Alabama Opinion Spotlight

POLL: Will You Try Underground Vegan?

A brick-and-mortar location of food truck Underground Vegan will open in the Five Points South neighborhood of Birmingham, AL in 2021. Birmingham native Khalilah Sowell currently operates Underground Vegan as a food truck where she serves comfort classics such as vegan fried chicken (in strips and sandwiches) and shrimp (a la carte or in po’ boy sandwiches), along with sides such as fries and coleslaw. Sowell started the company after returning to Birmingham from college in Washington, DC—where she fell in love with vegan food thanks to her roommate—to raise her family and share her knowledge of vegan food with her hometown.
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POLL: Have You Watched The Newest "Borat" Film Yet?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – Kathie Martin will never forget the 20 minutes she spent at the Tutwiler Hotel in Birmingham on October 25, 2005. Martin, who has run the Etiquette School of Birmingham since 2003, had been asked to be part of a documentary involving a nameless foreign reporter learning about American customs. Little did she know, she would be taking part in the first “Borat” movie.

POLL: Do You Think This New Addiction And Pain Prevention Center Will Help Birmingham?

Even in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, an older health crisis still rages. After dropping for the first time in 25 years in 2018, drug overdose deaths soared to their highest-ever level this past year. Nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019 — a higher total than the worst-ever years for AIDS, gun violence or motor-vehicle deaths. Preliminary data for 2020 shows that the problem is, if anything, accelerating in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. An analysis by the New York Times reported a 13 percent increase in drug deaths in 2020 compared with the same point in 2019.

POLL: Do You Agree Alabama Should Increase The Solar Panels Fee?

Alabama Power can keep charging a monthly fee for customers who have solar panels on their roofs. In fact, that solar fee, one of the highest in the nation, is about to go up. The Alabama Public Service Commission on Tuesday granted Alabama Power’s motion to dismiss a challenge to the fees it charges residential customers who use solar panels or other methods to generate their own electricity.