INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On State Supreme Court Upholding Alabama Accountability Act

The Alabama Accountability Act has been controversial since the night it passed the state legislature in 2013. What started as a school flexibility bill morphed into a way to give tax credits and scholarships to students to attend other public schools and private schools. But late Monday the state Supreme Court upheld the law. WBHM's Dan Carsen caught up with Alabama School Connection writer Trisha Powell Crain to talk it over. Crain starts with a brief overview of the Act, and some concerns.

Remembering The Death That Sparked The Selma Marches

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day police in Alabama beat marchers going from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Less well-known is the violent confrontation that sparked the Selma marches. It happened a few weeks earlier during a demonstration in Marion, a small town near Selma. A black civil rights activist named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed.

TEDx Birmingham 2105: Move Mountains

This weekend, TEDx Birmigham featured the chance to hear individuals sharing their experiences and passions. WBHM's Michael Krall and Will Dahlberg attended TEDx Birmingham and share their thoughts.

INTERVIEW: State Senator Del Marsh On New Charter School Bill

Charter schools are public schools exempt from many of the curriculum and staffing rules that apply to standard schools. But to stay open, charters are supposed to meet achievement goals spelled out in their charter contract. Alabama is one of eight states that does not allow charter schools, but that could change soon. After failing to pass a charter bill in 2012, Republican lawmakers are trying again in the session that's starting today, March 3, 2015. WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen caught up with Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, the charter bill's sponsor. He says being late to the game is actually an advantage.

Magic City Marketplace: Hospitals Set to Merge

Hospitals around Birmingham are preparing for a major shift in the healthcare marketplace -- the proposed merger of Baptist Health System and Brookwood Medical Center. That deal could close as soon as next month and would combine two big players in Birmingham healthcare. Thats where we start in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

Interview: Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, best known for his role as Mr. Spock on Star Trek has died at the age of 83. In 2009, WBHM's Michael Krall interviewed Nimoy who came to Birmingham to give a lecture about his photography. While there were plenty of questions regarding his photography, Nimoy also took time to talk about his role as Mr. Spock.

Lingering Ice and Snow Closes or Delays Schools

Lingering ice and snow from Wednesday's winter storm has some schools, particularly in north Alabama, closed or delayed Friday

The 2015 Alabama legislative session kicks off on Tuesday

The 2015 Alabama legislative session kicks off on Tuesday. From prisons to the state's budget deficit to education, this year's session will be full of important -- and even controversial -- issues. Here to give us a preview of what to expect is Don Dailey, host of Alabama Public Television's Capital Journal.

The General Fund Budget Pie

State lawmakers will gather in Montgomery Tuesday to kick off this year's legislative session. One of the biggest issues they face is how to make up for a projected shortfall in the General Fund budget. There are no easy fixes.

John Archibald: Memo Details UAB's Defensive Plan

UAB President Ray Watts faced a strong backlash after ending the university's football program in December. Football boosters were upset, but Watts also lost three "no confidence" votes over governance issues. As this unfolded, Watts worked with a private public relations firm to combat the fallout. A memo obtained by details the strategy.

WBHM will be off-air tonight

WBHM will be making some important infrastructure and IT upgrades that require us to be off the air from 10 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday

Area Schools Closed Or Delay Start Thursday

While most of the heavy snow missed the greater Birmingham area, many schools are on delayed starts for Thursday due to the threat of ice and dangerous travel. North of the Birmingham metro, which saw much higher snowfall on Wednesday, some school systems are closed.

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