Jeremy Loeb

Morning Host / Reporter

Jeremy Loeb is a reporter and former APR host of Morning Edition. He joined the station in December of 2013 and stayed with us until November 2014.

Jeremy grew up in Durham, North Carolina. He got his start in radio as an intern at WHQR Public Radio in Wilmington, NC while attending the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He was an operations assistant, host of All Things Considered, and was one of a rotating roster of hosts for an eclectic half-hour music program during his six years there. He then spent two years back near his hometown, living in Carrboro, NC while working for North Carolina Public Radio – WUNC. He was a reporter, a Morning Edition producer, and backup host for All Things Considered.

After two years, he followed his girlfriend up to Washington D.C. where he slacked off and drove a pedicab on the National Mall. But he finally decided to “get it together” and returned to WHQR to be their All Things Considered host.

He was also a producer for two years on A Season’s Griot, out of Wilmington, the only nationally-syndicated Kwanzaa program in the country, and filled in for a short time as a producer on WUNC’s local affairs program The State of Things. Jeremy loves riding his bike and blasting indie bands in his headphones. He’s also a lifelong Duke fan but will pretend to be a Tide fan for the time being due to safety concerns.

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A north Alabama senate race is officially headed to a recount. Alabama Secretary of State Jim Bennett says there will be an automatic recount in the Senate District 6 race. Official returns have Republican Larry Stutts defeating veteran Russellville Democrat Roger Bedford by 67 votes. Alabama law requires an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than half of a percent. A state board certified results yesterday. Bennett says the recount will be held December 1st.

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A University of Alabama student is heading to Lima, Peru next month for a United Nations conference on climate change.  Catherine King is a chemical engineering major with a focus on green chemistry.  She’s one of 8 students across the country the American Chemical Society selected to attend the conference.  King says the issue of climate change has become too politicized.

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A state board today will certify results from the Nov. 4 election and determine which races are headed to recounts. The State Elections Canvassing Board meets at 2 p.m. in the Alabama Capitol. A recount is expected in a north Alabama legislative race where a veteran senator is facing possible defeat. Roger Bedford of Russellville trailed Republican Larry Stutts by just 66 votes in unofficial returns. Alabama law requires an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than .5 percent. State law requires a recount to begin within 72 hours of election results being certified.

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At least 120 workers in Huntsville could see job losses as work shifts on a new rocket. Boeing will issue layoff notices today to 60 aerospace workers, including 50 based in Huntsville. Al.com reports another 70 contract employees will be sent back to their own companies for possible layoffs. The company expects to find jobs for roughly 300 other workers who have been involved in the design of NASA's new Space Launch System. It was designed and developed in Alabama, but it will be produced in Louisiana.

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Federal labor officials have issued 12 citations to a coastal Alabama shipbuilding company and are proposing that it pay a $41,500 fine. U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials say among the nine serious violations, the Austal USA ship building company has been cited for is failing to install railings on all staircases, allowing workers to be overexposed to copper fumes during welding and failing to ensure that employees follow safety procedures. There were other infractions.

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline. APR’s Stan Ingold reports, the restorations are needed after the 2010 gulf oil spill… Governor Robert Bentley says nine-point-six million dollars for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He says projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster.

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says the state's General Fund budget will be the biggest problem before lawmakers next year. Legislative leaders say they'll have a hole of at least $200 million in the budget when a fiscal lifeline expires. Voters in 2012 approved of taking money from a state trust fund to support the budget, but that bail out expires this year. The governor says he and lawmakers have already been meeting about possible solutions. Bentley and the House budget Chairman Steve Clouse of Ozark say there are no firm proposals.

Get ready to bundle up for what forecasters say will be the coldest weather of the season. Temperatures from the Tennessee Valley to central Alabama are expected to plunge to the upper twenties tonight and Friday night. Weather watchers say these readings are twenty degrees below the average for this time of year. Mark Rose is a meteorologist for the National Weather Service in Birmingham. He says the frigid conditions are due to a polar vortex coming down from Canada.

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Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans. APR's Stan Ingold reports, the redistricting has helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate. All of the districts represented by Democrats in Alabama have African-Americans as the majority. Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength.

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Supporters of Alabama’s Accountability Act may soon learn the measure’s fate. Alabama Public Radio’s Pat Duggins reports the State Supreme Court will soon hear arguments over the plan. The Alabama Supreme Court will hear from supporters and critics of the Accountability Act on December third. The case will decide whether a lower court judge acted properly when he struck down the measure. The appeal of that earlier ruling is the third case Alabama’s high court will consider that day.

An island in the Gulf of Mexico is once again whole nine years after it was sliced in two by Hurricane Katrina. And oddly, the BP oil spill is responsible for the change. Katrina swamped Alabama's narrow Dauphin Island in 2005, creating a pass that grew to about 1.5 miles wide. But that breach is once again a sandy beach that makes it possible to walk the entire, 17-mile length of the island. The change came about because of a $17 million project that was funded by BP to construct a long rock pile in the breach of the island.

Republicans are sticking by Rep. Mike Hubbard as their choice for House speaker despite his indictment on ethics charges. House Republicans yesterday voted to support Hubbard for another term as speaker of the house. The full House of Representatives will officially select a speaker in January during an organizational session. Hubbard was indicted last month on 23 felony ethics charges. The Auburn Republican has maintained his innocence and says he sees no reason to give up his leadership role.

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The turnout for Alabama's election Tuesday was lowest since Alabama became a two-party state. Nearly complete election results indicate that about 41 percent of Alabama's nearly 2.9 million active registered voters participated. The turnout for gubernatorial elections in Alabama had ranged between 51 percent and 58 percent since 1986, when Alabama elected its first Republican governor since Reconstruction.

GOP Cruises in Alabama

Nov 5, 2014
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Yesterday’s election saw the Alabama GOP build upon its existing supermajority won in 2010 and increased their numbers in both chambers of the state legislature. Republicans will hold nearly 70 percent of the seats. Meanwhile, Republican Governor Robert Bentley cruised to reelection, easily dispatching Democrat Parker Griffith.

Tuesday is Election Day across the nation.  Voters are heading to the polls to decide races that could

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