Birmingham http://apr.org en Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains http://apr.org/post/birmingham-mobile-post-modest-population-gains <p></p><p>City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case.</p><p>Al.com reports that Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip - 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's gain was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate.</p><p>The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p>Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:43:36 +0000 The Associated Press 52495 at http://apr.org Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains Saban Wants Mercedes Dealership; Plans on Hold for Now http://apr.org/post/saban-wants-mercedes-dealership-plans-hold-now <p>Nick Saban confirms he and a partner are working to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Birmingham area.&nbsp; Al.com <a href="http://blog.al.com/spotnews/2014/02/it_wont_be_nick_saban_mercedes.html#incart_river" target="_blank">reports</a> the Alabama football coach said a statement Monday he's "honored to join the Mercedes family" and "extremely excited" about the business venture planned for Irondale.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 12:57:34 +0000 Associated Press 47003 at http://apr.org Saban Wants Mercedes Dealership; Plans on Hold for Now $3 Million In Jefferson Co. Taxes Uncollected http://apr.org/post/3-million-jefferson-co-taxes-uncollected <p></p><p>According to county records, nearly $3 million in Jefferson County business property taxes haven't been collected because there aren't enough agents on staff to recoup the money.</p><p>Tax collector J.T. Smallwood says the bankrupt county has no tax agents in Birmingham and has one in the Bessemer Division.</p><p>According to the tax collector's office, Jefferson County has missed out on $570,000 in 2013 because of uncollected taxes. The county did collect $560 million during the last fiscal year.</p> Sun, 04 Aug 2013 19:35:51 +0000 The Associated Press 35388 at http://apr.org $3 Million In Jefferson Co. Taxes Uncollected City Says It Didn't Inspect Airport Unit That Fell http://apr.org/post/city-says-it-didnt-inspect-airport-unit-fell <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN>A lawyer for the city of Birmingham says a large cabinet housing flight information monitors that toppled and killed a 10-year-old boy inside a newly renovated airport terminal wasn't inspected by the city after installation.</P> <P>The monitors were installed in a $201 million upgrade at Birmingham's airport. Wed, 27 Mar 2013 03:27:39 +0000 The Associated Press 27422 at http://apr.org City Says It Didn't Inspect Airport Unit That Fell Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood http://apr.org/post/tornado-damages-homes-birmingham-neighborhood <P>The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.</P> <P>The National Weather Service says the tornado hit at about 4:45 a.m. Monday in the area around Finley Avenue near the Birmingham farmer's market. Birmingham Mayor William Bell says there are no reports of injuries from severe weather that damaged roofs and broke windows. Mon, 10 Dec 2012 23:58:38 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 21790 at http://apr.org Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime http://apr.org/post/ala-taxi-drivers-will-help-police-fight-crime Birmingham and Jefferson County are getting some extra help fighting crime. About 100 taxi drivers in Jefferson County have been trained to be on the lookout for suspicious activity. If they see something, they can call police and report it immediately. Yellow Cab announced the new "TOP" or Taxis on Patrol program Monday in front of Birmingham City Hall. The taxis will be equipped with GPS technology that can send and receive information. They will also have security cameras that will be able to help police during investigations. Mon, 22 Oct 2012 21:10:50 +0000 The Associated Press 19617 at http://apr.org Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open http://apr.org/post/birmingham-loses-fight-keep-hospital-open The City of Birmingham has lost the court fight to keep the Cooper Green Mercy hospital open for the poor. The city was unable to force Jefferson County in the latest round in court Wednesday to keep hospital open and operating as usual. Lawsuits against the county are effectively frozen in place until the county emerges from bankruptcy under Chapter 9. The city asked U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett to lift a stay so the city could sue the county in state court. The county commission voted in August to close the inpatient unit and emergency room at the county owned hospital. Wed, 17 Oct 2012 23:14:03 +0000 The Associated Press 19425 at http://apr.org Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open Birmingham Extends Ban On New Payday Loan Stores http://apr.org/post/birmingham-extends-ban-new-payday-loan-stores New payday loan businesses won't be allowed to open in Birmingham until at least next June. The city council on Tuesday extended a ban on the businesses until June 19, 2013. Officials picked that date because it comes after the end of the Legislature's regular session. They want lawmakers to address the number of payday loan businesses in their city and across Alabama during the session. An industry lobbyist criticized the move. Max Woods of Borrow Smart America said the decision hurts customers and small businesses. