Category: Hodgepodge

Soaring to New Heights — Good News Stories from Our Friends at Alabama NewsCenter!

| September 26, 2016 @ 9:00 am

From Airbus to artistic expression, from channels of communication to coal country, and from musicians to medical advances, our Alabama NewsCenter friends inspire us with Good News Stories from across the state.  Here are a few of our favorites!

Samford senior sports marketing student chosen for coveted ESPN internship

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Alabama jobs rising in manufacturing, bioscience fields

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Southern Research studies ways to spur innovation, new jobs in coal country

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Smoked macaroni and cheese from New Market Barbecue makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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In Fairhope, Alabama Maker Brian Kane brings the brew

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Taylor Hicks busy with new music, cable TV series and upcoming Birmingham concert

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UA workshop helps law enforcement interact with deaf

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Airbus Alabama has the Spirit

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Big Epidemiology: Detective work with millions of lives at stake

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UAB fight against cancer happening across many fronts

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The economic impact of cancer research

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UAB partners with local organizations to launch Park Prescription program in Birmingham

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Love inspired the Red Barn, which helps hurting children learn about love

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Power to Play grant program expands to support the arts

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Alabama Power Refrigerator Art contest inspires creativity in students

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At East Alabama Motor Speedway, racing is a family tradition

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Volunteers, multiple organizations support Village Creek cleanup, park project

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Alabama Secretary of State observes Russian elections, deploys sports celebs to boost voting at home

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‘Pigs Fly’ again for Red Mountain’s Keith Cromwell in New York reunion concert

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Alabama year-to-date home sales through August up 7 percent over 2015

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Gulf Coast condo sales in August up over same month in 2015

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Huntsville August home sales eclipse 600 units for first time since 2007

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Can’t Miss Alabama has your first fall weekend all covered up

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Get Your Weekend Started With Good News Stories From Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners!

| September 16, 2016 @ 11:20 am

Start your weekend with a look at upcoming events and a look back at this week’s Good News stories from across Alabama!  From fall football to fairs & festivals, from restoring faith to Restoration Academy, and from Paralympics to porch swings, there is plenty to make you Alabama proud in the latest from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter.

Football preview: Crimson Tide tries to avoid a three-peat while Auburn is tested by the Aggies

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Can’t Miss Alabama has it all: crafts, cleanup, fairs and festivals

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Restoring faith in Birmingham decades after deadly church bombing

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Restoration Academy teacher’s passion for excellence makes him an Alabama Bright Light

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How UAB coach Bill Clark approaches a football season with no football games

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9/11 Pentagon survivor tells Alabama audience about God’s goodness in the little things

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UAB partners with IAG to help public service officers safely interact with people with special needs

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Freshwater Land Trust to hold 8th Annual Land Aid event; Pete Yorn to headline

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Bringing murderball to the masses: Former Birmingham Judge Gary Pate doing commentary for NBC at Paralympics

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Consultants rank Alabama among top business-friendly states

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Alabama’s Jim Aycock making waves in Nashville with his ‘Off the Hook’ songwriters show

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Valley Creek cleanup removes 32 tons of trash from Jefferson County waterway

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Four Oak Designs elevates the porch swing with Alabama Maker style

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First US Bank starts construction on Pumphouse Plaza in Birmingham

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Ongoing drought taking toll on Alabama Power lake levels

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Federal mandates drive Greene County plant’s move from coal to gas

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Transit startup Proterra plans electric bus with 350-mile range

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Test driving the 2017 Genesis G90 from Hyundai’s new luxe brand

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New home sales in Alabama hold steady in July compared to 2015

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Dothan year-to-date home sales through August up 9 percent over 2015

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Tuscaloosa August home sales up significantly from August 2015

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A Festive Collection of Stories from the Alabama News Center

| September 9, 2016 @ 1:04 pm

It’s Festival Time across Alabama and some great events headline this week’s collection of Good News from the Alabama News Center!

