Issues/Program Report 1st Quarter 2021

April 1, 2021

Per the FCC, this is a list of the most frequently cited issues of concern to the people in the WBHM/WSGN listening area during the last quarter. The list details the most significant programs addressing these issues. All of these programs were published at WBHM.ORG and broadcast on WBHM 90.3 FM between January 1, 2021 and March 31, 2021. The list includes the following issues:

Government

Bill Would Cut Pensions For Future Birmingham Employees, Raise Employee Contributions
2021-03-23 10:58:09

A bill proposed this session would require the city of Birmingham to fully fund its pension obligation and increase employee contributions to the pension fund by half a percent. But opponents of the bill say, if passed, it would disproportionately affect lower-earning city employees.

JeffCo Commission Moves Toward Buying Land Next To Shady Grove Fire Station, Selling Old West End Health Center
2021-03-23 10:48:29

Jefferson County wants to buy property from the state of Alabama. The land is located next to the Shady Grove Fire Department.

Mo Brooks Sets Up U.S. Senate Campaign Committee
2021-03-22 14:50:02

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks is expected to make an announcement tonight that he plans to run for U.S. Senate.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Transgender Sports, Abortion, Riot Bills Advance
2021-03-19 11:03:45

Alabama is one of several states considering bills restricting transgender minors. The sports bill is the second one related to transgender youth introduced this session.

Biden Administration Pushes To Vaccinate All Americans Against COVID-19
2021-03-18 12:05:34

The White House said officials are working through issues of access and vaccine hesitancy.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Gambling Fails, Medical Marijuana, Anti-Riot Bills Face Hurdles
2021-03-12 10:21:35

A bill that would have added a lottery and casinos was defeated in the Senate. In the aftermath, some lawmakers said a lottery-only bill would have stood a better chance.

A Year Like No Other: COVID-19 In The Gulf States
2021-03-11 11:36:07

In a special broadcast one year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, reporters from public radio stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reflect on the toll it’s taken on the region.

New Report Outlines Voter Suppression In 2020 Election
2021-03-10 15:43:54

A new report says Alabama did not do enough during the 2020 election to make voting easier for residents. But the Sec. of State disagrees.

As Alabama Seeks To Build New Prisons, Mississippi Sets Sights On Reform
2021-03-10 10:53:25

Alabama's governor recently signed leases on two new private prisons with a goal of improving conditions for inmates. But reform advocates in Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana are urging a different approach.

JeffCo’s County Manager Plans Retirement After 10 Years Helping To Navigate Rough Waters
2021-03-09 19:53:00

Jefferson County’s one and only county manager says he plans to retire this year.

Alabama Would Lose Seven Metropolitan Statistical Areas Under Federal Proposal
2021-03-09 17:19:28

There's a proposal that would reduce the number of Metropolitan Statistical Areas in Alabama from 12 to five. Public comment on the proposal is being accepted through March 19.

Derelict Banks High School Building Set To Be Demolished
2021-03-09 09:18:00

The Birmingham City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the one-year extension of a loan agreement with the Alabama Department of Environmental Management to tear down the building.

Environmental Groups Say Water Board Isn’t Effectively Protecting Drinking Water Supply
2021-03-08 11:17:29

A new lawsuit against the Birmingham Water Works Board claims it failed to comply with a 2001 consent decree that protects land around the Cahaba River watershed, a major source of Birmingham’s drinking water.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Lighter Marijuana Penalties, Transgender Youth Therapies, Confederate Monuments
2021-03-05 10:02:56

The week's highlights: A bill to ban therapies for transgender minors passed in the Alabama Senate. Lawmakers rejected a measure that would have given cities and towns more flexibility to move unwanted Confederate monuments elsewhere.

Ivey Extends Face Mask Order But Not For Long
2021-03-04 10:39:05

Gov. Ivey leaves face mask order alone for now, but says it will end April 9.

Birmingham Divvies Up $500K In Bold Funding For Nonprofits
2021-03-02 16:59:00

Nine Birmingham nonprofits will receive funding from the city’s Building Opportunities for Lasting Development grant initiative this year, despite an overall reduction in funding for the program.

