Issues/Program Report 2nd Quarter 2020

July 1, 2020

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, 2020 and June 31, 2020. The list includes the following issues:

Government

Ivey Extends COVID-19 Health Order Through July
2020-06-30 11:34:03

Gov. Ivey extended a public health order aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus. It would have expired Friday.

Sessions Calls On Birmingham To Reinstate Agreements With Church Of The Highlands
2020-06-24 14:54:07

U.S. Senate candidate Jeff Sessions says the Birmingham Board of Education and Birmingham Housing Authority's decision to end agreements with the church is unconstitutional.

Avondale Added As The City’s Newest Entertainment District On July 1
2020-06-24 14:00:24

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to approve the creation of the “Avondale Entertainment District."

Gov. Ivey Has Been Quiet On COVID-19. Does It Matter?
2020-06-22 11:11:46

Unlike some other governors, Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey has kept a very low profile during the coronavirus pandemic, only rarely acknowledging it. But what difference does that make?

Removed Birmingham Confederate Monument 'A Weight Lifted Off Of This City'
2020-06-16 16:42:05

Sparked by protests calling for racial justice, a growing number of cities across the country are taking down Confederate monuments. What's next for these structures and the communities who remove them?

Former Governor Turns Attention to Criminal Justice System Following Release From Prison
2020-06-16 13:24:25

Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman maintains he is innocent despite a federal bribery conviction. In a new book he says changes are needed to how prosecutors operate.

County Officials Hope New State Intake Procedures For Inmates Relieves Pandemic Pressure
2020-06-15 15:41:34

Inmate transfers from county jails to the state prison system have been reduced because of the pandemic. Local officials say that needs to change or county jails will be in crisis.

Polling Officials Say Alabama’s July 14 Election Won’t Mirror Georgia’s Snafus
2020-06-11 10:27:26

Alabama is prepared for the July 14 primary runoffs, according to Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill.

Birmingham Conducting Review Of Police Department Procedures, Could Make Changes To Operate In Post-George Floyd World
2020-06-10 20:05:57

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin says his office will conduct a comprehensive internal review of the city’s police department.

Jefferson County Curfew Is Over, Commission Says
2020-06-10 20:00:39

The Jefferson County Commission voted Tuesday not to extend the order establishing a county wide curfew.

State Lawmaker Calls For New Leadership Of Troubled Prison System
2020-06-10 13:19:57

The Alabama Department of Corrections faces a Friday deadline to outline a plan to meet court-ordered staffing goals. State Rep. Chris England says the prison system needs new leadership.

Protesters Ask Birmingham Council To ‘Defund The Police’
2020-06-09 15:26:31

Protesters are asking the Birmingham City Council to defund the city's police department by reallocating $150,000 from the department's ammunition budget.

PSC Gives Thumbs-Up For Alabama Power To Increase Fossil Fuel Use, Delays Solar Request
2020-06-09 10:06:22

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
2020-06-08 21:21:07

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

Crews Remove 115-Year-Old Birmingham Confederate Monument
2020-06-02 06:21:05

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'
2020-06-01 13:31:27

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's Civil Rights History Front And Center At Rally For George Floyd
2020-05-31 22:13:29

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.

Two More Weeks Of Face Coverings Required, Birmingham Council Says
2020-05-29 12:15:49

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

Birmingham City Council To Consider Extending Face Covering Requirement
2020-05-28 19:21:15

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
2020-05-28 11:43:06

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.

Birmingham Will Allow Mask Rule To Expire Friday
2020-05-27 10:33:30

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

Jefferson County Commission Considers Higher Rent For Polling Places
2020-05-27 10:12:39

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

Alabama Reopening Continues Amid Shaky Coronavirus Progress
2020-05-21 19:19:13

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
2020-05-20 17:44:13

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
2020-05-20 09:23:52

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.