Football Preview:  Crimson Tide takes on the Hilltoppers as Auburn hosts Malzahn’s former team

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Art, music and festivals brighten up this Can’t Miss Alabama weekend

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St. George Middle Eastern Food Festival Kicks Off in Birmingham

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Artwalk keys downtown Birmingham revitalization

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Soul food at Larkin’s Restaurant and Deli makes list of 100 place to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama auto industry adds jobs, investment in communities big and small

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Mercedes, Infiniti owners most likely to let car do driving

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Alabama-made Atlas V rockets to lift NASA to asteroid, Mars

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Southern APSO members boost spirits, strength of Montgomery Cancer Center Patients

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UAB and local businesses honor a late, inspiring wheelchair user

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Birmingham’s Southside skyline set for game-changing high-rise

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Pizitz building ready to shape Birmingham’s future as it did the city’s past

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UAB bonds to Birmingham with new ‘Together We Are Greater’ campaign

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Gateway Grants help Alabama communities make grand first impression

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Economic development projects in south Alabama get $5 million boost

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Alabama firms seek foothold with Latin America trade mission

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College football coaches like Nick Saban and Dabo Swinney who snare big wins reap CEO-level pay

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Rick Bragg, four other longtime media professionals to receive Auburn Journalism Honors awards

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Apple releases iPhone 7 in bid to reignite sales growth

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Generation Z will out-earn and out-work the rest of us

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Overscheduling activities can cause burnout for children and parents

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Bryan Stevenson: Finding hope in the middle of brokenness

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Investors snapping up multifamily properties in Alabama

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Alabama self-storage properties catching the eyes of real estate investors

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Serving Up a Hearty Helping of Good News from Alabama NewsCenter

| September 2, 2016 @ 11:19 am

From Jerusalem to Jacksonville, from Pie Lab to Pepper Place, from trivia to Zika and from the Edge of Chaos to key lime milkshakes, there was plenty of Alabama good news this week and our friends at Alabama NewsCenter brought it all together in one place.

Jerusalem’s biggest Crimson Tide fan ready for Alabama football season

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Jacksonville State wants to return to title game to win it this year

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Summertime keeps Alabama Power linemen busy

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Pie Lab is an Alabama Maker turning a slice of the Black Belt into an international destination

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Alabama Power chef showcases induction cooking at Pepper Place

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Makers Village at Pepper Place hosts Alabama Chanin, extending into holiday season 

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Buy Alabama’s Best campaign to benefit state businesses and Children’s Hospital 

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Acre Restaurant in Auburn creates its culinary identity from its surroundings

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Habitat for Humanity Birmingham Builders Blitz completes more than a dozen homes

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Building BLOX: Alabama architecture firm makes mark on health care

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National Trivia League finals crowns an Alabama champ

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The Edge of Chaos pushes the boundaries of innovation – an Alabama Bright Light

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Alabama Innovation Awards honor success stories across state

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Alabama Launchpad hands out Innovation Awards to companies, individuals

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Birmingham’s Southern Research uses innovative strategies to target Zika

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CBS and Verne get ready for some SEC football

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Students Get on Board at the University of Alabama

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Alabama State wants a faster start to winning in 2016

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Troy needs young players to emerge quickly in 2016

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Huntingdon Hawks hope to ‘handle it right’ for a strong 2016 football season

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Birmingham Fashion Week showcasing city along with couture

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Canadian-based Canfor establishing U.S. headquarters in Mobile

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Plastipak expanding Birmingham facility with $10M investment

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Alabama Power, ESG to make Maxwell Air Force Base more energy efficient

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Silky smooth Key Lime Milkshake makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Spice up Labor Day with fun events from Can’t Miss Alabama

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Birmingham year-to-date home sales through July up 7 percent over 2015

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Mobile home sales through July up 4.4 percent over last year

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Montgomery home sales through July up 2 percent from last year

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Rocket City home sales through July up 10.5 percent over same period last year

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Marshall County July home sales rose 5 percent over last July

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Lake Martin July residential sales up from June sales

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Wiregrass year-to-date home sales through July up 7 percent over last year

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Baldwin County residential sales through July up slightly compared to last year

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Gadsden year-to-date home sales through July up 16 percent over last year

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Gulf Coast condo sales rose 3 percent in July over same period last year

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Athens/Limestone County home sales through July up significantly over last year

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Phenix City July home sales up 11 percent over last July

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Innovation, Inspiration & Not-To-Miss Events – Captured By Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| August 26, 2016 @ 10:51 am

It was a week of innovation and inspiration in Alabama this week and our friends at Alabama NewsCenter captured it all.  Here is a look back at the good news of the past seven days, as well as a look forward at this weekend’s can’t miss events across our state, including 10 movies (and more!) not to miss at this weekend’s Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival.

