A Letter From Selma, 50 Years Later

A Letter From Selma, 50 Years Later

Saturday, March 7 is the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday. That's when police beat marches trying to walk from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. While people look back at Selma 50 years ago, the weekly newspaper WELD has published a letter written just 11 days after Bloody Sunday. It offers a unique insight into what some of the people in Selma thought about those events as they unfolded. WELD editor Nick Patterson reads from the letter, which he says "offers a pretty significant glimpse into the mind of one particular facet of the community in Selma."

John Archibald: Latest Order in Gay Marriage Debate

John Archibald: Latest Order in Gay Marriage Debate

Alabama probate judges are again in the crosshairs after a state supreme court order Tuesday telling them not to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. This is in opposition to a federal judge's ruling overturning Alabama's ban on gay marriage. We talk about the situation and emails in the Speaker Mike Hubbard corruption case with Alabama Media Group columnist John Archibald.

INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On State Supreme Court Upholding Alabama Accountability Act

INTERVIEW: Trisha Powell Crain On State Supreme Court Upholding Alabama Accountability Act

The Alabama Accountability Act has been controversial since the night it passed the state legislature in 2013. What started as a school flexibility bill morphed into a way to give tax credits and scholarships to students to attend other public schools and private schools. But late Monday the state Supreme Court upheld the law. WBHM's Dan Carsen caught up with Alabama School Connection writer Trisha Powell Crain to talk it over. Crain starts with a brief overview of the Act, and some concerns.

Remembering The Death That Sparked The Selma Marches

Remembering The Death That Sparked The Selma Marches

This week marks the 50th anniversary of Bloody Sunday, the day police in Alabama beat marchers going from Selma to Montgomery in support of voting rights. Less well-known is the violent confrontation that sparked the Selma marches. It happened a few weeks earlier during a demonstration in Marion, a small town near Selma. A black civil rights activist named Jimmie Lee Jackson was shot and killed.

Alabama Supreme Court Orders Probate Judges To Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same Sex Couples

Alabama Supreme Court Orders Probate Judges To Stop Issuing Marriage Licenses To Same Sex Couples

Probate judges in Alabama find themselves under competing orders after the Alabama Supreme Court told them this week to stop issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. A gay rights organization says it can't find any counties now issuing marriage licenses to gay couples and Mobile's probate judge says he won't issue marriage licenses to anybody. To explain what's happening, WBHM spoke to Henry Corky Strickland about the order. He's the dean of Samford University's law school. In this interview, Strickland explains what makes the situation so unusual.

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