Bill would allow colleges and universities to get debtors’ income tax refunds

The bill would allow the Alabama Department of Revenue to send a person’s state income tax refund to state institutions of higher education to pay outstanding debts.

  Swimming is for the dogs

  Ala. artist, Deb Paradise, is on display for the world to see

  Do you need a tax professional?

  Amazon leading local job growth for 2020

New locally owned restaurant opens in Hoover

Long Black Friday line at local record store even with no discounts

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New Homewood Pastry Shop features delicate delights

A Family Affair: Chilton county farmer celebrates personal history through peaches

UPDATE: Carvana bringing 450 jobs to Bessemer

Waitr looking to hire drivers in Birmingham

Best Buy hosting hiring fairs for holiday workers

100 New jobs to open as Waitr expands in Birmingham metro

  Church of the Highlands could build new campus in Birmingham

The Church of the Highlands is looking at purchasing the old Gipson Elementary School property from Birmingham City Schools to possibly build a new church campus.

  Businesses eyeing Birmingham apprenticeship program

Birmingham Promise program to offer free tuition and apprenticeships to students.

  Alabama transplant brings the Bible to the 21st century

Michael Straus is a lawyer who also has studied theology and the Greek language, two topics that when combined can be a motivating force to push a person into doing something life rewarding.

  Making mermaids in Alabama

What little girl does not dream of being a mermaid? The opportunity is finally available with a week-long mermaid camp.

WBRC Women’s Expo to be held August 16

WBRC FOX6 News hires Jason Mathews as next General Sales Manager

Pepper Place Pop up Restaurant brings fresh ideas and fresh food to Birmingham

  Northport considers offering business incentives for storefront updates

  Single super mom doing whatever it takes for her son

  Riverfront hotel coming to Tuscaloosa

  6-year-old Ala. girl is a published author

Jordyn williams of Birmingham, AL just finished her kindergarten year in school, but is already a published author. With the help of her mom, Jordyn wrote a children's book "I Finally Learned to Read and Write." The mother and daughter share their story and it's a cool one.

  Is there a right way to train kids to be better athletes?

Kids dream of being a professional athlete, and while some are born with enough talent, most have to work their way to become a talented pro.

  Father and son serve to mend lives at Alabama hospital

Helping people is what the Mathews family is all about, from working in the medical profession to serving in the mission field in Haiti.

  Upgrades coming to Bryant-Denny stadium

Exciting changes are in the works for the University of Alabama campus.

  Building a safe career as a construction worker

One of the toughest jobs is as a construction worker. Not only does it involve a rough working environment with dangerous equipment, but also difficult conditions.

  Major donor at odds with the University of Alabama over abortion law

The University of Alabama's largest donor, encourages students to boycott the university.

  Yum Yum: Pig ears, sour dirt for sale at Hello Market in Bessemer, Ala.

The Hello Market has been in Bessemer since the 1970's. It is a place known for its meats: beef, fish, chicken and pork, such as pig feet, pig ears, pit tails and jowls.

  Average rent in Birmingham increasing

Experts say the average rent has increased because of new luxury units being built in places like Parkside. But affordable housing is still available.

  City of Tuscaloosa helping businesses mitigate new construction

The city of Tuscaloosa wants to help businesses that are hurting as a result of the ongoing road improvements downtown.

  AL man shows perseverance in earning college degree in 10 years

Earning a degree in college usually takes four to five years, so when we say it took an Alabama more than 10 years to get his bachelor's, there has to be a story.

  AL family shares 9-year-old daughter’s battle, victory with cancer in book

Nine year old Kate Miller is finishing up her third grade year of elementary school, which is remarkable considering six years ago she was diagnosed with cancer. Her battle inspired her mom to write a book about the journey, it is called "Fighting for Kate," and this is her story.

  Birmingham business is cleaning up the stigma of autism

Autism is a neurological disorder that not many people truly understand. Those that are autistic can sometimes be forgotten, but one Birmingham business is helping this community out, hiring workers with autism and helping them lead a normal life.

  The Mustang muscle car lives on in Odenville, Alabama

The Mustang Museum of America, the first of its kind totally dedicated to display Mustang cars only, opened in Odenville, AL in March.

  Superhero cleaning ladies are on a mission from the heart

Autumn Jiles and Adrianne Holston are the superheroes of the cleaning world. They are celebrating their fifth anniversary as co-owners of Clean Heart Cleaning Services based out of Oneonta, AL. For them it's more than just about cleaning, it's community, giving back and proving a point.

  Options available for people unable to pay taxes they owe

If you owe on your taxes, tax preparers say not filing them is the worst thing you can do

  The recipe to success is in the art for a Birmingham baker

Komeh Davis is a cake artist. She can make a cake look like anything. The cakes not only look cool, but taste great.

  Health and wellness is big for business in Birmingham

Companies are getting more interested in not only employee productivity, but also their health and wellness.

  Alabaster women is the ‘I do’ in the wedding Industry

Alabaster's Heather Benge is an up and coming name in the wedding industry.

  Birmingham chocolate shop ready for Valentine’s Day

You only have to travel to downtown Birmingham to get chocolate from around the world this Valentine’s Day. Honeycreeper Chocolate is a shop on Morris Avenue specializing in craft chocolate.

Smaller income tax refunds leave some taxpayers miffed

Some taxpayers who have already filed their 2018 federal tax returns are shocked by the amount of their tax refund.

  The $100 million man

Realtor Justin Dyar has accomplished something few in Alabama have ever achieved, selling more than 100 million dollars in property in one year. Dyar joined an elite group when he reached the milestone in 2018. We met up with Dyar recently to find out his secrets but also what motivates him.

  Local CPA gives helpful tax season tips

There are some significant changes individuals need to know before filing single or jointly. A local CPA Ben Bowen gives out some interesting information and tips.

  DC Blox finishing up flagship data center in Titusville community

The Atlanta-based technology company is building a data center - it’s flagship facility - on the grounds of the Trinity Steel plant that was dormant for decades.

  Gray Chairman, CEO Hilton H. Howell Jr. rang the closing bell at the New York Stock Exchange

Gray Television now owns and operates television stations and digital properties in 91 markets across the U.S., including nearly 150 affiliates of ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC networks.

  Cookie Dough Magic opens in Birmingham

A unique cookie shop is now open in Birmingham’s Avondale community. It’s called Cookie Dough Magic.

  Downtown Gadsden ready for big holiday season

Christmas decorations fill storefront windows, and holiday signs are hanging from light poles on Broad Street in downtown Gadsden.The city and businesses are ready for a busy holiday season.

  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.