Portrait of Alabama football legend Kenny Stabler unveiled in Tuscaloosa

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Special international model to kick off Birmingham Fashion Week

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Spending the night in search for ghosts in Tuscaloosa’s Drish House

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Ernst & Young: Alabama ranks in Top 5 for investment

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Innovation Week: Birmingham tech sector offers entrepreneurs ‘room to run’

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Velocity Accelerator offers Birmingham ‘boot camp’ for start-ups at Innovation Depot

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1 Million Cups of Coffee makes its Alabama debut for Innovation Week

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Dr. Josh Klapow: Dealing with back-to- school and other transition stressors

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Maybach 6 shows what’s possible when Mercedes goes extravagantly electric

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NASA wants to bring enterprise to the Space Station

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UAB study finds potential treatment target for Guillain-Barré syndrome

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10 movies and more not to miss at this weekend’s Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival

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‘Boyhood’ star Ellar Coltrane brings ‘By the River’ to Birmingham’s Sidewalk Film Festival

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Southern Research hires Jim Pannucci to lead infectious disease research

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Huntsville targets Dream Chaser landings as Sierra Nevada ties grow

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Austal USA hosts USNS Yuma christening in Mobile

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BJCC master plan opts for open-air stadium over a dome

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Hear from the Alabama running back with two 99-yard touchdown runs in one game

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Bitter playoff loss fuels Tuskegee football team for 2016 season

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Samford aims in 2016 to build on wins from last season

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University of South Alabama looks to bounce back after rebuilding year

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Alabama A&M aims to make noise in the SWAC in 2016

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Cotton Clark has fond memories of playing for ‘the Bear’ and Crimson Tide

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UAB athletes seek victory in both sports and community service

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East River Trading created a business from whole cloth in Alabama’s Wiregrass

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Ensley Renaissance Festival: Business owners say rebirth is more than hype

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Filmmakers hit the Sidewalk, dragons hit the water and UFOs take to the skies in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Crawfish Pie from Faunsdale Bar & Grill one of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama year-to- date home sales through July up 6 percent over last year

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Mobile 2Q home sales up 8 percent over same period in 2015

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Lee County home sales through July up 9 percent over last year

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Morgan County home sales through July up 3 percent over last year

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Calhoun County year-to- date home sales through July up 21 percent

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Cullman July home sales up from June

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Reaching for the Stars – Alabama NewsCenter Brings Us More Good News Stories!

| August 19, 2016 @ 10:22 am

Crimson Tide and the floods, Birminghamians visit Birmingham, Alabama actresses take New York and kayak fishing in Bayou La Batre helped make this a fun week from our partners at Alabama NewsCenter.  Here are some of our favorite good news stories from this week.

Crimson Tide calls on Alabama to help flood victims in Louisiana

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Video highlights of British couple’s sweeping Birmingham visit

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British couple wraps up a Magic City madcap day that makes up for mistake

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BHM not BHX: Birmingham is buzzing with the couple from the other Birmingham

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Birmingham opens up to British couple during make-up vacation

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Two Birmingham actresses making debut at New York’s 54 Below

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Alabama Power unveils new Amazing Alabama economic development website

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Alabama’s Bayou La Batre hosts kayak fishing tournament

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Hyundai Motor discussing partnerships with Google

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Space Camp becomes its own international space station in Alabama

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Southern Research taps industry veteran to lead drug development in Birmingham

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New guidelines published for treating kidney stones

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Collector’s passion helps preserve, tell the story of Negro League baseball players

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University of West Alabama football enters 2016 with one-more- win mentality

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Experience at key positions feeds optimism for 2016 Birmingham-Southern football

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North Alabama hopes for same roar from new Lions on this year’s football team

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Olympic champion Jennifer Chandler dives into her history every day

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ConventionSouth magazine ranks Mobile high as a Hot Spot

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Birmingham residents adore their furry friends

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Can’t Miss Alabama beats the heat with brides, bowhunters, aliens and lots of music

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Mango Salsa Chicken Salad tops list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama this week

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Alabama Business Charitable Trust provides Efficiency Forward grants

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Myers to talk Birmingham’s World Games 2021 at IREM Summit Aug. 26

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New Alabama coastal homeowners insurance shopping guide can be a great tool

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Lake Martin July waterfront home sales outpace five-year average for the month

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The Weekly Gardener for August 15th

| August 5, 2016 @ 9:00 am

Each week, we sit down with Andy Hanna of Hanna’s Garden Center to talk about Central Alabama gardening. Here is this week’s Q&A.

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Q. What are most people planting right now?

