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Former Alabama Secretary of State Nancy Worley dies

Worley also served as chair of the state Democratic party until ousted in a power struggle in 2019.

As much of the Gulf South remains unvaccinated, New Orleans issues a mandate for kids

The city will expand its mandate in 2022 to include children 5 and older. The city health director said “there was no good scientific or educational reason to wait.”

Judge orders Alabama prison system to boost staff by 2025

The Alabama Department of Corrections had been ordered to reach staffing targets by Feb. 2022, but the judge said that's clearly "out of reach."

Edward O. Wilson, biologist known as ‘ant man,’ dead at 92

The pioneering Harvard biologist and Alabama native developed a fascination with ants as a teen that continued through his life.

Prison visits are back in the Gulf States. Many have not seen loved ones for nearly 2 years

This holiday season, many incarcerated people in the Gulf States are seeing their loved ones for the first time since March 2020 due to COVID restrictions.

Virus hospitalizations, school cases increasing in Alabama

The state's top doctor says caseloads are manageable, but officials are concerned.

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Three Birmingham families on what the Magic City means to them as the city turns 150

Birmingham's first 150 years contains powerful history. But it was also home to tens of thousands of people.

Gulf States will get $100M to expand internet access. Here’s what they’re prioritizing

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi will receive $100 million from the infrastructure bill to expand internet access, but each will have different priorities.

How the social safety net has — and hasn’t — changed in 2021 in 5 charts

Updates to SNAP, TANF and the Child Tax Credit have helped families in the Gulf South, but not everyone has been able to access the improved benefits.

First case of omicron variant in Alabama has been confirmed

Alabama has confirmed its first case of the omicron variant of the coronavirus, according to the state health officer.

Families in need received more from the social safety net in 2021. How helpful was it?

Experts hail changes like the Child Tax Credit and increases in SNAP benefits as historic. But were recipients better off after getting them?

Texas-like abortion bill would let citizen sue providers

The Alabama Heartbeat Act would prohibit medical providers from performing an abortion once cardiac activity is detected, usually around six weeks and before some women know they are even pregnant. The bill was filed ahead of the 2022 legislative session.

Jefferson County judge removed from bench for behavior

Circuit Judge Nakita Blocton was removed from the bench after the Alabama Court of the Judiciary ruled she demonstrated a pattern of inappropriate behavior.

Field trips look a lot different for students this year. But that’s not entirely bad

As public schools adjust to all in-person classes, educators have found value in welcoming accessible field trips through virtual tours.

Supply chain issues in California open up a business opportunity for Gulf Coast ports

Southern ports report higher traffic, but problems on the ground keep them from being a true solution to the supply chain tangle.

Former NFL player Glenn Foster dies after arrest in Alabama

Alabama authorities are investigating after former NFL player Glenn Foster Jr. died in custody following a high-speed chase that resulted in his arrest and then a fight involving officers in the county jail where he was being held.

Andrew Yeager named first managing editor of WBHM

Andrew Yeager has been named the first managing editor of WBHM 90.3 FM as the station enters its 45th year of sharing news with Alabama audiences.

Alabama prisons commissioner Jeff Dunn to retire as system faces federal pressure

Gov. Kay Ivey announced the leadership change just two months months after Alabama lawmakers approved a $1.3 billion prison construction plan.

Alabama Gov. Ivey draws challengers in 2022 GOP primary

Lynda Blanchard and Tim James are joining the 2022 Alabama governor's race against incumbent Kay Ivey, county commissioner Stacy Lee George, and pastor Dean Odle.

NBA G League’s Birmingham Squadron hosts home opener at Legacy Arena

The Birmingham Squadron will face the Mexico City Capitanes Sunday at the newly renovated Legacy Arena.

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An Alabama teen was having a seizure. Police shocked her with a taser.

How an Alabama teen sought justice after a violent police encounter upended her life.

As Supreme Court heard Mississippi abortion ban case, Gulf South demonstrators rallied in DC

Hundreds of demonstrators for and against abortion rights protested in front of the U.S. Supreme Court ahead of a monumental hearing on Wednesday.

After a blowout pilot season, high school girls flag football could be an official sport in Alabama

Two teams will take the field in downtown Birmingham Wednesday for the girls flag football high school state championship.

Amazon warehouse workers get to re-do their union vote in Alabama

A federal labor official has ordered a revote in the biggest Amazon union election in the U.S. The agency found the company's anti-union tactics tainted the original vote that rejected unionizing.

Alabama prisons to resume visitation after 20 months

The Alabama Department of Corrections will resume visitations on Dec. 4 after nearly 20 months. But there will be a number of restrictions.

Turmoil hits antipoverty group as report questions contracts

The executive director of Jefferson County's Committee for Economic Opportunity was fired after allegations of financial inconsistencies.

The stadium bid for Woodlawn High School is approved. It could be built by the fall

The Birmingham Board of Education has approved a bid for Woodlawn High School's new football stadium. It could be built by fall 2022.

Birmingham Mayor Woodfin sworn in for a second term

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin began his second term Tuesday, continuing his tenure as the city’s 30th mayor.

How a Birmingham shop owner brings memories to life through books

Jim Reed has collected books and writings for more than 40 years and believes books keep memories alive.

Labor Secretary Marty Walsh announces $15 minimum wage for federal contractors during visit to Birmingham

An estimated 327,000 people across the country could see a pay increase under a new Department of Labor rule announced Monday in Birmingham.

Tips for a happy, safe and COVID-free Thanksgiving from Gulf South health officials

Hosting a family gathering for Thanksgiving but worried about COVID transmission? Health officials offer these tips for a happy, safe holiday.

Deep South’s most vulnerable residents share their stories during EPA’s ‘Journey to Justice’ tour

Black residents of Southeast Louisiana, dedicated to fighting air and soil pollution in their own neighborhoods and towns met with EPA Administrator Michael Regan on his “Journey to Justice,” listening tour, sharing their stories and frustrations.