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Artist Chris Cumbie shaped his nontraditional, artistic style in rural Alabama. From a young age, his grandfather taught him how to use what was around him to build what he needed. While at StoryCorps, Chris spoke with his fiancé Harriet Shade about his childhood and the influence of the support and encouragement she’s provided him and his son Christian. 

Christian has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his resilience to overcome his condition and make art has reminded Chris to always make the best of the hand he's been dealt...


The Alabama Public Charter School Commission met Monday, approving one application for a new charter school and denying another.

The board approved an application for Woodland Preparatory, a charter school to be located in Washington County and set to open in fall 2019. Al.com reports the school plans to open with 260 students in prekindergarten through 7th grade. The school plans to add one grade each year, eventually growing to serve 664 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

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In this StoryCorps interview, Mark Ryan asks his friend Jeremy Wolff about his decision to leave his corporate job to pursue his passion for music festivals – a decision that has led to Jeremy’s freedom. The two friends also discuss how Jeremy’s newfound freedom has pushed him towards his dream and his true purpose for being on this planet...

More than a week after a locker room assault was captured on camera in south Alabama, four high school football players have been charged and the school district faces a $12 million demand.

Area news outlets are citing a statement from Mobile police yesterday that says three of the four students suspended by Davidson High School have been taken into custody. Additional information was unavailable as all three are underage.

An April 27 video shows multiple students hitting and jumping on 14-year-old freshman Rodney Kim Jr., causing a broken arm.

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In this StoryCorps piece, nine-year-old Juan Mario talks to his mom and dad about their childhoods in Venezuela and Mexico and learns about the commonalities and differences between their lives...


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Juan Torres and his wife are immigrants from Mexico and Venezuela, respectively, who now live in Mobile, Alabama. They sat down at StoryCorps and gave their son Juan Mario a chance to ask about what inspired them to start their nonprofit - “Belong” - to help immigrants in Mobile...


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Ramez Skaff immigrated to the United States in 1970 from Lebanon. In this StoryCorps piece, his daughter Adele Hapworth asks him about what he experienced when he moved to the U.S., how he met his wife and what he values most in life...


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Cai Unger and Ariel Chavez are immigrants from completely different parts of the globe – Germany and Bolivia. They met and fell in love in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, the happily married husbands talk about their wedding day and their hopes for the future...


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As a birthday gift to her mom Beth Gibson, Chris Gibson Barraza had a unique idea in mind: to use the StoryCorps platform to discuss their individual experiences - her parents being in a biracial relationship and Chris growing up as a biracial child in an all-white neighborhood – experiences that have had lasting effects...


A police department in south Alabama says it's investigating after video showed a black woman being knocked down by police and arrested inside a restaurant.

The NAACP is calling the arrest troubling, and protestors have stood outside the restaurant with picket signs.

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In 2010, Bethany Kraft and Casi Callaway were colleagues working for different environmental nonprofits in Mobile, Alabama. When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico on April 20, they didn’t know what to expect or what the impact would be. In this StoryCorps piece, Bethany and Casi reflect on how that horrific disaster changed the Gulf Coast and their lives...


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The University of Mobile is offering a new master’s degree aimed at educating the next generation of church music leaders.

The new Master of Arts in Worship Leadership and Theology will start next fall, and will combine coursework in music and music education as well as theology and leadership. The degree will be offered mostly online along with a three-day intensive seminar twice a year held on campus and also streamed online.

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Chandra Brown led her parents John Spears and Charleen Brown to StoryCorps so they could talk about their earliest experiences with segregation. Chandra’s father discusses how segregation wasn’t only prevalent in the south, while her mother speaks on her experiences with prejudices in college and offers some parting wisdom on living a fulfilled life... 

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In 2008, Andrea Mills lost her sister Brooke to cancer. Brooke cut off contact with her family because of differing beliefs, but she and Andrea reunited once she became ill. Andrea sits down with StoryCorps facilitator Vera Carothers to discuss her sisters last days and how those last days have impacted her life...    

  

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In many parent-child relationships, things are left unsaid. In this StoryCorps interview, a mother and son tackle some big questions and come to understand each other more fully; Mark Terry asks his mother Toni about the challenges she faced when she got divorced, accepting her sexuality and how her family came to accept her and her partner Dee Dee...  


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J.D. Crowe has been working as a political cartoonist in Alabama for nearly 20 years. In this StoryCorps piece, Crowe sits down with his friend Lynne Oldshue to discuss his parents’ influence on his drawing, as well as the impact of his work in the current political climate...


