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PSC Gives Thumbs-Up For Alabama Power To Increase Fossil Fuel Use, Delays Solar Request

The Alabama Public Service Commission voted this week to approve most of Alabama Power’s $1.1 billion energy expansion plan. The state's largest utility will build a new natural gas plant and buy gas from existing plants.

Mayor Lifts Birmingham’s Curfew And Protest Ban At Midnight

Birmingham’s public safety curfew and state of emergency will expire Monday night.

Roger James Retires From Alabama Symphony Orchestra After 35 Years

COVID-19 put an abrupt end to the 99th season of the ASO and that meant no public send-off for those who are retiring. Roger James reflects on learning to play the violin, how to keep the passion when playing familiar songs, and when to make an exit.

George Floyd’s Killing Sparks Frustration Among Birmingham’s Black Lives Matter Group

The police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota has triggered many protesters in the Birmingham area who are still seeking justice for Emantic “E.J.” Bradford, a black man killed by Hoover police in 2018. We spoke with Eric Hall, a founding member of the Birmingham chapter of Black Lives Matter.

Finding A Way Forward In Birmingham After Violence And Destruction

A Confederate monument has been removed from downtown Birmingham. The city also suffered damage to downtown buildings after protests turned violent. Rev. Thomas Wilder, who leads the church once led by Birmingham civil rights figure Rev. Fred Shuttlesworth, shares his perspective on these events and moving forward.

Historic Theatres Among Businesses Damaged During Violent Protest

Clean up is underway in downtown Birmingham after demonstrations turned violent and protestors damaged several businesses including the historic Alabama and Lyric theatres.

Protests Spread to Birmingham’s Majority-White Suburbs

A protest in Homewood remained peaceful. It was one of several planned in Birmingham's mostly-white suburbs.

Crews Remove 115-Year-Old Birmingham Confederate Monument

Workers removed most of a Confederate monument that became the center of Birmingham protests over the death of George Floyd at the hands of police.

Birmingham Mayor Issues Citywide Curfew Due To ‘Civil Unrest’

Birmingham city residents are under a new nightly curfew from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the order and declared a state of emergency Monday morning in response to violence that erupted Sunday evening.

Birmingham Protesters Vandalize Downtown Buildings, Try to Take Down Confederate Monument

Fiery protests erupted in downtown Birmingham causing damage to several buildings and statues after a peaceful demonstration earlier Sunday.

Birmingham’s Civil Rights History Front And Center At Rally For George Floyd

Speakers at a rally in downtown Birmingham referenced the city's history of nonviolent protest as they responded to the death of George Floyd, who died after being arrested by police in Minneapolis Monday.

Protesters Gather In Birmingham To Honor George Floyd

Protesters gathered at Kelly Ingram Park in Birmingham on Saturday to honor George Floyd, the African American man killed by police in Minneapolis, MN earlier this week.

Senator And State Health Officer Tackle Complex Slate Of Coronavirus Questions

U.S. Sen. Doug Jones and Alabama State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris reminds Alabamians that COVID-19 is not over. Instead, they say the number of confirmed cases in the state continues to rise.

Two More Weeks Of Face Coverings Required, Birmingham Council Says

The Birmingham City Council has extended the city’s face covering ordinance for two more weeks.

Birmingham Brewery Bounces Back After Coronavirus Slows Sales

We checked back in with a Birmingham brewery owner who wasn’t sure in mid-March whether his business would survive the pandemic.

Birmingham City Council To Consider Extending Face Covering Requirement

The Birmingham City Council will vote Friday on whether to extend the city's face covering ordinance.

Alabama’s Absentee Ballot Rules Draw Increased Scrutiny Amid Pandemic

Criticisms of Alabama’s absentee ballot requirements are intensifying. Legal challenges to the law call for greater accessibility, especially to the state's most vulnerable populations -- black residents, the elderly and those with disabilities.

Jefferson County Encourages More Coronavirus Testing As Cases Jump Statewide

The number of new coronavirus cases is rising in Alabama. Meanwhile, Jefferson County’s Health Department says some asymptomatic people should get checked.

Birmingham Will Allow Mask Rule To Expire Friday

Birmingham will allow its face covering ordinance to expire Friday, May 29.

Jefferson County Commission Considers Higher Rent For Polling Places

Polling places in Jefferson County could be in line to receive more money to host elections, according to a new report.

Amid Statewide Reopening, Jefferson County Keeps Entertainment Venues Closed

Entertainment venues across Alabama reopened Friday, but not in the state’s most populous county.

How To Handle A Summer With COVID-19

The Memorial Day weekend is here, but the coronavirus hasn't gone away. What to consider when thinking about the summer ahead.

Alabama Reopening Continues Amid Shaky Coronavirus Progress

Alabama's safer-at-home order was extended Thursday until early July. This comes as the state's coronavirus cases continue to rise.

Families & Advocates Want More Data On COVID19 In Alabama Nursing Homes

More than half of Alabama's nursing homes have reported coronavirus cases. But families and advocates say they don’t have a clear picture of what’s happening inside these places because state health officials don’t disclose information on individual facilities.

Jefferson County Commission Considers More COVID-19 Relief For Businesses

The Jefferson County Commission is considering a resolution that would seek up to $1.15 million in supplemental funds for the county’s revolving loan fund grant from the state’s Economic Development Administration.

Beef, Poultry Farm Operations Hit By Coronavirus, But Peaches Are On Their Way

Pricing and processing delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic have made a direct hit on the Alabama cattle and poultry industries.

Birmingham Extends Face-Covering Requirement Through May 29

The Birmingham City Council issued another extension to its face covering ordinance. It's now set to expire on May 29.

Birmingham Health Care Worker Who Caught Virus ‘Had A Feeling That Things Weren’t Normal’

One healthcare worker in Birmingham talks about her experience battling COVID-19.

Legislature Approves Ivey Plan For COVID Relief Cash

Alabama lawmakers have agreed to give Gov. Kay Ivey a large amount of control over the state’s $1.8 billion in coronavirus relief funds.

Traditional Graduation Ceremonies Back On At Some High Schools

Hoover City Schools announced it will move forward with in-person graduation ceremonies this week, and they’re not alone. Parents are divided on the issue.

Pandemic Complicates Preparations for Hurricane Season

Hurricane season in the Deep South is nothing new. But hurricane season with a pandemic? That is different.

Pepper Place Farmers Market Becomes A Drive-thru For The Pandemic

The crowds of the Market at Pepper Place have given way to a line of cars for safety's sake during the pandemic.