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Local Area Hospitals Near ICU Capacities

As of Thursday, more than 2,400 COVID patients were hospitalized across the state. About 25% of those hospitalizations were in Jefferson and Shelby counties.

Bus Rapid Transit Line Coming To Birmingham

Construction on the Birmingham Xpress will start in January and is scheduled to finish in time for the World Games in 2022.

Coronavirus Deaths Mount In Alabama Prisons

More than 50 Alabama inmates have died from COVID-19.

A Visit With Santa? It’s Still Happening Despite The Pandemic

How do you visit Santa in a pandemic? It's a question retailers, families and Santa himself are dealing with this season.

Federal Regulators To Set Election Date On Amazon Union

Employees at Amazon's Bessemer warehouse want to unionize, but the online retail giant opposes those efforts.

DOJ Lawsuit Could Lead To Federal Oversight Of Alabama Prisons

More than a year after finding unconstitutional conditions in Alabama's male prisons, federal officials are taking legal action against the state.

Hospital Officials Urge Against Holiday Gatherings In Open Letter To Alabamians

Birmingham-area hospital officials are asking Alabamians to take all possible precautions to stop the spread of the disease, including avoiding holiday gatherings with people who do not live in their households.

UAB Hospital Receives First Delivery Of Pfizer’s COVID-19 Vaccine, Vaccinations Begin Thursday

UAB Hospital received its first shipment of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine Tuesday morning.

Birmingham Public Library Executive Director Resigns After Three Controversial Years

Floyd Council, executive director of the Birmingham Public Library, announced his resignation Tuesday morning after three embattled years on the job.

Birmingham Will Apply For Grant To Revitalize Smithfield Court

With the grant month, the city plans to improve the area around Smithfield Court, including infrastructure improvements such as street paving, sidewalks, lighting and parks as well as beautification and anti-blight efforts.

Spend It All: JeffCo Commission Makes Sure to Leave No Cares Act Money On The Table

The county commissioners sought to tie up any loose ends for Cares Act money at its meeting on Tuesday.

Providers Plan For Vaccinating Millions of Rural Alabamians

As Alabama receives its first allotment of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, health officials anticipate challenges distributing the vaccine in rural communities.

Local COVID-19 Hospitalizations Spike As Alabama Faces Shortages In Number Of Available Healthcare Workers

Experts predict that number of new COVID-19 hospitalization will continue to rise in the coming weeks.

Predictable Prejudice: Predictive Policing Software Promises Unbiased Crime-Fighting, But Can It Deliver?

Predictive policing software programs such as PredPol was adopted by the Homewood Police Department and Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office in 2016 and Birmingham Police Department in 2019.

UAB Predicts COVID Hospital Patients Will Double By Christmas, Vaccines Expected Soon

In a gathering of 20 people, there's more than a 50% chance that one person in that gathering will be infectious and contagious with COVID-19, according to Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson.

Birmingham Officials Reject Defunding, But Plan Police Reforms With Civilian Oversight

The city of Birmingham’s Public Safety Task Force released a report Thursday morning that outlines four areas that the city can improve on.

DOJ Sues Alabama Over Violence In Prisons

The lawsuit is an attempt by federal officials to force the state to remedy a prison system long riddled with violence.

Slated For A Mega Prison, Brierfield Residents Demand Answers

Gov. Kay Ivey recently announced where she wants to build three new mega prisons. Residents are pushing back on the plan.

Jones Calls For Bipartisanship In Farewell To Senate, Does Not Address Talk Biden Favors Him For AG

Democratic Senator Doug Jones gave his farewell speech Wednesday on the floor of the U.S. Senate.

UAB Hospital Braces For ‘Terrifying’ Increase in COVID Hospitalizations

As COVID case numbers continue to increase, UAB Hospital is predicting a dramatic surge in hospitalizations next week.

Gov. Ivey Extends Mask Order Into 2021

Governor Kay Ivey is extending Alabama’s Safer-at-Home order until January 22, 2021.

WBHM Selected As A Report For America Host Newsroom

WBHM is pleased to announce that it has been selected as a Report for America host newsroom partner and will join an expanding network of more than 200 newsrooms benefiting from the support of this nonprofit program.

COVID-19 Hospitalization Number Reaches Record High In Alabama

Alabama's COVID-19 hospitalizations reached a new record, according to the state department of public health.

Alabama Health Officials Hope To Receive First COVID-19 Vaccines Next Friday

Alabama will receive about 41,000 doses of a COVID-19 vaccine, which will be distributed at 16 vaccination sites at hospitals across the state.

Food Banks Struggle To Meet Increasing Demand During Holiday Season

Some Birmingham-area food banks are scrambling to keep food on the table for their clients.

Alabama Struggling With Racial Disparities In Child Poverty Levels, Report Says

Children of color will make up the majority of the child population and the majority of the workforce in Alabama by 2030, according to the 2020 Alabama Kids Count report.

Cam Ward Plans New Direction For Pardons And Paroles

State Sen. Cam Ward is replacing Charlie Graddick as director of Alabama's Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. Under Graddick's leadership, paroles rates declined significantly.

Educators Mixed on Governor’s Push For In-Person Learning

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said the longer schools are disrupted, the more likely kids will suffer academically.

State Finance Chief: All Coronavirus Relief Money Will Be Spent

The state is working through a backlog of requests from local governments, nonprofits, and others for CARES Act funds.

Jeffco Commission To Consider Mortgage Assistance

The Jefferson County Commission is expected Thursday to amend its disbursement of Cares Act funds to include mortgage assistance for residents adversely affected by the novel coronavirus pandemic.

Birmingham Bringing Back Up to 132 Furloughed Employees

The city will borrow money from its general fund reserve amid concerns from some council members.

UAB Expert: Alabama Could See ‘Tidal Wave’ Of Coronavirus Cases This Month

Alabama will likely receive its first shipment of a COVID-19 vaccine in January, according to health care experts. It was previously predicted that Alabama would receive the vaccine in December.