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Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter Remember the April 27, 2011 Tornadoes & Report Current Good News in Alabama

| 11:01 am April 29, 2016

Alabama NewsCenter helped us mark the somber fifth anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes but also brought us plenty of good news from around Alabama this past week.

Images of devastation tell story of April 27, 2011 tornadoes’ fury


Looking back at the day Alabama survived Armageddon


From ‘Armageddon’ to restoration after April 27, 2011 tornadoes


Probate Judge Hardy McCollum reflects on Tuscaloosa’s progress since April 27, 2011


The Phil Campbells are at it again


Tide cornerback Cyrus Jones looks to disprove doubters in NFL draft


First Alabama-made Airbus A321 ‘BluesMobile’ goes to JetBlue


Claude Nielsen retires as CEO of Birmingham’s Coca-Cola United, John Sherman named successor


Three standout businesses vie for Mobile Area Chamber’s Small Business of the Year


The Moose and Squirrel Show: Transforming the undesirable to a work of art piece by piece


First US Bank to build $14.5 million office project on U.S. 280 in Birmingham metro area


Alabama Power announces leadership changes affecting its Southeast Division


Honda Indy winner Simon Pagenaud continues impressive start


Honda powers Alabama’s workforce with Barber racetrack event


Career preps and sports cars: Barber Motorsporks Park hosts more than Honda Indy Grand Prix


Dothan Wildlife Mural comes alive with Alabama Power Service Organization support


Fantastical Southern weekend zooms ahead with racing, festivals and a collection of unique pieces from Alabama Makers

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Alabama Power marks Earth Month with events on UAB, University of Alabama campuses


Alabama Power Foundation accepting Gateway grant applications


Work to begin on Habitat’s Cascade Parc development in East Lake


Fighting feral hogs: Alabama Power, USDA team up to reduce environmental damage


Birmingham March home sales increase from same period last year



A Busy Week Over at the Alabama News Center

| 11:16 am April 23, 2016

Our friends at Alabama NewsCenter were busy this past week offering up positive stories about the state.

Barber Motorsports Park prepares for Indy Grand Prix of Alabama, tops out museum expansion


Who are the Alabama Crimson Tide ‘Assassins’ to watch this A-Day?

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Toni Tennille: Alabama native on Auburn, stardom and an affectionless marriage to ‘the Captain’

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Alabama Power’s ‘piano man’ tapped for Cliburn competition

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Roald Hazelhoff ensures the vermilion darter will continue to survive in Alabama

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The Alabama Interscholastic Cycling League is putting young people on bikes

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Throwback Thursday: Alabama Power wants your photos of our linemen at work

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Share your love for Alabama linemen today through June 6

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Birmingham-area teen meets his Alabama Power heroes

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Alabama Power hosts ‘Track to Your Future’ at Barber Motorsports Park

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Energy Institute of Alabama formed to research, advocate sound energy policies

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Alabama Power, Army, break ground on solar facility at Anniston Army Depot

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Alabama’s award-winning Wood Studio builds functional, beautiful furniture

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UAB awarded $19.5 million grant for new xenotransplantation program

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Urban Ministry’s WE Community Café is all about the eatin’

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Seasick Records in Birmingham celebrates vinyl resurgence on Record Store Day

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Make Earth Day last: Get outdoors, get artsy and enjoy family time with Can’t Miss Alabama

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The Marengo County town of Jefferson illustrates the power of unity with annual barbecue

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Quinoa salad and cake batter milkshake: Eclipse Coffee and Books makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama before you die

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Grilled catfish at Fincher’s Delite is on the menu of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama Family Trust adds new leaders, new office and future national plans

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Fighting feral hogs: Alabama Power, USDA team up to reduce environmental damage

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Preserving the longleaf pine: Alabama Power, partners help protect one of the most diverse ecosystems in the world

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Fairview Environmental Park: Restoring new life to a city fixture through partnership


World’s most endangered sea turtle species in even more trouble than was thought

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Auburn University’s Recreation and Wellness Center named one of the best nationwide

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Alabama real estate outlook softens during 2Q, overall outlook remains steady

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Lake Homes Realty’s Justin Dyar to appear on HGTV’s “Lakefront Bargain Hunt” Sunday night

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As foreclosure rates fall, housing market being built on more solid ground versus ‘house of cards’

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Cullman area March home sales up 20 percent over the same period in 2015

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Dothan year-to-date home sales through March up 5 percent over same period last year

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Scholarship Opportunity For Alabama Meteorology Students

| 10:52 am April 18, 2016


The Central Alabama Chapter of the National Weather Association is pleased to announce that we are offering two college scholarships for the Fall of 2016. Each scholarship will be worth $500.

