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 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.

The Alabama Crimson Tide is suiting up for their last regular season game this weekend. The Tide will be taking on the Razorbacks of Arkansas.

Their game was originally supposed to be played last week but it was moved to accommodate the Alabama vs. LSU game that was postponed due to COVID-19.

Alabama head coach Nick Saban said the team cannot let the Razorbacks’ record fool them.

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A new report could give future researchers information on how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted children in the state.

The Alabama Kids Count Data Book is a project by the group Voices for Alabama’s Children. It is a collection of reports and information from state agencies to help give lawmakers and advocates an idea of where help is needed the most.

Stephen Woerner is the executive director for VOICES. He said the coronavirus pandemic makes this year’s book a little different.

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The new coronavirus is running amok in Alabama. Health officials are concerned a new wave of COVID-19 cases will not level out until after the holidays. That means personal protective equipment is still in high demand. Most people are wearing masks and face shields. One of the other main pieces of PPE is disposable gloves. A plant in west Alabama is the only factory in the nation that makes a certain kind of these gloves.

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This weekend the Iron Bowl comes to Tuscaloosa. The top ranked Alabama Crimson Tide is hosting their cross-state rival Auburn Tigers on Saturday. The 22nd-ranked Tigers come into the game at five and two after defeating Tennessee last weekend. Alabama is coming off a lop-sided victory over the Kentucky Wildcats. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says this is an important game and his players will need to be ready.

COVID-19 is considered rampant in Alabama. Alabama’s healthcare community is urging everyone to get a flu shot since the symptoms of COVID-19 are like the standard flu. That warning includes adults 65 and older. Adults in that age range need to take precautionary measures because they have higher risk for COVID-19.

Sue Peschin is President and CEO for the Alliance for Aging Research. She said a large percentage of older adults have died from COVID due to the risk. 

 

The Coronavirus pandemic has been behind the cancelling of many events for most of 2020. Now one of the most popular social holidays is upon us and this leaves many people confused about what to do.   

Sam Locke with the Haunted Chicken House in Heflin Alabama has to plan for COVID-19.  

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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.

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