Issues/Program Report 2nd Quarter 2022

July 1, 2022

Per the FCC, this is a list of the most frequently cited issues of concern to the people in the WBHM 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 April 1, 2022 and June 31, 2022. The list includes the following issues:

Government

Birmingham City Council passes Woodfin’s budget untouched
2022-06-29 08:42:45

Police, public works and youth programs were the biggest winners in the $517 million budget, the largest ever for the city.

Woodfin says people without homes won't be moved from public spaces for The World Games
2022-06-28 15:46:23

World Games officials clarified that anyone will be able to walk through and access public areas around venues like Railroad Park, Linn Park, Protective Stadium and the new City Walk, despite those sites being behind security parameters.

Groups oppose $725 million Alabama bond sale for building prisons
2022-06-28 09:25:55

The state is expected to go to the bond market on Tuesday, to provide financing for the construction plan. That money will be added to $135 million in state funds and $400 million in pandemic relief dollars that the state already agreed to put toward the construction project.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers applaud, others say they will sue, and some take to the streets
2022-06-24 10:34:01

The ACLU of Alabama say it will continue its lawsuit to reinstate access to abortion.

Alabama OKs $725M bond sale to build 2 supersize prisons
2022-06-23 23:49:11

That money will be added to $135 million in state funds and $400 million in pandemic relief dollars that the state already agreed to put toward the project.

Britt wins tumultuous Alabama Senate race scrambled by Trump
2022-06-21 23:33:57

Katie Britt won the Republican nomination for Senate in Alabama Tuesday, defeating six-term Rep. Mo Brooks in a primary runoff after former President Donald Trump took the unusual step of rescinding his initial Brooks endorsement.

2022 Alabama primary runoff results
2022-06-21 19:00:14

Republicans will be choosing between Katie Britt and Roy Moore as their nominee for U.S. Senate. Democrats will pick a nominee for governor between Yolonda Flowers and Malika Sanders-Fortier.

Voters go back to the polls Tuesday for primary runoffs
2022-06-19 09:43:16

Party runoff ballots are fairly light for Tuesday’s election. But at the top of the Republican ballot is the nomination to the U.S. Senate. At the top of the Democratic ballot is nomination to the governor’s race.

Trump endorses Katie Britt in Alabama Senate race
2022-06-11 06:28:21

Trump called Britt "an incredible fighter for the people of Alabama." The former president had originally backed U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks in the race, but rescinded that endorsement in March after their relationship soured.

Brooks leans into the 'Big Lie' in Republican Senate runoff
2022-06-10 06:45:38

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks faces Katie Britt in a runoff for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate on June 21.

Sleeping shelters for homeless people will be built for The World Games. What happens next?
2022-06-09 07:00:00

Security parameters will be put in place, restricting access to otherwise public places. People without homes who use some of these public spaces for shelter will have to find other places to be. 

Once dumped by Trump, Brooks seeks his endorsement again
2022-06-07 08:36:24

Former President Donald Trump pulled his endorsement of U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks in the Alabama Senate race. Brooks took to Twitter to encourage the president to change his mind.

Scott Thurmond named Birmingham Police Chief
2022-06-02 17:37:22

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced Thurmond’s appointment as police chief Thursday. Thurmond succeeds Patrick Smith who announced his resignation as police chief in January citing personal matters.

Katie Britt and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks are headed for an Alabama Senate runoff
2022-05-25 00:07:16

Alabama's Republican primary for U.S. Senate is going to a June runoff between Katie Britt and U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks after neither candidate captured a majority of the vote.

Incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey wins GOP primary in Alabama
2022-05-25 00:01:42

Up against eight Republican challengers, Gov. Kay Ivey will move forward to the general election for governor in Alabama where a Democrat hasn't been elected to the office for a quarter-century.

2022 Alabama primary results
2022-05-24 19:00:35

Statewide races include governor, U.S. Senate, attorney general and secretary of state.

Alabama Republicans weigh-in on their favorite primary candidates 
2022-05-23 15:41:02

Nine Republicans are for governor in Alabama and six for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Alabama Democrats hope for improved showing in 2022 elections
2022-05-23 09:38:43

Republicans hold all statewide offices plus supermajorities in the state legislature. But Alabama Democrats are in a good position this year, according to the head of the Alabama Democratic Party.

Ivey, challengers race to right in Alabama GOP primary
2022-05-21 10:00:31

The race was supposed to be a cake walk for Gov. Kay Ivey, who still remains favored to win a second full term. But right flank opponents are trying to make it a referendum on her conservative credentials.

Party match-ups go to the voters in balloting on Tuesday
2022-05-20 12:36:51

The Alabama primary elections are May 24th. Do you know who's on the ballot? Check out the complete list and sample ballots.