Birmingham Extends Face-Covering Requirement Through May 29
2020-05-20 08:55:07

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

Pandemic Complicates Preparations for Hurricane Season
2020-05-15 13:50:36

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

Alabama Utility Commission To Consider Ban on Recording Meetings
2020-05-13 12:41:33

Alabama’s Public Service Commission is considering new rules that restrict recording formal hearings. Critics say the “Media Coverage Plan” goes too far and limits transparency of the agency.

Face Covering Law in Birmingham Extended Through Next Week; Curfew Lifted
2020-05-13 10:29:52

Birmingham’s public safety curfew is no longer in effect, but the ordinance requiring masks or face coverings to be worn in public has been extended for another week.

Alabama Reopening Restaurants, Bars With Limits On Monday
2020-05-08 12:55:50

Alabama’s dine-in restaurants, bars, salons and gyms will be allowed to reopen next week.

Alabama General Fund Budget Heads To Governor
2020-05-08 11:32:34

Alabama lawmakers passed the General Fund budget Thursday. It now heads to Gov. Kay Ivey.

Jeffco Commission Goes Behind Closed Doors Over Stimulus Money
2020-05-08 07:58:29

The Jefferson County Commission received guidance this week on their legal use of federal stimulus money because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some Sheriffs Say They Won't Enforce Alabama's Coronavirus Order
2020-05-06 10:52:44

Alabama has allowed many retailers to reopen at limited capacity, but businesses such as gyms, nail salons and barbershops remain closed to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Some sheriffs said they won’t enforce the statewide order.

City Council Places May 15 Deadline On Birmingham’s Mask, Public Safety Ordinances
2020-05-05 16:23:45

Birmingham has placed a May 15 deadline on its mask and public safety ordinances, bringing them in line with Gov. Kay Ivey’s safer-at-home order.

Birmingham Mayor Announces Nightly Curfew, Defends Mask Ordinance
2020-04-30 19:55:31

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin is defending two new city ordinances tightening restrictions around COVID-19. Beginning Friday, residents will be under a nightly curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. and they must wear face coverings in public.

Alabama Lawmakers Return To Pass Budgets After Extended Coronavirus Break
2020-04-30 15:16:41

Alabama lawmakers return to Montgomery Monday after an extended break because of the coronavirus pandemic. Republicans want to pass the budgets quickly. Democrats want to wait.

Jefferson County Reopening Courthouses Friday, With Some Restrictions
2020-04-29 14:50:31

Jefferson County will reopen its courthouses and county facilities on Friday.

Retailers And Beaches Allowed Conditional Reopening As Ivey Eases Stay-At-Home Order
2020-04-28 13:39:12

Gov. Kay Ivey says retailers and public beaches can reopen under certain conditions as she relaxes a stay-at-home order issued to slow the spread of the coronavirus.

Birmingham Requires Face Masks in Public Starting Friday
2020-04-28 13:21:53

Birmingham residents will be legally required to wear face masks in public starting May 1.

Ivey: Alabama Needs More Testing Before Reopening
2020-04-21 14:42:34

Gov. Kay Ivey says the state needs an increase in COVID-19 testing before she reopens the state's economy.

Birmingham Mayor Undecided On When To Reopen City Economy
2020-04-21 12:16:37

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin updated residents on the city's fight against COVID-19.

Frustration And Anxiety While Waiting for Unemployment Benefits To Arrive
2020-04-16 20:19:47

More than 285,000 Alabamians have filed for unemployment benefits in the last month as the coronavirus outbreak has forced layoffs and furloughs. Many applicants have yet to receive any money.

Birmingham Commits Another $1 Million To Temporary Worker Program
2020-04-14 20:21:13

In an abnormally short, 13-minute meeting on Tuesday, the Birmingham City Council voted to allocate more funds to the city’s fight against COVID-19.

Parole Hearings Will Resume With "Reduced Person-To-Person Interaction"
2020-04-13 18:53:20

The Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles will resume parole hearings May 18 after stopping them last month in response to COVID-19. Advocates say the state should expedite the parole process to protect inmates and alleviate prison overcrowding.

