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Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson

Interview: Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson

This Saturday, the Birmingham Barons kick off a five-game series against the Tennessee Smokies. The 2013 Southern League Champions are already off to a strong start for their second season at Regions Field. Over 35,000 fans visited Regions Field for the Baron's season-opening homestand earlier this month. For more on what to expect this baseball season, WBHM's Rachel Osier Lindley caught up with Birmingham Barons General Manager Jonathan Nelson. This is Nelson's 21st season working in professional baseball, and his 10th season as the Baron's General Manager.

Longtime Secretary of the Alabama Senate Dies

Longtime Secretary of the Alabama Senate Dies

Former longtime secretary of the Alabama state Senate, McDowell Lee, has died at the age of 89. His daughter says Lee died Thursday afternoon after a brief illness at his home in Auburn. In 2008, WBHM's Andrew Yeager spoke with Lee about his position and the change he had seen through five decades in the legislature.

John Archibald: A Lackluster Primary

John Archibald: A Lackluster Primary

Election season is gearing up as candidates campaign for the primaries on June 3rd. There are races for governor and congress. But it's perhaps understandable if this year's races don't generate as much excitement as in the past. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald picks out a few key races.

INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership

INTERVIEW: Arnold Shober On The Importance Of School Board Leadership

Across the country, school boards have been losing power to state and federal authorities, and some experts see local boards as increasingly ineffective. But last month, an education policy think tank released a national report on the influence of school board leadership. According to the Fordham Institute, local boards really do impact student achievement. Given recent events in Birmingham City Schools and other area systems, WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen caught up with co-author Arnold Shober, who says the overall vision of a school board is key, as is the way members are elected.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Few were surprised when Energen announced the company was selling its subsidiary Alagasco. Reports had been flying for months that Energen was looking for a buyer for the utility. Now that a St. Louis firm is picking up Alagasco for $1.6 billion, we’ll look at what the sale means for Birmingham. That's in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

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