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Sean of the South: Trees of Birmingham

I am perplexed why homeowners in Birmingham are always cutting down enormous, 150-year-old, healthy trees. Is it an aesthetic thing? Do some people just hate trees?

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Drug overdose deaths outpace COVID fatalities in Jefferson County in 2022

The Jefferson County Coroner’s Office has confirmed 488 deaths in 2022 were drug overdose fatalities.

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Ivey: Construction to resume on Birmingham’s estimated $5.44 billion ‘Northern Beltline’ with $489 million in federal funding for the next five years

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey announced that construction will begin soon on a 10-mile four-lane road connecting Highway 31 and State Route 75.

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Alabama House, Senate pass bills increasing penalties for drag racing, reckless driving

The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Tuesday to increase penalties for exhibition driving, which has been an ongoing issue for cities like Birmingham over the past year.

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Crisis continues: Another teen dies in Birmingham shooting, youth death count up to 17 since January 2022

Another student at a Birmingham high school died from gunshot wounds Saturday, becoming the latest minor to fall victim to the city’s violent crime epidemic. 

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'We're not babysitters for children — That's not our job': Birmingham's Woodfin, BPD chief Thurmond beg parents to know where their kids are amid violent crime wave

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin and Birmingham Police Department chief Scott Thurmond both warned parents on Thursday to keep an eye on their children in the midst of the city’s violent crime wave, which made 2022 one of the most violent years in Birmingham history and has claimed the lives of 16 children in the last 15 months.

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Unsafe city: 16 children shot dead in Birmingham over last 15 months

On Sunday, Birmingham police detected gunfire around Third Avenue Southwest in the Titusville community and arrived at the scene to find a 17-year student at Jackson Olin High School dead in the parking lot of an apartment complex.

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Suspect in custody in St. Clair County following quadruple shooting that spanned two counties

An officer with the Leeds Police Department arrested a man suspected in two separate shootings that happened Monday evening into the early morning hours Tuesday.

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Birmingham City Council presses Alabama Legislature to make it easier for city to gain control of vacant property

The Birmingham City Council has set several legislative priorities for 2023 aimed at making it easier for the city to take control of certain pieces of property around the city.

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Filming of Christian science fiction movie retelling the book of Job underway in Birmingham

Film crews occupied a Birmingham street on Thursday to produce a full-length movie that retells the story of Job in a science fiction dystopia.

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Mobile, Birmingham named second and third least safe cities in the U.S. by Forbes

Mobile and Birmingham were named the second and third most unsafe cities in the United States, according to a recent article from Forbes.  

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Birmingham City Council spends surplus on city employee raise, ‘family fun park’ in Five Points West, Caraway Amphitheater and more

The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved several measures on Tuesday morning to spend what Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said is a budget surplus of over $80 million.

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Jefferson County opioid, fentanyl overdose deaths soar in 2022, exceeds record violent death toll

Violent crime isn’t the only thing taking lives in Jefferson County. According to a new report from WBHM, overdose deaths exceeded homicides and vehicle-related deaths in Jefferson County in 2022 and Jefferson County Chief Deputy Coroner Bill Yates said that he doesn’t see it slowing down.

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Leftists blast Birmingham’s 'micro-shelter' plan; Critics call shelter communities ‘concentration camps’

Left-wing national media outlet Vice released a story on Thursday morning that cited staunch critics of liberal Democrat and Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin’s new “micro-shelter” program, which he suggests will help solve the homelessness problem in the city. 

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Woodfin addresses violent crime epidemic, exhibition driving in 2023 ‘State of the City’ address

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed his city’s crime problem in his “State of the City Address” at the Kiwanis Club luncheon at the Harbet Center on Tuesday morning.

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Birmingham’s ‘Country Boy Eddie’ passes away ‘peacefully in his home’ at 92

Longtime host of the Country Boy Eddie Show on WBRC FOX6 Gordon Edward Burns has passed away at the age of 92, according to reports.

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Violent crime down in unincorporated Jefferson County for 2022, despite record homicides in Birmingham

Though 2022 was Birmingham’s most violent year so far this century, the stark increase in homicides did not reach the unincorporated areas of Jefferson County. Rather, these areas experienced a decline in violent crime compared to 2021. 

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City of Birmingham considers purchasing 'micro-shelters' for homeless

The Birmingham City Council is considering building “micro-shelters” to address the homelessness problem in the city.

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UAB teaching public how to ‘Stop the Bleed’ by managing blood loss, as Birmingham closes off most violent year in modern history

The year 2022 was one of Birmingham's most violent years in modern history. The city closed off the year with 144 homicides, many of which were a result of shootings. Now, the University of Alabama Birmingham (UAB) is teaching the public how to help save someone who's been shot.

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Violent Christmas season makes 2022 one of the deadliest years in Birmingham’s modern history

In Birmingham, 2022 was another year stained with blood. With a spree of holiday homicides, the city is set to close off one of the most violent years in recent history. 

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Omnibus bill sends $7.25 million in federal funds to four organizations in Jefferson County

Over $7 million from the new $1.7 trillion federal spending package is going to four projects in Jefferson County.

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'Turf War': Local, federal law enforcement challenged by Birmingham's ever-present gang violence threat

Officers say these groups have turf wars - basically, certain groups can’t enter the space occupied by other groups.

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Some Birmingham flights canceled during deadly winter storm, other flights delayed across the state

As Christmas vacationers depart Alabama airports, they could be faced with flight delays and cancelations due to the severe winter storm that carried extremely low temperatures and icy conditions to many areas of the United States this weekend.

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106 years ago today: Alabama’s blind golfing legend Charley Boswell born in Birmingham

On an autumn day in 1970, former Crimson Tide football player and World War II veteran Charley Boswell miraculously scored a hole-in-one on the 17th course of the Vestavia Country Club. It just so happens that Boswell was blind.

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Birmingham Mayor Woodfin addresses city’s near record-setting 140th homicide, pushes to ‘prevent the sale, access and ease’ of guns

In a press conference on Wednesday morning, Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin addressed the latest life lost in the city, which has seen near record-breaking levels of violent crime this year.

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151 years ago today: Birmingham officially becomes a city

Alabama’s largest metro area, Birmingham, was officially incorporated by the Alabama Legislature on this day in 1871.

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County Commission President: Birmingham-Southern College bailout would be a ‘slippery slope’

Giving Birmingham-Southern College (BSC) millions in taxpayer dollars would be a “very slippery slope that we would have difficulty retreating from,” according to Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens.

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