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The Supreme Court’s EPA Decision Could Hamper Regulators’ Ability to Protect the Public

This story originally was published by ProPublica, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative newsroom. Sign up for The Big Story newsletter to receive stories like this one in your inbox. The Supreme Court decision to limit the Environmental Protection Agency’s ability to regulate greenhouse gases from power plants set off widespread worries...
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Birmingham Directs COVID Funds to Public Safety, Public Works and Councilors’ Projects

The Birmingham City Council voted Tuesday to allocate roughly one-third of its remaining federal COVID relief funds among the city’s police department, fire and rescue, public works and “district-specific and citywide council projects.”. Funding from the American Rescue Plan Act was delivered to the city in two $74.4-million...
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Buttigieg Announces Funding Aimed at Reconnecting Communities Divided by Road Projects

When Interstate 65 was built, it displaced many Black neighborhoods in Birmingham. U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg drew on that fact when he announced a new initiative designed to undo some of these systemic inequities in infrastructure and transportation during a visit to Birmingham’s Woodlawn neighborhood on Thursday.

Woodfin Says People Without Homes Won’t Be Moved From Public Spaces for The World Games

Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said people who experience homelessness will not be displaced despite security barriers put in place for next week’s The Word Games. “No one is putting homeless people out of public spaces. No one is forcing them out of public spaces. No one is telling our homeless neighbors they can’t be there. It’s simply not true.” Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin said Tuesday. “That’s not coming from the City Hall. That’s not coming from the administration. That’s not coming from The World Games Committee, that’s not coming from BPD (Birmingham Police Department).”

Birmingham Council Passes Woodfin’s Budget Untouched; Police, Public Works, Youth Programs Biggest Winners

The Birmingham City Council has approved Mayor Randall Woodfin’s operating budget for the 2023 fiscal year. The vote, which happened during Tuesday’s regularly scheduled council meeting, was surprisingly low-key; the budget was approved with a slate of other routine items as part of the council’s consent agenda, with no changes from the budget Woodfin proposed last month.

After the U.S. Supreme Court Overturns Roe v. Wade, Republican Lawmakers Applaud, Others Say They Will Sue, Some Take to the Streets

After the U.S. Supreme Court voted to overturn the landmark Roe v. Wade case in its decision to uphold Mississippi’s 15-week abortion ban on Friday morning – some in Alabama celebrated and others reacted in anger. Alabama’s Attorney General Steve Marshall called on clinics that provide abortions in...

Birmingham Area at High Risk of COVID Transmission

Every county in the Birmingham metropolitan area except Blount has been moved into the high-risk category for COVID-19 transmission. Jefferson County’s positivity rate has been rising and now stands at 25%, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health, and the county has had an average of 291 new cases a day for the past seven days. Hospital admissions in the county are up somewhat, with 10 more patients over last week, for a 2% increase.

Roe Overturned: What You Need to Know About the Supreme Court Abortion Decision

After half a century, Americans’ constitutional right to get an abortion has been overturned by the Supreme Court. The ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization – handed down on June 24, 2022 – has far-reaching consequences. The Conversation asked Nicole Huberfeld and Linda C. McClain, health law and constitutional law experts at Boston University, to explain what just happened, and what happens next.

Jefferson County Commission Unsure About Allotting Extra Money for Expanded World Games Security

The Jefferson County Commission on Thursday again delayed voting on the sheriff’s request for $1.2 million to pay for expanded security duties during The World Games. Commission President Jimmie Stephens said he believed the request was premature because it wasn’t evident to him that the extra costs would run the sheriff’s budget into the red.

Sheriff Requests More Money for World Games Security

Learning that his department has a much bigger task than anticipated with The World Games, Sheriff Mark Pettway today sought $1.2 million from the Jefferson County Commission. “We’ve had some other departments to pull out, which increased our involvement within The World Games,” Pettway said. “We are here. We’re local. We want to make sure that when everybody comes here, that everybody is safe.

Voters Go Back to the Polls Tuesday to Decide the Fate of Candidates in the Primary Runoffs

Party runoff ballots are fairly light for Tuesday’s election. In most races, the parties’ nominees were decided in the May primaries. But there are some critical races. At the top of the Republican ballot is perhaps the most-discussed race in the state this year, for nomination to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Richard Shelby, who is retiring. At the top of the Democratic ballot is nomination to the governor’s race. Candidates who won their party’s nominations for each office will face each other in the general election in November.

Patrick Sellers, Alabama House of Representatives District 57

Professional experience: Pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church; former pastor of Cathedral Faith Baptist Church; former orthopedic first assistant, Children’s of Alabama. Served in the U.S. Army and Reserves. Member of former board member, Birmingham Easonian Baptist Bible College, Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority; Project Zion Inc.; SouthWest Community Development Corporation; Mount Pilgrim District Association.