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.

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.

Governor Bentley gives the State of the State address tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 6:30 p.m. In cooperation with Alabama Public Television, WBHM, will broadcast the Governor's remarks live. (All Things Considered and The World Cafe will be preempted.)

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.

Winter Storm Warning for N. Central Alabama -- Schools Closing, Gov. Bentley Declares State Of Emergency

The National Weather Service has issued a winter storm warning for much of north central Alabama from 9 a.m. Wednesday though midnight Wednesday. The warning covers an area roughly along the Interstate 20 corridor and north. UAB classes and campus operations will be cancelled for Wednesday, Feb. 25th and additional cancellations are likely.

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