Birmingham mayor proposes largest city budget ever
2022-05-17 16:30:57

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin introduced a $517 million budget proposal, the largest in city history, during Tuesday’s city council meeting.

Judge's ruling a "sigh of relief" for families of transgender youth
2022-05-14 16:20:28

A federal judge in Alabama ruled to block part of a law that makes it a felony to provide gender-affirming care to minors on Friday. Families with transgender kids tell WBHM they are cautiously relieved.

Transgender medication law in Alabama blocked by judge
2022-05-14 10:34:56

The law made it a felony to prescribe gender-affirming puberty blockers and hormones to transgender minors. U.S. District Judge Liles Burke issued a preliminary injunction to stop the state from enforcing the medication ban, which took effect May 8, while a court challenge goes forward.

JeffCo Probate Judge: tightened security will delay voting returns in the primaries
2022-05-13 11:26:33

Jefferson County’s chief election official is warning that a new voting security measure will delay returns from the May 24 primary elections.

Judge weighs request to block Alabama transgender law
2022-05-07 10:21:20

Barring a judge's order, a new law is set to take effect Sunday in Alabama that would outlaw the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender minors.

Birmingham targets motels over illegal activity and blight
2022-05-06 10:00:00

Since last fall, Birmingham city officials have sued or taken other measures to shut down the businesses.

Judge hears testimony in challenge to Alabama's ban on gender-affirming care
2022-05-05 20:31:13

A group of parents and doctors want the judge to stop the law from going into effect while a lawsuit continues.

Biden visits Alabama Lockheed plant as weapons stockpile strained
2022-05-03 17:29:32

President Joe Biden credited the assembly line workers at a Javelin missile plant in Troy for doing lifesaving work in building the antitank weapons that are being sent to Ukraine.

"Still in shock." Abortion defenders, foes stunned by leak
2022-05-03 16:17:37

People on both sides of the abortion divide have been expecting the Supreme Court this summer to reverse the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion nationwide. But many said the draft opinion was nevertheless stunning.

State signs $623 million contract for 4,000-inmate prison
2022-05-02 11:43:28

The new prison contact is part of a sweeping construction plan partially paid for by pandemic relief funds.

Alabama signs prison construction contract, quiet on details
2022-04-28 11:50:48

The Alabama Department of Corrections declined to release a copy of the contract. A spokeswoman said it needed to be redacted and that would take some time because it is a lengthy contract.

Parents challenge law outlawing treatment of trans kids
2022-04-21 09:08:02

The new Alabama law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans people under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

Birmingham Council OKs New Districts Despite Dissent
2022-04-20 10:16:11

Councilors sparred Tuesday over the maps which were redrawn based on numbers from the 2020 census.

One year later, where is the Birmingham Civilian Review Board? 
2022-04-19 11:26:30

A year ago, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the launch of the Birmingham Civilian Review Board to offer independent accountability for police. But the board doesn't seem to be active.

EXPLAINER: What do new Alabama laws say about transgender kids?
2022-04-12 09:31:30

Alabama has become the first state to criminalize the use of puberty blockers and hormones to treat transgender people under age 19. So what do these laws mean?

Families, doctors contest Alabama transgender treatment ban
2022-04-12 09:27:10

The new law makes it a crime for doctors to treat trans youth under 19 with puberty blockers or hormones to help affirm their gender identity.

Transgender issues dominate end of the legislative session. Second special session to come
2022-04-10 08:00:00

Alabama now has its own version of a Florida law derided by opponents as the "Don't Say Gay" bill.

Trans kids fear Alabama laws targeting medicine, bathrooms
2022-04-09 08:00:00

Transgender kids and their parents say they feel attacked by a wave of Republican-sponsored legislation and policies aimed at trans youth. Bills have been introduced to ban gender-affirming care and block transgender children from using school restrooms or playing on sports teams that don’t match their sex at birth.

Alabama Legislature votes to ban gender-affirming medical care for transgender youth
2022-04-08 17:01:38

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Alabama lawmakers approved sweeping legislation Thursday to outlaw gender-affirming medications for transgender kids and advanced a separate measure prohibiting early classroom instruction on sexual and gender identity, a bill critics have dubbed "Don't Say Gay."

'Divisive concepts' and school 'bathroom bill' advance to the Alabama Senate
2022-04-06 14:07:49

An Alabama Senate committee gave two bills affecting schools the go-ahead Tuesday as lawmakers aim to end the legislative session this week. One requires students to use the bathroom that matches their biological sex. The other bans teaching students “divisive concepts.”

Struggling Democrats hope growing union support will provide boost in midterms
2022-04-06 11:20:50

With support for unions at its highest point since 1965, Democrats hope they can capitalize on that sentiment as they struggle to connect with voters on other issues.

