Alabama’s Teacher Shortages Reach ‘Crisis’ Level
02-8-2019

Alabama’s teacher shortages are reaching crisis level, education leaders say.

State of the Union: Democrats’ Response
02-5-2019

Stacey Abrams, who narrowly lost the Georgia governor’s race in November, is delivering the Democrats’ response to President Trump’s State of the Union address. Reporters across the NPR newsroom are annotating her remarks, adding context and analysis. Loading…

Trump’s State of the Union Address
02-4-2019

President Trump is delivering his State of the Union address, which the White House says will outline a “policy agenda both parties can rally behind.” Yet the speech follows the longest shutdown in U.S. history, and the deadline to avoid another one is in less than two weeks. NPR reporters covering the White House, Congress, […]

Gospel Music’s Impact on Rock and Soul Music is Focus of New Radio Documentary to Air During Black History Month
01-30-2019

A new radio documentary that explores the history of black gospel music and illustrates its significant influence on the formation of rock and soul music will be broadcast by WBHM on February 11th through February 14th starting every evening at 7 p.m., during Black History Month. Hosted by GRAMMY award-winning gospel singer CeCe Winans, Gospel Roots […]

Alabama’s Federal Employees Return to Work as Federal Shutdown Is Temporarily Ended
01-29-2019

Federal employees in Birmingham and across the state returned to work Monday after a record-setting, five-week partial federal shutdown that affected about 5,500 workers, almost 10 percent of the state’s 50,000 federal employees.

Alabama Lawmakers’ Pay up 4% in 2019
01-29-2019

Alabamians’ median household income increased in 2017, which means Alabama lawmakers received a corresponding 4.03 percent pay increase this year. Their annual salary is now $48,123. This is the third raise for lawmakers since 2014, when their pay was tied to household incomes through a voter-approved constitutional amendment.

School Closings for Tuesday Jan. 29
01-29-2019

Many schools systems around Alabama will be closed Tuesday, January 29th due to expected snow.

Jefferson County Commission Plans Town Hall Meeting to Explain Sewer Rate Increases
01-24-2019

Jefferson County Commissioners had a lengthy discussion during their committee meeting Tuesday about setting a town hall meeting to focus on rising sewer rates as a result of the county’s bankruptcy.

Scales Opens the Windows of the County’s Committee Meeting Room
01-24-2019

Citizens of Jefferson County could only imagine the discussion and debate that happened when commissioners assembled for their committee meetings.

One-Third of Alabama’s Failing Schools Are in the Birmingham Metro Area
01-24-2019

The Alabama State Department of Education has posted its list of the state’s failing public schools, and 25 Birmingham metro-area public schools are on it. Statewide, 76 public schools are on the list.