Now hiring: electricians and plumbers

Whenever Kerry Adkins talks to other business owners locally and across the country, there is always one big topic that comes up. "Where are we going to find technicians? There is a shortage right now of qualified electricians, plumbers, HVAC technicians and that shortage is only going to get worse."

  Alabama ranks second to last in the country for startup activity

Alabama ranks second to last in the country for startup activity, according to The Kauffman Foundation, a group that studies entrepreneurial success.  Now a recent study on the Birmingham-metro area is raising more concerns about how much support is offered to new businesses, and the consequences of those businesses failing to launch. "It wasn't until more recently that cities and states began looking at startups as a viable economic development model...

Lawsuit claims preschooler sexually assaulted another preschooler

Parents of a 4-year-old girl have filed a lawsuit against a daycare they say allowed a classmate to touch her inappropriately. According to the lawsuit, the parents say this ordeal has caused emotional distress to their young child.

BBJ: Today's Top Local Stories

Mike talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed possible taxes on streaming services such as Netflix, the Airport Power Ranking for the Birmingham Shuttlesworth International Airport, and how the Pizitz project impacts the area around it.

BBJ: Top Headlines in Birmingham

Mike talked with Brent Godwin from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed how Birmingham could become the Silicon Valley of construction using the design/manufacture/construct process and how big box retailers' struggles impact Birmingham. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.

Good Day Gardening: BBG Plant Sale

The Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosts its Spring Plant Sale April 7-9 at Brookwood Village. The Public Sale hours are Friday 9am -7pm, Saturday 9am-5pm, and Sunday 11am-3pm. A Preview Party and Members-Only Sale kicks off the weekend on Thursday, April 6. To become a Member and shop the sale early, visit www.bbgardens.org/membership. There will be over 100,000 plants available for purchase: herbs, native plants, roses, daylilies, trees and shrubs, vegetables, perennials, annuals, bie...

Homewood police officer injured in wreck

A Homewood police officer has minor injuries tonight following an accident on Shades Creek Parkway Thursday night.

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Birmingham Business Journal Business Headlines

Mike talked with Ty West from the Birmingham Business Journal. They discussed growth at the Colonnade with the addition of Southern Company Services and how Alabama executives have a more upbeat attitude about their companies' futures than they did in 2015. For more on these and other business stories, visit www.birminghambusinessjournal.com.

Zoo Crew

Rebekah Daniels joined us from the Birmingham Zoo to introduce Mickey to the new Dino Discovery exhibit. To learn more information about it or visit the zoo, go to www.birminghamzoo.com.

Birmingham Police have two in custody for the murder of a Trenton Georgia man

Birmingham Police have arrested two suspects in connection with a homicide that took place Monday January 14th in the 1100 Block of 3rd Avenue West Alley.  Police took 39 year old Bridgett Bradley and 23 year old William Brown both of Birmingham into custody.