Birmingham economic development leaders would like to grow the region's burgeoning tech sector. While the city has many ingredients for success, there is concern about one factor in particular â a talent shortage. We hear details about that in this morning's Magic City Marketplace.
This week the Alabama House of Representatives approved a bill to keep the manufacturers and suppliers of lethal injection drugs confidential, the debate escalated over the education budget, and a compromise was worked out with the payday loan industry.
If you're a customer of the Birmingham Water Works, you might have missed a insert in a recent bill. The flyer offers coverage if there's a break in the water line between your house and the street. That's because homeowners, not the water works, are responsible if there's a problem there. As good an idea as that may sound, Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald says buyer beware.
Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM will host an "Issues & Ales" event concentrating on sustainable development and Birmingham's future Wednesday, Mar. 12 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at WorkPlay at 500 23rd St. South. The evening will focus on what Birmingham is doing, and what Birmingham's experts and residents think it should be doing, to improve the environment as the City continues its current revitalization. Lee Ann Macknally, President of Macknally Land Design, will be the keynote speaker.
There's a heated debate in the Alabama legislature, and beyond, about Common Core. It's a set of educational standards used in 45 states, including Alabama, which uses its own slightly modified version. Just last week, Republican Senator Scott Beason of Gardendale said he's working on legislation that would let school systems opt out of Common Core. The state school board originally adopted the standards in 2010. Commentator Larry Lee was curious about the debate, so he went and talked to some people working with the standards -- teachers and school administrators.
It got a little tense at the statehouse last night when the topic of abortion legislation was discussed. This week the Alabama House passed a bill to ban most abortions in the state and make legal abortions difficult if not impossible. One representative brought up the issue of race and how he thinks it plays a role in a woman's choice to abort a pregnancy.
AdvancED is a private accrediting firm working with more than thirty thousand schools worldwide. A team from its Southern Association of Colleges and Schools division arrives in Birmingham today. They're checking whether Birmingham City Schools are fixing problems that led the agency to put the system on accreditation probation last summer. It got WBHM's education reporter Dan Carsen thinking about what these firms actually do, and whether they have as much power as it seems. He caught up with AdvancED president Mark Elgart and asked him how his agencies decide which districts get accredited ... and which don't.
It's convention wisdom that education is the key to a better job and better economy. But when it comes to that relationship there are some who say Birmingham is not scoring at the top of the class. We explain in this week's Magic City Marketplace.
This past Saturday was TEDxBirmingham. The event featured 15 local speakers who came together with one goal: to help attendees "Rediscover the Magic" of Birmingham through new ideas. WBHM's Program Director Michael Krall was in attendance. He spoke to WBHM's Sarah Delia about his experience at TEDxBirmingham.
When someone says they identify as a feminist, some images and assumptions come to mind. But what if someone were to self identify as a womanist? What would you think then? The meaning behind these two words may sound similar, but they spark great debate. Our guest blogger Javacia Harris Bowser explores this in her monthly post for WBHM.
Writer and scholar Anne-Marie Slaughter has had a prestigious career in foreign policy and education. Slaughter served under Hillary Clinton in the United States Department of State. But after two years on the job, she realized it was too challenging to juggle high a powered-career and family. She now heads the New America Foundation, a group that focuses on the next generation of challenges facing the United States. Slaughter sat down with WBHM's Rachel Osier Lindley to talk about professional women, work-life balance, and caregiving. The conversation starts with Slaughter discussing what she's probably most known for - an Atlantic Monthly article entitled "Why Women Still Can't Have it All."
Lawmakers in Montgomery continue to debate a bill placing new restrictions on the Birmingham Water Works Board. The water works and city are fighting the measure, but a new audit doesn't do much to help their cause. The audit, paid for by the water works board, describes loose rules, poor accounting and bad communication. We talk about it with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.