2014 was a busy year for Alabama — Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard was indicted on felony corruption charges, Republicans swept all the major elections in the state and Jefferson County had, arguably, its first slow news year in a decade. What’s in store for 2015? Kyle Whitmire of al.com and the Birmingham News suggests some New Year’s resolutions for Alabama’s leaders.
If you’re like most Alabama residents, you received a new license plate in the mail this year. There was actually nothing wrong with your old one. Still, every five years, the state sends replacement plates for the majority of registered vehicles in the state. But have you ever stopped to think why? It costs the state millions of dollars and some are asking questions. WBHM’s Sarah Delia has this report.
On Wednesday the US Supreme Court took up the complicated question of what kind of gerrymandering is acceptable and what kind is not. The court is being asked to decide whether a 2010 state legislative redistricting in Alabama overloaded some districts with black Democrats on the basis of race or party.
Parker Griffith is a former congressman and state law maker as well as a retired physician. He’s also the Democratic gubernatorial candidate facing incumbent Governor Robert Bentley on November 4th.
WBHM’s Sarah Delia spoke with Griffith about his campaign.
A fixture on the Alabama political scene will soon be no longer. Spencer Bachus has served in Congress since 1993. But this year the Vestavia Hills Republican is retiring. He’s one of 24 incumbents to step down this term.Congressman Bachus spoke to WBHM’s Sarah Delia about his time in Washington. He started off by explaining why he decided to retire.
After renewing his employment contract, the Superintendent of the Birmingham City Schools resigns.
Meanwhile, Birmingham City Council has voted to give themselves a lift in their expense accounts, future council members a raise in salary, and give the mayor more freedom to spend.
We ponder these local political acts and what’s next with Kyle Whitmire, political commentator for the Alabama Media Group.
Food trucks have become ubiquitous in many cities. Entrepreneurs have taken the same concept of retail on wheels and applied them to apparel. That trend has now come to Birmingham. WBHM’s intern Morgan Smith has more.
Last week Jefferson County Circuit Judge Robert Vance lifted his ban that temporarily blocked the Montgomery Advertiser from publishing information from Alagasco documents. We take a look at why the ban was set in the first place as well as job numbers in the state.
Ray Rice, Mark Fuller, and Adrian Peterson. All of these men have been in the headlines in recent weeks for issues involving domestic or child abuse. As these acts of violence keep resurfacing in the news cycle we’re left wondering: what needs to change in our culture to make the abuse stop? Kyle Whitmire of Al.com and the Birmingham News joins us now to discuss.
Paul Hubbert is the retired leader of the Alabama Education Association. This week he wrote a letter to the AEA board of directors saying the organization is in trouble. He says there are management, financial, and organizational problems. Kyle Whitmire of AL.com and the Birmingham News joins us to discuss the future of the AEA.