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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Alabama is recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Every year thousands of elderly and disabled adults are abused in the state.  

Nancy Buckner is the commissioner of the Alabama Department of Human Resources. She said there a variety of warning signs that someone is being abused.  

“Increased fear or anxiety, isolation from friends or family, withdrawal from normal activities, unusual changes in behavior, unsanitary living conditions, poor hygiene, and unusual or sudden changes in financial spending patterns,” she said.  

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Medical professionals are keeping an eye on the number of cases in the state after the Memorial Day holiday.

Dr. Mike Saag is a professor with the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s division of Infectious Disease. He said overall hospitalizations are down, but they are still seeing cases.  

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A new report shows how Alabama could benefit from expanding Medicaid.  

The study comes from the Commonwealth Fund and the George Washington University. It talks about the how the expansion of Medicaid under something known as the American Rescue Plan.

Dr. Leighton Ku is the Director of Center for Health Policy Research at GWU. He said many opponents of expanding Medicaid are concerned about the cost. Ku said the rescue plan addresses those concerns. 

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The disagreements over water between Florida, Georgia and Alabama aren't over even though earlier this year the U.S. Supreme Court sided with Georgia. The states have been arguing for decades with Florida and Alabama accusing Georgia of using too much water.

A plan was put forth six years ago by people who say there is a way to find agreement between the states.

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Minorities are still being hospitalized and dying from COVID-19 at higher rates than whites.  

The National Institute of Health is sending Community Engagement Alliance groups to support local efforts to get people vaccinated.

Dr. Gary Gibbons is the director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He said they’re using people already in the communities to help gain the trust of anyone who might be hesitating about getting vaccinated.  

 

Alabama is giving the axe to all the federal pandemic unemployment compensation programs, including the additional $300 federal unemployment benefit.  

Gov. Kay Ivey said she believes the increased unemployment assistance intended to bring emergency relief during the pandemic is now contributing to a labor shortage. 

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A trustee group is proposing nearly $100 million to revitalize the Gulf Coast.

The Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded 11 years ago last week. It was the largest oil spill in the history of marine oil drilling.  

A draft restoration plan drawn up by the Deepwater Horizon Regionwide Trustee Implementation Group.   

Christopher Blankenship is the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.  He said putting together the plan took a lot of collaboration. 

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It was 10 years ago today that dozens of tornadoes hit Alabama.

The outbreak on April 27, 2011 killed over 200 people. In Tuscaloosa, the National Weather Service said 65 people died and more than 1,000 were injured. The agency said cleaning up the debris in the Druid City cost over $100 million. Alabama Public Radio has kept in touch with many people affected by the storms over the years. 

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The Birmingham City Council has approved a citywide mask ordinance that will extend through May 24th.  This goes beyond Governor Kay Ivey’s order which is set to expire on Friday. Crystal Smitherman is on the Birmingham City Council. She said there was some pushback from the small business community. 

“I think that is due in part to instances around the country where people have been very violent and aggressive towards store owners for making them wear a mask.” 

Smitherman ultimately feels that citizens will follow the rules. 

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Workers at the Amazon facility near Bessemer will soon learn if they’re going union or not.

The National Labor Relations Board will start counting the votes in the unionization effort today. More than 5,000 ballots have been cast to say whether the workers will be part of the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

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The voting deadline for unionization for Amazon workers in Bessemer is approaching.

A rally is taking place in the Birmingham suburb in support of this vote. They are voting on whether or not to join the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union.

Reverend Dr. William Barber of the Poor People’s Campaign is one of the speakers for the event. He said unions have always had a hard time establishing in the south. 

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Alabama saw an overnight 50 percent increase in COVID-19 cases earlier this week.

The reason may be over 4,000 backlogged cases dating from October of last year. The cases were reported last Monday.

Dr. Karen Landers is the District Medical Officer for the Alabama Department of Public Health. She said they do not have control over entities reporting their numbers to the department.  

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Alabama’s attorney general Steve Marshall has joined 20 other state attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to block President Joe Biden’s cancellation of the Keystone XL pipeline.   

The multistate lawsuit is led by Montana and Texas and was filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas.  

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Alabama is one of 46 states to have its own poet laureate.  

The process of selecting a new person to hold that post for the state of Alabama is underway. The person in the role is basically an advocate and ambassador for poetry and the literary arts for the state.

 

Gov. Kay Ivey is extending her Safer at Home order. Alabamians will still have to wear their masks until April 9. Ivey said while she is extending the mask order, this will be the last time. 

“After April the 9th, I will not keep the mask order in effect," she said in a press conference. "There is no question that wearing masks has been one of our greatest tools in combating the spread of the virus. That, along with good hygiene and social distancing has helped more people from getting sick, or worse, dying.” 

