Shelby County Alabama http://apr.org en Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later http://apr.org/post/shelby-county-v-holder-one-year-later <p>It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 19:50:06 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 54493 at http://apr.org Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased http://apr.org/post/ala-county-heart-voting-rights-case-pleased <p>The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.</p><p>Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality.</p><p>Ellis says he's "elated" with the ruling, in which the court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by Congress.</p><p>The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.</p> Tue, 25 Jun 2013 22:03:38 +0000 The Associated Press 33011 at http://apr.org Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge http://apr.org/post/supreme-court-considers-voting-rights-act-challenge <p>All year long here on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of some of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Era. Times of have changed for the better since 1963, but have they changed so much that we can move on from laws meant to protect minorities. Shelby County is challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 saying it’s no longer needed. Today Mason Davis is an accomplished lawyer in Birmingham, but in 1958 he was just a young law student trying to register to vote in Alabama.</p> Mon, 13 May 2013 19:21:47 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 30286 at http://apr.org Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge Study Ranks Shelby as Alabama's Healthiest County http://apr.org/post/study-ranks-shelby-alabamas-healthiest-county <P>Shelby County is ranked number one in a new study of the health and quality of life in each of Alabama's the 67 counties.</P> <P>The analysis was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.</P> <P>It examined 25 factors that influence health, including childhood poverty, numbers of smokers, obesity levels, teen birth rates and access to physicians and dentists.</P> <P>Rounding out the top five healthiest counties are Baldwin, Lee, Madison and Limestone. Thu, 21 Mar 2013 11:34:48 +0000 The Associated Press 27103 at http://apr.org Study Ranks Shelby as Alabama's Healthiest County US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 http://apr.org/post/us-supreme-court-hear-alabama-case-feb-27 <P>The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.</P> <P>The court initially agreed in November to hear the case brought by Shelby County, and it has now set the date for attorneys to present their arguments.</P> <P>The Voting Rights Act requires the Justice Department to review and approve changes in elections laws in Alabama and several others states to make sure they don't discriminate against minorities. Sun, 03 Feb 2013 15:23:31 +0000 The Associated Press 24264 at http://apr.org US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27 Shelby County Reviewing School Safety Plans http://apr.org/post/shelby-county-reviewing-school-safety-plans <P>School officials in Shelby County are reviewing their security plans after a deadly shooting spree in Connecticut.</P> <P>Authorities said surveillance cameras will play a role in upcoming security improvements. Al.com (http://bit.ly/SbcjZW ) reports that some schools in the county already have more than 30 such cameras.</P> <P>Architects are also reviewing school entrances to make additional safety improvements.</P> <P>School officials met this week with Shelby County Sheriff Chris Curry, Shelby County Commissioner Mike Vest and state Sens. Sun, 06 Jan 2013 00:27:41 +0000 The Associated Press 22846 at http://apr.org Shelby County Reviewing School Safety Plans