Economy

Workers at New Orleans Starbucks say yes to unionizing; the 1st in Louisiana
2022-06-05 08:00:00

The successful, 11-to-1 vote happened weeks after a former shift supervisor that led the unionization effort was fired by higher management.

With vanpooling, workers and employers find a ‘win-win’ amid a tight labor market, high gas costs
2022-05-31 13:13:52

As 2022's economic woes continue, more people are using vanpools as a cost-effective way to get to work. It’s also helping out their employers.

Workers at a Birmingham Starbucks become 1st to unionize in Alabama
2022-05-27 12:46:14

Workers at the downtown Birmingham coffee shop cast a near-unanimous vote to become the first Starbucks location in the state to say yes to forming a union.

‘Better isn’t good enough': Starbucks workers in Birmingham, New Orleans discuss unionizing
2022-05-17 11:53:22

Starbucks stores in Birmingham and New Orleans could be the next to unionize. Those leading the efforts sit down to discuss why and what they've learned so far.

What does a successful guaranteed income program look like? Jackson might have the answer
2022-04-29 08:00:00

A successful guaranteed income program in Jackson, Mississippi could offer insights to cities in Alabama and Louisiana as they launch their own pilots.

The fate of Amtrak’s Mobile to New Orleans line will be decided by these key issues
2022-04-22 08:00:00

Amtrak is making its final pitch for a Gulf Coast passenger train line. The private companies that own the tracks the trains would run on, however, oppose it.

A year into striking, Alabama coal miners are frustrated but defiant as ever
2022-04-01 08:00:00

As the strike in Alabama drags on, coal miners say it’s not just about the money. They’re also fighting for their dignity.

Health Care

Jefferson County health providers 'well equipped' for The World Games
2022-06-29 16:27:48

Officials plan to treat as many people as possible at on site medical tents. They say the biggest concern is heat-related illness.

“Expect us,” reproductive rights supporters rally across Alabama after federal abortion ruling
2022-06-26 11:49:03

Alabamians took to the streets this weekend after elective abortions became a felony in the state on Friday.

After the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, Republican lawmakers applaud, others say they will sue, and some take to the streets
2022-06-24 10:34:01

The ACLU of Alabama say it will continue its lawsuit to reinstate access to abortion.

What to know about Alabama abortion rights after SCOTUS overturns Roe v. Wade
2022-06-24 09:19:52

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Wade, ending the constitutional right to an abortion. Here’s what the decision means for the Gulf South region.

Privacy researcher worries about a 'scenario where everyone is a sheriff' post-Roe
2022-06-08 08:00:00

As the U.S. moves toward a post-Roe world, our digital world will need to change with it. A cybersecurity researcher explains why for the Click Here podcast.

Q&A: After federal complaint for COVID vaccine rollout, what’s next for Mississippi?
2022-05-19 14:57:47

The NAACP’s and SPLC’s federal complaint claims that Mississippi didn’t equitably spend its federal COVID-19 relief funds, leaving out communities of color.

A day after SCOTUS leak, Gulf States begin to prep for a future without Roe v. Wade
2022-05-03 20:21:18

While nothing officially changes until the Supreme Court delivers its decision, advocates on both sides of the issue are preparing for an end to legal abortion.

EXPLAINER: What's known about sudden liver disease in kids
2022-04-27 10:01:23

Scientist are puzzled over cases of hepatitis showing up in otherwise healthy children. Nine cases have been found in Alabama.

EXPLAINER: What medical treatments do transgender youth get
2022-04-21 19:00:00

Transgender medical treatment for children and teens is under attack in many states, but it has been available for more than a decade and is endorsed by major medical associations.

Education

Food is more than what’s on the plate for this Birmingham urban farmer
2022-06-13 07:00:12

Fernando Colunga says it’s important to understand how food is grown and the culture it comes from. He’s a farming and cooking instructor at Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham and is passionate about teaching the significance of food to young people.

Birmingham awards diplomas to students who died before graduation
2022-06-03 11:38:58

Not every student who starts school lives to graduate. It’s estimated nearly 2,000 children and teens die from gun violence every year in the United States. This week Birmingham City Schools awarded diplomas to the families of some of those lost students.

What do Birmingham students think about race, college, even periods? Listen to these podcasts
2022-05-27 06:00:00

WBHM’s education reporter Kyra Miles, along with two Report for America colleagues at al.com, worked with students at Birmingham’s Ramsay High School to create podcasts.

How will Avis Williams lead New Orleans Public Schools? Look to her work in Selma
2022-05-24 18:30:55

Avis Williams transformed Selma, Alabama’s schools during her five years as superintendent. Now, she’s set to lead New Orleans’ all-charter school system.

