Category: Hodgepodge

Weather By The Numbers 12/19/2016

| December 19, 2016 @ 8:46 am

With how much the temperatures changed within a few hours during the passage of the cold front on Sunday, it got me interested in posting another “Weather By The Numbers.” I see why the great J.B. Elliott loved to do these. It is very interesting, and fun, to find out what is happening not only in your back yard, but across the country and the world. So here is the latest “Weather By The Numbers.”

0.32: Inches of rain that fell in Birmingham during this past weekend’s rain event.

0.47: Inches of rain that fell in Tuscaloosa during this past weekend’s rain event.

0.37: Inches of rain that fell in Anniston during this past weekend’s rain event.

2.09: Inches of rain that fell at Brookley Field in Downtown Mobile during this past weekend’s rain event, the highest recorded total from across the state.

9.21: Inches of rain that fell in Rakiraki Was, Fiji during the last 24 hours, the highest rainfall total recorded in the whole world.

76: Temperature that was reached in Tuscaloosa on Saturday, which is a new record high for December 17th. The old record of 75 was set back in 1990

80: Temperature that was reached in Dothan on Saturday, the warmest recorded in the state.

93: High temperature that was reached in McAllen, Texas on Saturday, the warmest recorded in the nation for the past week.

115: High temperature that was reached in Vioolsdrif, South Africa during the last 24 hours, the warmest recorded in the whole world.

-43: Low temperature that was reached in West Yellowstone Gateway, Montana on Saturday, the coldest recorded in the nation for the past week.

-61: Low temperature that was reached in Delyankir, Russia during the last 24 hours, the coldest recorded in the whole world.

54: Percentage of the United States that is currently covered by snow.

4.1: Average snow depth currently in the United States.

1: Number of preliminary reported tornadoes for the month of December (as of the 10th).

1046: Number of preliminary reported tornadoes for 2016 (as of December 10th).

17: Number of tornado-related fatalities for 2016 (as of December 10th).

8: Number of possible tornadoes from this past weekend’s severe weather event. (5-Mississippi, 1-Tennessee, 1-Arkansas).

Alabama NewsCenter Brings Holiday Joy with More GoodNews Stories!

| December 16, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

From the 2016 holiday gift guide to Can’t Miss Alabama events and from homemade goodies to hometown heroes, this week’s edition of GoodNews Stories from Alabama NewsCenter will put you in the holiday spirit!  Here are a few of our favorite stories.

More than 30 Crimson Tide student-athletes graduate from the University of Alabama

Santa alert: The Made in Alabama 2016 holiday gift guide

Punta Clara Kitchen is a sweet family affair for these Alabama Makers

Birmingham Mayor William Bell outlines keys to city’s recent business sucesses (besides the mayor)

Birmingham’s historic Federal Reserve property’s renovation nears completion

Lenzing to invest $293 million, create 163 jobs with Alabama expansion

Magical lights, holiday music and more in Can’t Miss Alabama

Birmingham Ballet holds ‘Muttcracker’

Lathams’ Toy Shop display at Trussville home inspires Christmas spirit

FusioNextGen contest to award $5,000 to Birmingham for bright ideas

Regions Tradition raises $1.1 million for Alabama charities

Electric car owners can now charge up at Birmingham’s Uptown

Tuskegee only university campus in country to be named National Historic Site

Son of Black Barons baseball great makes emotional visit to Birmingham

Smart pitching: UAB engineer investigates dead arms, rise of the teen Tommy John surgery

Moneybench: The economic impact of cancer research at UAB

Mercedes-Benz poised to topple BMW as world’s luxury car king

Montgomery’s Camellia Bowl has a tough act to follow this year

Montgomery Chamber highlights successes with new video

Alabama actor goes viral with worst version ever of ‘O, Holy Night’

Camp Smile-A-Mile spreads holiday cheer with help from Santa and his volunteer elves

Take Action: Dr. Josh offers tips to remain safe during the holiday

37th edition of ‘Dean and Company Christmas Special’ set for Birmingham

Alabama Power’s Nate ‘Big Nasty’ Adams has heavy-duty rep in arm wrestling

Study: Multiple Alabama areas see improved economic health

Joy to the world: Let someone else hang your Christmas lights this season

More Good News Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners!

| December 2, 2016 @ 11:31 am

From the festive events to football championships, from community outreach to scientific advances, and from building businesses to building relationships, our friends at Alabama NewsCenter bring us good news stories from across Alabama. Here are a few of our favorites!

