Kyle Whitmire: What JeffCo Sewer Rate Hike Really Means

The County Commission wants to raise sewer rates even more than originally planned to help Jefferson County exit bankruptcy. Some argue this is what’s needed to help Jefferson County while others say it unfairly places a burden on the county’s people. Kyle Whitmire takes a closer look at what the hike in rates really means.

Susan Werner: A Musician With Big Ideas on Farm to Table Food

Folk singer-songwriter Susan Werner knows food. She grew up on a family farm in Iowa. She has strong opinions about what we should eat and where that food should come from. So she says it was a no brainer when she was commissioned to write a concept album about farming. Werner brings that music to Birmingham tomorrow night.

Kyle Whitmire: The Real Powers of an Elected Local Official

Local elections are taking place next month. Candidates are getting their platforms ready and thinking about what they want to accomplish while in office. But before they start making promises to voters, they may want to take a closer look at what power they actually have when elected. Kyle Whitmire with and The Birmingham News says, local officials are often surprised by what they can and cannot do once they get into office.

Kyle Whitmire: A Closer Look at Board of Education Meetings

Kyle Whitmire with and The Birmingham News attended this week’s Board of Education meeting. Tensions at the meeting were high between state intervention team officials and elected board members. Kyle explains why the state intervention team is there in the first place as well as what needs to be accomplished before it can leave.

Kyle Whitmire: Tension grows in City Council

Kyle Whitmire with and The Birmingham News takes a look at the growing tensions in Birmingham’s City Council, the surprising announcement of Edward Maddox’s run for City Council, and thoughts on Jefferson County’s bankruptcy exit plan.

Kyle Whitmire: Reactions to this week’s Supreme Court rulings

In a 5 to 4 vote the US Supreme Court struck down section 4 of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Some see the ruling as a setback for voting rights others say it’s progress for southern states. The Supreme Court also ruled the Defense of Marriage Act as unconstitutional. Kyle Whitmire with and The Birmingham News weighs in on what these rulings mean for Alabama.

Kids Count: Improvement for Alabama’s Children

Alabama often does poorly when it comes to education or health outcomes for children. But a new survey out Monday offers some good news for Alabama’s youth. In the Annie E. Casey Foundation’s annual Kids Count report, Alabama rose to 44th in child well-being, putting it out of the bottom five among states for the first time. WBHM’s Sarah Delia speaks with Kids Count national coordinator Laura Speers about the survey.

Kyle Whitmire: What makes a failing school?

This week 78 schools were listed as failing in Alabama. Birmingham had the most schools listed than any other place in the state. We talk with Kyle Whitmire, political reporter with and The Birmingham News on what this means for Birmingham schools.