A. Ground covers and most evergreen trees or shrubs do fairly well throughout the year.  Conifers tend to do better in cooler weather. A lot of folks are sprucing up their Spring annuals and perennials now, but will likely need to replace those with Fall annuals (such as snapdragons, cabbage, kale and pansies) before the cold weather arrives.

Q. Can you recommend any trees or shrubs for planting now?
 
A. Yes. Junipers, ground covers, and other drought resistant plants (such as salvia and rosemary) usually do well. But remember, plants are only really drought resistant once they are established.  So, if you plant trees and shrubs now, be sure to water them regularly and properly through the Summer.

Come for the healthy plants.
Come back for the expertise.

Hanna’s Garden Center
5485 Highway 280 East Birmingham, AL 35242 | 205-991-2939
OPEN: Mon-Fri 8AM-6:00PM | Sat 8AM-5PM | Sun 11AM-5PM

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Punch and Pizazz From The Alabama News Center

| July 15, 2016 @ 9:00 am

From Media Days to monuments, from the Bronze Bomber to the Sonic Suitcase and from SlossFest to Small Stages, this week’s dose of good news from Alabama NewsCenter comes with added punch and pizazz.

Alabama’s Nick Saban had more to say at SEC Media Days than the Paul Finebaum exchange

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Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn sees key to 2016 season: ‘Win the close games’

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German auto supplier Gerhardi to invest $37 million, create 235 jobs with Montgomery plant

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Sonic Suitcase plays music with the style of an Alabama Maker

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Sloss Tech preview: A leading futurist on technology and growing business

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‘Wicked’ casts its spell on more than 40,000 with Birmingham performances

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Touring with Aerosmith, new solo CD have Alabama’s Buck Johnson living rock-star dream

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St. Paul & the Broken Bones’ Paul Janeway picks SlossFest top 5

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ryan Adams and The Shining

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Death Cab for Cutie

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ray LaMontagne

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Flaming Lips

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals

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Get your music on, get out to the ballgame and celebrate state history with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Birmingham’s Small Stages brings live music into private homes, businesses

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Giving humanity wings of hope, understanding makes her an Alabama Bright Light

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From treatment to treats, Alabama doctor finds food is good medicine for cancer patients

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‘Bronze Bomber’ Deontay Wilder takes on Chris Arreola in Birmingham

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Robert Trent Jones Golf Trail greening Alabama in more ways than one

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Alabama Power Junior Clinic at Barbasol Championship tees up life lessons for Alabama youth

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Jeremy Towns brings Next Level Football Camp to Birmingham

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Veterans honored with Fultondale wall display, events this weekend

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Cosmo’s Restaurant and Bar’s sea bass makes 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Alabama Power scores among the top, again, for customer satisfaction

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Governor Robert Bentley kicks off Alabama mission at Farnborough International Airshow

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Alabama team begins high-level meetings at Farnborough Airshow

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Four trends lifting Alabama aerospace industry to new altitudes

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Rich in history, Alabama aerospace industry climbing to new heights

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Wheels up: New video captures Alabama aerospace ascent

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Southeast Alabama targets aerospace connections at Farnborough

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Mobile Aeroplex pursues growth strategy at Farnborough

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Boeing’s Alabama operations boost key space, defense programs

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Airbus Alabama primes for production ramp-up

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New UAH wind tunnel will take Alabama aerospace research supersonic

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May new home sales rose 16 percent over same period in 2015

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Birmingham home sales rise 3 percent in June over same period in 2015

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Dothan sees June uptick in home sales compared to 2015

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Making Us Alabama Proud – Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| July 8, 2016 @ 10:40 am

From Nick Saban and the West Virginia floods to a young man from Theodore winning the top global prize in opera, there is plenty to make you Alabama proud in the latest from our friends at Alabama NewsCenter.