Alabama Labor Department Urges Patience For Unemployment Claims
2020-04-06 17:26:21

Alabama has seen a record number of unemployment claims because of the coronavirus. The state Department of Labor is trying to keep up.

Getting Government Services During Pandemic Requires Patience, Persistence
2020-04-06 09:42:54

Alabama residents who need to renew their driver’s license during the coronavirus shutdown will have to do it online.

Gov. Ivey Issues Statewide Stay-At-Home Order Effective April 4
2020-04-03 18:21:34

Gov. Kay Ivey issued a statewide stay-at-home order Friday after mounting pressure by state and local leaders.

Birmingham Extends Shelter-In-Place Order Through April
2020-04-03 14:23:02

“People need to remember that people are dying, that this has the potential to continue to spread,” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin says. “If you can’t take this serious[ly] and police yourself, then we will gladly assist and help you.”

Doug Jones: Alabama 'Critically Unprepared' For COVID-19
2020-04-02 17:05:10

Democratic U.S. Sen. Doug Jones says Alabama is an "unhealthy" state with a high-risk population. He says officials should implement strict measures to fight the spread of COVID-19.

Jefferson County Commission Sets Up $1 Million Virus Fund, Extends County Closings Through April
2020-04-01 16:43:29

The Jefferson County Commission used its second emergency meeting of the COVID-19 pandemic to extend the closure of county facilities until April 30 and set up a $1 million COVID-19 fund to handle needs as they arise.

Advocates Call For COVID-19 Resources In Spanish, Other Languages
2020-04-01 15:13:37

Local advocacy groups say non-English speaking immigrants are an especially vulnerable group during this crisis, and not enough is being done to help them.

Economy

Beef, Poultry Farm Operations Hit By Coronavirus, But Peaches Are On Their Way
2020-05-20 09:14:08

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

Pepper Place Farmers Market Becomes A Drive-thru For The Pandemic
2020-05-15 12:00:46

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

Shoppers Emerge From Quarantine As State Eases COVID-19 Emergency Order
2020-05-04 19:15:49

Alabama's retail industry opened its' doors once again after being closed for at least a month because of COVID-19.

UAB Furloughs Staffers And Cuts Pay Amid Pandemic
2020-05-04 16:40:12

UAB announced Monday that more than 300 university staff members will be temporarily furloughed in an effort to offset significant financial losses due to COVID-19.

Small Business Loans Site Crashes Amid Flood of New PPP Applications
2020-04-29 23:16:04

Alabama bankers couldn’t access the federal Paycheck Protection Program application site on Monday so that small businesses hurt by the coronavirus could apply for the loans.

Despite Relaxed COVID-19 Restrictions, Many Plan To Stay At Home
2020-04-28 16:51:33

Gov. Kay Ivey will ease coronavirus restrictions starting at 5 p.m. Thursday. Under the new rules, businesses and all retailers can reopen. So will beaches and doctors offices. Nevertheless, many people plan to stay put.

COVID-19 Restrictions Not Slowing Work For Divorce Lawyers
2020-04-21 12:44:58

Courtrooms are quieter because of the coronavirus. But divorce lawyers have found ways to keep working.

Is Stay-in-Place Currently A Wise Policy For Alabama?
2020-04-17 11:35:25

There's a tension between the social distancing measure to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and the economic cost that's causing. The Harvard Club of Birmingham took up that issue in a formal debate this week.

As Quarantine Spurs Demand, Some Companies Are Hiring
2020-04-10 11:14:02

Many businesses have laid off workers as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, but plenty of companies in Alabama are hiring. While some companies grapple with worker safety concerns, it hasn't stopped them from growing.

Falling Tax Revenue Looms For State, Counties, Cities
2020-04-02 10:04:44

Late April will bring financial pain for state and local governments as businesses in Alabama begin submitting lower taxes because of the coronavirus.

