Rise to the Moment of Truth Monday, February 26, 2024


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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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Cornerstone Schools: Providing a Hope and a Future for Alabama Students

Ask any student at Cornerstone Schools of Alabama to name their Kingdom Purpose, and they’ll immediately respond, “To empower students to glorify God.”

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Mozart to the masses: Alabama Symphony Orchestra performs for free at Birmingham brewery

Thursday night was Alabama Symphony Orchestra conductor Daniel Cho’s first time drinking beer while performing, he said. 

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Birmingham Police launches voluntary camera registry for residents and businesses, hopes to solve crime more effectively

The Birmingham Police Department launched a voluntary program on Wednesday for Birmingham residents and businesses with cameras to register their devices with the police to help solve crimes.

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Jefferson Co. DA Carr on truancy: 'It takes a village — however, in the village, I think accountability is still the order of the day'

After Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin claimed to have contacted Jefferson County District Attorney Danny Carr about the city’s chronic truancy problem, Carr talked to 1819 News about what his office is doing to combat the issue. 

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Birmingham City Council officially elects new president, plans to investigate issues with previous results

During a special meeting on Friday morning, Birmingham City Council members officially selected Darrell O’Quinn as their new president after the results of Tuesday’s election were called into question.

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Birmingham City Council president election in question due to computation error

Members of the Birmingham City Council on Tuesday thought they elected Councilman Darrell O’Quinn as the new city council president. Now, according to reports, they might have to cast another vote.

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Jewish community members rally in Birmingham in support of Israel as onslaught continues

On Tuesday evening, over a hundred community members gathered at the Levite Jewish Community Center in Birmingham to stand in solidarity with the Jewish state and pray for Israeli forces and hostages.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin deletes his 'stand with Israel' tweet after backlash

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin tweeted out support for Israel after it was attacked on Saturday and quickly deleted his tweet following negative responses from his followers.

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Activists protest Samford University for not recognizing LGBTQ law student organization

Student and local LGBTQ activists crowded in front of the Wright Center at Samford University in Birmingham on Thursday to pressure the private Christian college into removing what they call anti-LGBTQ policies.

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Birmingham butts heads with Jefferson County on jailing misdemeanor inmates: ‘This would strain our facilities, our deputies and our prosecutors’

Negotiations between the City of Birmingham and Jefferson County over who will take in jail inmates with misdemeanor charges have been a source of tension between the two government entities.

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Watch: Birmingham PD tases Minor High's Football band director

A recent video has emerged that allegedly shows Birmingham Police Department officers deploying a Taser against a Minor High School band director before his arrest and subsequent criminal charging.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin to 16th Street Baptist Church bombing commemoration attendees: 'Citizens of this country are still disenfranchised from their constitutional right to vote'

Before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke to commemorate the 1963 bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church on Friday, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin claimed some laws still violate certain citizens' right to vote.

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Ketanji Brown Jackson marks 60th anniversary of 16th Street Baptist Church bombing

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson spoke in Birmingham on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the 1963 bombing of 16th Street Baptist Church that killed four young black girls.

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Sean of the South: Birmingham

The locals call this the greatest city in the world. Which is sort of stupid, if you ask me. Birmingham is a pretty small city, compared to your mega-cities. The greatest? Come on.

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