Some teachers and LGBTQ families feel censored by Alabama’s “Don’t Say Gay” law
2022-05-20 07:00:00

Alabama passed its own so-called “Don’t Say Gay” law in April following states like Florida. It bans discussions of sexual orientation and gender identity in K-5 classrooms.

Lavender Celebration honors LGBTQ students at UAB
2022-04-22 13:48:51

Lavender Graduations, or Lavender Celebrations, are ceremonies that honor LGBTQ college graduates and their accomplishments. UAB has hosted an annual Lavender Celebration since 2017, but this year’s took on new meaning with new laws targeting transgender students.

New report shows math proficiency continues to lag in Alabama
2022-04-07 15:24:39

This week, officials released an update to the annual Kids Count Data Book which measures the well-being of kids in Alabama. Advocates are hopeful spending on children's healthcare and education recently approved by state lawmakers will improve indicators.

In New Orleans, students are using Anne Frank's story to teach each other about injustice
2022-04-05 08:57:54

"In Quarantine with Anne Frank,” helps students learn to talk to each other about discrimination.

Science and Technology

Arts and Culture

Watch Live: The Gulf States Newsroom is hosting a live storytelling event.
2022-04-05 14:32:38

The Gulf States Newsroom, a collaboration among public radio stations in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana, is teaming up with Back Pocket Media to put on a live storytelling event on Tuesday.

Environment

Food is more than what’s on the plate for this Birmingham urban farmer
2022-06-13 07:00:12

Fernando Colunga says it’s important to understand how food is grown and the culture it comes from. He’s a farming and cooking instructor at Jones Valley Teaching Farm in Birmingham and is passionate about teaching the significance of food to young people.

Religion

Crime

Police identify the victims from Thursday's deadly church shooting in Vestavia Hills
2022-06-17 12:16:58

Police say the suspect is a 71-year-old white male who occasionally attended the church. They haven’t released a motive but said he used a handgun.

Alabama church shooting kills 2, wounds 1; suspect detained
2022-06-16 22:36:50

The shooting occurred Thursday evening at Saint Stephen's Episcopal Church in the Birmingham suburb of Vestavia Hills.

Deliberate Indifference: A conversation about Alabama, Mississippi prison issues
2022-05-20 10:24:39

WBHM’s Mary Scott Hodgin talks with Brittany Brown of the Gulf States Newsroom about issues plaguing Alabama and Mississippi prisons.

Inside the manhunt for an escaped murder suspect and jailer
2022-05-11 10:11:13

U.S. marshals and sheriff’s deputies led an 11-day manhunt for an Alabama murder suspect and jailer who were heavily armed and preparing for a shootout when they were captured.

Alabama jailbreak mystery deepens as manhunt ends with death
2022-05-10 08:46:39

Jailer Vicky White was pronounced dead at a hospital after murder suspect Casey White gave up without a fight in Evansville, Indiana. The fugitives had spent more than a week on the run through three states.

Birmingham targets motels over illegal activity and blight
2022-05-06 10:00:00

Since last fall, Birmingham city officials have sued or taken other measures to shut down the businesses.

Arrest warrant issued in Alabama for missing jail official
2022-05-02 12:04:25

An arrest warrant has been issued for a jail official who disappeared while escorting a prisoner last week.

To reduce gun violence, New Orleans is turning to community groups instead of police
2022-04-28 10:49:48

Advocates in New Orleans work to curb gun violence by focusing on prevention and community needs over policing and aim to spread it across the Gulf South.

Q&A: After DOJ’s Parchman report, what changes are needed at Mississippi Corrections?
2022-04-26 18:48:43

The Gulf States Newsroom’s Brittany Brown details the Department of Justice’s report on the Mississippi State Penitentiary, and what comes next.

One year later, where is the Birmingham Civilian Review Board? 
2022-04-19 11:26:30

A year ago, Mayor Randall Woodfin announced the launch of the Birmingham Civilian Review Board to offer independent accountability for police. But the board doesn't seem to be active.

Race and Culture

Exploring the Clotilda, the last known slave ship in the U.S., brings hope
2022-06-15 05:00:24

The discovery of the ship on an Alabama river bottom has fostered a renewed hope for descendants of the Clotilda's captives, and the community they founded called Africatown.

A civil rights memorial in Alabama expands to document lynching victims' stories
2022-04-21 05:00:16

The Equal Justice Initiative addresses America's history of racial violence at a time when state lawmakers nationwide have been trying to limit teaching about divisive topics in public schools.

Weather

Sports

Saban: Current state of college football not 'sustainable'
2022-04-13 14:40:56

The Alabama Crimson Tide coach is confident his program will thrive in this new era of college football, but he's concerned about the sport overall.

How to prepare for human trafficking during the World Games
2022-04-01 13:42:35

The World Games are expected to attract tens of thousands of people to Birmingham this summer. Experts say that’s likely to increase human trafficking. Here's what you can do.