Alabama Power Awaiting Federal Guidance After Court Strips Its License to Operate 7 Coosa River Dams
08-28-2018

It’s now official. Monday, Alabama Power Co.’s license to operate its seven Coosa River dams was taken away under terms of a federal court order issued a month ago. The power company will now operate under its prior license.

Legal Services Alabama Serves Thousands In State. Program, a Partisan Battleground, on President Trump’s Budget-Cut List
08-28-2018

Army veteran Ronald Whitson gives credit to Legal Services Alabama for keeping his family home in Birmingham. However, the program that Whitson praises has been controversial, the frequent target of partisan political battles since its start in the mid-1970s, with roots in the nation’s War on Poverty. Now the Alabama program’s federal parent, Legal Services Corporation, once again faces defunding, this time in President Donald Trump’s 2019 budget proposal.

Don’t Swat! Alabama’s Bugs May Be Disappearing
08-21-2018

The insect population has declined worldwide. Getting a grasp on Alabama’s bug population has been tough. Here’s why.

Tariffs Imposed By U.S., Trading Partners Hit Home In Alabama
08-21-2018

President Donald Trump is battling with countries he says are unfairly hurting America’s foreign trade, but some of his moves may adversely affect industries in Alabama in the process.

Filling in the Blanks: Birmingham Council Fine-Tuning Process to Find Replacements for Three Councilors
08-20-2018

With this week’s resignation of President Pro Tem Jay Roberson, the Birmingham City Council faces the unusual task of appointing three new members by the end of the year.

Air Quality Forecasts and Alerts
08-16-2018

Ambient air quality in Jefferson County is forecast daily year-round for fine particulate matter and during the warm season for ozone.

What Are Potential Pollution Sources In Jefferson County?
08-16-2018

Thirty-one industries, businesses and other operations in Jefferson County are considered possible large sources of pollution and issued operating permits that recognize that.

County’s Major Air Polluters Concentrated in Low-Income, Minority Neighborhoods
08-16-2018

By Hank Black The Oliver Robinson bribery trial, in which guilty verdicts were issued for officials of Drummond Coal Co. and its law firm, Balch & Bingham, revealed a gritty episode about avoiding environmental cleanup in North Birmingham. But there’s a bigger dirty picture. The vast majority of Jefferson County’s 31 major sources of pollution […]

ALDOT Pitches Options for Little Cahaba River Bridge. Opponents Warn of Immediate and Permanent Harm to Drinking Water
08-8-2018

Traffic authorities seeking to extend a road across the Little Cahaba River in southern Jefferson County promised Tuesday to make it a controlled access road and prevent adjacent development in the watershed that protects metropolitan Birmingham’s drinking water supply.

The Biggest Donors Eclipse The Rest In Gubernatorial Campaigns
08-7-2018

By Glenn Stephens Hundreds of thousands of dollars from Alabama’s richest person and a group of Tuscaloosa-based political action committees are fueling the race for governor as the campaign enters its final three months. Incumbent Republican Gov. Kay Ivey and Democratic challenger Walt Maddox, mayor of Tuscaloosa, have gotten most of their campaign money from […]