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February is heart month and medical researchers are finding a possible link between COVID-19 and future cardiovascular problems.

Alabama ranks 51 out of 52 in the nation when it comes to heart health.  

Dr. David Goff is with the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. He said those who already have heart health issues especially need to adhere to health guidelines.  

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Alabama's state health officer says he is optimistic about improving COVID-19 case numbers.

Dr. Scott Harris told reporters that the state is seeing improvements but urged people to maintain precautions such as wearing masks and avoiding crowds. Dr. Harris said the vaccine is getting out, but he would like to see more making its way to the rural areas. 

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The AM/NS steelmaking plant in Calvert broke ground for a new expanded facility earlier this week. 

The $775 million project will allow for carbon steel slabs to be manufactured at the plant. Slabs were previously imported from Brazil and fabricated on site. 

David Rodgers is the VP of Economic Development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He said the facility will be a significant investment in an already state-of-the-art steel mill. 

 

Gov. Kay Ivey has high hopes for Alabama in the coming year. 

During her annual State of the State address, the governor talked about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, infrastructure plans and her proposed budget for the legislature to tackle this session. Ivey said she wants to make sure Alabamians can benefit from federal aid during the pandemic.  

 

Cleanup efforts are underway in Fultondale after a tornado ripped through the town Monday night. At least one person was killed, and 30 people were injured.

Kevin Laws is the chief scientist with National Weather Service in Birmingham. He said the temperature shift contributed to the strength of the storm.  

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Seven Alabama counties impacted by Hurricane Zeta in October can now apply for disaster food relief.

The Alabama Department of Human Resources has received federal approval to distribute D-Snap benefits to residents of these counties. D-SNAP is short for Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. 

Brandon Hardin with ADHR said D-Snap is different than regular food assistance.  

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Alabamians will be in masks for a while longer.

Gov. Kay Ivey has extended her “Safer at Home” order until March 5. This means masks are required in public when interacting within 6 feet of other people. Ivey made the announcement with Alabama’s State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris. 

Ivey said the pandemic is filling up hospitals. Last week, she said ICU beds were hard to come by.

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Alabama’s win in the college football playoffs last week was historic for a number of reasons. The Crimson Tide went undefeated during a season impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama played only against teams in the Southeast Conference until the playoffs. Another item for the history books is head coach Nick Saban. He passed legendary Alabama head coach Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most career national titles.  

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Alabama airports bring in big money according to a new report from the Alabama Department of Transportation.

The travel hubs generate more nearly five billion dollars a year in economic activity. This information was presented to the public earlier this week by Governor Kay Ivey and local leaders at the Montgomery Regional Airport.

Montgomery Mayor Steven Reed said taking care of the airport is taking care of the Black Belt. 

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State leaders are encouraging Alabamians to get the coronavirus vaccine once they become eligible.

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention have updated their guidelines to say those who are 65 and older should get the vaccine, as well as those who are immunocompromised, in addition to healthcare workers and frontline workers. Governor Kay Ivey is encouraging Alabamians to keep following health guidelines while they wait for their turn for the vaccine. 

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The college football national championship is coming back to Tuscaloosa.  The Alabama Crimson Tide defeated the Ohio State Buckeyes 52-24 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami.  This is the third title for Alabama since the college football playoff system was put into place. Tide head coach Nick Saban said his team has made history. 

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Early education is the focus of a film festival in Alabama this month.  

The Invest Early Film Festival is featuring two documentaries about the importance of early education in the state. The project is being put on by the Alabama Association of School Boards, the Business Council of Alabama and the Alabama School Readiness Alliance. Allison Muhlendorf is the executive director of the Alliance. She said this is an opportunity to inform people about the needs of education before the next legislative session.  

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The time between Christmas and New Year’s is when most of the decorations tend to come down. All across the country there was an increase in the number of people who bought and used real Christmas trees this year. Now that Christmas is over, they must find a way to safely dispose of them. Marsha Gray is the executive director of the Christmas Tree Promotion Board. She said while it may be a hassle to dispose of a real tree, there are plenty of ways to do it.

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The Southeastern Conference Championship is on the line this weekend.  The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide are taking on the seventh ranked Florida Gators in Atlanta tomorrow evening. The SEC has played an all-conference season due to the coronavirus pandemic. Alabama head coach Nick Saban said it is an honor to be playing in this game.  

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COVID-19 cases continue to climb in Alabama, but help may be on the way. Over 40,000 doses of Pfizer’s vaccine are expected to come to the Yellowhammer State next week. 

Studies have shown throughout the pandemic that COVID-19 is disproportionately impacting minority communities. However, many in the Black community appear hesitant to get the vaccine. Researchers believe this is tied to a long-held distrust of the government because of the Tuskegee Syphilis Study.

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