Field Of Candidates For Birmingham Mayor Continues To Grow
2021-03-01 14:17:40

Currently, there are six people in the race for mayor of Birmingham. The filing deadline is July 10.

Legislative Wrap-Up: Gambling, Medical Marijuana, No-Excuse Absentee Voting
2021-02-25 20:50:10

One of the measures that passed with very little debate in the Alabama Senate this week would authorize the use of medical marijuana. But the measure could face bigger challenges in the House.

Jeffco Commission Gets Clean Bill Of Health After State Review Of Its Accounts
2021-02-25 16:14:13

The Jefferson County Commission is conducting its duties in accordance with state law, says a report from the Alabama Examiners of Public Accounts.

Birmingham Mayor, Council Pushing Two Separate Wish Lists In Legislature
2021-02-23 16:34:28

The city of Birmingham is sending two sets of lobbyists to Montgomery — one from Mayor Randall Woodfin’s office and one from the City Council.

Federal COVID-19 Rent and Utilities Assistance Set For Birmingham Residents
2021-02-16 12:50:26

The City of Birmingham has received nearly $6.3 million in federal funding to assist residents who are unable to pay rent and utilities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Alabama Senate Committee Passes Gambling Bill Before Break
2021-02-12 07:13:53

Sweeping gambling legislation cleared a hurdle in the Alabama Legislature this week.

Jefferson County Commission OK’s More Cleanup Help In Fultondale
2021-02-11 12:06:00

"Somebody has to get those big trees out of that creek or it’s going to back up and start flooding and start blocking roads and flooding these houses that are damaged," said Commissioner Joe Knight.

Jefferson County Commission May Hire More Road Clean-Up Help
2021-02-09 10:56:22

Jefferson County Commissioners are considering whether to hire temporary workers to clean up litter along county roads.

Candidates Lining Up To Run For Birmingham City Council
2021-02-09 10:28:18

Several incumbents plan to seek re-election and some challengers have emerged.

Birmingham City Council Approves The Council President's Trip To Meet With Legislators
2021-02-09 09:34:00

The Birmingham City Council has approved its first official travel since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic last year.

Sentencing Reform, COVID Business Relief Take Priority As Lawmakers Return
2021-02-04 20:58:47

A number of bills that stalled in last year's abbreviated session returned.

Gambling Proposals Must Pass The ‘Smell Test’ Before Going To Voters, Ivey Tells Lawmakers
2021-02-03 09:38:23

The governor recapped the challenges of 2020, particularly on schools and the economy.

William Bell Will Run For Mayor’s Seat Again
2021-02-02 17:01:47

Former Birmingham Mayor William Bell has filed paperwork to run again for mayor.

Bill Would Mandate Feedback On Jefferson County Public Health Rules
2021-02-02 09:16:00

Lawmakers have proposed legislation that would require more oversight of the local health officer in Alabama's most populous county. Area physicians strongly oppose the measure.

Ivey Signs Contracts To Build Two Mega Prisons
2021-02-01 16:59:21

Alabama moves one step closer to replacing most existing male prisons with three privately-built mega prisons.

What To Expect During The 2021 Alabama Legislative Session
2021-02-01 11:53:08

Lawmakers will debate perennial issues from the budgets to prisons, but the coronavirus pandemic remains ever present.

Woodfin Kicks Off Mayoral Reelection Campaign, Says He’ll Ramp Up Work On Neighborhoods, Education Priorities
2021-01-30 09:49:00

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced this weekend that he is running for another term.

Jones Starts His Post-Senate Life As CNN Contributor
2021-01-29 14:33:00

Former U.S. Sen. Doug Jones is taking on a new role as a political commentator at CNN.

City Council Approves Bid For Birmingham Real-Time Crime Center
2021-01-26 08:44:00

The city of Birmingham's 'real-time crime center' is coming to life thanks to the city council's approval of a nearly $1 million construction bid.

Settlement Reached To Address ABC Coke Pollution
2021-01-25 14:06:51

The Drummond Company will now be required to follow a leak detection and repair program for the rest of the plant’s existence.

Birmingham Police Stations Offer Safe Place To Exchange Online Purchases
2021-01-21 13:38:31

The comments from Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin comes after a UAB student was shot and killed during a transaction arranged online.