There is something for everyone this holiday season in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Crimson Tide and Gators face off for SEC title while Alabama high schools vie for championships

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Topgolf Birmingham tees up the the next round of growth around the BJCC

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Mobile focuses on tech sector with innovative initiatives

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Longtime Auburn barber retires after 56 years

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Business is popping for Alabama Makers Kettle Bros

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Atlanta’s Georgia Dome is the Crimson Tide’s ‘dome’ away from home

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Selma to Montgomery trail leads to Alabama, national history

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Do college football refs have it in for your team?

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Birmingham’s Boutwell Auditorium hosts 77th annual Christmas concert

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Take Action: Stay on your feet and off the stretcher with Dr. Josh’s fall prevention tips

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Birmingham Salvation Army serves last Thanksgiving meal at downtown location

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UAB, Jefferson County offer free eye exams, glasses to low-income patients

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Birmingham’s Southern Research conducting high throughput Zika screening for NIH

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UAB study finds yoga is relatively safe, but know your limits

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Birmingham’s Southern Research has been targeting AIDS for 30 years

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Here’s the Latest Good News from the Alabama News Center

| November 28, 2016 @ 10:18 am

The AlabamaWX Blog is in severe weather mode, but take a second to peruse some uplifting stories from this week’s Alabama News Center roundup. Pies and popcorn are just two of the Alabama products featured in this week’s positive look at news from our state in the Alabama News Center roundup.

Love is the main ingredient of Edolyn’s Pies in Hoover.

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There are still good blue collar jobs in Alabama.

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News runs in the family for Alabama’s yougest anchor.

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Alabama made Delta Airbus jet made dramatic fly over of Iron Bowl.

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Alabama home sales on the rise.

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Hudson Alpha acts as catalyst for Alabama bioscience growth.

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AlabamaWorks is more than a slogan and website.

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Alabama 2016 shopping facts.

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Alabama holiday sales could set new record at $11.4 billion.

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Mentone’s Mountain Laurel Inn makes the list of 100 Alabama Things to Eat Before You Die.

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Business is ‘poppin’ for Alabama Makers Kettle Bros.

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Uncovering the history of Russell Cave National Monument.

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Saban, Malzahn weigh in as Verne Lundquist calls his last iron bowl.

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Salvation Army joins Project Share program.

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U of A puts Paul Bryant family dolls on display.

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Ice Skating kicks off at Railroad Park.

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Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton honored with Fred Shuttlesworth Award.

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Katherine Estes Billmeier shares smiles, hugs and hope at Ronald McDonald House.

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Davis Cup returning to Birmingham in February.

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Little River Canyon is an Alabama treasure.

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Spectacular Stories From Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners Inspire & Delight!

| November 18, 2016 @ 10:42 am

From space exploration to satsumas, from buttery bags to burgeoning businesses, and from holiday festivals to Hall of Fame artists, our friends at Alabama NewsCenter bring us stellar news from across the state and even more reasons to give thanks!

Football preview: Saban goes ‘Shawshank’ to keep top-ranked Tide focused; Auburn hosts Alabama A&M

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Skate into a fabulous weekend, with concerts, festivals, tree lighting and more in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Alabama universities partner with NASA to boost space exploration

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UAB and Auburn researchers to study epilepsy with MRI imaging

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Artist unveils latest Kenny Stabler tribute at Alabama Sports Hall of Fame

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This Alabama Maker crafts leather bags as buttery as biscuits

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Satsumas go on sale in Southeast Alabama community

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Christmas trees, decorations add joy at Children’s of Alabama

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Supermoon photos from Alabama’s Capstone to the nation’s capital to Kazakhstan

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Alabama shows its appreciation to veterans

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Gadsden’s Buford Lee served two years in Vietnam before U.S. escalated the fight

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BASF to expand capacity at Alabama plant

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Mercedes-Mayback goes topless with a $323,000 S650 Cabriolet

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Founder relishes healthy growth of Birmingham-based Taziki’s Mediterranean Café

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Tips to safeproof your Thanksgiving meal

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Fannie Flagg says new novel, ‘The Whole Town’s Talking,’ will be her last

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Little River Canyon has $16 million economic impact on Alabama

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Black Belt exposes Montevallo students to outdoor Alabama occupations

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AlabamaWorks marks latest evolution in state’s workforce development

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Take Action: Stay safe on the job with these tips from Dr. Josh

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World Food Championship brings ‘The Ultimate Food Fight’ to Orange Beach

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Alabama new home sales during September up from last year

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Wiregrass home sales through September up 4 percent over same period last year

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Cullman September home sales 5 percent over same period in 2015

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Tuscaloosa September home sales up 6 percent over last year

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Gadsden September home sales rose 13 percent over September 2015

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Shoals year-to-date home sales through September up from 2015

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Celebrating Veteran’s Day With Good News Stories From Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| November 11, 2016 @ 12:57 pm

This week, we pay homage to America’s service men and women by bringing you Good News Stories from our Alabama NewsCenter partners. This week’s edition highlights events that honor the brave men and women who have protected our country.

