Same-Sex Couple In Birmingham Denied Marriage License

Greg Mullins and Josh Laning went to the Jefferson County Courthouse to apply for a marriage license today, despite the two-week stay on a Friday decision striking down Alabama's same-sex marriage ban. They have been thinking about getting married for years, but they never believed it would be possible in Alabama.

Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold on Same-Sex Marriage Decision

Alabama same-sex couples who hoped to get marriage licenses today will have to wait a few more weeks to see if the state will legally recognize their relationships. A federal judge put a two-week hold on her decision striking down Alabama's ban on same-sex marriage. WBHM's Rachel Osier Lindley spoke to Andrew Yeager about what happened over the weekend and what might happen next.

Carsen And Lindley Talk Alabama Schools' Low Test Scores

School test results have been in the news across Alabama lately, often next to words like "sobering" and "not on track." So what's going on? WBHM's News Director Rachel Osier Lindley sits down with education reporter Dan Carsen to shed light on a complex and heated issue. Carsen just returned from a conference put on by NPR's Ed Team, and part of that "Ed Summit" dealt with testing. Perfect timing for a while-the-iron-is-hot interview.

Federal Judge In Alabama Rules Same-Sex Marriage Ban Unconstitutional

Alabama has become the latest state to see its ban on gay marriage fall to a federal court ruling, as the issue of same-sex marriage heads to the U.S. Supreme Court. U.S. District Callie V.S. Granade ruled Friday in favor of two Mobile women who sued to challenge Alabama's refusal to recognize their marriage performed in California. Alabama's Attorney General's Office has asked the judge to put a stay on the ruling.

John Archibald: Birmingham to Host 2021 World Games

Birmingham leaders are celebrating today's announcement the city has won the chance to host the 2021 World Games. It's an international competition of non-Olympic sports. Birmingham beat Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, to capture the games. City officials are not only talking about history and civic pride but economic impact as well. We hear reaction from Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

Alabama's Growing Trade Relationship With China

The Chinese ambassador to the United States, Cui Tiankai, is visiting Birmingham this week as part of the Birmingham International Center's 2015 spotlight on China. For WBHM, Amy Sedlis met with BIC Board President, Marty Connors, to learn more about Alabama and China's trade relationship

Auburn University's Rural Studio Brings 20K Houses To Hale County

For some residents of Alabama's Black Belt, good housing can be hard to come by. In Hale County, 30 percent of the population lives below the poverty line -- meaning an individual lives on less than $11,670 a year. A group from Auburn University wants to help by designing an efficient and inexpensive house that anyone could afford. For WBHM, Ashley Cleek visited Newbern, Alabama to check out the homes.

Kyle Whitmire: Alabama Is The Butt Of The Joke, Twice

Alabama starred in two segments on The Daily Show this month. According to Alabama Media Group political commentator Kyle Whitmire, that's what happens when lawmakers push through laws without considering the (sometimes absurd) unintended consequences.

Cindy Fisher Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

UAB President Ray Watts has lost no confidence votes by two student governing bodies and the Faculty Senate this month, but he says he won't resign. It doesn't look like the Alabama System Board of Trustees will force him to either. Those votes were sparked by his announcement last month he's ending UAB's football, bowling and rifle programs. With such ill feelings about his handling of that decision, it does raise the question of how effective he'll be in that position now. We talk about it in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

BPD Issues Statement On Looming Pepper-Spray Trial

If you read this after 10 a.m. on Tuesday, January 20, the day after Martin Luther King Day, witnesses may already be on the stand in a federal courtroom in yet another Birmingham trial with civil rights implications. Barring a last-minute settlement, the Southern Poverty Law Center's suit against the Birmingham Police Department over officers using mace on city students will go forward, and lawyers representing the city and the police are promising a vigorous defense. WBHM's Dan Carsen has more.

Two Churches Join Forces For MLK Holiday Worship and Community Service

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. once said, "The most segregated time of the week is on Sunday." Reverend James Sutton and Reverend Steven Castello, the leaders of Ardent Church and Holy Trinity World Outreach Ministry, are determined to change that. The two Birmingham churches -- one majority black, the other majority white -- are coming together this weekend to honor Dr. King Jr. by fostering friendships between the members of their congregations.

Pepper Spray Trial Set For Tuesday

Barring a last-minute settlement, the Southern Poverty Law Center's suit against the Birmingham Police Department over officers using pepper spray on city students will go forward in federal court Tuesday morning. WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen has more.

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