Stan Ingold

Assistant News Director

Born in Morehead Kentucky, Stan Ingold got his start in public radio as a volunteer at Morehead State Public Radio.  He worked there throughout his college career as a reporter, host and producer and was hired on as the Morning Edition Host after graduating with a degree in History from Morehead State University. He remained there for nearly three years. Along with working in radio he spent a great deal of time coaching speech and forensics at Rowan County Senior High School in Morehead, working with students and teaching them broadcasting techniques for competitions. 

Stan arrived at Alabama Public Radio in March of 2011. Since then he has been busy criscrossing the state gathering news stories and bringing them to you, the listener. His story on the Key Underwood Coondog Memorial Cemetery recently earned him a regional Edward R Murrow Award for Feature Reporting.

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Stan Ingold: Well, let's start things off here. So what was Winston Groom like? 

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During the coronavirus pandemic, many workers are without jobs, public school students are preparing for online classes, and everyone is being asked to wear masks and to social distance. This ongoing health crisis also appears to be having an impact on the environment.  

 

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The Fourth of July has come and gone but grilling season is in full swing in Alabama.  Getting meat to go on those grills might be a little more difficult than usual. COVID-19 has not only limited the number of people who can come to the cookout, it is also taking a toll on Alabama’s livestock producers.  

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Alabama continues to reopen as the number of COVID-19 cases continues to rise. Mobile currently has the most cases in the state and Montgomery is getting national attention for the growing numbers there. This is not the first pandemic to hit the Yellowhammer State. The responses have similarities to the Spanish Flu outbreak of 1918 and the Yellow Fever outbreaks in Mobile.

 

 

 

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Last year was a good year for Huntsville tourism. The area brought in around 3.7 million visitors last year. This makes Huntsville and Madison County the second most visited place in the state behind the Gulf Coast. However, the coronavirus pandemic had other plans for the area.

Judy Ryals is the president and CEO of the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau. She said it was a banner year for the Rocket City.

 

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As the number of confirmed Coronavirus cases continues to rise in Alabama, state leaders say it’s more important than ever for Alabamians to listen to state and health officials during this unprecedented pandemic. 

 

“I think everybody is feeling out of control, experiencing a lot of uncertainty." said Dr. Thaddeus Ulzen, who is the chair of psychiatry and behavioral health at University Medical Center in Tuscaloosa.

 

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Life will change for residents of Tuscaloosa as of Sunday night. The city of Tuscaloosa has issued a nightly curfew, and shelter-at-home order, that officially begins this weekend. City leaders in Birmingham told residents to stay at home on Wednesday. The order was amended to include staying at home Thursday evening. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox says if things do not change, there could be some serious problems. “We know, that in late April, without any change in the dynamic, Tuscaloosa County’s healthcare system could be overwhelmed.

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As the coronavirus pandemic continues, many in Alabama are worried about the economic impact. Those who work in the food or entertainment industries could feel the biggest pinch.

 

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases continues to grow in Alabama. In response, businesses are being ordered to shut their doors, people are being told to stay home and restaurants are only offering deliver or curbside service.

 

Huntsville is known as the Rocket City and home of the space program. However, there is a group in town that spends its time looking to the past. Spacesuits aren’t the big fashion statement here, but, rather a different type of suit and the shields and swords that go with it.

It looks like medieval times in this corner of Huntsville. People dressed in masks and armor try to wallop each other with weapons that look like they belong more on an ancient battlefield than the home of the space industry. It’s called HEMA.

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The 2020 primaries are underway with the Iowa caucus kicking things off for the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. While candidates campaign for position to face President Donald Trump in November, the Democratic Party in Alabama is facing a fight of its own.

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Authorities blame severe storms sweeping across southern portions of the U.S. and into the Midwest for the deaths of at least 11 people, including two first responders.  

That number includes three people killed during a tornado in Pickens County Alabama.

High winds, tornadoes and unrelenting rain have battered large swaths of the country.

Officials say a police officer and a firefighter in Lubbock, Texas, were killed Saturday after being hit by a vehicle at the scene of a traffic accident.

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For the past 14 months, the Alabama Public Radio news team has been investigating human trafficking throughout the state.  So far most of the focus has been on sex trafficking. Another major part of human trafficking is labor. 

Evelyn Chumbow is from Cameroon. She’s also a survivor of labor trafficking.

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(Huntsville, AL)-- It was two hundred years ago today when delegates from across the Alabama territory made their way to Huntsville. They were gathering for a constitutional convention to draft a document that would make Alabama a U.S. state. The document they came up with, along with the five constitutions that followed it are back in Huntsville where it all began.

(TUSCALOOSA, AL)-- The city of Tuscaloosa is making an effort to have its experiences in the Civil Rights

   struggle share the limelight usually placed on Birmingham and Selma. Now visitors can see the places where these events happened on Tuscaloosa’s Civil Rights History Trail.

 

Lonnie Neely lead the crowd at last week's grand opening and that was just the warmup act. Work on the Civil Rights Trail Task Force that has been underway since 2016 and Wednesday was the big unveiling. Scott Bridges is the president of the task force.

