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Democrat Doug Jones Launches Re-election Campaign

Doug Jones launched his re-election campaign Sunday, challenging voters to look at his record instead of the labels cast on him by his opponents.

#DougMeetsMiles: Jones Takes Questions Via Twitter at Forum With College Students

Sen. Doug Jones told an audience of students from Miles College that when he went to Washington, D.C. he didn’t realize that he was going to be a part of a government that functioned according to what someone says on Twitter — an oblique reference to President Donald Trump’s penchant for tweets that make the nation’s capital go topsy-turvy.

Medicare Change a ‘Huge, Significant Thing’ for Alabama

Rural hospitals in Alabama are struggling to make ends meet. Now, experts say Medicare is throwing the state a lifeline.

Governor’s Study Group Meets on Prison Operations

Gov. Kay Ivey's task force on criminal justice policy convened Wednesday in Montgomery to discuss the state's troubled prison system.

Transit Board Rejects Budget With Proposed Route and Fare Changes

The Birmingham Jefferson County Transit Authority rejected a proposed budget today that would have increased fares and cut some bus routes.

Alabama NAACP Calls on Gov. Ivey to Resign

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey apologized Thursday for appearing in blackface in a skit more than 50 years ago while a student at Auburn University. Ivey says she does not remember the incident but does not deny it happened.


Bessemer Residents Eager for Lincoln Theatre Restoration

Acclaimed actor Andre Holland is best known for his role in the Oscar winning film Moonlight and playing Andrew Young in the movie Selma. Holland purchased the Lincoln Theatre in his hometown of Bessemer, Alabama and plans to re-open it as a single-screen cinema and performing arts space.

UAB Using Whole Blood to Improve Trauma Care

For decades, blood banks have separated blood into different parts: cells, plasma and platelets. Experts say that has a lot of advantages, but sometimes, patients just need whole blood.

Group Protests Detention of Two Immigrants

Nearly three dozen people attended a press conference Tuesday at the Adelante Alabama Worker Center to support two of their own who were detained by agents of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

Jefferson County Owes Medicare and Medicaid More Than $1 Million for Overpayments to Cooper Green Hospital

Jefferson County Commissioners learned during their committee meeting Monday that the county is on the hook for more than $1 million in back payments for Medicare and Medicaid that was overpaid when Cooper Green was a hospital.

Woodfin Announces Plan for Free College Tuition to City Graduates

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin released details Wednesday of a plan to offer Birmingham City Schools graduates the chance to go to a public two or four-year school in Alabama tuition free. This follows a tweet Tuesday evening announcing the program.

BCRI Board Gets 12 New Members, 5 Reappointed

The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Board received a makeover Tuesday with the City Council’s appointment of a dozen new members and reappointment of five current members.

Alabama Charter Schools Group Awarded $25 Million Federal Grant

The U.S. Department of Education announced a $25 million grant today to support charter schools in Alabama.

Report: Alabama Community Corrections Harms Low-Income Participants

A recent report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says Alabama’s community corrections program unfairly burdens low-include people by charging fees to those under its supervision.

Some Million Miles: A Search for Redemption

This short documentary film takes a hard look at a rural community atop Sand Mountain in northeast Alabama ravaged by drugs and poverty. Jared Ragland co-directed the film with Adam Forrester. It screens this weekend at the Sidewalk Film Festival.

MAX Transit Weighs Cuts, Fare Increases

The Birmingham Jefferson Transit Authority (BJCTA) is considering cuts and fare increases to the MAX bus system. Many bus riders around Birmingham say the buses are unreliable and inefficient.

The Mighty Wurlitzer Returns to its Roots at Sidewalk

The Mighty Wurlitzer theatre organ's heyday has long passed. But this weekend as part of the Sidewalk Film Festival, it’ll return to its original purpose: accompanying silent films.

Annexit: The Push to Deannex Parts of Anniston into Oxford

Anniston City Councilwoman Millie Harris says some residents want out of the city because of poor schools, high crime rates, and declining property values.

Hepatitis A Outbreak Spreads to Jefferson County

Health officials announced Tuesday the county is fighting an outbreak of Hepatitis A.

With Low-Impact Development, Cities Hope to Better Control Runoff

Many cities in Alabama now have ordinances in place to encourage low-impact development. The goal is to reduce the amount of runoff that pollutes and erodes area waterways and better prepare for extreme weather.

Alabama Democrats Face a Deadline for New Bylaws and Elections

The Alabama Democratic Party is in the midst of a leadership crisis. The party must approve a new set of bylaws and elect new leaders by Saturday. But many observers say it looks like state Democrats will blow the deadline.

Development Fills the Cahaba River with Sediment

Increased construction around Birmingham has led to concerns about the amount of sediment in the Cahaba River.

Birmingham Councilor Says City Has Increased Its Dedication to Public Transit

Despite looming service reductions from the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority, District 5 Birmingham City Councilor Darrell O’Quinn emphasized Tuesday that the city has increased its dedication to public transit.

All Quiet on Alabama Immigrant Front in Face of ICE Raids in Neighboring Mississippi

It may have been an uneasy quiet for the large number of Hispanics among the 86,000 people employed in the Alabama poultry industry, but it has been quiet here since the 680 workers at Mississippi plants were arrested Wednesday by immigration authorities.

Jefferson County Commission Approves $700 Million Budget

The Jefferson County Commission recently passed a budget of more than $700 million for fiscal 2020.

How Prepared is UAB Hospital for a Mass Shooting?

UAB Hospital is Alabama’s busiest high-level trauma center. But how prepared is the hospital for tragedy on a larger scale?

The First Wave of Girls Goes to Camp with the Boy Scouts

This year marked the first time Boy Scouts of America allowed girls to attend summer camp with the boys. At Camp Comer in Mentone, here's how it went.

Museum Exhibit Explores Empowerment Barbie

The Birmingham Museum of Art opens an exhibit this weekend that lets museum-goers become Barbie through an interactive, reimagined dream house. The exhibit also delves into how complex this figure can be.

Prison Re-Entry Program to Expand with $6 Million Grant

When prisoners are released, they often face lots of hurdles. They can't find work or housing or health care. Often, they end up back in prison. The Dannon Project recently received a large federal grant that will allow the nonprofit to help more former inmates get on their feet.

New Grocery Delivery Program Aims to Curb Senior Hunger

Many seniors have health issues that prevent them from getting to the grocery store. Others can't afford or have limited access to nutritious food. A new program delivers healthy groceries to their doorstep.

UAB Study Shows Limiting Meal Times Can Lower Appetite

Research out this week shows the timing of your meals could help you eat less. The UAB-led study explored the benefits of a type of intermittent fasting.

Revitalization Planned for Historic Black Business District

The Fourth Avenue Business District in downtown Birmingham once teemed with life. But over decades, the area's experienced a decline. Many hope a revitalization effort underway could breathe new life into the district.