WBHM Receives Eight Regional Murrow Awards

Public Radio WBHM 90.3 FM/WSGN 91.5 has won eight 2014 Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards presented by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA). The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. WBHM received more regional Murrow Awards than any other station in the large market radio category.

Interview: Reporter Brian Lawson Discusses Inmate Healthcare

For the next several months, WBHM joins AL.com and the Center for Investigative Reporting as part of the Alabama Media Group's Investigative Journalism Lab. We're taking a closer look at Alabama's prison problems. Earlier this year, a Department of Justice report detailed cases of rape and sexual abuse at the Julia Tutwiler prison in Wetumpka. As part of their continued investigation of Alabama prisons, the Department of Justice is seeing if inmate medical care and mental health care are constitutionally adequate. AL.com reporter Brian Lawson has been looking into inmate health care, and he's heard some troubling stories for former inmates and their families. WBHM's Rachel Osier Lindley sat down with Lawson to find out more.

John Archibald: Some Numerical Perspective on the Northern Beltine

State and Birmingham leaders broke ground this week on the first portion of the Northern Beltline. That's the planned 52-mile highway which would arc across the northern half of the metro area, a counterpart to Interstate 459 to the south. The road is expected to take several decades to build and it comes with a $5.5 billion price tag. Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald believes the price tag needs to be put in a little perspective.

Kyle Whitmire: Alabama's 6th Congressional District Primary

Seven candidates are in the running to become the Republican nominee to represent Alabama's 6th Congressional District in Washington, D.C. following the retirement of Representative Spencer Bachus. The June 3 primary is seven weeks away. We discuss the candidates and more with Kyle Whitmire of Al.com and the Birmingham News.

UAB's Florence Nightingale Letters

As UAB nursing students take finals this week, they'll be drawing on what they've learned about the human body in class and in clinics. But students also have had a special way to connect with the history of the field. The school holds 50 letters written by the woman credited with founding modern nursing -- Florence Nightingale. WBHM intern Russ Timothy reports.

Cindy Crawford: Magic City Marketplace

Birmingham officials have been smiling with each announcement of new investment in the city center. They really had something to smile about with the recent announcement of three apartment and retail projects in Birmingham's Southside and Lakeview neighborhoods. We hear more details in this week's Magic City Marketplace.

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. More than 35,000 fans attended the Barons 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 Barons general manager. In this conversation, Nelson talks about the pressures of following the 2012-2013 season, the impact of the new Regions Field downtown and his favorite Barons mascot.

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

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

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

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.

John Archibald: Why Bills Don't Pass in Alabama

If there's anyone who can breath a sigh of relief coming out of the recent Alabama legislative session, it's the Birmingham Water Works Board. Officials there were not happy with a proposed bill that would change the make up of the board and bring new restrictions. That bill died. But the board also spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for lobbyists to try and defeat it. We hear about it with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

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