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Superstar Garth Brooks Joins David Lamb on Alabama News Rising

Previews Upcoming Concert in Birmingham and Recalls Concert in Montgomery Long Before He Hit the Big Time

Country Music Superstar Garth Brooks joined David Lamb on Alabama News Rising to discuss his upcoming concert in Birmingham on June 4th. The concert will be the first time Brooks has returned to Alabama for a show in seven years. Brooks gave fans a preview of what to expect for the big show, how it feels to be back on…

Best-Selling Author Imani Perry Joins David Lamb to Discuss New Book

"South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation"

In her new book, South to America: A Journey Below the Mason-Dixon to Understand the Soul of a Nation, best-selling author Imani Perry returned to her birthplace. Perry was born in Birmingham but moved with her family to Cambridge, Massachusetts when she was young. For the new book, the Princeton Professor spent five years traveling from the Upper South to…

2-year-old Birmingham Girl Shot and, Injured Amid Argument

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A 2-year-old girl was injured in gunfire that Birmingham police believe was meant for someone else. News outlets report that the toddler was shot Saturday. The Birmingham Police Department said officers believe the shooting stemmed from an argument between a group of men. Police learned about the shooting after the girl was taken to a nearby…

Birmingham Program Offering Monthly Payments to Single Moms

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A new program will offer monthly payments to single mothers in Birmingham. The plan was proposed by Mayor Randall Woodfin and approved by the City Council on Tuesday. The pilot program is funded mainly by $500,000 in grants from a nonprofit group called Mayors for a Guaranteed Income. As many as 110 single mothers who apply…

Mayors of Alabama’s largest cities gathering in Montgomery

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The mayors of Alabama’s 10 largest cities are holding two days of meetings in the capital to discuss legislative priorities and other issues. A statement from the city of Montgomery says Mayor Steven Reed will play host for the gathering, which began Sunday and continues Monday. The mayors of Birmingham, Huntsville, Mobile, Tuscaloosa, Hoover, Auburn, Dothan,…

Former Chick-fil-A Employee Pleads Guilty to Fraud

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Prosecutors say a former Chick-fil-A manager in Birmingham has pleaded guilty in a scheme that defrauded customers of nearly $500,000. Larry James Black Jr. worked as hospitality director at a restaurant in downtown Birmingham. A statement from authorities says he pleaded guilty to conspiring to commit wire fraud and bank fraud. The 37-year-old Center Point man…

Alabama Man Gets Prison for Pointing Laser at Helicopter

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama man has been sentenced to eight months in federal prison for aiming a laser at a helicopter last year. U.S. District Judge Anna M. Manasco sentenced 27-year-old Gabriel Lopez Mathews, who pleaded guilty to the charge in April. U.S. Attorney Prim Escalona for the Northern District of Alabama said Wednesday in a news release…

Woman Charged with Kidnapping in Abduction of Alabama Infant

FAIRFIELD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama woman is charged with kidnapping after a newborn baby boy was abducted from a home in suburban Birmingham. Authorities tell news outlets that 37-year-old Lakesha Brown was arrested in the disappearance of 4-day-old Kamarion Taylor. Authorities say the baby’s mother awakened from a nap Tuesday afternoon to find the infant missing from the playpen…

Biden backs Woodfin in Birmingham Mayoral Race

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — U.S. President Joe Biden has endorsed Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin for reelection. Biden called Woodfin one of the great young leaders of the country. Biden praised Woodfin’s record on virus response, job creation, and fighting for voting rights. Woodfin faces seven challengers in his bid for another term, including his predecessor, former Mayor William Bell. Jefferson…