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Festival honoring blues 'father' W.C. Handy under way

An area known year-round for its music kicks it up a notch for the rest of the month at the W.C. Handy Festival.

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ACC, SEC reap benefits from transfers moving between leagues

The plan wasn’t for Georgia Tech to lose top running back Jahmyr Gibbs as a transfer to Alabama in the Southeastern Conference. Yet the Atlantic Coast Conference school has found its share of help from the SEC, too, in the form of seven transfers.

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Going old school: entertainment venues use old public school facilities

Campus 805 in Hunstville used to be a public middle school. Now, the facilities are home to a diverse array of entertainment venues such as breweries, bars, restaurants and even an arcade, axe throwing range and an indoor golf simulator.

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Randy Tatano: Old school shaving

When a beautiful woman tells you to, “Take it off, take it all off” I was sold in sixty seconds Of course, no gorgeous woman appeared in the bathroom while I lathered my face with Noxzema. Teenage boys are so gullible when it comes to a pretty face. (So are adult men, but that’s a story for another day.)

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First-ever “Sweet Grown Alabama Day” spotlights local farmers

You don’t get musicians and inflatable rides for kids at the grocery store, but they’re included this Saturday at some farmers markets for Sweet Grown Alabama Day. The inaugural event will introduce consumers to the benefits of buying locally grown produce, which helps to support Alabama’s farmers.

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Today is 53rd anniversary of man walking on the Moon

Man walked on the Moon for the first time on July 20, 1969.

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The world tries Alabama beer: Breweries see new faces

Over the past two weeks, breweries have seen new customers from all around the world come in to try their Alabama-brewed beer while visiting Birmingham for the World Games 2022.

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Randy Tatano: The Hollywood divorce

Everyone has a father. Not everyone has a Dad. We often hear about the fact that many children don’t have a father figure in their lives. Divorce is more common than it was when I was a kid and my parents split up. Back then, coming from a single parent household was not the norm, especially in a Catholic neighborhood. And things were different when it came to the kids.

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Yelp names Birmingham ice cream shop as best in state

Yelp, an online review website, listed each state’s best ice cream, based on user ratings. In Alabama, the winner was Big Spoon Creamery on 3rd Avenue South, in downtown Birmingham.

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'It saved my life': Irreverent Warriors hosting benefit for upcoming hike for veterans

Irreverent Warriors focuses on bringing veterans together with camaraderie and humor. The purpose is to improve mental health and prevent veteran suicide.

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Dream comes true for female sumo wrestler with tour of Birmingham Zoo

Estonia's Eva-Maria Raudsepp had never seen a giraffe and understood American zoos often have them, so could she see one before leaving Birmingham? 

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Anniston woman celebrates 100th birthday, 75 years of supporting missions

Anne Powers was an impressionable young mother of a small daughter when she and her husband Orbie returned home after his World War II military service, when her eyes were opened to a new perspective on missions that has lasted 75 years.

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Alabama-based non-profit seeks to address mental health needs of law enforcement

An Alabama man is trying to address the mental health issues and stresses faced by law enforcement in the state.

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Restoration Academy: Fairfield’s faith-based private school bringing hope to children in need

Since 1988, Restoration Academy has provided a quality Christ-centered education to students in the Birmingham area who otherwise might not have the opportunity.

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‘Using God like a spare tire’: How one man went from Detroit drug dealer to West Alabama pastor

Floyd Rodgers Jr. once spent his time pushing cocaine in Detroit. Now, he is a minister at a church in his home town of Fayette.

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Randy Tatano: Becoming a male shopaholic

You’ve probably heard women say, “It’s not just the bargain, it’s the hunt.” Well, for me, it’s both. It’s the quest to find a deal that sounds too good to be true but actually exists.

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Auburn women aviation teams finish 2nd and 4th in national air race competition

“This year’s race presented us with extreme highs and lows, allowing all three Auburn teams to celebrate what went well, laugh about what didn't go well and become closer than ever. This year’s race showed us exactly how much we can handle, as well as our strengths,”. said Elizabeth Moorman

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Rightside Radio expanding to Birmingham area later this month, host Phil Williams tells his story

Renowned radio show host Phil Williams is expanding Rightside Radio to the Birmingham area later this month.

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A.G. Gaston Motel re-dedication complete

The recently restored A.G. Gaston Hotel was opened on Thursday by the City of Birmingham and the National Park Service. The segregation era Motel for persons of color played a major role in the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s.

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From a home to a choir: Sozo Children radiates joy and ministers to hearers in Alabama

Sozo in Greek means “to save and rescue,” with the connotation of not only physical rescue, but spiritual as well. However, Sozo Children not only are saved, rescued and ministered to, they have an exciting ministry themselves.

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100th anniversary Miss Alabama crowned

Miss Alabama 2022 was crowned Saturday night at Samford University's Wright Center.

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St. Clair County man reunites with deputy who helped save his life

Corey Weston lost his leg on March 14 in a tragic accident while setting fence posts on his land in St. Clair County. On June 28, he finally got to thank the deputy who applied the tourniquet and helped get him airlifted to the hospital. 

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Randy Tatano: The Cheapskate Awards

If you’ve worked in the private sector for any length of time, you’ve no doubt run into a cheap boss. One who squeezes every penny until Lincoln screams. While many simply follow a budget dictated by corporate, I’ve had a few who took things way too far.

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'Change your dang filter regularly': Ways to save on air conditioning costs

As we plunge deeper into the summer months, the time to start caring about your air conditioning unit was yesterday.

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'Nowhere to go but up': A unique 40th reunion at W.S. Neal High School

When Hugh Fountain was announced as the new head football coach for W.S. Neal High in East Brewton, it carried significance that went beyond sports. It reunited two men who had been friends since kindergarten. Because Fountain and Principal Todd Williamson are both alumni of the W.S. Neal class of ’82.

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Things to do in Alabama to celebrate Independence Day

The Fourth of July is a time to commemorate the ratification of the Declaration of Independence by the Second Continental Congress in 1776 and the sacrifices of those who fought for American Independence. Over the years, Independence Day has developed a strong tradition of summer celebrations from barbeques to apple pie to fireworks. 

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Popular Hoover cooking class to appear on Simply Southern TV

Cooking with Culture, co-founded and led by Chef Benard Tamburello and Giuliana Russo-Skinner, is an Italian cooking class where students learn to prepare authentic Italian meals. Students also learn the history of each dish. 

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