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Mayor Woodfin gives himself, Birmingham 'a bad grade' on gun violence, crime

In an interview this week on the "Urbanham News" podcast, Birmingham Mayor Woodfin voiced his frustration with crime, specifically gun violence, in his city.

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Report: Birmingham's tallest building enters receivership

An iconic Birmingham building has entered receivership after failing to generate the revenue needed to cover loan requirements, according to a report from the Birmingham Business Journal.

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Auburn basketball's Bruce Pearl talks roster, schedule

With tipoff coming in about four months, the Auburn Tigers men's basketball team has turned its attention to the 2024-2025 season.

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Birmingham men who drowned in PCB identified by Bay County, Fla. Sheriff

The Bay County, Fla. Sheriff’s Office identified the three Birmingham men who drowned in Panama City Beach, Fla. Friday night.

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Watch: Timelapse of Rickwood Field renovations ahead of MLB game

The City of Birmingham spent $4.5 million for the renovations to bring the field up to MLB standards while also keeping Rickwood’s history and legacy intact.

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More than just a game: Birmingham's Rickwood Field honors Willie Mays with first-ever MLB matchup

On a night when it was about a whole lot more than baseball, the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants faced off at Rickwood Field in Birmingham.

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Jim Zeigler: Two Alabama Democrat cities in national top 5 for crime

Bessemer and Birmingham are in the top five cities in crime.

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Mail truck shot up in Birmingham; Carrier sent to hospital for evaluation

The United States Postal Service is asking for information in connection to a shooting that left a mail vehicle in Birmingham damaged.

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Mayor Woodfin makes 'direct plea' to citizens to work with Birmingham Police amid recent shootings — 'Residents have to step up'

On Wednesday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin issued a "direct plea" to residents following recent shootings in which two children were shot on Mother's Day and a 62-year-old disabled man was shot and killed.

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Embattled 'Big 10' cities stand to receive influx of cash from proposed internet sales tax increase

Alabama’s “Big 10” cities stand to make a windfall of cash should the proposed online retail tax increase pass the House of Representatives on Tuesday while many of the state’s metro areas remain embroiled in hardship or controversy.

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Auburn baseball uses eighth inning rally to pick up win over UAB

A seven-run rally in the top of the eighth inning allowed Auburn to pick up a road win over UAB.

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'Literal children' planning Birmingham takeover, illegal activity for Spring Break, Mayor Woodfin says

The flyer calls for the 2024 Spring Break takeover March 30 – 31. Woodfin urged citizens to pay attention to the flyer and react accordingly

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Sean of the South: Birmingham gal

You don’t forget kindness, no matter how small. You don’t forget your friends, no matter how close you were.

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Nick Treglia: Bring back beauty to Birmingham streets

Cultivating beautiful architecture is good for the eyes and the soul. If I must languish in America’s 136th-largest city, I’d prefer it to be beautiful.

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Jefferson County Sheriff: Birmingham in 'desperate situation,' must house Birmingham Police inmates at Jefferson County Jail

Per Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway, the City of Birmingham will now house those arrested on misdemeanor charges in the county jail.

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Birmingham ends 2023 with decrease in homicides after record 2022, but rise in overall violent crime and property crime

After one of the most violent years since the 1990s in 2022, Birmingham saw a decrease in homicides in 2023, but violent crime still rose slightly overall.

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Birmingham in 2023: This year’s top stories in Alabama’s largest metro area

Though Birmingham is no longer Alabama’s largest city, the Birmingham area remains the largest metropolitan region in the state. In 2023, the City of Birmingham faced several problems, from a wave of violent crime that continued into 2023 from 2022 to a severe truancy problem in its public school system that drew the ire of Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin tells teachers who 'don't care' to resign in response to low Department of Education scores — 'Please leave'

After the Alabama State Department of Education released its annual report card last week, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin shared his take on how Birmingham City Schools performed in the 2022-2023 school year.

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Birmingham City Councilwoman 'disturbed' by weekend violent crime — ‘It is incumbent upon every single person in this city to stand up and do something’

After a spree of fatal shootings over the weekend in Birmingham, one city councilwoman released a statement asking Birmingham citizens to “stand up and do something” when they see something suspicious.

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Multiple homicides in Birmingham on Saturday bring annual total to 122 as year nears end

Three separate deadly shootings on Saturday brought Birmingham’s homicide investigation total in 2023 to over 120 as the year nears its end.

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Amie Beth Shaver: Delta Air Lines could have settled in Birmingham, but our leaders weren't interested

I'm still not sure how Birmingham missed getting a major airport, but they did. Just like Muscle Shoals and Ford City, the story of Birmingham and the airlines is another head-scratcher worth considering.

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Birmingham 'abortion referral' billboard offers money for procedure, connecting women with clinics in other states

A billboard on Interstate 20 near the Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport is encouraging pregnant women to travel to other states for abortions.

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Birmingham Water Works Board member files lawsuit against utility after request for legal expense information was denied

A Birmingham Water Works Board member filed a lawsuit against the large utility after his request for legal expense invoices from as far back as October 2015 was denied.

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Birmingham Water Works passes $215 million 2024 budget, reduces rate hike by 1% from proposal

The Birmingham Water Works Board passed its fiscal year 2024 budget on Tuesday after adjusting proposed budgets to reduce next year’s rate hike from 5.8% to 4.8%.

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Hospitality group secures nearly $50 million for hotel on site of 117-year-old Birmingham skyscraper on historic ‘Heaviest Corner on Earth’

The Brown Marx Building in downtown Birmingham, the second oldest pillar of Birmingham’s “Heaviest Corner on Earth,” which was once home to the largest buildings in the South, may soon become a hotel. 

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Multiple homicides in West Birmingham over the weekend; Brings year’s total to 113

Three homicides occurred within 12 hours of each other on Saturday in West Birmingham, each inside the same five-mile radius.

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Birmingham homicides on downward trend since record-setting 2022, police say

After a record-breaking year in 2022, homicides are down in Birmingham compared to this time last year, according to police.

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