Alabama lieutenant governor to skip Senate race in 2022

6 hours ago
Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth


One Alabama politician has excused himself from the race for the state's senate seat being made available next year.

Lt. Gov. Will Ainsworth said he will not run for the seat given up by longtime incumbent Richard Shelby. He announced last week that he would not be running so that he can be present with his three children. Ainsworth said he plans on continuing serving at the state level but will not be running for federal office.

Shelby announced in February that he would not be seeking a seventh term.


Some Tuscaloosa voters found something extra in their mail boxes recently. The brightly colored fliers are from the website One side bears the slogan “Walt’s Report Card” with a grade of F minus for the crime rate, and A pluses for raising taxes and city debt. The reverse side of the flier has full color photos of Maddox’s two opponents, Martin Houston and Serena Fortenberry.


A Mobile area support group for military veterans is working to expand substance abuse treatment. Veterans Recovery Resources is working to raise just over two million dollars. The money will go toward building a substance abuse residential treatment center. The group opened its outpatient clinic in Mobile in November of 2018. Executive Director John Kilpatrick says the facility has served more than four hundred service members, veterans, first responders and their families.

Alabama Red Cross in Need of Blood Donations

18 hours ago

Blood donations are in high demand after last month’s winter storm cancelled blood drives across the state.

The severe weather caused twelve blood drives in Alabama to be called off. About 200 pints of blood were unable to be collected. Each pint can save up to three lives. Drivers were also unable to deliver blood because of the poor road conditions. 

  Annette Rowland is Communications Director for the Alabama and Mississippi Region of the Red Cross. She said blood donations are continually needed regardless of circumstances.

Spay Day 2021

Feb 27, 2021
Daniesq [Flickr]

How many puppies can you count in this picture?  Should be easy to find homes for them - after all, they're so cute!  But if the shelter has already received more than a hundred puppies that day, chances for these little guys are not so good.  Please spay or neuter your pet!


Alabama Retail Assn
Alabama Retail Assn


Some emergency preparedness goods will be a little cheaper this weekend.

The severe weather tax holiday starts on Friday, and will let shoppers buy tax free certain emergency preparedness items that cost $60 or less, like batteries, portable radios, and tie-down kits.

This is the tenth year that the state of Alabama has partnered with the Alabama Retail Association to tax-exempt emergency goods.

Committee advances transgender treatment ban for minors

Feb 25, 2021


A bill that would make it a felony for doctors to treat transgender youth with hormonal therapy and puberty blockers was passed by the Alabama House Judiciary Committee.

It was approved with an 11-3 vote and will now be voted on by the entire House of Representatives.

The Southern Poverty Law Center released a responded to the bill with a statement. 

Alabama Senate approves medical marijuana bill

Feb 25, 2021
Wikimedia Commons


Medical marijuana legislation has been approved by the Alabama Senate in a 21-8 vote.

The proposal will now move to the House of Representatives where similar bills have been voted down before.

Africantown builds a museum for the slave ship Clotilda

Feb 25, 2021
APR's Guy Busby

An APR news feature

Work is starting on a museum recognizing the survivors of America’s last slave ship. The Clotilda landed in Mobile in 1860. Their descendants went onto establish the community of Africatown, where the Clotilda Museum will be built.

Africana Film Festival
Africana Film Festival

The Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival is moving online in its ninth year, while continuing to support public health initiatives in West Alabama and West Africa alike.

Proceeds from the festival go to benefit the Edward A. Ulzen Memorial Foundation, and Afram South. Inc, two non-profits support education and public health programs in West Africa and West Alabama.

Thad Ulzen, co-founder of the Tuscaloosa Africana Film Festival, said that the COVID-19 pandemic has made supporting public health in communities even more critical.


WUAL-FM Operating at low power

WUAL-FM is operating on our low power backup system.

Engineers are working to restore the full power transmission as soon as possible.

WAPR Operating at Half Power

WAPR Operating at Half Power

We'll give an update once it's back to full power

The Latest from APR

Living With Less Plastic with Mary Liz Ingram

In response to the global waste crisis, Living With Less Plastic is a commentary (opinion piece) about how a choice to live without single-use plastic has transformed …

"Keepin' It Real" with Cam Marston

Cam brings us fun weekly commentaries on generational and demographic trends to provide new ways to interpret the changing world around us. You can learn …

Speaking of Pets with Mindy Norton

Speaking of Pets w/ Mindy Norton is for people who care about pets & about humane treatment for animals in general, & who want to celebrate that special rel…

Don Noble's Book Reviews

Recently retired as English professor at The University of Alabama, Dr. Noble's specialties are Southern & American literature. He also hosts Bookmark on APR…