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Jefferson County Commission president Stephens: ‘We are completely against’ housing Birmingham Police misdemeanor inmates in county jail

Jefferson County Commission President Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Friday that the commission is “completely against” the Birmingham Police Department housing those they arrest on misdemeanor charges in the county jail.

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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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Mayors pose questions about potential regional jail facilities in Jefferson County

TRUSSVILLE — Several East Jefferson County mayors met on Tuesday morning and discussed possibilities and concerns about a potential new jail that could house inmates for municipalities in the Birmingham area. 

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Utility costs for Jefferson County residents may increase in 2024

Jefferson County residents may have higher utility bills in 2024 as the county increases sewer rates, and those within the jurisdiction of Birmingham Water Works face a potential rate hike for the third year in a row.

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Jefferson County Sheriff Pettway concerned with safety after 'budget freeze'; Deputies have been worried for over a year

Jefferson County Sheriff Mark Pettway said Thursday that the Jefferson County Commission’s freezing of 30% of the sheriff’s office budget is dangerous.

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Jefferson County requests release from decades-long sewer consent decree

Since 1996, the Jefferson County Commission has been bound by a consent decree over the county sewer system. That is something commissioners want to change.

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Jefferson County Commission ‘very smoothly’ passes record $1 billion operating and capital budget for 2023-2024

The Jefferson County Commission unanimously passed a record $1 billion balanced operating and capital budget for fiscal year 2023-2024 during Thursday morning’s commission meeting.

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U.S. Rep. Sewell: Jefferson County Commission districts will be targeted under Section 2 of Voting Rights Act of 1965

During an appearance Tuesday on CNN's "The Source," U.S. Rep. Terri Sewell (D-Birmingham) predicted the federal courts would not stop with Alabama's congressional districts regarding the U.S. Supreme Court's break with prior precedent on the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

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Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin sworn in as Jefferson County commissioner

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin was sworn into the Jefferson County Commission on Monday morning after winning a special election for the final seat on July 18.  

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ALGOP on Bolin winning JeffCo Commission seat: ‘Proud to see a strong Republican win’

Alabama GOP chairman John Wahl praised former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin on Wednesday for his “impressive win” in District 5 of the Jefferson County Commission, which he said secured the five-person commission in favor of conservatives. 

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Mike Bolin wins special election for Jefferson County Commission, maintains conservative majority

Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin won the seat for Jefferson County Commission’s District 5 on Tuesday’s special election, maintaining the conservative majority on the five-person commission.

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Jefferson County Commission ‘nonpartisan’ candidate David Silverstein endorsed by prominent Birmingham-area Democrats

A candidate to fill the fifth spot on the Jefferson County Commission was endorsed by Birmingham-area Democrats in spite of branding himself as “nonpartisan” in an election in which political parties will not be included on the ballot. 

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Jeff Wise withdraws from Jefferson County Commission race, endorses Mike Bolin for District 5 seat

Candidate for Jefferson County Commission Jeff Wise has withdrawn from the race and endorsed fellow Republican Mike Bolin for the position.

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Former Jefferson County sheriff candidate Jared Hudson recounts narrow defeat in 2022, urges conservative voter turnout for July 18 county commission special election

In 2022, former Navy seal and law enforcement officer Jared Hudson narrowly lost to the incumbent Democrat Mark Pettway in the election for Jefferson County Sheriff. Now, Hudson is encouraging conservatives to get out and vote in a special election later this month that will determine which party holds the majority in the Jefferson County Commission.

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'I am what I am': Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Bolin required to run for Jefferson County Commission without a party by his name, but he’s still a Republican

On July 18, Vestavia, Mountain Brook, Homewood and Hoover residents will select the newest member of the Jefferson County Commission in a special election. Former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Mike Bolin says he’s the man for the job.

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Former Senator Doug Jones, Terri Sewell donor David Silverstein enters Jefferson County Commission special election

David Silverstein is a real estate developer in the Birmingham area. He declared his candidacy for the District 5 special election on Monday night.

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Brian Christine withdraws from Jefferson County Commission race, endorses Mike Bolin for District 5 seat

Last month, Birmingham-area urologist Brian Christine declared his candidacy in the special election for an open seat on the Jefferson County Commission. However, Christine has now resigned from the race and endorsed another Republican for the position.

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Birmingham urologist Brian Christine declares run for Jefferson County Commission

Late last week, Jefferson County Commissioner Steve Ammons announced he will be stepping down to become CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance. One Birmingham-area surgeon announced on Monday morning he will be in the running to take his place.

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Jefferson County commissioner Steve Ammons to resign from commission, named Birmingham Business Alliance CEO

Jefferson County commissioner Steve Ammons has been named the CEO of the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA) and will now be stepping down from the commission.

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Birmingham Water Works, Jefferson County to examine benefits of implementing automatic meter readers for water and sewer

The Jefferson County Commission approved a new billing agreement with the Birmingham Water Works Board (BWWB) on Tuesday after what reports say were months of negotiations.

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Jefferson County Commission to review gerrymandering lawsuit from NAACP — ‘What we did was to follow the law’

Jefferson County Commission president Jimmie Stephens told 1819 News on Monday that the JCC is reviewing a lawsuit filed against it by activist groups accusing it of racial gerrymandering. 

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Jefferson County forks up $5 million for Carraway Amphitheater, said to replace Pelham’s Oak Mountain Ampitheatre

The Jefferson County Commission elected to shell out $5 million toward the Caraway Amphitheater project in North Birmingham, which could replace the Oak Mountain Ampitheatre in Pelham.

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Birmingham City Council approves consulting agreement with Bill Gates-funded Aspen Institute to address violence problem

The city will pay $275,000 for the non-profit to compile criminal justice-related statistics from neighborhoods in Birmingham and Jefferson County.

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Study claims World Games had $165 million economic impact — Only $11.7 million 'direct' impact

Experts predicted this past summer's World Games in Birmingham to have an economic impact of $256.5 million. However, according to a new study, the actual impact was much lower than expected.

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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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'Like being married for 25 years, and you find out on TV that your wife wants a divorce': Pelham Mayor Gary Waters talks potential Oak Mountain Amphitheatre move

Pelham Mayor Gary W. Waters spoke to 1819 News on Thursday about the proposal brought before the Jefferson County Commission to replace Pelham’s Oak Mountain Amphitheatre with a new facility in Birmingham.

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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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