More Deaths Than Births In Alabama Last Year, A Grim First For The State

Alabama's top health official says the state has "literally shrunk." According to preliminary data, it saw 64,714 total deaths and 57,641 births in 2020.

A Man Died After Being Turned Away From 43 ICUs At Capacity Due To COVID, Family Says

Ray DeMonia didn't die from COVID-19, but after the 73-year-old experienced a cardiac emergency, he was turned away from dozens of packed ICUs, his family says.

Amazon Warehouse Workers In Alabama May Get To Vote Again On Union

A federal labor official found that Amazon's anti-union tactics may have tainted last spring's voting process sufficiently to scrap its results. Workers had rejected unionization more than 2-to-1.

Alabama’s COVID-19 Vaccination Rate Is The Lowest In The U.S. And Infections Are Up

Public health officials are sounding the alarm in Alabama, the state with the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the country. New infections are spiking, yet fewer people are seeking shots.

‘Day You’ll Never Forget’: Decade After Deadly Tuscaloosa Tornado, Recovery Is Uneven

April 27, 2011 was one of the worst tornado outbreaks in U.S. history. More than 300 people died across the Deep South. Some have rebuilt but the recovery shows racial and economic disparities.

Derek Chauvin Found Guilty Of George Floyd’s Murder

Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, has been found guilty of unintentional second-degree murder, third-degree murder and second-degree manslaughter.

It’s A No: Amazon Warehouse Workers Vote Against Unionizing In Historic Election

Amazon avoided the prospect of a first unionized warehouse in America, where it's now the second-largest private employer. The vote in Alabama had prompted new interest in unions across the country.

The History In ‘Angel Of Greenwood’ Could Not Be More Timely

Birmingham's Randi Pink's new book 'Angel of Greenwood' is reviewed by Caitlyn Paxson, a regular reviewer for NPR Books.

Justice Department Knew 2018 Border Policy Would Separate Children From Families

Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is facing criticism for his role as former U.S. Attorney General in a new report by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.

High Demand For COVID-19 Vaccine Strains Health Departments In South

An uneven vaccine rollout across Southern states is causing frustration. Health departments are overwhelmed with people seeking shots as phone lines and websites are unable to keep up with the demand.

Can Trump Change A Key Census Count? Supreme Court Hears His Claim

Alabama is one of 10 states backing the Trump administration's memorandum that argues undocumented immigrants should not be counted in the 2020 federal census.