Can’t Miss Alabama captures baseball, movies, music and memories

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Crimson Tide football coach Nick Saban seeks Alabama high school help for West Virginia flood victims

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Governor Robert Bentley to head Alabama economic development team at Farnborough Airshow

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Big Spoon Creamery has big plans as it churns toward Avondale storefront next year

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Traveling Vietnam Veterans Memorial arrives in Alabama with thunderous escort

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Traveling Vietnam Wall prepares to make stop in Alabama

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Birmingham is forging a tourism identity

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Dayspring Dairy is an Alabama Maker in sheep’s clothing

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University of South Alabama graduate wins international singing competition

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Tim Gothard harnesses passion for the outdoors to lead Alabama Wildlife Federation

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Alabama Medal of Honor recipient and patriot remembered fondly

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Alabamians blazed trails, fought discrimination as the first African-American Marines

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Exercise makes Alabama couple’s 80s and 90s truly ‘golden years’

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NFL players come to Alabama to catch the ball and a few hearts

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Green Top barbecue makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Southern Company and AGL Resources complete merger, create a leading U.S. energy company

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Alabama Power, partners award longleaf pine grants

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More big projects could be coming for Huntsville’s industrial market

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An itch in time: Alabama summers bring increased exposure to poisonous plants

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UAB to be first in Alabama to develop proton treatment center

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Battle the Zika virus with these simple steps

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UAB researchers target Antarctic sponge for promise against deadly MRSA infection

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Birmingham electric vehicle owners find happiness at their plug, not the pump

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Diversity and student achievement celebrated at Tuggle Elementary

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Coyote Drive-In adding miniature golf, holding holiday celebration in Leeds

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Theatre UAB alumna Andrea Frankle plays television character fans love to hate

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Shovels & Rope

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Dr. Dog

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Glass Animals

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Logic

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Fitz and the Tantrums

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Grouplove

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Arcs

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Bringing Us Bama’s Best – Good News Stories From Alabama NewsCenter

| July 1, 2016 @ 12:51 pm

Bama bikes, beautiful beaches, Birmingham Barons, B&B, Brexit and Bentley were in this week’s good news from Alabama NewsCenter. And that was just the B’s! Check out the rest of the alphabet and the stories that made us feel good about our state.

Spirit of America Festival a 50-year red, white and blue bonanza in Decatur

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Alabama ranked eighth-most patriotic state in the nation

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Have a booming, fantastic Fourth of July with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Alabama motorcycles take the spotlight on Norman Reedus show

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Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley visits Hyundai assembly line after production begins on Santa Fe SUV

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Phillip West keeps Alabama’s beaches beautiful

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Class dismissed: Preston Goldfarb directs his final Birmingham-Southern soccer camp

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Mr. Spivey’s neighborhood: University of South Alabama graduate gets local

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How Birmingham’s Southern Research cancer advances changed a life

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University of Alabama looks to do for sports technology what Crimson Tide has done for football

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Mobile’s B&B Pet Stop reigning with cats, dogs and more

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9 fireworks safety tips from UAB

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Andalusia aims to make Candyland even sweeter in its second year

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Dr. Frank Gravlee’s Farrier’s Formula takes the world by stampede

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UAB physician uses telehealth to replace face-to- face visit for home dialysis patients

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Jefferson County officials battle anthrax at school as part of training scenario

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Alabama Power to limit water releases from dams in response to dry conditions

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Could U.S. real estate markets benefit from Brexit?

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Birmingham Barons fans go nuts over Peanut-Free Night

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Colorful detergent pods more likely to cause poison injuries in children

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23 years after ‘Crazy in Alabama,’ Mark Childress comes home to celebrate it

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Alabama Public Television earns Murrow Award for ‘Jeremiah’

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Seasick Records joins SlossFest, adding fourth stage to the mix

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Sylvan Esso

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Ghostland Observatory

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Joy Formidable

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: JR. JR.

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: The Struts

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Danny Brown

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Birmingham SlossFest profile: Washed Out

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King Neptune’s Royal Red Shrimp reigns on list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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May home sales in Mobile up 12 percent over same period last year

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Montgomery year-to- date home sales through May up 7 percent over same period last year

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Huntsville May home sales up 13 percent over same period a year ago

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Gulf Coast condo sales rose 13 percent in May over last year

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Lake Martin waterfront May home sales up from April

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Tuscaloosa home sales in May up 16 percent over the same period last year

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Cullman May home sales up 16 percent over 2015

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Lee County year-to- date home sales through May up 9 percent over same period in 2015

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Baldwin County May home sales hold steady compared to prior year

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Gadsden home sales rise 18 percent in May over 2015

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Lake Martin May home sales up from April

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Phenix City year-to- date home sales through May up 6 percent over last year

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May home sales in Marshall County up 14 percent over 2015

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Shoals area home sales in May unchanged compared to 2015

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May home sales in Athens rise sharply compared to 2015

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Wiregrass May home sales 14 percent above the same period last year

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Calhoun County May home sales up from the same period in 2015

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