Gigi Douban

Gigi Douban

News Director

Gigi Douban has reported for public radio since 2006. She’s filed stories for WBHM, NPR, Studio 360, and Public Radio International’s The World. Most recently, Gigi reported for Marketplace, bringing the country stories about toxic landfills, debtors prisons, and lighter fare, like why urinals are ubiquitous in public bathrooms, but not in homes. She's also written for Bloomberg News and Runner’s World, and on occasion, actually runs.

Committee Probes Whether Laws Limit Access for Voters

An Alabama advisory committee to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights holds its first hearing Thursday in Montgomery. It’s the first of a series of discussions looking into the ways Alabama’s voting regulations affect people’s ability to vote. There will be testimony from academics and policy makers, and members of the public will be invited to comment.

Lawmaker Proposes Bill to Arm Teachers

This school shooting in Parkland, Florida this week that left 17 people dead took center stage for Alabama lawmakers. On Thursday, Republican state Representative Will Ainsworth announced plans to introduce legislation that would allow teachers to carry firearms during school hours. The law would require training.

Labor Department Investigation Finds Taziki’s Violated Overtime Rules

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced Taziki’s Mediterranean Café will pay $135,844 to employees after an investigation found the company violated overtime rules.

Lawmakers Weigh Harsher Penalties for Opioid Users

The number of fatal drug overdoses is rising across the U.S. Alabama lawmakers this week considered a bill that would impose stiffer penalties around the deadly opioid fentanyl. Meanwhile, critics say more punishment could strain the state’s overcrowded prisons. Also, a bill on video voyeurism and the proposed education budget.

Legislative Update: Uber and Lyft Regulations, Guns in Church

This week, the Alabama Senate voted to regulate ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft. And a House committee endorsed legislation sponsored by Rep. Lynn Greer that would allow people at church to defend themselves with guns. Similar bills are advancing in states from Florida to Virginia. Don Dailey, host of Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal tells WBHM’s Gigi Douban not all churches are on board.

Why Birmingham-Southern is Slashing Tuition

Car shoppers aren’t the only ones who experience sticker shock. It happens with colleges, too. Birmingham-Southern College has announced that beginning next fall, it’ll slash its $35,000 a year tuition in half. It’s one of several schools around the country cutting tuition in hopes of attracting more students. But there’s more to it than the […]

Ditch the Marriage Licenses? Senate Says ‘I Do’

The Alabama Senate this week took on bills aimed at curbing racial profiling and doing away with marriage licenses.

Alabama Lawmaker George Bandy Dies at 72

State Rep. George Bandy, D-Opelika, died Tuesday morning. He was 72.

Weather Briefing: Bitter Cold and Ice Means Dangerous Roads

Bitter cold and ice will make Alabama roads dangerous on Tuesday. State emergency agencies are urging drivers to stay off the roads.

Closings and Delays for Tuesday January 16

Light to moderate snowfall is expected across most of the state Tuesday, and schools and government offices are closing or dismissing early.