Hundreds of demonstrators have marched to the Alabama Capitol to protest the state's new abortion ban. 

Protesters chanted "My body, my choice!" and "vote them out!" as they rallied Sunday evening, days after Governor Kay Ivey signed the near total abortion ban into law.

The Alabama law, the nation's most restrictive, is to take effect in six months. It bans abortion in almost all cases unless necessary because of a mother's health. There are no exceptions for pregnancies involving rape and incest.

The first African American police officer in one Alabama city faced numerous death threats and bomb threats after he was hired in 1966, one of his daughters recalled after his funeral Saturday. 

Jimmy Lee Long was given the key to Phenix City in 2009. He was living in Columbus, Georgia, when he died April 19, at the age of 81.

The early days were "really trying times," Virginia Long-Roy told WTVM-TV of Columbus.

The nation's first memorial to lynching victims is adding a new monument to remember people killed during the 1950s in racially motivated attacks that often targeted early civil rights leaders.  

The Equal Justice Initiative on Monday will dedicate the new monument at the Peace and Justice Memorial Center in Montgomery.

The monument will commemorate 24 people slain during the 1950s, including Emmett Till and voting rights activists Harry and Harriette Moore.

A federal judge says he will rule next week on a request to intervene after a rash of suicides in Alabama prisons.  

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Thursday said he will issue an order next week.

Attorneys for prisoners asked Thompson to intervene after 15 inmates killed themselves within 15 months. They argued the state is not doing enough to prevent suicides and asked Thompson to order changes in how inmates are monitored and to restrict the use of solitary confinement.

(OPP, Ala.)-- Multiple festivals are taking place across the state as Alabama celebrates its bicentennial. But there is an event that takes place every year in Opp, Alabama that has some people’s skin crawling.  

 

Eastern diamondback rattlesnakes, or Crotalus adamanteus, were the slithering stars of the 59th annual Rattlesnake Rodeo about 85 miles south of Montgomery.

 

The county with Alabama's lowest unemployment rate is in need of more workers. 

WBRC-TV reports that employers in Shelby County just south of Birmingham are having trouble filling some jobs.

The county of more than 210,000 people has the lowest jobless rate in the state at 3.2 percent, and "help wanted" signs are a frequent site outside some businesses.

The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce says employers are constantly looking for qualified welders, forklift operators, and information technology assistants.

An African-American woman who took over the helm of a small-town Alabama newspaper that recently called for the Ku Klux Klan to "ride again" has stepped down after a few weeks, citing interference from the newspaper's owner.  

Elecia R. Dexter told The New York Times on Friday that she stepped down because of continuing interference from the newspaper's owner who had published the KKK editorial. Dexter said she wanted to maintain her "integrity and well-being."

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Alabama is going to be featured at the Oscars for the second year in a row. Last year the psychological thriller “Get Out” won best original screenplay and this year a documentary filmed in Alabama is up for the golden statue. 

“It’s about the south, but it’s about Daniel and Quincy’s lives," says Ramell Ross. He's the director of the documentary "Hale County This Morning, This Evening." It follows the lives of two men in Hale County, Alabama. Ross says it's more than that...

An Alabama law that prohibits cities from removing Confederate monuments will remain in effect while the state appeals a judge's ruling that declared the statute constitutional, the Alabama Supreme Court ruled Friday.  

Justices granted the request of Attorney General Steve Marshall to stay a judge's order striking down the law, Marshall's office announced.

"The Supreme Court's stay allows the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act to remain in effect until the Supreme Court resolves this appeal over the act's constitutionality," Marshall said in a statement.

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President Donald Trump says he will nominate a former Alabama official to head the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  

Jeffrey Byard held several positions with the Alabama Emergency Management Agency before he joined FEMA in 2017 during the agency's response to Hurricanes Harvey in Texas and Irma in Florida. Byard is currently the associate administrator for the Office of Response and Recovery.

Former state Senator Myron Penn said Friday that he is running for chairman of the Alabama Democratic Party in new leadership elections ordered by national party officials.   

Penn said in a telephone interview that he hopes to help unify and rebuild a fractured party.

"I'm tired of sides. We shouldn't have sides within our family," Penn said.

Alabama is losing another rural hospital.    Georgiana Medical Center in Butler County is closing at the end of the next month.  

 Ivy Creek health care company, which owns the hospital, made the announcement Tuesday.

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Alabama is taking part in a national effort to count the number of homeless in need of services.  The Homeless Care Council of Northwest Alabama is going over the numbers gathered from the Point in Time count conducted last week.    

          The “Point in Time” count is done by organizations all across the country to help get an accurate count of the homeless. Those numbers are then given to the Department of Housing and Urban Development where they allocate funds for programs based on the need.

A police officer has been shot to death in Mobile, Alabama. 

Mobile Police Chief Lawrence Batiste told reporters that Officer Sean Tuder was gunned down Sunday afternoon. Batiste said one suspect has been taken into custody. However, he said he could not immediately confirm if the 19-year-old suspect fired the shot that killed Tuder. Batiste said the suspect had several prior warrants.

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