Health Care

'It's A Reality For Us.' ICU Nurse Shares The Impact Of COVID-19
2020-06-29 15:05:28

Kelsey Jacks is a registered nurse in the medical Intensive care unit at UAB Hospital, where she takes care of the sickest COVID-19 patients. To help people understand the impact of the virus, she recorded an audio diary during a recent shift.

Face Masks Required Throughout Jefferson County Starting Monday
2020-06-26 16:36:58

Beginning Monday, face masks will be required in indoor spaces open to the public throughout Jefferson County. Health officer Dr. Mark Wilson announced the new order Friday, citing concerns about the recent increase in spread of COVID-19.

Coronavirus Cases In Ages 5-24 Double Within A Month; Alabama Hits New Record Daily High
2020-06-25 17:09:25

Alabama saw the number of coronavirus cases double among 5 to 24-year-olds, according to data from the Alabama Department of Public Health. The state also recorded a new daily high of 1,129 cases between 10 a.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. Thursday.

COVID-19 Cases Hit Record High Average For The Past Two Weeks
2020-06-25 11:01:49

The 14-day moving average of COVID-19 cases has now surpassed the 700 mark.

The ‘Old Normal’ Is Making Us Sick Again, UAB Doc Says; NY-Area Bans Alabama Travelers Without A Quarantine
2020-06-24 14:04:12

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state rose Wednesday by 954, one of the state’s largest daily increases since the pandemic began, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.

Low ICU Capacity Could Affect Non-Coronavirus Patients The Most
2020-06-19 18:12:51

As coronavirus hospitalizations increase, more hospitals are feeling squeezed. The president of the Alabama Hospital Association says the state is far from getting the pandemic under control. Limited hospital capacity will most affect patients seeking care for health issues other than coronavirus.

Alabama’s COVID-19 Case Averages Reach New Highs
2020-06-18 15:16:56

Moving averages of new COVID-19 cases have reached their highest levels since the start of the pandemic.

UAB Treating Its Highest Number Of Coronavirus Patients Since The Pandemic Began, Health Experts Say
2020-06-16 10:13:45

Alabama continues to break records as cases of COVID-19 increase at the highest rate yet.

As Coronavirus Cases Spike, Numbers Bear 'Very Close Watching'
2020-06-12 17:53:19

Alabama hit record highs this past week in the number of new coronavirus cases. Health officials are taking a wait-and-see approach.

Alabama COVID-19 Hospitalizations Hit Record High
2020-06-12 07:32:34

There are more Alabamians hospitalized for the coronavirus than at any point during the pandemic. UAB's Dr. Rachael Lee explains why.

Senator And State Health Officer Tackle Complex Slate Of Coronavirus Questions
2020-05-30 12:26:19

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.

Jefferson County Encourages More Coronavirus Testing As Cases Jump Statewide
2020-05-27 13:25:56

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

Amid Statewide Reopening, Jefferson County Keeps Entertainment Venues Closed
2020-05-22 17:04:28

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

How To Handle A Summer With COVID-19
2020-05-22 15:15:34

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

As State Loosens Restrictions, Health Experts Worry About COVID-19 Spread
2020-05-08 17:16:54

As Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey allows more businesses to reopen next week, UAB infectious disease expert Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is worried about the state's recent increase in average cases and deaths related to COVID-19.

As Medical Procedures Resume, Patients Weigh Whether It's Safe
2020-05-07 11:12:20

Gov. Kay Ivey’s “safer-at-home” order allows doctors to resume elective medical and dental procedures. For some patients, that’s good news.

UAB Drug Remdesivir Is First to Block the COVID-19 Virus, May Become Standard of Care. Fauci “Optimistic.”
2020-04-30 12:01:32

Remdesivir, a drug developed through a federal grant to UAB, may be the first effective therapy for treating severely ill COVID-19 patients, early analysis of a large federally sponsored study found this week.

UAB to Start COVID-19 Testing With Mobile Units in Bush Hills, Center Point
2020-04-28 10:51:48

UAB will deploy a new COVID-19 mobile testing unit this week to communities across Jefferson County.