Park Board Approves Making Legion Field A 24/7 Vaccination Site
2021-01-20 11:39:12

Legion Field has been operating as a testing site for COVID-19. Now officials want to expand the operation to include coronavirus vaccinations.

JeffCo Commission Picks Up Where Feds Left Off, Will Pay For COVID Time Off
2021-01-19 13:35:37

The Jefferson County Commission unanimously approved funding this week that will help pay county employees for time off related to COVID-19.

Birmingham Council Hires Its Own Lobbyist And Lawyer, Saying The Mayor Doesn’t Share Information
2021-01-19 12:08:14

The Birmingham City Council decided this week to hire its own lobbyist and legal consultant.

Alabama Young Voters On Capitol Attacks: 'We Can't Unsee Those Images'
2021-01-19 09:12:52

Young voters of both parties look toward the future as a new administration takes over.

Woodfin Looks Toward A Better 2021 In State Of The Community Address
2021-01-18 19:04:39

The mayor discussed continued neighborhood revitalization, the rise in homicides, and encouraging economic development projects on the horizon.

Scales Announces Bid For Mayor
2021-01-18 18:07:01

The county commissioner would be the first elected female mayor of the city.

Justice Department Knew 2018 Border Policy Would Separate Children From Families
2021-01-14 18:06:16

Alabama’s Jeff Sessions is facing criticism for his role as former U.S. Attorney General in a new report by the Department of Justice’s Office of Inspector General.

Huntsville Picked For Headquarters Of New U.S. Space Command
2021-01-13 11:32:36

The Air Force said Huntsville is the “preferred and reasonable’’ site pending a required environmental impact study.

Alabama Man Faces 17 Indictments After Riots At The U.S. Capitol
2021-01-12 15:06:15

An Alabama man who was arrested last week following riots at the U.S. Capitol now faces additional federal weapons charges.

Democrats Gearing Up for Effort to Oust Mo Brooks in 2022
2021-01-11 11:08:50

U.S. Representative Mo Brooks is facing backlash after his comments last week surrounding the pro-Trump riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Birmingham Pastor Calls For A State Of Emergency Over Murder Rate
2021-01-08 11:56:33

The number of homicides rose in the city in 2020. Birmingham started 2021 with three murders over three days.

Alabama Republicans Condemn Pro-Trump Mob As Many Vow To Continue The Fight
2021-01-06 18:35:55

Alabama lawmakers in Congress ranged in their reactions to Wednesday's Capitol breach by a mob of Trump supporters.

Birmingham Council Goes Virtual, Mayor Still Hospitalized
2021-01-05 14:02:44

Jefferson County's recent spike in COVID-19 cases — along with Mayor Randall Woodfin’s recent COVID diagnosis and hospitalization — finally pushed the city council's weekly meeting fully online.

Woodfin Hospitalized With COVID
2021-01-05 10:15:34

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin was hospitalized Monday for symptoms related to COVID-19.

Economy

What Labor Wins And Losses In The South Can Tell Us About the Amazon Union Vote
2021-03-17 07:30:00

The unionization effort at the Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Ala. may seem like a once-in-a-lifetime chance for a big union win in the South. Yet union organizers had a nearly-identical opportunity just four years ago in Mississippi.

Dozens Rally To Support Amazon Union in Bessemer
2021-02-06 19:52:11

The upcoming union vote is significant for Amazon, which has fought efforts to unionize, and the region as a whole.

Union Election At Amazon Warehouse Set For February 8
2021-01-15 16:53:31

About 6,000 Amazon workers from the fulfillment center in Bessemer will begin voting next month on whether to unionize.

Health Care

Acclinate Races Against The Clock To Increase Diversity In Clinical Drug Trials
2021-03-30 12:21:00

A lack of racial diversity in clinical trials can make new drugs and treatments less effective for people of color. According to one recent study, 78% of trial participants were white. Acclinate, a new Birmingham-based company, is trying to correct that imbalance by connecting underserved populations with researchers.

Will Alabama And Mississippi Expand Medicaid To Low-Income Adults This Time Around?
2021-03-24 12:03:50

Many advocates and politicians argue the new incentive is an offer that’s too good to refuse, but it still might not move the needle.

