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Miles College president nominated for award, winner to be announced Friday

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 18:27
Miles College President Dr. George T. French Jr has been nominated as Male President of the Year in the annual HBCU Awards. The winner will be announced Friday in Jackson, Miss. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Feeling the heat (Today in Pictures)

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 05:31
A collection of some of the best pictures from the Associated Press Mark Almond | malmond@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/malmond/index.html

Supreme Court's Voting Rights Act decision prompts responses from across the political spectrum

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 05:05
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Tuesday to overturn part of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 in a case launched by Shelby County drew strong responses from key political voices on both sides of the aisle. Jon Reed | jreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jondavidreed/index.html

How to turn 'abject failure' of Cooper Green downsizing into success, discussion continues

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 02:40
Traffic streaks past Cooper Green Mercy Hospital during a 5-sec time exposure in Birmingham Ala., Monday, Dec. 31, 2012. At midnight the hospital ended in-patient and emergency room services. (Mark Almond/malmond@al.com) BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- Call it the second act of... Mike Oliver | moliver@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/toniokroger/index.html

Plans continue to make Gilmore-Vines Stadium in Hueytown an events venue

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 01:36
The City of Hueytown and the Hueytown Area Chamber of Commerce believe that Gilmore-Vines can have a second life and are continuing with plans announced in February to use the stadium as a large, outdoor venue for performances and special events. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Fultondale grants two business licenses

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 01:01
The Fultondale City Council approved two business licenses during its meeting Monday. Sarah A. McCarty | smccarty@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/samccarty/index.html

Forecast: Isolated showers, storms possible in Birmingham Tuesday night

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 01:00
Showers and storms are possible in the Birmingham area before 11 p.m., but the night should be mostly clear and warm, with lows in the 70s. Jon Reed | jreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jondavidreed/index.html

North Alabama federal public defender: Budget cuts will force staff layoffs

Wed, 06/26/2013 - 00:30
One Birmingham attorney called the cuts to federal public defender offices around the nation a threat to the 1963 landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision in Gideon v. Wainwright - that an indigent defendant has a right to a court appointed attorney. Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/krfaulk/index.html

Man fatally shot at convenience store after fight in west Birmingham; homicide is city's 10th in 9 days (updated)

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 23:36
A man is dead after being shot during a fight Tuesday afternoon outside a convenience store on 12th Street West in Birmingham. Jon Reed | jreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jondavidreed/index.html

What could surprise Jeffco sewer ratepayers on bankruptcy deal, according to some finance experts

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 23:16
County officials have said the deals with creditors contain a half percent cushion for an increase interest rates. However, that may not be enough to avert problems, say some finance experts. Barnett Wright | bwright@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/bwright1234/index.html

South Carolina man indicted in scheme to sell excavator he did not own to Birmingham company

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 22:36
Thomas Chase Chiles, 46, is charged in the indictment with one count of wire fraud. The indictment also seeks forfeiture of $60,000 to the United States as proceeds of illegal activity, according to a joint statement from U.S. Attorney Joyce White Vance and U.S. Secret Service Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Anderson. Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/krfaulk/index.html

Honduran man indicted for transporting 14 unauthorized immigrants found in van at Bessemer area truck stop

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:59
A Honduran man was indicted by a federal grand jury today for transporting undocumented immigrants in the United States and for illegally re-entering the country after having twice been deported last year, federal authorities announced Five other people also were indicted with illegal re-entry after deportation in related cases. Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/krfaulk/index.html

Victim in southwest Birmingham shooting early Saturday identified

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:53
Quartez Yamon Sager, 30, was found with a gunshot wound around 2:45 a.m. June 22 and died at 5:56 a.m. at UAB Hospital, according to Jefferson County Deputy Coroner Chris Moore. Jon Reed | jreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jondavidreed/index.html

Judge halts action in lawsuit challenging state takeover of Birmingham schools in wake of U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:40
A judge today halted action in a federal lawsuit challenging the state takeover of the Birmingham school system last year in response to today's U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively removes Alabama from requirements to have election changes pre-approved under the 1965 Voting Rights Act. Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/krfaulk/index.html

Jefferson County International Baccalaureate, Center Point High lead county schools in scholarships (slideshow)

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:39
JEFFERSON COUNTY, Alabama -- One is commonly named one of the best public high schools in the nation. The other was recently on the list of 78 "failing" Alabama schools.The two schools lead the Jefferson County school system in scholarships,... Jeremy Gray | jgray@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jwgray/index.html

UAB offers new biomedical sciences degree

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 21:38
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama -- UAB is now offering a degree in a hot new field: biomedicine.A biomedical sciences program kicks of this fall for freshman and rising sophomores, according to a news release today.Housed in the UAB School of Health... Mike Oliver | moliver@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/toniokroger/index.html

Midfield mayor & council to meet Thursday, discuss new offer from school board, state, to end suit

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 20:35
Midfield Mayor Gary Richardson and the city council will meet Thursday to discuss the city's ongoing legal dispute with the Midfield Board of Education over the amount of funding from ad valorem taxes the schools should receive. Jesse Chambers | jchambers@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/jessechambers/index.html

Upholding Voting Rights Act, Ginsburg warns that 'history repeats itself'

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 20:12
View full sizeA voting rights supporter holds a sign during a rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on Feb. 27, 2013, in response to Shelby County's litigation challenging sections of the Voting Rights Act.... Martin J. Reed | mreed@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/martinjreed/index.html

Former Adams Produce Co. purchasing agent charged in conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 19:51
A fourth official with the now bankrupt Birmingham-based Adams Produce Company LLC has been charged in a scheme to defraud the federal government of $481,000 on contracts for fruit and vegetables. Kent Faulk | kfaulk@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/krfaulk/index.html

Sheriff's deputies find body in western Jefferson County woods today

Tue, 06/25/2013 - 19:45
Authorities found the body during their search for a missing Edgewater man. Carol Robinson | crobinson@al.com http://connect.al.com/user/thisiscarol/index.html