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Alabama to carry out first lethal injection since review of execution procedures

James Barber is scheduled to be put to death Thursday evening at a south Alabama prison. Gov. Kay Ivey paused executions in November to conduct an internal review.

Black lawmakers say Alabama GOP’s proposed new congressional map insults the Supreme Court

The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Senate advanced separate plans that increase the number of Black voters in the state’s 2nd congressional district, but do not establish the second majority-Black district sought by plaintiffs who won the Supreme Court case last month.

Police cast doubt on Carlee Russell’s kidnapping claim after reporting toddler on an Alabama highway

The 25-year-old's return home Saturday following her Thursday disappearance prompted intense speculation about where she had been and what had happened to her.

WATCH: A discussion on what’s behind the spread of dollar stores with the Gulf States Newsroom

Watch a replay of the Gulf States Newsroom's virtual listening session and discussion on Stephan Bisaha's series on The Dollar Store Takeover.

Bolin Elected to Jefferson County Commission

Mike Bolin is retired no more. The former Alabama Supreme Court justice has a new job as the newly elected District 5 representative on the Jefferson County Commission.

After court ruling, Alabama GOP criticized for rejecting 2nd majority-Black congressional district

Lawmakers must adopt new maps by Friday after the U.S. Supreme Court in June upheld a finding that the current state map likely violated the federal Voting Rights Act.

54% of support comes from members
54% of support comes from members

North Birmingham’s Bluestone Coke plant issued warning for Clean Water Act violations

The industrial plant has 60 days to clean up contaminated water in Five Mile Creek before it faces a federal lawsuit, local environmental groups warn.

To meet rising demand, UAB emergency room begins $73 million expansion

After experiencing a 20% increase in patient volume over the past five years, the hospital plans to double treatment capacity in its emergency department.

Alabama Republicans, despite Supreme Court ruling, reject call for second majority Black district

Lawmakers must adopt a new map by Friday after the high court in June affirmed a three-judge panel's ruling that Alabama’s existing congressional map likely violated the Voting Rights Act.

Elder Black farmers in Mississippi seek a new generation to continue their legacy

Black farmers in Mississippi are aging. Now, they’re connecting with next-gen farmers to keep their ancestral practices of sustainable farming alive.

Voters to decide next district 5 JeffCo commissioner in Tuesday election

The vote will decide whether former judge Mike Bolin or developer David Silverstein will fill the term of former Commissioner Steve Ammons, who resigned recently to become CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance.

Alabama rushes to adopt new congressional map amid disagreement on what district should look like

Alabama lawmakers convene in special session Monday tasked by the court with adopting a new map by the end of the week. The directive comes after a surprise U.S. Supreme Court ruling that affirmed the lower court's ruling that Alabama's existing congressional map likely violated the Voting Rights Act.

Hoover woman returns home following disappearance and search after reporting child on interstate

Police said Carlethia “Carlee” Nichole Russell had returned to the home she shares with her parents in Hoover. Russell was the after being the focus of a two-day search by police and family members who reported her missing after she stopped to check on a child who was walking along a highway.

A story about a deadly TikTok boat-jumping challenge went viral. Then it fell apart

National and international news outlets in recent days have cited a local news report in Alabama claiming four people drowned attempting the stunt. But the state’s public safety agency says the claim is false.

Wise drops out of Jefferson County Commission race

Jeff Wise’s decision to drop out leaves only Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin and developer David Silverstein in Tuesday’s election.

The Birmingham Zoo wants to build a new cat exhibit. First they must deal with unmarked graves

The zoo has filed for a permit with the Alabama Historical Commission to professionally exhume the graves and reinter them nearby.

New CDC report finds ‘significant increase’ in children diagnosed with developmental disorders

While the results showing an increase in rates may seem alarming, researchers say it could be a sign of better access to mental health services.

The Dollar Store Takeover: A Virtual Listening Session and Conversation

The Gulf States Newsroom will host a listening session and conversation on Stephan Bisaha's four-part audio series examining the spread of dollar stores.

Alabama senator says white nationalists are racists after weeks of declining to say so

Tuberville’s brief comment follows several media interviews in which he has repeatedly declined to describe white nationalists as racist. The furor started with a May interview on WBHM

In rural Mississippi, Baby University is helping parents with ‘more than diapers’

The free program in Clarksdale, Mississippi teaches young parents how to better care for their children while filling in the gaps of the social safety net.

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City council approves $5 million to build Birmingham amphitheater

Birmingham’s $5 million investment in the project is expected to be matched by equal contributions from Jefferson County, the BJCC and venue promoter and operator Live Nation.

Tuberville’s hold leaves Marines without confirmed leader for 1st time in 100 years

Tuberville has stalled all nominations for senior military jobs because he disagrees with Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s decision to have the Defense Department pay for travel when a service member has to go out of state to get an abortion or other reproductive care. Abortion is now illegal in Alabama.

Alabama student finds home in the comfort of her mind

Jameia Boone grew up in a home of structure and stability in Mississippi, but that all changed once she moved to Troy, Alabama, for college.

Through social clubs and education, Birmingham woman creates community

Delena Chappel works to extend a sense of community to her students and other Black women.

US Forest Service and historically Black colleges unite to boost diversity in wildland firefighting

Wildfire season around the U.S. continues to grow while minorities remain underrepresented in forestry and firefighting.

She thought one call would fix her power bill. A year later, she’s still not satisfied

Power bill disputes usually sway in the utility company's favor. But as this New Orleans renter's story shows, there are ways customers can get answers.

United Methodists lose one-fifth of US churches in schism driven by growing defiance of LGBTQ bans

Roughly half of churches in the United Methodist Church North Alabama Conference have voted to disaffiliate within the last year, according to new study.

As ‘overwhelming’ heat dome settles over the Gulf South, unhoused residents seek refuge

The Fourth of July holiday brought sweltering temperatures to the Gulf South. Here’s how some of the people most vulnerable to the heat are dealing with it.

Alabama’s health care system for women ranks near the bottom of this new scorecard

The Commonwealth Fund’s new report includes 12 new measures that evaluate and rank states on reproductive services and women’s health care.

How hard is life after prison? This simulation in Birmingham offers a taste

Across the country, U.S. justice officials are hosting simulated experiences to highlight the barriers many people face after leaving prison.

You can now see the renovated A.G. Gaston Motel

Almost 40 years after it closed, the newly renovated A.G. Gaston Motel in downtown Birmingham opened to the public Thursday. Visitors will be able to walk in the same steps as many historic Black figures.

Lawmakers begin redrawing Alabama’s congressional map

On Tuesday, the effort to redraw the map began with a public hearing at the State House. This follows the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision upholding a lower court’s ruling that Alabama’s congressional map does not reflect the state’s Black population.