The scholarships are available to undergraduate or graduate students who are a full-time resident of Alabama and attend an accredited college or university that offers a degree in atmospheric science or meteorology.

Information on how to apply for these scholarships is available on the Central Alabama NWA web site.

Please help spread the word about this opportunity to a future meteorologist!

Plenty of Good News from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| 12:07 pm April 15, 2016

From football to golf to business, there was plenty of good news in the state from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter this week.

Alabama A-Day impact expected to hit $10 million


Auburn fans ready to see defense, quarterbacks at A-Day game


AHSAA passes ‘Tim Tebow rule’ to allow home-schooled students to play sports at public schools


Four startup companies advance from Birmingham to compete in Nashville for $50,000


Birmingham’s Innovation Depot has had nearly $1.4 billion impact since 2010


Eastaboga Bee Company is abuzz with everything from honey to lip balm


Raytheon said to be seeking funding for more Alabama-made missiles


Mercedes sales climb twice as fast as BMW in first quarter


Pro golfer Rocco Mediate readies for Regions Tradition May 18-22


Birmingham’s Rotary Trail sign rapidly becoming a selfie centerpiece


From home plate to home sales, Eli Iorg makes journey from pro baseball to Alabama Realtor


Jackie Robinson honored by talented young Alabama player


Tempt your tastebuds, watch baseball and help Mother Nature in Can’t Miss Alabama


Darter Festival 2016 provides awareness and support for rare species


Champions of Sustainability work to transform Birmingham area


Electrathon gives Alabama, Georgia students exposure to engineering


David Ford works to preserve the Berman Collection in Anniston


Bikeshare blossoms in Birmingham


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Avondale is home to a relocated Alabama Environmental Council’s Recycling Center


Gaston Steam Plant volunteers help Sycamore students spread wings with butterfly garden


Market at Pepper Place returns this weekend in Birmingham


Homemade meatloaf at G’s Country Kitchen featured in 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die


In praise of Virginia Van der Veer Hamilton: pioneering Alabama historian, author and mentor




Storm Spotter Xtreme 2016

| 2:59 pm April 11, 2016

Miss the big annual spotter training? Here are the sessions.

Part one features the basic training from Brian Peters… part two is “polygonology” from Kevin Laws of the NWS Birmingham, and part three is James Spann’s talk on lessons learned from April 27, 2011, and the advanced training from Brian Peters. Thanks to the huge crowd for their attendance!

Exploring Vikings, Ventures, Vehicles & Vittles with Alabama NewsCenter

| 11:36 am April 8, 2016

Vikings, ventures, vehicles and vittles were the subjects of some our favorite stories from Alabama NewsCenter this past week.  Do yourself a favor and spend some time exploring some of the good news from across the state.

Possible Viking discovery by UAB archaeologist could rewrite North American history


Kamtek on schedule to produce BMW parts with new Birmingham plant this year


Auto supplier Mando launching $19 million Alabama expansion


Birmingham-based Coca-Cola United buys Coke operations in New Orleans and New Iberia, La.


Rotary Trail sign lights up the Magic City


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Solar panels adding energy to Birmingham’s new Rotary Trail


Mobile students win startup cash in Young Entrepreneurs Academy competition


Alabama Chanin dresses the world . . . one hand-made garment at a time


Alabama blacksmiths lend talents to Belgium war memorial


The University of Alabama’s special collection of cookbooks helps crack ‘The Jemima Code’


Alabama Power’s Energizers nation’s largest Lifesaver fundraiser


Alabama Power expands online customer support


Alabama Power’s Carla Davis named national employee of the year


Tesla says Model 3 pre-orders surge to 325,000 in first week


Wal-Mart loses everyday low price edge as Aldi opens across U.S.


Tickle a Southern palate with BBQ, Lebanese cuisine or berries and cake in Can’t Miss Alabama


Tenders! in Huntsville has its fingers in ‘100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die’


UAB psychologist Josh Klapow provides tips for parents for prom night


Johnny Belew feeds people and his passion for promoting music in Colbert County


Shoals area home sales in February up 3 percent over the same period in 2015


Lake Martin waterfront home sales hold steady through February compared to 2015


Calhoun County February home sales up 20 percent over 2015


Wiregrass area home sales in February up 16 percent over last year