Birmingham leaders are hoping to continue the momentum after a couple of pharmaceutical firms announced new operations in the area. Oxford Pharmaceuticals will build a new plant expected to employ 200 people. Another drug company called Evonik plans to expand creating 45 jobs. Birmingham Business Journal Editor Cindy Crawford talks about what that means in this week's Magic City Marketplace.
Our name can have a profound impact on our lives. Names can reveal details about us to people -- often, before we even meet them. Studies show our names can affect how we do in school or our chances landing a job. So what if your name stands out in a way you're not proud of? In her monthly blog post for WBHM, our guest blogger Javacia Harris Bowser writes about how learning to love her unique name helped her better appreciate herself and where she's from.
If you're like most Alabama residents, you received a new license plate in the mail this year. There was actually nothing wrong with your old one. Still, every five years, the state sends replacement plates for the majority of registered vehicles in the state. But have you ever stopped to think why? It costs the state millions of dollars and some are asking questions. WBHM's Sarah Delia has this report.
A trial for indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been delayed until next year, but it hasn't stopped people on both sides from trying to influence public discussion. Hubbard faces 23 corruption charges and Tuesday Acting Attorney General Van Davis released a statement pushing back against Hubbard defenders who say this is a political prosecution. By the end of the day Hubbard's lawyer said he would file new a motion with the court. Alabama Media group columnist John Archibald talks about the tit-for-tat.
Alabama's Democratic party has long been led by white democrats, a trend that has continued after the November 4 elections. But the overwhelming majority of Democratic elected officials are black. Kyle Whitmire discusses why party leadership doesn't accurately reflect the party, along with the latest on House Speaker Mike Hubbard's ethics charges and what's next for U.S. District Judge Mark Fuller.
With Trinity Medical Center planning to relocate from Birmingham's east side to along U.S. 280, that'll put a major hospital in an area that already sees significant traffic congestion. But state transportation officials say they're preparing for the influx of cars that will come with the new facility. We talk about those plans in this week's Magic City Marketplace.
Starting Monday, you may notice a slight change in some of your favorite NPR programs. So what exactly does a clock have to do with radio?
Alabama may be a football crazy state, but UAB's football program has always struggled to gain traction. Certainly there's the dominance of the teams at the University of Alabama and Auburn University. But UAB boosters say the University of Alabama System Board of Trustees has undermined the team and is now trying to shut it down. We talk about the situation with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.
On Wednesday the US Supreme Court took up the complicated question of what kind of gerrymandering is acceptable and what kind is not. The court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.
Politicians may be known more for spin than truth, but Governor Robert Bentley's assessment of Tuesday's Republican sweep in the Alabama elections seems pretty accurate. He said at a press conference Wednesday the results show the dominance of Republicans and the disarray of the Alabama Democratic Party. Republicans did maintain their hold of all statewide offices and picked up a few seats in the state legislature. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald offers analysis.
Alabama Republicans are celebrating their election victories as they maintained control of all statewide offices and all but one congressional seat. Republicans also added to their supermajority in the the Alabama legislature. That means 4 more years for Governor Robert Bentley and 4 more years of Republican dominance.
WBHM 90.3 FM's education reporter Dan Carsen has been named a fellow in Renaissance Journalism's initiative, "The Equity Reporting Project: Restoring the Promise of Education." Only 31 journalists nationwide have been selected.