Can’t Miss Alabama honors and celebrates veterans

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Football preview: Top-ranked Crimson Tide awaits Mississippi State; Auburn travels to Georgia

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National Veterans Day in Birmingham continues to highlight Magic City

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African-American aviators made history at Tuskegee, and in WWII

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Jasper’s Billy Glover served in ‘The Forgotten War’

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McWane Science Center opens its doors again after flooding

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UAB Educational Foundation buys DoubleTree Hotel, announces major upgrades

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Taylor’s Restaurant strawberry cake makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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REV Birmingham hosts Big Pitch finalists at Thomas Jefferson Tower

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MollerTech moves quickly with $46.3 million Alabama Mercedes parts plant

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Analysis: Boeing Alabama impact reaches $2.3 billion

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Thirty-four new PEV options to be released through 2019

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Bloody Alabama battle in 1540 changed the South

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Natchez Trace Parkway is a modern drive through history

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University of Montevallo makes list of most beautiful college campuses

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Alabama earns Top 10 spot in State Business Climate rankings

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Birmingham’s Pack Health reaches out to people with chronic conditions

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Meet Children’s of Alabama’s first pediatric oral surgeon Kathlyn Powell

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How much is too much when it comes to college football?

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Take Action: Dr. Josh has some clues for a better night’s snooze

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Woerner Companies in Foley gives longer life to fruits, vegetables

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Alexander City is a place where American manufacturing still makes sense

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Americans still make the cars and trucks they drive in places like Alabama

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Lake Martin waterfront homes sales improved in September

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Montgomery home sale prices in September up 10 percent from last year

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Marshall County home sales through September up 6 percent over same period in 2015

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Lake Martin area September home sales rise 10 percent from previous year

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Phenix City home sales through September up 3 percent over same period last year

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Set Those Clocks Back Tonight

| November 5, 2016 @ 7:00 pm

A friendly reminder that Daylight Saving Time ends tonight. We fall back on Standard Time at 2AM in the morning. Don’t forget to set your clocks back before heading to bed, and gain that extra hour of sleep tonight.

With the time changing, that means more sun in the mornings, while evenings will be dark. It will be getting dark closer to 5PM as the amount of daylight hours continues to get shorter until we reach the Winter Solstice just before Christmas.

We will stay on Standard Time until March 12th, 2017.

It is also a great time to check/change those batteries in smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and those weather radios.

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Alabama Happenings & Good News Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends

| November 4, 2016 @ 12:22 pm

From football, festivals and fresh food to national parks to new productions, our Alabama NewsCenter friends inspire us to get out and enjoy all the happenings across our beautiful state.  Here is a sampling of some of our favorite good news stories this week:

Football Preview: ‘No magical potion’ as Alabama faces LSU; Auburn hosts the ‘Dores

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Spend your weekend outdoors at a festival or art show in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Strong public support for Birmingham civil rights national historic park

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Alabama veteran Ginger Branson carries legacy, sacrifice and dog tags

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Birmingham students get guidance on sports, entertainment careers

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New stations give University of Alabama students and faculty needed power

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Made (and tested) in Alabama: State-built cars first get test-track workouts

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CEO: Polaris Alabama project ‘transformational’ for company

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Williams’ Orchard offers country fresh food from Alabama and more

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Alabama Maker Left Hand Soap cleans up with all-natural bath products

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Magic City Classic draws record crowd for its 75th playing

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Matrimony and the Magic City Classic

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Shakespeare goes disco in Virginia Samford Theatre production of ‘Twelfth Night’

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‘Muttcracker’ auditions put on the dog at Birmingham Ballet

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Wildlife on the walls in Alabama’s Wiregrass

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Horseshoe Bend figures prominently into Alabama, U.S. history

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Curly Putman, prolific Alabama-born songwriter, dies at 85

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Take Action: Make doctor’s office waiting less grating with these tips from Dr. Josh

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UAB psychologist: More than ever, this election threatens to divide us

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McLane Dothan to invest $17M in distribution expansion

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Report: Energy industry has $13.2 billion impact on Alabama

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What’s so great about downtown Montgomery’s comeback?