Alabama Lags Coronavirus Testing Rate Advised to Begin Reopening
2020-04-27 11:32:55

Data shows Alabama lags behind most of its Southeast neighbors in COVID-19 testing.

UAB Hospital Losing $70 Million Per Month Due To COVID Restrictions
2020-04-24 16:24:43

UAB Hospital is taking a financial hit from COVID-19. Officials announced Friday a projected loss of $70 million per month due to fewer clinical visits, elective surgeries and hospital stays.

Inside Alabama's Prisons, Fear Of A Coronavirus Outbreak
2020-04-23 12:24:48

Alabama corrections officials recently reported the first inmate death related to COVID-19. With several prisoners and staff members testing positive for the virus, those inside Alabama prisons worry this is just the tip of the iceberg.

COVID-19 Crisis Threatens To Bankrupt And Close Struggling Hospitals In The Rural South
2020-04-21 10:16:26

The executive director of the Alabama Rural Health Association says closing rural hospitals is his greatest concern. That's because these hospitals located across the Deep South were struggling to stay open before COVID-19.

After 22 Days, UAB Staff Celebrate First COVID Patient Released From ICU
2020-04-17 11:10:50

After falling ill with COVID-19, Bill Chambers was admitted to intensive care and placed on a ventilator. He spent 22 days in the hospital and was recently released, becoming the first COVID patient discharged from UAB Hospital's ICU.

Coronavirus Peaks In Alabama On April 20. Here's What To Expect
2020-04-16 14:16:11

COVID-19 is expected to peak Monday. Here's how UAB has been preparing for this and the months that follow.

UAB's Pastoral Care Team Counsels Health Care Workers Amid COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-04-15 10:51:04

Hospital chaplains usually show comfort to patients or their families, but at UAB that has changed. During the coronavirus pandemic, the pastoral care team spends a lot of time counseling health care workers who are on the front lines.

There Will Be a Day After, But Then Comes The Day After That
2020-04-15 10:30:46

UAB officials are starting to look toward the day when the number of COVID-19 cases starts to decline in Alabama, but there are no easy answers to what could come next.

Birmingham To Launch Ride Service For COVID-19 Patients
2020-04-14 16:51:04

A new service to transport low-income COVID-19 patients to health care facilities is expected to launch in Birmingham this week.

Gov. Kay Ivey Taps Committee to Plan For Reopening Alabama's Economy
2020-04-14 15:48:15

Gov. Kay Ivey is creating a new executive committee that’ll field recommendations on when to reopen the state’s economy.

Surviving A Pandemic: How The 1918 Spanish Flu Changed Life In Alabama
2020-04-13 07:48:53

COVID-19 is not the first pandemic to strike around the world. In 1918, the Spanish Influenza had a dramatic impact on daily life everywhere, including Alabama.

Virus Tsunami Could Swamp Alabama’s Health Care, Particularly In Rural Areas
2020-04-08 14:51:26

Health professionals warn that the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't hit its peak in Alabama yet. Some say that when it does it could be a major disaster for the state’s health care infrastructure.

Alabama Numbers Show Race Disparity In COVID-19 Deaths
2020-04-08 12:12:42

More than 40 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Alabama have been in African Americans even though about a fourth of the state’s population is black, data released by state health officials showed Tuesday.

Pregnant Women Are Changing Their Birth Plans Amid COVID-19 Fears
2020-04-07 18:41:16

Due to COVID-19, hospitals are limiting the number of people who can be present during labor and delivery. That's one reason some pregnant women are considering giving birth at home.

Alabama's Largest City Tightens Restrictions To Stem Spread Of Coronavirus
2020-04-03 13:39:22

Birmingham is under a shelter-in-place order and hospitals are being inundated with a wave of COVID-19 patients. We talk with a local cardiologist who is now ill with the disease about the pandemic's toll on the health care system.

