John Archibald: Enjoy the Date with Taylor Swift

John Archibald: Enjoy the Date with Taylor Swift

Birmingham officials are waiting to see if they can beat the odds and land the 2016 Democratic National Convention. Party officials were in the Magic City this week on a site visit and while they had kind things to say about Birmingham, four larger cities are also competing for the convention. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald says Birmingham is like the shy kid who won a prom date with Taylor Swift -- enjoy it while it lasts.

Kyle Whitmire: Will Birmingham Host The Next DNC?

Kyle Whitmire: Will Birmingham Host The Next DNC?

This week the Democratic National Committee visited Birmingham to see how the Magic City would perform if selected to host the 2016 national convention. We take a look at how the visit went and what the city's chances are of hosting the convention.

INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks

INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On Alabama's Low NAEP Ranks

Alabama recently got some unflattering news about its students' proficiency, especially in eighth-grade mathematics. The National Assessment of Educational Progress, or NAEP, is a standardized test sometimes called "the nation's report card." On the 2013 test, Alabama eighth-graders ranked fiftieth out of 52 jurisdictions in math (schools on military bases and in the District of Columbia were counted separately). But as with most education topics, things are not quite as simple as they seem. WBHM's Dan Carsen sat down with Alabama School Connection executive director Trisha Powell Crain to go behind those results. She says we shouldn't put too much emphasis on one test, or be too surprised at Alabama's low showing.

Birmingham Hopes to Land 2016 Democratic National Convention

Birmingham Hopes to Land 2016 Democratic National Convention

Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention. Members from the Democratic National Committee began a two-day tour of the city on Monday. They're meeting with local promoters and scouting locations to see if Birmingham could support a convention the size of the DNC. In addition to Birmingham, the party is also considering Columbus, Ohio; New York, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

An antitrust lawsuit is on the horizon for health insurance company Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. Blue Cross holds an especially dominant position in Birmingham's health insurance market. What impact could the lawsuit have? Experts disagree, but it could create an opening for other insurers.

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