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Treasured Mile aims for litter-free Lake Martin

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Freddie Mac: Alabama among states most improved in housing activity

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New HUD condo rules may benefit Alabama markets

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Gulf Coast condo sales through September up from 2015

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Mobile September home sales up 11 percent over same period last year

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Birmingham September home sales up 7 percent over September 2015

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Rocket City home sales through September up 10 percent over last year

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Calhoun County home sales through September 16 percent higher than a year ago

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More Good News Stories from Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends!

| October 28, 2016 @ 12:05 pm

Each week we are proud to bring you Good News Stories from across our lovely state, as reported by our Alabama NewsCenter partners.  Here are our favorite stories this week!

Football preview: Auburn faces Ole Miss; Alabama A&M vs. Alabama State in 75th Magic City Classic

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Celebrate the Magic City Classic and Halloween fun this weekend in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Magic City Classic marks 75 years of sport and spectacle

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Cooter Brown’s ribs make list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Elberta Sausage Festival links Alabama community to its German roots

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Butterflies at the beach: Alabama’s Gulf Coast in the fall is aflutter with colorful insects

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Alabama Birding Trail is at its fall peak for fowl peek

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Mercedes-Benz to build luxury pickups to be known as the X-Class

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Get your all-ages scare on at Montgomery ZooBoo

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Take Action: Halloween candy can be a treat with these Dr. Klapow tricks

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Tomberlin’s Take: Evolution of economic development keeps Alabama in the win column

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Birmingham ranks as a top city for women entrepreneurs

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Team with Alabama connections named semi-finalist in Carbon XPRIZE competition

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Seth Hammett speaks on energy in Alabama

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Developer challenges businesses to help beautify Birmingham

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Mueller milestone: 4 million Albertville-made fire hydrants

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Apprenticeship Alabama aims to invest in workers

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Boomers swap Corvettes for comfort as sports-car sales fall

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Chris Cumbie Art has created a monster of an Alabama-Maker with CREEPS

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Jennifer Lawrence to team with Ron Howard for Zelda Fitzpatrick biopic

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Archives pave way for family history, Alabama history and more

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Male breast cancer survivor urges men to take symptoms seriously

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Alabama Grocers Association recognizes industry leaders, crowns best bagger in state

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Lay, Neely Henry lakes have new osprey nesting platforms

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ULI panel to present ‘Emerging Trends in Real Estate’

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Athens September home sales up 25 percent over 2015

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Baldwin County September residential sales up slightly from last September

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Find Out What Is Happening Across Alabama With Alabama NewsCenter’s Good News Stories

| October 21, 2016 @ 11:05 am

From fall festivities to football, from industrial vacancies to innovation visions, from startups to pop-ups, and from hummingbirds to haunted houses, our Alabama NewsCenter partners bring us more reasons to celebrate and take pride in our great state.  Here are some of this week’s top stories:

Football preview: Top-ranked Crimson Tide faces No.6 Texas A&M; Auburn hosts Arkansas

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Dream big this weekend in Can’t Miss Alabama

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Anthony Brock lifts Valiant Cross Academy as an Alabama Bright Light

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Fall hummingbird migration is underway

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From industrial to innovational: Avondale Works looks to transform Birmingham properties

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Funding wave boosts Birmingham tech startup scene

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MollerTech to build $46 million Bibb County auto supplier plant, create 222 jobs

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UAB Optometry awarded grant for dry eye research

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Montgomery’s Haunted Hearse Tours offers Halloween thrills and chills

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Take Action: Follow these tips from Dr. Josh Klapow to keep from over-indulging while tailgating

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One Alabama wife’s junk is her husband’s political treasure

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Montgomery County commissioner lives life ‘full speed ahead’ after breast cancer

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Birmingham Ghost Walk is creepy fun whether you believe or not

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280 Reasons to Love Standard Deluxe

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Green Resource Center for Alabama launches sustainability leadership program

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‘Walk to Remember’ on October 15 supports families who have experienced pregnancy and infant loss

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Alabama September home sales up 3 percent over same period in 2015

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Le Pop-Up: Birmingham couple traveling the state with shipping container turned pop-up shop

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Hot Damn! That’s good – Alabama Maker

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Birmingham Committee on Foreign Relations seeks to open the world to Alabama

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Mercedes-Benz supplier puts Bibb County in the fast lane

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Dothan September home sales up 4 percent over same period in 2015

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Athens August home sales up from 2015

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Lake Martin waterfront home sales slip during August

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Festivals, Football & Innovative Feats – Our Alabama NewsCenter Partners Share More Good News Stories!