Association Protests Plan To Put Recovering COVID-19 Patients In Nursing Homes
2020-04-01 17:28:39

The Alabama Nursing Home Association opposes a decision by Jefferson County Health Officer Dr. Mark Wilson to place patients who are recovering from COVID-19 in nursing homes.

Birmingham Could Be Two Weeks Away From NYC COVID-19 Rates
2020-04-01 13:37:02

The coronavirus pandemic in Alabama is not as bad as hot spots elsewhere in the country, but public health officials expect that to change.

Education

Alabama Schools To Open In August, But Parents Have Home Education Option
2020-06-26 13:06:07

Alabama public schools will reopen in August despite the COVID-19 pandemic, but parents will be given the option of continuing distance learning.

Traditional Graduation Ceremonies Back On At Some High Schools
2020-05-18 11:21:53

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.

Players & Coaches Prepare For Uncertain Future In College Athletics
2020-05-07 08:46:34

The cancellation and delay of sporting events due to the coronavirus is creating uncertainty for student athletes. College coaches have fewer opportunities to scout new players and they face mounting financial pressure that's led some schools to cut athletic programs.

Some Alabama Graduations Saved By Going Virtual
2020-04-29 16:03:15

Most spring graduations are canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic. But a few groups and institutions are organizing virtual ceremonies for the class of 2020

Q&A With UAB Med School Dean Selwyn Vickers: Pandemic “Significantly” Shutting Down Clinical Trial Enterprise
2020-04-22 13:22:57

BirminghamWatch spoke with the dean of UAB's Medical School about COVID-19's impact on clinical trials.

Birmingham Superintendent Lisa Herring Stepping Down To Lead Atlanta Public Schools
2020-04-21 14:22:32

Birmingham school Superintendent Lisa Herring is leaving to become superintendent of Atlanta Public Schools.

Schools Faced Social Distancing Hurdles In Meal Prep And Distribution
2020-04-13 08:22:33

Since schools have been out statewide, some districts have struggled to continue to provide meals. After a bumpy start, Birmingham and Jefferson County schools have opted to outsource their meal programs.

Working At Home With Kids: How The Pandemic Is Changing The Work-Life Balance
2020-04-10 11:22:53

While the COVID-19 pandemic has forced people apart, it has also created a common ground for millions — by making many work from home. But many parents are now learning to manage their job and teach their kids at the same time.

Parenting Hotline Shows The Rising Stress Of Coronavirus At Home
2020-04-08 14:25:43

Parenting is hard enough as it is, much less during the coronavirus crisis. A parental hotline offers help for those stressing out over their kids.

Distance Learning Begins Monday. What's The Plan?
2020-04-03 15:18:47

Closed through the end of the academic year, Alabama K-12 schools will being distance learning Monday. Jefferson County Schools released information Friday about their plan.

Science and Technology

Privacy Concerns Decrease Amid Launch Of Tech Giants' Contact Tracing App
2020-06-15 10:26:52

Alabama is one of a few states getting ready to deploy a bluetooth-based contact tracing app created by tech giants Apple and Google.

In Rural Alabama, Pandemic Highlights Need For Broadband Access
2020-05-01 09:56:57

The internet is helping a lot of people get through the COVID-19 crisis. But many people in rural areas like the Black Belt have no internet access at all.

New Coronavirus Tracker Hopes To Locate Hotspots In Rural, Underserved Areas
2020-04-02 09:38:26

UAB has created a new symptom checker to track the spread of COVID-19. The website hopes to give public health officials insight on virus hotspots, especially in underserved communities.

Arts and Culture

Community Organizer: 'Our Protests Are Not Peaceful'
2020-06-26 11:52:38

Alabama Rally Against Injustice has held several demonstrations in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd. One of the group's representatives says leading rallies week after week is emotionally draining, but necessary. The group plans to continue holding rallies until policing policies change.