A Vaccination Event For Commercial Fishers Offers Lessons On How To Reel In At-Risk Communities
2021-03-23 10:03:35

As the rollout expands, health officials and community leaders are learning more about how to make sure the vaccine is not only available, but truly accessible for at-risk groups.

Alabama Deploys Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Units To Rural Areas
2021-03-22 11:24:57

All eligible Alabamians in these 24 rural counties can receive a free COVID-19 vaccine beginning Tuesday.

Alabama Plans To Open Vaccine Eligibility By May 1, But Hesitancy Remains A Problem
2021-03-19 11:29:32

About one-third of adults in Alabama are hesitant to get the vaccine, according to polling by the state department of public health.

UAB To Open New Vaccination Site And Update Demographic Data
2021-03-16 14:50:09

The vaccination site located at AOH Cathedral of the Cross in northeast Birmingham is a drive-thru site, but only eligible residents can sign up for an appointment.

Alabama To Expand COVID Vaccine Eligibility March 22
2021-03-12 10:22:54

Alabamians aged 55 and older, plus those with high-risk conditions and disabilities are among the groups that will soon be eligible for a COVID vaccine.

A Year Like No Other: COVID-19 In The Gulf States
2021-03-11 11:36:07

In a special broadcast one year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, reporters from public radio stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reflect on the toll it’s taken on the region.

Birmingham VA Offers Vaccines To Eligible Veterans of All Ages
2021-03-10 13:46:04

The agency announced the change on Wednesday.

ADPH Plans Mobile Vaccination Clinics For Black Belt Region
2021-03-05 12:12:30

State health officials hope to administer more vaccines to residents of rural areas.

UAB And JeffCo To Expand Vaccine Outreach In Underrepresented Communities
2021-03-03 15:24:58

As of Wednesday, UAB had administered roughly 80,000 vaccine doses, but Black residents remain disproportionately underrepresented.

Alabama’s COVID-19 Death Count Nears 10,000 Mark
2021-03-01 16:06:50

Within about a year, the state has lost almost 10,000 Alabamians to COVID-19.

UAB Officials Hopeful Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Could Accelerate Rollout
2021-03-01 15:28:42

UAB health experts say when it comes to vaccine variety, more is better. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine is the latest to win approval from the federal government.

Alabama's COVID Vaccination Rate Increases
2021-02-25 16:50:58

Federal programs have helped increase the number of Alabamians getting vaccinated in recent weeks.

“The Edge of the Woods”: UAB Epidemiologist Says Herd Immunity Could Be Reached By Late Spring
2021-02-24 13:39:19

An epidemiologist at UAB Medicine thinks that Alabama may be headed toward a long-sought goal in the COVID pandemic and may reach that goal sooner than many had expected.

Alabama Cautiously Optimistic About Improving COVID Numbers
2021-02-19 14:55:13

The end of holiday season gatherings and early vaccinations are thought to be factors in the pandemic's positive trend.

Black Residents Call For More COVID Vaccine Outreach And Access
2021-02-18 13:12:45

Concerned about disparities in vaccine allocation, Birmingham community leaders want officials to increase outreach efforts in Black neighborhoods.

To Get The Vaccine Or Not: How These Black Health Care Workers Made The Decision
2021-02-17 09:38:44

Skepticism around the COVID-19 vaccine appears to be more prevalent within the Black community and among Black health care workers. We talked to a few of them about what’s guiding their decisions.

Bruno Event Team Takes Over JCDH Vaccine Call Center
2021-02-16 18:08:14

The Jefferson County United Command Center will bring in a sporting event group to answer more calls to the COVID vaccine hotline.

Surge In Deaths Strains Local Funeral Homes, Morgue
2021-02-12 16:52:01

In recent months, deaths due to COVID-19 increased dramatically, further stressing an industry already overwhelmed.

Vaccine ‘Hunters’ Travel To Mississippi, Other States For A Potential Dose
2021-02-09 15:10:56

Officials worry that with cross-border travel for vaccines, second doses could get complicated.

