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How Unemployment Has Dragged On, In Three Charts

Jul 6, 2012

Losing your job is rarely good. Not being able to find one for months can be disastrous for individuals, and bad for society as well. Yet during the recent recession and the current anemic recovery, more people in the U.S. have been unemployed for longer than at any time since 1948.

Of all Americans who were unemployed in June, almost half had been without a job for 27 weeks or longer. In other words, 5.4 million people have been jobless for more than half a year.

Airbus, the European aviation giant, announced that it was opening its first assembly plant in the United States.

The AP reports this is a significant and symbolic step in its rivalry with the American Boeing.

The AP adds:

"The French-based company said the Alabama plant is expected to cost $600 million to build and will employ 1,000 people when it reaches full production, likely to be four planes a month by 2017.

The Weekly Standard: The Economy And The Courts

Jul 2, 2012

Irwin M. Stelzer is a contributing editor to The Weekly Standard, director of economic policy studies at the Hudson Institute, and a columnist for the Sunday Times.

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.

More Quit Ala. Public TV Boards After Firings

Jun 19, 2012

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.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A project may shed new light on Alabama's Black Belt region. "The Black Belt 100 Lenses Project" showcases the culture of the region through the eyes of high school students. The exhibition at the University of Alabama uses photography and interviews of residents of the Black Belt to document what their culture means to them.

Doctor Heather Pleasants is Director of Educational Development at UA's Center for Community-Based Partnerships.

Tuscaloosa, AL – While 2011 will be memorable for many Alabamian's due to what happened on April 27th, it wasn't the only disaster that took place last year. Tornadoes, hurricanes, wildfires you name it struck the United States last year cutting the available disaster funding pie into ever slimmer pieces. As Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez reports, finding the necessary funds to rebuild post disaster is a little harder than it used to be.

Tuscaloosa – Close to 300 people crowded a ballroom in Tuscaloosa to offer ideas on how the city should look after the rebuilding process following the April 27th tornado. APR's Pat Duggins reports how residents of the Alberta neighborhood want things like more greenspace, affordable housing, and better shopping--while preserving things that give the community its "flavor"--like the 60 year old neon sign outside the "Moon Winx" Lodge.

Tuscaloosa, AL – There's only a few days left for Alabama tornado survivors to apply for disaster assistance with FEMA. The deadline is June 27th. Tim Tyson of FEMA stopped by the APR studio to talk about the nuts and bolts of the application process. He says If you were impacted by the tornadoes, you should apply for help.

Birmingham, AL – When the April 27th storms swept through Alabama, there were basic needs to be met like food, water and shelter for tornado survivors. Things are slowly getting back to normal but, that doesn't mean every need has been met for those still picking up the pieces. The University of Alabama Birmingham hopes to step in to fill some of that void with a new loan program. In the process, business students are gaining valuable experience. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more

Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio news director Pat Duggins reports on the economic "benefit" from the April tornadoes, and how some industries may be helped more than others. Alabama has an estimated four billion dollars worth of insured damage, and that could mean a lot of cash flowing into the State. Pat examines how natural disasters can help boost business in construction, but maybe not agriculture, including Alabama's poultry industry.

Tuscaloosa, AL – 238 Alabamians died in April's storms. Many more were injured. But, unlike other states in "tornado alley," Alabama doesn't have as many storm shelters and basements for people to take cover. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez takes a look at why that is, and how the recent storms will change that.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Cities across Alabama are beginning to pick up the pieces to start and rebuild after April's tornados wiped out neighborhoods and left hundreds homeless. One of the hardest hit city's was Tuscaloosa, home of the University of Alabama. Mayor Walt Maddox has already created a task force to head up reconstruction of the city, but many are concerned about the changes ahead. Alabama Public Radio's Maggie Martin takes a look at the concerns local residents have.

Tuscaloosa, AL – Nearly two weeks after storms ripped through the state of Alabama, many residents are still picking up the pieces. According to the state Department of Insurance, Alabamians have filed 65,000 insurance claims related to the April 27th outbreak of tornados and they expect a second wave this week. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on how residents can find and get help for their damaged property.

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Tuscaloosa, AL – Recovery continues in one of the hardest hit parts of Alabama following last week's historic outbreak of tornadoes. In the city of Tuscaloosa, the neighborhood of Alberta seemed to catch the brunt of an EF 4 tornado. Area businesses are leveled and many people are without homes. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez has more on the state of affairs in Alberta.

"Fort Morgan, Alabama" – Part Four "Seashells and Gunpowder." The Alabama beach tourism industry was hit hard by the Gulf oil spill, and it could take years before local officials know if visitor businesses have truly recovered. Duggins reports on efforts to restore tourism, starting with the National Shrimp Festival in Gulf Shores, six months after the spill, and leading to the 150th anniversary of the Civil War starting this month.

Tuscaloosa, AL – In his address to Congress last week. President Obama singled out Alabama as a state where health insurance reform is needed. It was the only state he mentioned by name. Is Alabama the poster child of health insurance market problems? This week, APR News tries to find out. Alisa Beckwith-Aylliath has the story.

Disclosure note: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is an Alabama Public Radio programming underwriter.

Reading the Signs to Success - part 4

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – This week, APR News has brought you a series of reports about adult literacy. This morning, that series concludes with some thoughts from master storyteller Kathryn Tucker Windham. She says her father was a big believer in education ... even though he had little education himself ...


For more information about adult literacy, the Alabama Literacy Hotline is 888-448-7323.

Reading the Signs to Success - part 3

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Reading the Signs to Success - part 2

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – In part two of our series on adult illiteracy, Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill climbs into the truck cab of Louie Singleton who until just 4 years ago, was functionally illiterate. But as we'll hear, that didn't stop him ...


SINGLETON - "I'm Louie Singleton, and I drive a truck. And I am 60 years old, and we live out here in Lincoln ..."

Singleton has sharp eyes, and a broad, warm smile. We're sitting the cab of his big green dumpster truck.

Reading the Signs to Success - part 1

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – High rates of adult illiteracy are hurting Alabama, both economically and socially. This week, APR News explores how reading shapes a community in a 4-part series. First, the basics why does reading matter? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Educators and civic leaders from across the state are trying to rally the forces and tackle a devastating problem adult illiteracy.

Reading the Signs to Success - part 3

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Reading the Signs to Success - part 3

Sep 3, 2008

Tuscaloosa AL – Our series on adult illiteracy continues this morning with a look at its effects on children, and you. When one in four people around you can't read what's at risk for Alabama's future? Alabama Public Radio's Brett Tannehill reports


Albertville, AL – Public educators are frontline witnesses to America's shifting patterns of immigration. Reporter Amanda DeWald takes us to a migrant preschool at the heart of the state's Hispanic migration in Albertville.

Albertville, AL – Hispanic immigrants to Alabama use many different languages and dialects, and this creates a communication barrier between parents and educators. Reporter Amanda DeWald looks at the challenge of parental involvement - regardless of their language or literacy.

Tuscaloosa, AL – The Cooperative Extension Service was created to take the research generated at land-grant universities and make it more useful to the nation's farmers. In Tuscaloosa, the Center for Community-Based Partnerships is using a similar philosophy to connect Spanish- and English-speaking worlds. Amanda DeWald reports.