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Rust and Tiffany Felix are a married couple who lived in different parts of the US before settling in Mobile, Alabama. They sat down with StoryCorps to talk about what they love about their new home and the challenges of maintaining their historic house - specifically dealing with the ghost who haunts it...


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Susan Boyle and Brenda Beverly have been best friends since ninth grade. Although it hasn't always been easy, their friendship has withstood the test of time. StoryCorps visited Mobile, Ala. and both women (now in their 50s) came together to reflect on what has kept them together all these years, even though they live in different parts of the country...  


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Forty-five-year-old Chris "Champ" Napier spoke with StoryCorps facilitators about his challenging upbringing in Prichard, Alabama. He was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in prison, but received a pardon after 14 years. With a second chance at life, Napier has written a book, does motivational speaking at schools and prisons and has made it his mission to live by his grandmother's last words to him...

               


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Ed Beck grew up in Mobile, Alabama. In this StoryCorps piece, his wife Nancy asks him about a personal memoir he's writing and the changes he's made to it. Ed also reflects on his actions during the Jim Crow era and why he feels it's important to talk about that difficult time in US History...     


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Ed Beck was a young man living in New Orleans when Hurricane Betsy struck the coast in 1965. He sat down at StoryCorps with his wife Nancy to reflect on his days volunteering after the Hurricane, a devastating experience where he saw the deadly impact of systemic segregation...


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When Kara Cresswell-Osborne was 16 years old, a disturbing experience at her grandparents' church in Montgomery, Alabama opened her eyes to the existence of racism in her family. 

In February of 2017, StoryCorps came to Mobile, Ala. and Kara shared this story with her mother Kimberly Geissmann in an open, honest conversation about family history, shame and racial acceptance.

WARNINGThis story contains a quote where a racial slur is used...


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Aurelia Chestang grew up in Mobile, Alabama in the 1940s. She sat down with StoryCorps to tell her daughter, Yvette, about her grandparents - the challenges they faced during a deeply, segregated era and how they overcame strict, racial boundaries by hosting elaborate parties...  


An agreement has been reached to move a minor league baseball team from the Alabama Gulf Coast to the Tennessee Valley.

BallCorps LLC announced that a lease, license and management agreement has been signed for the Mobile BayBears to move to Madison, Alabama. The team will continue to play at Hank Aaron Stadium in Mobile through the 2019 season, and will then move to a new $46 million, 7,000 seat ballpark in Madison for the 2020 season.

U. Mobile Professor Develops Christmas Tree Light Calculator

Dec 11, 2017

A math expert at the University of Mobile is looking to take some of the guesswork out of decorating your Christmas tree.

Troy Henderson is a professor of mathematics at the university. He has developed and released a free online calculator that anyone can use to determine the optimal way to string lights on their Christmas tree. Henderson's calculator takes the dimensions of the tree and the length of lights available and uses calculus to determine the optimal spacing.

Hospitals in Alabama as well as Mississippi are suing more than a dozen drug manufacturers, claiming they deceptively marketed and sold dangerous opioids.

Jackson, Mississippi’s Clarion Ledger reports the class-action lawsuit was filed late last week in federal court in Mississippi. The plaintiffs are Infirmary Health Hospitals, based in Mobile, Monroe County Healthcare Authority, based in Monroeville, and Southwest Mississippi Regional Medical Center based in McComb, Mississippi.

The road map is in place for the 2017 college football postseason. Here's the picture for Alabama's colleges and universities, as well as the bowl games that will be taking place across Alabama this year:

Airbus Acquisition Likely to Mean New Jobs in Mobile

Oct 19, 2017

More airplane manufacturing jobs are likely coming to the Mobile area.

Mobile is currently the site of an assembly line for French airplane manufacturer Airbus, and it may be getting a second one. That news follows a deal giving Airbus a majority stake in the C series aircraft from Canadian plane maker Bombardier. The C series is similar to the A-320 and A-321 aircraft already manufactured in Mobile. Airbus says they plan to open an assembly line in south Alabama to manufacture the C series planes.

"Where Does Your Water Come From?"

Oct 10, 2017
^0 inch pipelines carry water from Big Creek Lake to water treatment plants in Mobile

The U.S. Supreme Court says it will hear arguments regarding the on-going water war involving Alabama. The specific case is between Florida, and Georgia, but it includes the river basin flowing through Alabama. The APR news team spent 2015 investigating the condition of Alabama's water supply and the health of its rivers. Click below to hear that series again...

Nate quickly weakened to a tropical depression after making landfall in Biloxi, Mississippi and tracking north into central Alabama, but parts of south Alabama are dealing with power outages and some flooding.

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