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A Black Friday Helping of Good News From the Alabama News Center

| 12:55 pm November 27, 2015

The Iron Bowl, economic development, ice skating and holiday shopping were among our favorite stories from Alabama NewsCenter this week.

Mobile’s Technip USA eyes $31 million Alabama expansion

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Alabama businesses expecting a busy Small Business Saturday

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Alabama Power Appliance Sales offers the hot items for the holidays

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Football preview: Iron Bowl pits hobbled Tigers against rising Tide

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Alabama Bright Lights: Storybook Farm provides hope, healing for children with physical, emotional challenges

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Learning Collaborative leverages UAB School of Education to benefit Birmingham schools

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Alabama’s Crimson Slides tooting their own horn

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Enjoy tree lighting festivals, nativity trails and a play in this holiday edition of Can’t Miss Alabama

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Very, Merry Mobile promises weeks of whimsy, wonder

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Birmingham Civil Rights Institute honors Vernon Jordan with Fred Shuttlesworth award

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SEUS Japan conference expected to have lasting impact on Alabama

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Regions Bank gift to establish Institute for Financial Education at UAB

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Economic, political leaders confront ex-convict challenges

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Alabama Power Foundation awards Power to Play grants

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Federal mandates silence three Alabama Power coal units

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Eastern APSO joins volunteers in carving turkeys to feed 3,000 on Thanksgiving

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Christmas to come for Walker County underserved kids, thanks to Gorgas APSO volunteers

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UAB surgeons perform state’s first adult split-liver transplants

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Smart financial moves by Alabama Power mean savings for customers

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Birmingham’s industrial vacancy rate improves during 2Q

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: Little Savannah Gulf shrimp & grits

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Keller Williams talks company growth, Alabama real estate market

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Alabama’s October home sales rose 3 percent over last year

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Birmingham October year-to-date residential sales up 7 percent over last year

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Mobile October residential sales increase 18 percent over last year

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Montgomery October year-over-year sales up 12 percent over last year

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Huntsville October year-to-date residential sales up 16 percent over last year

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Lake Martin October residential sales up 2 percent over last year

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Gadsden October residential sales up 21 percent over last year

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Athens October year-to-date residential sales up 23 percent over 2014

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Phenix City October year-to-date residential sales up 6 percent over last year

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Morgan County October year-to-date sales up 24 percent over last year


Attention Gadsden and Cullman

| 7:17 am November 23, 2015

I have posted about these issues multiple times, but with so many questions this morning, here we go again. Let’s take the easiest situation first…

GADSDEN: Many ask… why is there no temperature for Gadsden on your maps?


The answer… the Federal Aviation Administration, who operates the site at the Gadsden Airport, is replacing the equipment. We are told the site will be operational again today (Monday November 23). But so far, no data. Understand this is a government site, and we have no control.

Some then say, well, my phone app (or some web site) shows a temperature for Gadsden! Please understand that is an extrapolation, using data from places like Fort Payne, Anniston, and Birmingham. Basically a guess. We are not in the guessing business here, and I don’t put down weather data where it doesn’t exist. You can be in a town of 5 people anywhere in the nation, and your app will show a current temperature there. The extrapolation game is dangerous, and I will never go there. If you see data on our maps, it is from an actual weather observation with good equipment.

CULLMAN: I have been told my many that we “ignore Cullman” in situations like this morning. How in the world could there be a freeze warning for Winston and Blount counties (the counties just to the west and east), and not for Cullman? You are ignoring us!

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This is a rather bewildering situation due to National Weather Service CWA (County Warning Area) boundaries. And trust me, I know people don’t care about those boundaries, but it is another situation beyond my control.

Cullman County is in the Birmingham TV market. If you live in Cullman County, you should be watching local stations from Birmingham for routine weather, and severe weather coverage. For every single tornado warning issued for Cullman County, we have always been there. Just one example…

The confusion comes from the fact that Cullman County is served by the National Weather Service in Huntsville. This has NOTHING to do with TV markets and TV coverage; again, people in Cullman County should be watching local stations out of Birmingham. Yes, all other counties in Alabama along that same latitude are served by the National Weather Service in Birmingham, but Cullman County is the exception.

In the case of the freeze warning, the NWS Huntsville stopped issuing them since most of their territory has already had a significant freeze, but NWS Birmingham still issues freeze warnings (this will be their last of the fall).

Another situation beyond my control. We know you don’t care about National Weather Service “county warning areas” and TV markets… you just want coverage. Trust me, if you live in Cullman County, we have you covered. Always have, always will. But, we can’t adjust National Weather Service advisories like this morning….

Good News From the Alabama News Center!

| 8:30 am November 20, 2015

Good news on the economic, medical, millennial and entertainment fronts this week. Here are some our favorite stories from Alabama NewsCenter from the past week.

