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NPR Live Coverage: 2020 Super Tuesday

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Super Tuesday contests, including results and analysis.

Jefferson County Department Of Health Prepared For Coronavirus

In a press conference, President Trump insisted the risk of Americans getting the coronavirus disease remains very low. But CDC officials say they expect COVID-19 to spread to more states across the U.S. and they’re preparing local health departments with specific guidelines for dealing with the disease.

In Comeback Senate Bid, Jeff Sessions Backs Trump — Despite Public Falling-Out

Jeff Sessions is making a play for his old senate seat from Alabama, arguing he's the one who has Trump's back despite the president's disparaging remarks about his former attorney general.

Alabama Ban On Gender Therapies Moves Forward

Doctors would not be allowed to administer gender therapies to youth, according to a bill moving forward in the Alabama Legislature. Opponents say the bill is fear mongering.

Parkers Will Be Able To Pay At Birmingham Meters Using An App

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to modernize its parking system, approving a three-year contract with ParkMobile, an application that allows users to pay for parking with their smartphones.

BirminghamWatch 2020 Primary Voter Guide: Republican U.S. Senate Race Headlines March 3 Primaries In Alabama

The Alabama primary election is on Tuesday, March 3. And all seven Senate Republican candidates have shown basic agreement on the topics of immigration, taxes and the economy as well as social issues such as abortion, guns and health care.


Officials Say Anniston Facility Not Designed To Hold Coronavirus Patients

State and local leaders say they were justified in pushing back against a plan to bring Americans infected with the coronavirus disease to a facility in Anniston. They say there weren't enough details known.

Officials Seek Answers On Plan To House Coronavirus Patients In Anniston

Anniston is being considered a "back-up plan" to house some patients that have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Gov. Kay Ivey.

Report Reveals Voter Access Difficult In Alabama

Super Tuesday is nearly a week away and hundreds-of-thousands of Alabama voters are expected to turn out. But according to a new report by the Southern Poverty Law Center, Alabama remains one of the most difficult states for an eligible voter to register and cast a ballot.

Voters Could Change How Education Leaders Are Picked In Alabama

When Alabama voters go the polls on March 3rd, they’ll be voting on a constitutional amendment that changes the state board of education. Currently board members are elected. If Amendment One is approved, the governor would appoint school board members.

Live Coverage: 2020 Nevada Caucuses

Follow NPR's live coverage of the 2020 Nevada caucuses, including results and analysis.

Medical Marijuana, Transgender Athlete Bills Pass Committee

A bill to allow medical marijuana in Alabama picked up steam in the Alabama Legislature this week as a Senate committee overwhelmingly approved it. Another committee backed a bill requiring transgender students to play sports under their “gender assignment at birth" as opposed to how they identify.

New Exhibit Features Artwork From Alabama Inmates

The issues around Alabama's troubled prison system are complex, but a new exhibit featuring artwork by Alabama inmates hopes to generate a different conversation.

CPB, NPR Partner With Public Media Stations To Launch Gulf States Newsroom, With Hub At WBHM In Birmingham

Public media stations WBHM in Birmingham, Alabama, Mississippi Public Broadcasting in Jackson, Mississippi, and WWNO in New Orleans and WRKF in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, have joined together to launch the Gulf States Newsroom. With support from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and NPR, this innovative collaboration will increase coverage of news events in a region […]

Construction, Welding, GED: The Impact Of Prison Education

Across Alabama, state inmates are getting GED certificates, learning to fix cars, and even how to code. As Alabama faces mounting pressure to reform its prison system, many state leaders want to increase funding for these educational programs.

Some Prisoners Invited To Vote By Absentee Ballot For The First Time This Year

Valentine’s Day took on new meaning Friday as members of five organizations continued their tour to get persons in jail and prison registered to vote by absentee ballot in the upcoming primary and beyond.

Study: Diversion Programs Work – When They Don’t Sabotage Participants

There are many alternatives to prison including drug courts, veterans courts and community corrections. But a new report says in many cases these alternatives hinder rather than help those they are supposed to serve.

Payday Lending, Transgender Athlete Bills Go Nowhere in Alabama Legislature

A number of bills had difficulty moving forward in the second week of this year's Alabama legislative session.

Firehouse Ministries Opens New Homeless Shelter

For almost 40 years, Firehouse Ministries has offered shelter at its downtown Birmingham building. Thursday the non-profit cut the ribbon on a new facility.

More Alabama Farmers Sign up to Grow Hemp

Last year marked the first time in decades that hemp could be grown legally in Alabama. More than 100 farmers got licensed by the state to grow it.


Delayed School Start Times Tuesday Feb. 11, 2020

A number of area schools are delaying start times due to heavy rain and a flash flood watch early Tuesday morning.

UAB Leads a New Anti-Viral Drug Trial to Combat the Coronavirus

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is leading a new anti-viral drug trial in Wuhan, China to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

As Sessions Falls out of Favor, More Voters Look to Byrne, Tuberville

Alabama voters heard from two of the three leading GOP candidates for U.S. Senate over the weekend. Three weeks away from the March 3 Alabama primary, a clear favorite in that race hasn’t yet emerged.

‘Star-Spangled Banner’, Car-Smoking Bills Pass Committee in First Week of Legislative Session

Here's a wrap-up of the first week of the 2020 legislative session with Alabama Public Television's Don Dailey.

Iowa’s Election Problems Can’t Happen in Alabama, Merrill Says

Problems like the ones in the Iowa Democratic caucus cannot happen in Alabama because the state holds elections, not closed meetings of political parties to select candidates, the state’s top elections official said Thursday.

Shelby, Jones Side With Their Parties as Senate Acquits President Trump of Impeachment Charges

Both United States Senators from Alabama cast their votes along party lines as President Donald Trump was acquitted Wednesday of both articles of impeachment filed by the House of Representatives.

Delayed School Start Times Thursday Feb. 6, 2020

Flooding and early morning tornado risks Thursday have led several school systems to delay start times.

StoryCorps Founder Brings One Small Step Event to Birmingham

StoryCorps has provided people across the U.S. the opportunity to record and preserve the stories of their lives. Now, the organization is taking that idea to another level with One Small Step. StoryCorps' founder, Dave Isay, shares more.

Schools Cancel Afternoon Activities due to Expected Severe Weather

As severe weather moves toward Alabama, several school districts are closing early.

Jones Sides With Senate Democrats, Will Vote to Convict Trump in Impeachment Trial

Sen. Doug Jones will vote to convict President Donald Trump of two charges in his impeachment trial.

Smithsonian Educator Explores Ways to Teach Evolution in Alabama Schools

Briana Pobiner is a paleoanthropologist and educator at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History. She's using a federal grant to explore the best ways to teach evolution in Alabama high schools; although some textbooks still contain warning stickers saying evolution is just a theory.

Ivey Proposes Education Investments, Cautious on Lottery in State of the State Address

Pay raises, new prisons, and a shift from and elected state school board to an appointed one were among the highlights of Gov. Kay Ivey's State of the State address.