Birmingham

Birmingham-World Games Bid
4:04 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Birmingham Among 3 Cities Seeking 2021 World Games

Birmingham is among three cities that have submitted bids to host the World Games in 2021.
Credit International World Games Association

Birmingham is among three cities that have submitted bids to host an international sporting event in 2021.

Birmingham along with Lima, Peru, and Ufa, Russia, are in the running to be the site of the World Games seven years from now.

The host city will be announced by the International World Games Association in early 2015.

The games have been held every four years since 1981. While not as well-known as the Olympics, organizers say they involve about 4,500 athletes from 100 countries.

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Politics & Government
1:16 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Democratic Planners Assessing Birmingham for 2016

Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention.

Officials with the Democratic National Committee will arrive in Alabama's largest city Monday for a two-day visit to assess whether Birmingham could host the massive gathering.

The national representatives will meet with area promoters to discuss logistical needs like hotels and arena space. They'll also attend a public party Monday night at a downtown concert venue, and a private event is planned at the city's year-old baseball park.

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Birmingham-Mobile Population
4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains

Birmingham is one of a few of Alabama's largest cities to show a modest gain in population.

City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case.

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.

The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.

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Business & Education
6:57 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Saban Wants Mercedes Dealership; Plans on Hold for Now

APR

Nick Saban confirms he and a partner are working to open a Mercedes-Benz dealership in the Birmingham area.  Al.com reports 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.

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Jefferson County-Taxes
2:35 pm
Sun August 4, 2013

$3 Million In Jefferson Co. Taxes Uncollected

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.
Credit rollingstone.com

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.

Tax collector J.T. Smallwood says the bankrupt county has no tax agents in Birmingham and has one in the Bessemer Division.

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.

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Birmingham Airport
10:27 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

City Says It Didn't Inspect Airport Unit That Fell

The city of Birmingham says it didn't inspect airport unit that fell and killed a young child.

  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.


The monitors were installed in a $201 million upgrade at Birmingham's airport. Assistant city attorney Steve Stine said Tuesday the monitor display didn't require city inspection under municipal code because it wasn't a structural component of the building.

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Alabama Storms
5:58 pm
Mon December 10, 2012

Tornado Damages Homes In Birmingham Neighborhood

The National Weather Service has confirmed a tornado touched down in a Birmingham neighborhood Monday morning.
Credit Slawek Puklo / Flickr

The National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado with maximum winds estimated at 90 mph.


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. He says the city provided tarps to residents whose roofs were damaged.

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Taxis-Fighting Crime
4:10 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Ala. Taxi Drivers Will Help Police Fight Crime

Taxi drivers in Birmingham and Jefferson County will help police as part of Taxis on Patrol.
http://www.birminghamyellowcab.com/ Birmingham Yellow Cab

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.

Cooper Green
6:14 pm
Wed October 17, 2012

Birmingham Loses Fight To Keep Hospital Open

Birmingham loses fight to keep Cooper Green Hospital for the poor open.
nelsonglass.com

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.

Payday Loan Ban
6:55 pm
Tue October 16, 2012

Birmingham Extends Ban On New Payday Loan Stores

Birmingham extends a ban on payday loan stores.
Jason Comely Flickr

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.

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Politics & Government
5:52 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Alabama's immigration law under the microscope

Florida Atlantic University

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Closing Cooper Green
5:33 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Broke Ala. County Delays Decision On Indigent Care

Cooper Green Mercy Hospital in Birmingham.
nelsonglass.com

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.

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Birmingham Job Fair
4:46 pm
Wed August 8, 2012

Thousands Attend Birmingham Job Fair

Rep. Terri Sewell's office put on the job fair.
Wikimedia Commons

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.

JeffCo Bankruptcy
5:02 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Bankrupt Ala. County Considers Hospital Shutdown

nelsonglass.com

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. Opponents of the proposed closing say they'll stage protests if the commission decides to end hospital admissions.

Dealing With Disasters
4:28 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

City Explores Hosting Teams Displaced By Disasters

Mayor William Bell is looking for ways to draw professional sports teams to Birmingham.
Ralph Daily Flickr

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.

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