Who Has Final Say Over Jefferson County Money Matters?
10-29-2018

Jefferson County commissioners and Jefferson County Tax Collector J.T. Smallwood have different ideas of who must OK contracts set up by Smallwood. Commissioner David Carrington said Thursday any contract involving Jefferson County government income and expenses must be approved by the commission. Smallwood, an elected official, said he doesn’t work for the commission.

Firehouse Ministries Loses City Money in Racially Charged Dispute
10-29-2018

Tensions continued through the week between a Birmingham City Council member and Mayor Randall Woodfin over the council’s Tuesday decision not to contribute $1 million over five years to the Firehouse Ministries Homeless Shelter.

Ivey Says Lottery Approval Is up to Legislature, Voters
10-25-2018

Gov. Kay Ivey isn’t necessarily a big fan of a new state lottery, but she would not get in the way if the Legislature and Alabama voters approved an amendment to the state constitution to legalize the games.

Birmingham Police Face Biggest Backlog in Sexual Assault Kits Not Submitted for Analysis
10-25-2018

Rhiannon Reese of Crisis Center Birmingham says she doesn’t want to play the blame game about sexual assault kits not submitted for analysis to Alabama’s forensic lab.

WBHM Will Bring the Voices of the Heart of Alabama to National NPR Audiences Through ‘1A Across America’ Collaboration
10-25-2018

WBHM is happy to announce that it will bring more stories from the heart of Alabama to the national audience of the daily weekday public radio program 1A through 1A Across America, a two-year collaborative effort. Leading up to the 2020 general elections, 1A Across America introduces a fresh model for strong community-based coverage of […]

Ivey Campaign Goes on Offense Against Maddox, Tying Him to Soros-Backed PACs
10-23-2018

After playing defense from charges by her opponent that she was avoiding a debate, Gov. Kay Ivey and her re-election campaign have turned the tables and gone on offense.

President’s Proposed Budget Cut: Eliminate Help to Keep Power on for Poor Families
10-22-2018

Erica Dunning is proud of her tidy house, built by Habitat for Humanity in a quiet Chalkville neighborhood, and her job working for Jefferson County. But she’s not too proud to admit that, once upon a time, she needed help to make ends meet.

As Alabama Goes to the Polls, Worries Emerge That Some Are Denied Voting Rights
10-22-2018

Since last year, Lorenzo French says he’s helped about 50 people in rural Greene County regain their ability to vote. Many of them were improperly removed from voter rolls because they had a felony conviction, though not the type that should have banned them from voting, French said. Others didn’t have photo identification, a requirement to vote in Alabama since 2014.

Unsubmitted Sexual Assault Kits Set off Alarm Bells in DA’s Office
10-19-2018

So far, the Sexual Assault Kit Initiative in Jefferson County has generated more questions than answers. The biggest question: How did 3,876 sexual assault kits not get submitted to the Department of Forensic Sciences for testing?

The Year of Firsts: Freshman Candidates Find the Campaign Trail Grueling, Expensive and Rewarding
10-19-2018

Just before the deadline closed, Cara McClure and Kari Powell submitted the paperwork to run for the Public Service Commission. They didn’t know one another beforehand, but they ended up on a phone call just after the midnight deadline talking about their similar platforms and how, despite having never run for political office, they would each need to hit the ground running.