Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Drive north of Birmingham on Interstate 65 and you will soon see an expansive construction site. It’s the pending interchange between Interstate 65 and Interstate 22. That project was supposed to be completed this year, but officials now say it'll be at least next year before the orange barrels are gone. Still developers see potential. We talk about it now in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Javacia Harris Bowser: The

It's that time of year -- students are headed back to the classroom for their fall semesters and teachers are getting ready to implement their lesson plans in the hopes of inspiring a new group of young minds. And while there are guidelines and rules teachers must follow when creating their curriculum, some teachers are look for ways to think outside the box to connect with their students. Our guest blogger Javacia Harris Bowser writes about this in her monthly post for WBHM. As an educator herself, she has some insights and inspiration for teachers.

John Archibald: Court Fines and the Wonders of Birmingham

The flashpoint for protests in Ferguson, Missouri, these last few weeks is the shooting death of 18-year old, African American Michael Brown by a white police officer. But those protests rest on kindling of distrust between the town's black majority and the white leadership. Part of that distrust could be due to court fines that have become increasingly part of Ferguson's revenue and it sounds similar to a phenomenon in Alabama. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald talks about that and offers his seven wonders of the Birmingham world.

Kyle Whitmire: Determining Lawmaker's Salaries in 2015

State officials are working with a Birmingham law firm to try and determine the median household income in Alabama. The number could control the salaries of state lawmakers in the coming year because of a constitutional amendment approved by state voters in 2012.

A College For Inmates, And An Interview With Its President

The United States locks up people at a higher rate than anywhere else in the world. Some of the most overcrowded prisons are right here in Alabama. Julia Tutwiler Prison for Women is one of them. But some inmates there have access to a unique state-funded program that offers academics and "life skills" they'll need after release. The problem is, this J.F. Ingram State Technical College program, which could ease overcrowding, is struggling for funds. WBHM's Dan Carsen has the story and a full-length interview with J.F. Ingram's president.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Travelers at the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport are now enjoying a sparkling new concourse, part of the facility's $200 million renovation. The new restaurants and amenities have been getting rave reviews, but the larger question is if this project can reverse some downward trends for the airport. We talk about it in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Ahmad Ward: Birmingham's Reaction to Violence in Ferguson

US Attorney General Eric Holder went to Ferguson, Missouri this week. He's there to meet with law enforcement officials to discuss the protests and unrest following the death of Michael Brown. He's the unarmed black man who was killed by a white police officer on August 9th. The racial tensions and violence in Ferguson are bringing back memories of the 1960's here in Birmingham. Ahmad Ward is the head educator at the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. He sees some parallels between the chaos in Ferguson today and Birmingham in the 1960's and shares his thoughts with WBHM.

John Archibald: Salary Disparities Between Teachers and Superintendents

It's good to be king, but as John Archibald says, it's super to be superintendent. The salaries earned by superintendent vs. teachers in Alabama is significant to say the least. We take a look at those numbers and what it means for Alabama educators. Plus, is it fair to compare present day Ferguson, Missouri to Birmingham, Alabama in the 1960's?

Holly Williams:  Following the Family Tradition

She's the granddaughter of country music legend Hank Williams. Her dad, Hank junior, has sold millions of records. But Holly Williams isn't living in anyone's shadow. She's got her own sound and is making a name for herself. Greg Bass has this profile...

Kyle Whitmire: There Will Be A Dome?

College football season is nearly upon us. It comes at the same time a sports-related political football is reemerging in Birmingham. Local leaders have argued for years about building a domed stadium or multi-purpose facility. Momentum for such a facility has been on the rise in recent months. This week a prominent voice in the hospitality industry declared there will be a domed stadium with or without public support. We talk about those comments with and Birmingham News political commentator Kyle Whitmire.

EarFlims: To Sleep To Dream

You know how people often say the book is better than the movie because you can create your own pictures? The same thing is true for audio. A new show with its American debut Tuesday at UAB's Alys Stephens Center puts that notion to the test. "To Sleep to Dream" is a production of the United Kingdom-based EarFilms. It's like a feature-length movie told only with sound.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Birmingham city leaders are in a battle with Nashville, Austin, Atlanta, and other cities over attracting young professionals. A revived downtown, food trucks, and breweries are considered a part of that. But the real key seems to be jobs. We talk about that in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

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