Changing Climate: In Pursuit of the Disappearing Alabama Oyster. Will They Ever Return?
11-6-2019

Oysters, one of the vital signs of the health of Alabama’s coastal waters, were once a jewel of the state’s economy and a local delicacy. Now, wild oysters from the Mobile Bay area have almost entirely disappeared. With few exceptions, the oysters most of us now enjoy originate elsewhere.

Birmingham Council Chips in on East Lake Grocery Revamp as Part of Battle Against Food Deserts
11-5-2019

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to approve a slate of economic incentives for one East Lake grocery store, continuing the Woodfin administration’s pledge to work toward eliminating food deserts in the city.

Cloudy Future for Dauphin Island, a Canary in the Coal Mine of Climate Change
11-1-2019

Dauphin is one of perhaps 2,200 barrier islands that make up 10% to 12% of the globe’s coastline. They help absorb the blows of nature and suffer greatly for it, either eroding dramatically from catastrophic hurricane forces or gradually, almost imperceptibly, from constant wave action.

The Partisan Divide Isn’t That Wide Between Alabama’s Two US Senators, Though It Still Is a Canyon Among House Members
11-1-2019

Although they differ on many high-profile issues, Alabama’s two U.S. senators voted together about half the time on key issues during 2019.

Jefferson County Is on the Brink of Shedding Personnel Consent Decree
10-31-2019

U.S. District Court Judge Lynwood Smith wished Tony Petelos a happy Halloween, one in which he would get more treats than tricks.

Most Birmingham-Area Schools Improve From Last Year in Latest Report Card, But Work Still Needed
10-20-2019

Two Birmingham-area school systems scored better than last year on the 2018-2019 annual Education Report Card issued by the Alabama State Department of Education.

Changing Climate: Alabama Sees Heat, Storms, Drought and Turtles
10-19-2019

Alabama’s a long way from the South Pole, but Jim McClintock knows the places are connected. For decades, the UAB researcher has been witnessing effects of climate change on the polar region. He sees that his state is starting to feel the impacts, as well, and predicts greater changes ahead.

One Birmingham City Council Seat Goes to a Runoff; Two Incumbents Returned to the Council
10-9-2019

One Birmingham City Council seat will be up for a runoff after none of the candidates won more than 50 percent of the votes in Tuesday’s balloting.

Several Birmingham Special Election Results on Hold Until Wednesday
10-9-2019

Special elections for three Birmingham City Council seats, plus renewals for three ad valorem taxes, will not have results declared until Wednesday morning because of an error in the handling of electronic machine memory cards at three different precincts.