First Woman To Lead The Episcopal Diocese Of Alabama
2020-06-26 10:31:43

The Episcopal Diocese of Alabama will consecrate Rev. Glenda Curry as a new bishop on Saturday. She's the first woman to hold the position.

NASCAR Fans React To Confederate Flag Ban, Noose Incident
2020-06-22 22:14:11

A day after a noose was placed in the garage of NASCAR's only full-time Black driver, fans at Talladega Superspeedway condemned the incident, but were mixed on NASCAR's decision to ban the Confederate flag.

Hundreds Gather In Birmingham To Celebrate Juneteenth
2020-06-19 16:20:41

Cities across the state are celebrating Juneteenth, the end of slavery. In Birmingham, hundreds gathered at Kelly Ingram Park to commemorate the holiday.

Organizer: Efforts To Rename Edmund Pettus Bridge Must Be A Group Effort
2020-06-19 11:02:38

A petition calling on Gov. Kay Ivey to rename Selma's Edmund Pettus Bridge has more than 120,000 signatures. We spoke with the Democratic strategist who started the online campaign.

The Murals Of Downtown Birmingham Transform Vandalized Streetscapes To Avenues Of Hope
2020-06-16 11:04:11

Murals can be found on plywood throughout downtown Birmingham.

Roger James Retires From Alabama Symphony Orchestra After 35 Years
2020-06-05 17:48:25

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
2020-06-04 12:51:36

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
2020-06-03 10:18:37

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
2020-06-03 08:51:06

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
2020-06-02 23:47:51

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

Birmingham Brewery Bounces Back After Coronavirus Slows Sales
2020-05-29 09:23:24

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

Some Restaurants Continue Curbside Service Despite Relaxed Restrictions
2020-05-13 12:59:59

Gov. Kay Ivey’s updated “safer-at-home” order puts most of the hospitality industry back to work. Some business owners were quick to open their doors, but others are sticking with curbside service only.

Businesses Eagerly Reopen As Others Take A Phased Approach
2020-05-11 17:55:35

On the first day many businesses were allowed to reopen since the pandemic, not all opted to jump back in.

Amid COVID-19 Pressures, Lucy's Coffee & Tea Closes For Good
2020-05-08 10:08:55

Lucy’s Coffee & Tea has been a Birmingham staple for more than 25 years. Earlier this week, owner Lucy Bonds announced she’s closing her cafe for good.

Comedians Get Extra Creative During The COVID-19 Pandemic
2020-04-27 17:07:22

With entertainment venues closed because of COVID-19, local standup comedians and improv performers are having to find other ways to connect to their audiences. Some have even turned to social media to practice their craft.

Customers Resort To DIY Styles With Barbershops & Hair Salons Closed
2020-04-23 10:09:45

The coronavirus pandemic forced the closure of nonessential businesses, including hair salons and barbershops. That has led some people to get creative about how to keep their hair looking good during the crisis.

Three Mini Stories To Make You Smile During The COVID-19 Crisis
2020-04-03 12:32:21

There's so much news about the coronavirus it can be overwhelming. So here are three bright moments in the midst of the pandemic.

Coronavirus Impacts Revenue At Birmingham Zoo
2020-04-02 22:05:38

Spring usually kicks off the busy season for the Birmingham Zoo, but not this year. Like many attractions across the nation, the zoo is closed until further notice because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Environment

PSC Gives Thumbs-Up For Alabama Power To Increase Fossil Fuel Use, Delays Solar Request
2020-06-09 10:06:22

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.

EPA Rejects Move To Strengthen Air Pollution Limits
2020-04-19 11:11:37

The Trump EPA announced this week that it will not lower the current limit on particulate air pollution, an action that disappointed but didn’t surprise public health scientists and clean-air advocates.

Religion

Crime

Crime Slows As People Shelter From Coronavirus
2020-04-20 11:48:28

Crime isn’t taking a coronavirus holiday, but law enforcement statistics show it headed in a positive direction as more people shelter from the pandemic.

Race and Culture

Weather