Sickle cell disease cure in sights of UAB Stem Cell Institute

Football preview: Tide, Tigers ‘warm up’ for Iron Bowl as North Alabama begins title bid

Smash-mouth football in UAB lab points way to better helmets on field

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Mobile’s convention business booming

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Can’t Miss Alabama: Attend a pre-Thanksgiving concert, parade, tree lighting celebration or other festivities

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Marc Phillips is living life on a high note with a deep faith

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Alabama Bright Lights: Birmingham Holocaust Education Center preserves, remembers history

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UAB helps put 94-year-old WWII vet, three-time Purple Heart recipient back on his feet

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Alabama’s ‘space archaeologist’ Sarah Parcak to use $1M TED Prize to save history

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UAB engineers develop new method to repair elephant tusks

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Vernon Jordan, a HistoryMaker, to be celebrated by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

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Smokey Robinson on Birmingham, Motown, civil rights and more

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Brian Regan: Live at Radio City Music Hall, now live in Birmingham



Hyundai to launch production of redesigned 2017 Elantra in Alabama

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Better Basics works with Alabama’s schools to ensure children can succeed

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MIX event raises money for Birmingham Railroad Park, Freshwater Land Trust

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How leading companies are developing and sharing a culture of inclusion

Alabama Power’s Plant Barry recognized in R&D 100 Awards

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SEUS Japan: How Japan business ties add horsepower to Southeast growth

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SEUS Japan: Leaders vow to build on close economic, cultural ties

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In a storm, one tree can make a huge difference

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Alabama Power crews respond quickly as storms move through state, outages down

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A closer look at how El Nino is affecting Alabama weather

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: Stevarinos’ Beach Bread

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Birmingham CBD leads metro’s office market activity during 2Q

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Birmingham’s retail real estate market sees overall improvement

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Dothan October year-to-date residential sales up 19 percent over last year

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Good News From Our Friends at the Alabama News Center

| 11:34 am November 13, 2015

Veterans, “Cinderella,” economic development, Festival of Lights and “Nerdy Nummies” were among our favorite stories from this past week from our partners at Alabama NewCenter.

Here are some of the stories you may have missed.

Marsellos Wilder not boxing in shadow of big brother Deontay Wilder

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Birmingham’s Audrey Cardwell marries her prince from ‘Cinderella’

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Kate Orsini goes from Talladega to ‘Nashville’ to make mark on network TV series

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Football preview: Tide, Tigers have Bulldogs on their minds; Miles College plays for SIAC championship



Birmingham economic development successes surpass $1 billion

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High-tech corridor taking shape along Mobile’s former Automobile Alley

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Can’t Miss Alabama: Celebrate a veteran at one of our weekend events

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Auburn boot camp buddies formed 70-year friendship from World War II

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Daphne resident witnessed history during service in Korean War

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Mobile corporate investigator nearly died in Iraq from insurgent bomb

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BL Harbert talks Southside VA clinic, other Alabama projects

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UAB to start first human trials of drug to prevent death from major blood loss



Holocaust survivor inspires Alabama student actors staging ‘Diary of Anne Frank’

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Trevor Clark: Conquering the Alabama Scenic River Trail one paddle at a time

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Alabama Power gets PSC approval for solar projects at Anniston Army Depot, Fort Rucker


Southern Research fighting fossil fuel pollutants with Birmingham facility

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Alabama Bright Lights: For one family, the best gift ever

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Baptist Health System unveils Be Well Mobile

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Oak Mountain Festival of Lights will light up in two weeks

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Alabama Public Television premiered Jeremiah Denton film Nov. 10

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100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die: The Ark’s fish and shrimp dinner

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YouTube star Rosanna Pansino brings ‘Nerdy Nummies’ tour to Mobile

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Alabama’s September new construction home sales up 13 percent over last year

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Another Tropical Cyclone Aiming for Yemen

| 4:48 pm November 8, 2015

Yemen is a popular spot for tropical cyclones this time of year – well, at least this year. The second tropical cyclone in about a week is taking aim at Yemen. After forming in the Arabian Sea, Cyclone Megh has been tracking on a westerly course. It passed over the Socotra Archipelago yesterday and was moving by the northeast tip of Somalia this afternoon. The latest satellite view along with the past and forecast tracks are in the graphic below. Megh was a category 2 storm, however, it is forecast to dissipate over the next couple of days becoming a depression before making landfall on the western end of Yemen. At least there is some consolation that Megh is not following along the exact path taken by Chapala last week. Megh is not making the kind of headlines Chapala did simply because it is not as strong as Chapala was. Megh will bring more rain to Yemen whose annual rainfall is less than 5 inches according to what I’ve read.



Daylight Saving Time Ends Tonight

| 8:00 pm October 31, 2015

Tonight, Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 AM local time. We will fall back to Standard Time, so make sure you set you clocks back before you go to bed tonight. This will make sure you get that extra hour of sleep that you are allotted tonight.

Returning to Standard Time means you will have more daylight in the morning and less daylight in the evening. Sunrise time tomorrow will be at 6:06 AM. Sunset will be where you really notice the difference tomorrow, as the sun will set a 4:55 PM. The days are going to continue to get shorter as far as the amount of daylight hours until we reach the Winter Solstice on Tuesday, December 22. We will remain on Standard Time until Sunday March 13, 2016.