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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Politics & Government
8:27 am
Sat July 28, 2012

Legal showdown over Birmingham schools postponed

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.

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Romney To Visit Birmingham
5:18 pm
Fri July 27, 2012

Mitt Romney In Birmingham Aug. 15

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Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has scheduled a fundraising reception Aug. 15 in Birmingham.

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.

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Politics & Government
4:20 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Law Firm Files Complaint Concerning APT Firing

Allan Pizzato, former Executive Director of Alabama Public Television


A Birmingham law firm has filed an initial complaint concerning the decision to fire the former executive director of Alabama Public Television and another top executive.

Attorneys Mark White and Augusta Dowd of the firm White, Arnold and Dowd said in a statement Thursday that they filed the complaint for their client Alan Pizzato, who was fired by the Alabama Educational Television Commission. The complaint was filed in the Jefferson County Circuit Court.

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2:58 pm
Fri July 20, 2012

Birmingham School Board Sued by B.O.E & Attorney General

Alabama Attorney General, Luther Strange

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Attorney General Luther Strange and the Alabama Board of Education have filed a lawsuit against the Birmingham's school board and its members.

Strange, the state school board and State Superintendent of Education Thomas Bice filed the lawsuit Friday.

The lawsuit claims Birmingham's school board is in a state of financial and political crisis. The lawsuit asks the court to affirm that Bice and the state school board have complete authority and the responsibility to manage the financial operation for Birmingham's school board.

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Birmingham Schools Takeover
6:00 pm
Thu June 28, 2012

Ala. Superintendent Bice outlines changes for Birmingham schools

State Superintendent of Education Tommy Bice says he intends for the state takeover of the Birmingham school system to end its reputation for being top heavy with administrators, and he will do that with or without with cooperation of the Birmingham school board.

The state Department of Education took over the system Wednesday after the Birmingham board failed to agree on a cost-cutting plan. The state Board of Education met Thursday to implement Bice's management plan.

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Public Television
5:54 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

More Quit Ala. Public TV Boards After Firings

Montgomery, AL – Two more leaders have quit Alabama Public Television following last week's firings of two top executives with the network.

Montgomery attorney and former federal judge Vanzetta McPherson has resigned from the Alabama Educational Television Foundation Authority, which lost three members last week. Also, Blue Cross Blue Shield President Terry Kellogg has resigned from the board of the APT foundation.

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