Shelby County Alabama

Voting Rights Act
2:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Shelby County V. Holder: One Year Later

Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.
NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc.

It's been one year since the Supreme Court ruled a key provision in the 1965 Voting Rights Act unconstitutional. In Shelby County, Alabama versus Holder the ruling says states with a history of chronic racial discrimination no longer needed to get Justice Department approval for changes to voting rules. Janai Nelson is the Associate Director-Counsel for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Alabama Public Radio’s Ryan Vasquez talked with Nelson about the act, and how violations outlawed by the measure are now re-appearing.

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Ala. County At Heart Of Voting Rights Case Pleased

The nation's highest court set aside a part of the Voting Rights Act that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Alabama county at the center of the Supreme Court's decision on voting rights is praising the decision.

Shelby County attorney Butch Ellis says the ruling Tuesday will save local and state governments time and money without hurting the cause of voting equality.

Ellis says he's "elated" with the ruling, in which the court said a key part of the law is invalid until it's updated by Congress.

The justices set aside a part of the landmark law that requires federal approval for changes to election practices in the South and some other areas.

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Voting Rights Act
2:21 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Supreme Court Considers Voting Rights Act Challenge

One of the exhibits at the Civil Rights Memorial Center in Montgomery.
Ryan Vasquez

All year long here on Alabama Public Radio, we’re looking at the 50th anniversary of some of the pivotal moments in the Civil Rights Era. Times of have changed for the better since 1963, but have they changed so much that we can move on from laws meant to protect minorities. Shelby County is challenging a key provision of the Voting Rights Act of 1965 saying it’s no longer needed. Today Mason Davis is an accomplished lawyer in Birmingham, but in 1958 he was just a young law student trying to register to vote in Alabama.

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Healthiest Alabama County
6:34 am
Thu March 21, 2013

Study Ranks Shelby as Alabama's Healthiest County

A new study finds Shelby County is number one when it comes to the health and quality of life in Alabama.

Shelby County is ranked number one in a new study of the health and quality of life in each of Alabama's the 67 counties.


The analysis was released Wednesday by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.


It examined 25 factors that influence health, including childhood poverty, numbers of smokers, obesity levels, teen birth rates and access to physicians and dentists.

Voting Rights Act
9:23 am
Sun February 3, 2013

US Supreme Court To Hear Alabama Case Feb. 27

The nation's highest court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.
Credit Matt Wade / Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments Feb. 27 in efforts by an Alabama county to stop enforcement of part of the 1965 Voting Rights Act.


The court initially agreed in November to hear the case brought by Shelby County, and it has now set the date for attorneys to present their arguments.

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Business & Education
6:27 pm
Sat January 5, 2013

Shelby County Reviewing School Safety Plans

Sandy Hook Elementary on the morning of the shooting that took place in Newtown, CT.
motherjones.com

School officials in Shelby County are reviewing their security plans after a deadly shooting spree in Connecticut.


Authorities said surveillance cameras will play a role in upcoming security improvements. Al.com (http://bit.ly/SbcjZW ) reports that some schools in the county already have more than 30 such cameras.


Architects are also reviewing school entrances to make additional safety improvements.

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