'Huge Number' Of Jeffco Residents Soon Eligible For COVID Vaccines
2021-02-05 17:07:07

Many people will have to wait weeks, maybe months to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite being eligible.

Alabama Needs More Vaccines To Stop The Spread Of COVID-19, Doctor Says
2021-02-02 11:30:49

The number of new daily COVID-19 cases appears to be on a "downward trend" in Alabama, and the statewide hospitalization rate is improving, according to the head of infectious diseases at UAB.

Uneven Vaccine Rollout Threatens To Leave Black Communities Behind
2021-02-01 18:34:08

An NPR analysis of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the country found that access is uneven in cities across the South.

'Mixed Signals': ADPH To Expand Criteria Without Enough COVID-19 Vaccine
2021-01-29 13:17:27

Beginning February 8, Alabama health officials will expand eligibility criteria for COVID-19 vaccines.

Pregnant Women Should Get The COVID-19 Vaccines, Says UAB Doctor
2021-01-28 12:05:04

Women who are pregnant, breastfeeding and planning to get pregnant should get the COVID-19 vaccine, according to the chair of UAB's Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Variant Of COVID-19 Virus Detected In Three Alabamians
2021-01-27 15:44:00

Alabama has identified multiple cases of a new COVID-19 variant originally reported in the United Kingdom.

Where Is The COVID-19 Vaccine And How Do You Get One?
2021-01-27 10:07:00

Arranging to get a COVID-19 vaccine can be frustrating and a potentially complicated process. We're here to answer some of your questions.

Frustration Grows With Alabama’s Slow Vaccine Rollout
2021-01-21 17:29:41

Alabama has administered less than half of its COVID-19 vaccine supply. So why do state health officials say supply is the main obstacle?

Gov. Ivey Extends Mask Order Until March 5
2021-01-21 10:43:54

Alabama residents must continue to wear masks in public for another six weeks.

UAB Hospital Ready To Vaccinate More People, Waiting On More Vaccine
2021-01-19 15:10:05

Alabama's biggest hospital says it could establish a mass vaccination site this week if it had more doses.

COVID Vaccinations Begin For People 75+ Years Old
2021-01-19 13:10:06

Jefferson County residents 75 and older started receiving the COVID-19 vaccine this week.

High Demand For COVID-19 Vaccine Strains Health Departments In South
2021-01-13 17:58:00

An uneven vaccine rollout across Southern states is causing frustration. Health departments are overwhelmed with people seeking shots as phone lines and websites are unable to keep up with the demand.

What You Need To Know About The COVID Vaccine Rollout In Alabama
2021-01-12 12:31:41

Answers to your questions about the coronavirus vaccine rollout in Alabama. Who is eligible? How can you sign up to get a vaccine?

Next Phase of COVID-19 Vaccinations In Jefferson County Could Start Next Week
2021-01-11 16:21:06

The state authorized all counties to begin vaccinating first responders and people 75 years and older. But health officials say it will likely be next week before they can start doing that.

Partly Numb, A UAB ICU Nurse Finds Ways To Carry On
2021-01-11 09:31:33

Caring for record numbers of coronavirus patients in the hospital takes a heavy toll on health care workers like Kelsey Jacks.

Hotels, Recovery Rooms And Waiting Rooms Pressed Into Service As UAB’s Patient Load Rises
2021-01-06 10:57:39

UAB Hospital is daily caring for a record number of new COVID-19 patients. These patients have been hospitalized because they are very sick or may be unable to survive without intensive medical care, according to UAB.

Overwhelmed With COVID Patients, Alabama Hospitals Near Crisis Level
2021-01-06 10:30:04

With more than 3000 people hospitalized with COVID-19, Alabama's hospitals are transferring patients out of state and cutting services.

‘Oh My God!’ Alabama Running Out Of ICU Beds, And The Christmas Rush Hasn’t Even Begun
2021-01-04 10:19:00

Alabama's ICU beds are filling up and the state has not yet seen the rush of new cases from holiday gatherings, according to the president of the Alabama Hospital Association.

Education

Storms Prompt Schools To Delay Opening Thursday
2021-03-18 05:36:06

More than a dozen suspected tornados raked over Alabama on Wednesday.