| October 14, 2016 @ 11:58 am

From to block prints to Broadway stardom, from shrimp festivals to state-of-the-art sawmills, and from ‘Hey Day’ to Halloween safety, our Alabama NewsCenter partners bring us more reasons to take pride in Alabama. Here are a few of our favorite good news stories:

Football preview: Third Saturday in October finds heated rivals Alabama, Tennessee in Top 10 matchup

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Spend your weekend indulging in fall festivals with Can’t Miss Alabama

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Deadline looms for those who want to qualify to vote

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Alabama’s ‘Hamilton’ connection: Michael Luwoye now is alternate to lead in biggest show on Broadway

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Birmingham healthcare company helps men get innovative new treatment for prostate cancer

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Alabama Maker Debra Riffe’s linoleum block prints are handcrafted history

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UAB employees rally around one of their own fighting breast cancer

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Community rallies around two elementary school teachers battling breast cancer

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Alabama holds onto No. 1 ranking in math, science and English Advanced Placement growth

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Make Halloween Safety a priority

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Governor announces Two Rivers Lumber Co. to build state-of-the-art sawmill in Demopolis

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Alabama Community College System hires head of nation’s top-ranked workforce training program

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LEAP sets stage for Shades Valley students’ futures in skilled trades, engineering and technical jobs

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Katy’s Katfish makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die

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Seafood Nutrition Partnership engages chef ambassador as part of national public health campaign

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Take Action: Follow these tips from Dr. Josh Klapow to stay safe in parking decks

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Tom Martin, Alabama Power and the founding of Southern Research

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UA Center produces documentary on Bankhead family

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Junior League of Birmingham celebrates 95 years of helping women

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Alabama Bright Light Yohance Owens implores residents to invest in their neighborhoods

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Students carry on Auburn tradition of saying “Hey”

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Home sales in Calhoun County through August up 18 percent over 2015

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Shoals area home sales through August up from same period last year

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

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Cullman year-to-date home sales through August up over same period in 2015

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Good News Stories From Our Alabama NewsCenter Friends Make Us Alabama-Proud

| October 7, 2016 @ 10:44 am

From Marvel comics to motorcycles, from Oktoberfest to football, and from cursive to clean-up, our friends at Alabama NewsCenter bring us more Good News Stories! This weekend’s edition describes Can’t Miss Alabama events across our state, highlights rising Alabama Makers, and reminds of us of the many reasons to be Alabama-proud.

Football preview: Crimson Tide, Tigers face tough SEC road games; UNA game ‘caned out’
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Alabama Power crews ready to support storm restoration efforts in Georgia
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Enjoy a bit of Oktoberfest all weekend long with Can’t Miss Alabama
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Railroad Park brings ice skating to downtown Birmingham
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Marvel Comics brings the thunder to Alabama
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‘Sky’s the limit’ for an Alabama Maker with the code for success
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Strawberry pretzel salad makes list of 100 Dishes to Eat in Alabama Before You Die
2016-10-07_09-29-48pretzel

Flu shots really work, so roll up your sleeve
2016-10-07_09-02-23flu

Carla ‘The Truth’ Youngblood kicks off breast cancer comedy tour at Birmingham’s Carver Theatre
2016-10-07_09-04-57carla

$8 million grant to support research to repair hearts with bioengineered patch
2016-10-07_09-38-14zhang

Alabama Launchpad entrepreneurship program extends reach
2016-10-07_09-17-12launchpad

Birmingham workshop to explore cursive writing debate
2016-10-07_09-33-30cursive

Study shows risk factor prevention should be addressed at all ages
2016-10-07_08-55-48risk

Meet Dr. Josh Klapow – the voice of ‘Take Action’
2016-10-07_08-57-42klapow

Southern Research drug clofarabine links leukemia patient, scientist
2016-10-07_09-44-11patient

Jack Secrist talks about discovering a life-saving drug
2016-10-07_09-42-04invent

Southern Research at 75: ‘Boss Kettering’ provides key early support
2016-10-07_09-46-15research

#AskAnArchivist takes over Twitter, kicks off American Archives Month
2016-10-07_08-59-44archivist

Alabamians celebrate Fiesta at Linn Park
2016-10-07_09-08-05fiesta

Alabama Power welcomes college student volunteers at Renew Our Rivers cleanup
2016-10-07_09-10-52volunteers

Morgan County home sales through August up 4 percent over same period last year
2016-10-07_09-14-54morgan

Lee County home sales in August up 16 percent over 2015
2016-10-07_09-20-21lee

Montgomery home sales through August rise over same period in 2015
2016-10-07_09-22-34mtgy

Mobile home sales in August up 10 percent over last year
2016-10-07_09-24-27mobile