What’s Next in Heated Race to Fill Birmingham City Schools Superintendent Post
A Birmingham Police vehicle outside the Birmingham City Schools main building.
Bomb threats, lawsuits, and in-fighting affected candidate interviews for the Birmingham City Schools Superintendent position yesterday. One candidate was in the middle of answering a question when she and others were asked to vacate the building for safety. Interim BCS Superintendent Larry Contri filed a lawsuit to stop the interview process, but a Jefferson County judge denied that request. The contentious process continues now with just three candidates. We talk about what’s next in this saga with Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper Weld.
Nick Patterson is the editor for WELD for Birmingham, a weekly newspaper covering news and politics, arts and culture and community engagement in the Magic City. Patterson joins WBHM each Thursday during All Things Considered to discuss WELD's top stories.
Income Inequality in Birmingham, Alabama
Officials say there are three main obstacles keeping people in Birmingham and Alabama from achieving prosperity: education, poverty and crime. These barriers also contribute to the growing wage gap. WBHM’s Esther Ciammachilli talks about this with Nick Patterson, editor of the weekly newspaper Weld.
BJCTA’s New Fleet Offers Cheap Downtown-to-Southside Route
The Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority announced last week its new Magic City Connector fleet of buses. BJCTA says the fleet will connect Downtown with Southside and should make public transportation along the 20th St. corridor a lot smoother.
Attorney Advertising is Big Business in Alabama
It seems you can’t turn a corner in Alabama without seeing a billboard advertising for a personal injury lawyer. The practice has proven to be a lucrative business builder, but it also carries a professional stigma.