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 23:55:32 +0000 The Associated Press 19354 at http://apr.org Birmingham Extends Ban On New Payday Loan Stores Alabama's immigration law under the microscope http://apr.org/post/alabamas-immigration-law-under-microscope <P>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights is holding a public hearing about crackdowns on illegal immigration in Alabama and other states. The panel will meet in Birmingham on Friday to hear from both supporters and opponents of the laws. Speakers include Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who's pushed for such measures nationwide, and Republican state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, a sponsor of Alabama's law. Critics of the measures are on the agenda, but they're complaining that members of what they call hate groups are being allowed to participate. Fri, 17 Aug 2012 10:52:31 +0000 The Associated Press 16401 at http://apr.org Alabama's immigration law under the microscope Broke Ala. County Delays Decision On Indigent Care http://apr.org/post/broke-ala-county-delays-decision-indigent-care Commissioners in bankrupt Jefferson County have delayed a decision on whether to close its charity hospital serving the poor. Commission President David Carrington recessed a meeting indefinitely Tuesday after chaos erupted in the packed commission chamber. Demonstrators yelling and singing civil rights protest songs prevented members from discussing the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital. The hospital is costing the county millions of dollars annually, and supporters of the shutdown say the county can't afford it. Some commissioners oppose the move, and protesters disrupted the Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:33:33 +0000 Associated Press 16257 at http://apr.org Broke Ala. County Delays Decision On Indigent Care Thousands Attend Birmingham Job Fair http://apr.org/post/thousands-attend-birmingham-job-fair A job fair featuring more than 100 employers drew an estimated 5,000 people seeking work in Birmingham. People began lining up three hours before the event began Wednesday at the city's convention center. The job fair was put together by the office of Rep. Terri Sewell, whose district includes part of metro Birmingham and much of the state's impoverished Black Belt region. Sewell says the unemployment rate in her district is 18.8 percent, or more than 10 percentage points above the national level. Wed, 08 Aug 2012 21:46:51 +0000 Associated Press 15906 at http://apr.org Thousands Attend Birmingham Job Fair Bankrupt Ala. County Considers Hospital Shutdown http://apr.org/post/bankrupt-ala-county-considers-hospital-shutdown Leaders in bankrupt Jefferson County are nearing a decision on whether to quit admitting patients to the county's charity hospital as a cost-saving move. The Jefferson County Commission will vote next Tuesday on whether to cease in-patient care at Cooper Green Hospital in Birmingham. The hospital would continue seeing patients at its emergency room, but it would quit admitting patients. Tue, 07 Aug 2012 22:02:04 +0000 Associated Press 15833 at http://apr.org Bankrupt Ala. County Considers Hospital Shutdown City Explores Hosting Teams Displaced By Disasters http://apr.org/post/city-explores-hosting-teams-displaced-disasters Birmingham's mayor has commissioned a study to determine whether the city could be home to sports teams displaced by hurricanes and other natural disasters. The Birmingham News reports that Bravis Building Solutions was hired partly to research whether Birmingham has the capacity to serve as an evacuation city for pro teams when natural disasters strike their home cities. The study also explored the possibility of Birmingham hosting National Football League summer training camps. Recruiting some type of professional team to Birmingham has been among Mayor William Bell's goals. The Tue, 07 Aug 2012 21:28:43 +0000 Associated Press 15832 at http://apr.org City Explores Hosting Teams Displaced By Disasters Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed http://apr.org/post/legal-showdown-over-birmingham-schools-postponed <p>BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A Jefferson County Circuit judge postponed an injunction hearing on the lawsuits against Birmingham school officials by the city and state superintendents. The Birmingham News reports that the postponements made Friday will give the school board a chance to decide whether to keep fight the lawsuits or settle. Circuit Judge Houston Brown says the injunction hearing will be postponed until Aug. 1. Brown agreed to delay the hearing that had been set for Monday. Sat, 28 Jul 2012 13:27:50 +0000 The Associated Press 15300 at http://apr.org Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed Mitt Romney In Birmingham Aug. 15 http://apr.org/post/mitt-romney-birmingham-aug-15 <p>Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has scheduled a fundraising reception Aug. 15 in Birmingham.</p><p>A letter from the Romney campaign said the event will be at The Club. People contributing $5,000 can get their photo taken with the former Massachusetts governor at 5:30 p.m. A general reception, costing $1,000 per person, is at 6 p.m. Then a private dinner starts at 7 p.m. for those contributing $25,000 or more.</p> Fri, 27 Jul 2012 22:18:32 +0000 Associated Press 15285 at http://apr.org Mitt Romney In Birmingham Aug. 15