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State Supreme Court Reverses Lower Court Ruling on Confederate Statue

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – The Alabama Supreme Court has upheld a state law barring cities from moving or altering Confederate monuments. Justices on Wednesday reversed a circuit judge’s ruling that declared the law unenforceable because it violates the free speech rights of local communities. The 2017 law prohibits removing and altering memorials that have been standing for more than 40…

AHSAA Super 7 announces sites through 2032, including Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, Auburn

MONTGOMERY, ALA. — The future of the AHSAA’s Super 7 State High School Football Championships has been set for the years 2021-2032, pending final approvals in process from the AHSAA and community partners. The new structure continues the tradition of using the state’s premier football venues as the backdrop for student-athletes in all seven AHSAA classifications to compete for their football…

Alabama City Approves Massive No-Smoking Zone

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities. Al.Com reports Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It’ll go into effect on Dec. 1. The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will be called the “health district” and will cover the University of Alabama…

Governor Ivey Offering $5,000 Reward in 3-Year-Old Girl Kidnapping Case

Governor Kay Ivey is offering a $5,000 award for information leading to an arrest in the kidnapping case involving 3-year-old Kamille ‘Cupcake’ McKinney. McKinney was kidnapped from a birthday party in the Tom Brown Village Housing Projects Saturday. Birmingham Police have two people of interest in custody and questioning them in the disappearance of 3-year-old McKinney. If you have information…

The Search Continues for Missing 3-Year-Old Girl from Birmingham

Tonight, Birmingham Police have two people of interest in custody and being questioned in the disappearance of 3-year-old Kamille McKinney. Kamille McKinney was abducted from a birthday party in Birmingham at around 8:30 Saturday night. Since then, police have been canvassing the Tom Brown Village Housing Projects where she was last seen, searching for any information that can lead to…

New Marker to Memorialize 2 Lynching Victims in Alabama

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An Alabama memorial is being dedicated to two black men who were killed in what are described as racist lynchings near Birmingham in the 1890s. The Jefferson County Memorial Project says it will dedicate a marker to Tom Redmond and Jake McKenzie at Sloss Furnaces on Monday night. An announcement says both men worked at mines…

Southern Gay History Conference

In Birmingham this week.

(2016 Gay Pride March at Alabama Capitol Building) BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – An event this week will highlight the history of LGBTQ people in the American South. What organizers are calling the inaugural Queer History South Conference opens Thursday in Birmingham, Alabama. More than 115 people are expected to attend from the South and elsewhere. The two-day conference will focus…

Looking In: National Geographic Writes about the Civil Rights Trail

The article features Birmingham, Selma, and Montgomery.

The Civil Rights Memorial at The Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. Those of us who live here in Alabama know about the Civil Rights Monuments, the Maya Lin fountain, and the bridge, and the church, and Rosa’s bus stop. But it’s always  interesting to read what outsiders take in on their first trip to the three cities That’s what…

Police Identify Birmingham Officer Shot and Killed

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – The Latest on the shooting of two police officers in Alabama (all times local): 11:30 a.m. Officials have released the name of an Alabama police sergeant killed in an early morning shooting. Birmingham police officials identified the officer as 44-year-old Sgt. Wytasha Carter. Local news media report Carter had served with the Birmingham Police Department since…