A Year Like No Other: COVID-19 In The Gulf States
2021-03-11 11:36:07

In a special broadcast one year after the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic, reporters from public radio stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana reflect on the toll it’s taken on the region.

Samford Names New President To Replace Retiring Westmoreland
2021-03-10 16:41:36

Beck A. Taylor, now president of Whitworth University, will succeed Andrew Westmoreland effective July 1.

Some Parents Worry About In-person Standardized Testing During The Pandemic
2021-02-24 12:29:57

Education leaders in Alabama say there will be no virtual option despite COVID-19.

Some Schools Delay As Cold Continues To Grip Alabama
2021-02-17 05:11:33

A number of schools in the Birmingham area will have delayed starts Wednesday after ice, snow and cold temperatures struck the area.

Winter Weather Brings School Closings
2021-02-16 03:02:00

A number of schools are closed or adjusted schedules because of expected ice, freezing rain and sleet.

Fultondale High School Too Badly Damaged By Tornado To Use Again
2021-01-29 14:04:00

Fultondale High School is permanently closed because of damage from last week's tornado.

Science and Technology

One Year In, Bama Tracker Creator Considers Future Of COVID Data Site
2021-03-11 10:12:26

The reach of David Marconnet's site grew beyond what he imagined. But with cases dropping, Bama Tracker may have run its course.

Arts and Culture

The Unlikely Spark For Birmingham's Negro League Reunion
2021-03-31 11:51:00

Boston-native Cam Perron became obsessed with the Negro League as a child. That led to an annual reunion and friendships with players decades older.

StoryCorps: "I found a voice..."
2021-03-16 12:09:58

Amanda Keller and Lauren Jacobs work together at Birmingham’s Magic City Acceptance Center. In addition to being co-workers, they are also close friends. They came to the StoryCorps MobileBooth to talk about Amanda’s relationship with her late father and its influence on her work.

StoryCorps: "I am completely safe with you."
2021-03-09 10:19:06

Ginger Wyatt and Winston Lancaster started dating in 1984. but the relationship didn’t last. They broke up and had no communication for almost 30 years. One day in 2012, Ginger decided to reach into the past and find Winston. They came to StoryCorps together.

Family, Faith And Race Collide In Columnist John Archibald's New Book
2021-03-08 12:13:27

Archibald's father was a Methodist minister in Alabama during the turbulent civil rights era. Yet in his sermons from that time, he stayed silent on race.

StoryCorps: "Play the ball where it lies"
2021-03-02 06:48:00

Natalie Holland learned to play golf from her father, Donald Holland. In their StoryCorps interview, they talk about how lessons learned from golf transcend to other areas of life.

StoryCorps: "The first time I felt intelligent..."
2021-02-23 09:45:18

Karon Bullock fell in love with the outdoors when she attended science camp in the fifth grade. She was soon hiking, biking, or running daily, but a diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis at the age of 24 changed her relationship with the outdoors. Karon came to StoryCorps with her husband Joel.

U.S. Para Cyclists Train For Season Start Amid Pandemic
2021-02-17 09:00:30

U.S. Paralympics Cycling will return this Spring in Huntsville, after a year of being benched by the pandemic. Most athletes are looking forward to the start of the domestic season.

A Remembrance of John Floyd, Former Southern Living Editor-in-Chief
2021-02-11 09:58:27

The former editor of Southern Living died this week from cancer.

Birmingham Native Co-Creates The 'Bridgerton Musical'
2021-01-20 12:48:59

A singer-songwriter from Mountain Brook is using her musical skills to transform one of Netflix's top TV shows into a musical.

What Hollywood Gets Wrong About The South
2021-01-20 11:42:26

Author Ben Beard surveys the South through movies in his new book "The South Never Plays Itself."

Bernard Lockhart’s Work Ethic Fueled His Passion For Jazz And Community-Building
2021-01-10 11:58:56

Bernard Lockhart, founder of Avondale's Jazz in the Park, died last month from complications related to COVID-19.

Environment

Severe Storms Barrel Through Alabama
2021-03-17 15:17:43

Impacts of the storm system could be severe.

