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Mercedes-Benz Marathon to host final race in Birmingham, ending 21-year tradition due to increased cost, lack of support

The Mercedes-Benz Marathon Weekend announced Monday afternoon that its event weekend planned for February 2023 will be its last. 

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Sean of the South: Magic City

I thought to myself about how lucky I am to live in a place called Magic City. Because it really is.

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Taxpayers on hook for Oak Mountain Amphitheatre proposed move — A list of funding, who supports it

North Birmingham is getting the ball rolling on its new amphitheater project that many believe will replace the Oak Mountain Amphitheatre in Pelham.

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75th annual Veterans Day parade in Birmingham next week

The nation's longest-running Veterans Day parade will be held in downtown Birmingham on Friday, Nov. 11.

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Woodfin, Birmingham-area legislators back bills for more penalties against ‘exhibition driving’

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and a handful of state legislators announced their intention on Tuesday morning to back a bill in the upcoming legislative session in spring 2023, which seeks to impose higher penalties on reckless driving activities. 

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Jefferson County Commission considers $3.2 million Aspen Institute 'Criminal Reform Initiative'

The Jefferson County Commission recently discussed a crime prevention plan that has already been implemented in major metropolitan areas like Compton, California, and Brooklyn, New York. The proposal, which would cost about $32 million over a period of four to five years, was presented by the Aspen Institute, a nonprofit organization for promoting social programs.    

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State Sen. Jabo Waggoner support for Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move from Pelham to Birmingham poses possible conflict of interest

State Sen. Jabo Waggoner (R-Vestavia Hills) is placing his support toward moving Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre out of Shelby County and into Jefferson County.

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Birmingham to spend at least $2 million on ‘family fun center’ construction

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin announced on Monday that the city will be constructing a “family fun center” in West Birmingham.

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Grandview Medical Center employee under investigation for sexual assault

An employee at Grandview Medical Center is being investigated after he was accused of sexual assault.

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Oak Mountain Amphitheatre may leave Shelby County; Asks millions from Jefferson County, Birmingham

For the last three-and-a-half decades, Pelham's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre has been a staple of North Shelby County and holds the distinction of being the biggest outdoor music venue in Alabama. But it might be moving to Birmingham, according to a proposed project that could cost up to $50 million.

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Audio recording shows Birmingham Water Works warned of billing issues in December

A former Birmingham Water Works employee released an audio recording of herself warning general manager Michael Johnson of potential billing issues in December.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin's tweet touting falling gas prices did not age well

Democratic mayor of Birmingham Randall Woodfin recently attempted to call out those blaming Joe Biden for rising gas prices, and it didn’t take long to backfire.

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Out-of-state police department recruiting in Birmingham, offering higher salaries for cops

A law enforcement agency from another state is attempting to hire officers away from the Birmingham area.

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Birmingham considers allowing medical cannabis dispensaries; Aims to promote health care, inclusivity

The Birmingham City Council introduced an ordinance Tuesday to allow medical marijuana dispensaries to operate within the city limits.

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Sean of the South: Autumn in Birmingham

The first day of fall arrived in Birmingham. It came frighteningly quick. Yesterday it was summer, hotter than the hinges of hades. This morning it was cold as gumballs.

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The Water Board bureaucracy: How does the Birmingham Water Works Board work?

The Birmingham Water Works currently serves over 600,000 Alabamians in Birmingham and five surrounding counties. It’s the largest water system in Alabama and has largely been the center of controversy in the city over the summer.

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Crime Stoppers chairman gives $10 million to UAB, hopes to reduce crime and grow the economy

The University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) received a total of $10 million on Monday to reduce crime and drive economic growth in Birmingham.

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Birmingham to begin new $40 million ‘Xpress’ bus service next week, meant to launch before World Games

The City of Birmingham was set to launch its new Xpress bus line during the World Games in July but didn’t have it ready in time. It will now be launching next week. 

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Birmingham self-defense instructor offers protection for runners

Birmingham businesswoman Lora Whitehead started running at 20 years old and has spent all of her adult life continuing that passion. 

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Birmingham VA health care system making preparations for abortion services

The Birmingham office of the Department of Veterans Affairs is preparing to offer abortion services, in line with the national plan to begin offering services in VA medical centers regardless of state laws.

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Report: Leaked emails accuse Birmingham Water Works of ignoring billing problems

Two Birmingham Water Works employees said they warned management of potential billing problems for months, according to WBRC.

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Birmingham PD's Scott Thurmond addresses spree of Labor Day weekend shootings — 'Everyone must play a part'

Birmingham Police Department Chief Scott Thurmond held a press conference Tuesday morning to address the spree of homicides that plagued the city over Labor Day weekend.

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Birmingham gets $100K from DOJ to tackle violent crime problem

More than $107,000 in grants will be going to Birmingham to reduce violent crime in crime-heavy areas.

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Watch — Birmingham Mayor Woodfin to Water Works Board: 'Get out of the way'

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin went live on Facebook Monday morning to tell the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) to step out of the way and let the general manager fix billing issues. 

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Birmingham Water Works retires three purchasing department employees; Accusations of improper purchasing activity, kickbacks

The Birmingham Water Works Board accepted the retirements of most of its purchasing department on Wednesday amidst accusations of poor practices and kickbacks.

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Capital murder suspect in custody in Oklahoma after father of 4 found dead in Birmingham house fire

The suspected killer of Nathan Gemeinhart is facing a capital murder charge.

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The Birmingham Folk Festival coming to Avondale Amphitheater Saturday

The Birmingham Folk Festival will be held this Saturday at Avondale Amphitheater and will feature all-day music free for all to hear.

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