Environmental Groups Say Water Board Isn’t Effectively Protecting Drinking Water Supply
2021-03-08 11:17:29

A new lawsuit against the Birmingham Water Works Board claims it failed to comply with a 2001 consent decree that protects land around the Cahaba River watershed, a major source of Birmingham’s drinking water.

Devastated Fultondale Residents Hope To Bounce Back
2021-01-26 18:34:24

Clean up continues after a strong tornado devastated parts of Fultondale Monday night. Residents are, once again, coming together to pick up the pieces.

Religion

Crime

Race and Culture

Calls Continue Urging President Biden To Honor 'Drum Major for Justice,' Fred Gray Sr.
2021-03-26 08:58:02

Fred Gray Sr. led landmark cases representing Black activists like Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks. Now, many believe it’s time to award Gray with the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Lawmakers Continue Debating Controversial Anti-Riot Bill
2021-03-17 16:00:53

The sponsor of the bill says it would protect first responders from being attacked at tumultuous protests. But the measure has been a sore spot for state Democrats and others who fear the bill’s language is too vague, and that it'll only serve to criminalize peaceful protests.

Remembering Homewood Resident And Civil Rights Activist Eileen Walbert
2021-03-04 09:23:02

Eileen Walbert died last month at the age of 100. She was heavily involved in school desegregation and led a group of white people during a voting rights march in Selma the day before Bloody Sunday.

Lady Justice Is Not Wearing A Blindfold
2021-02-07 13:19:51

In Alabama, Blacks make up more than half of the state's inmate population. Some law professionals say racial bias spans from over policing of Black neighborhoods to criminal sentencing.

Remembering Sheila Washington, Who Brought Honor To The Scottsboro Boys
2021-02-05 08:15:18

Alabama native, Sheila Washington has died. For several decades she overcame a series of obstacles to tell the story of the Scottsboro Boys -- nine young African-American males falsely accused of rape by two white women in 1931.

Uneven Vaccine Rollout Threatens To Leave Black Communities Behind
2021-02-01 18:34:08

An NPR analysis of COVID-19 vaccination sites around the country found that access is uneven in cities across the South.

Weather

Residents Clean Up After Deadly Tornadoes
2021-03-26 16:10:23

Recovery efforts continue across Alabama after yesterday’s storms left widespread destruction. Some of the worst damage was in Calhoun County, where five people died.

Residents Clean Up After Deadly Tornadoes
2021-03-26 16:10:23

Recovery efforts continue across Alabama after yesterday’s storms left widespread destruction. Some of the worst damage was in Calhoun County, where five people died.

Tornado Causes Damage In Alabama; More Twisters Forecast
2021-03-25 16:09:22

Numerous tornadoes hit central Alabama Thursday.

Tornado Causes Damage In Alabama; More Twisters Forecast
2021-03-25 16:09:22

Numerous tornadoes hit central Alabama Thursday.

Alabama Tornado Outbreak Rips Off Roofs, Snaps Trees As State Braces For More
2021-03-17 18:59:49

Storms are expected to last through the night and into Thursday morning.

Alabama Tornado Outbreak Rips Off Roofs, Snaps Trees As State Braces For More
2021-03-17 18:59:49

Storms are expected to last through the night and into Thursday morning.

Alabama Schools Announce Closures Ahead Of Possible Severe Weather
2021-03-16 16:20:03

Central Alabama is expected to see strong storms beginning Wednesday at 2 p.m. through Thursday at 4 a.m., according to new modeling by the National Weather Service in Birmingham

Alabama Schools Announce Closures Ahead Of Possible Severe Weather
2021-03-16 16:20:03

Central Alabama is expected to see strong storms beginning Wednesday at 2 p.m. through Thursday at 4 a.m., according to new modeling by the National Weather Service in Birmingham

Fultondale High School Too Badly Damaged By Tornado To Use Again
2021-01-29 14:04:00

Fultondale High School is permanently closed because of damage from last week's tornado.

Fultondale High School Too Badly Damaged By Tornado To Use Again
2021-01-29 14:04:00

Fultondale High School is permanently closed because of damage from last week's tornado.

Tornado Destroys Areas In North Jefferson County Killing At Least One
2021-01-26 08:52:43

There's been extensive damage to homes, businesses, and schools in the area.