Student reporter Will McLelland

U.S. wheelchair rugby

The U.S. wheelchair rugby team is training at Lakeshore’s facility in Birmingham.

They are preparing for the Paralympics in Tokyo. The team is practicing this month until June 21. They will return for one more session in August.

James Gumbert is the head coach for the U.S. wheelchair rugby team. Gumbert said that the players are working on fine tuning their skills.   


Today is a confederate holiday in Alabama, but not everyone is celebrating.

Confederate President Jefferson Davis’ birthday is a state holiday in Alabama. Heritage groups say the holiday keeps Southern history alive. But civil rights groups think it is a celebration of white supremacy.

Bernard Simelton is the president of the Alabama NAACP. He said the South has a unique relationship with its history.   

“It’s a holiday that celebrates an attempt by those in American society to maintain slavery in the United States,” he said.  



June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is forecasting a stronger season than normal. NOAA says up to 20 named storms are likely this year. Three to five of those could be major hurricanes.

Deanne Criswell is the Administrator of FEMA. She said FEMA has added COVID-19 guidelines for states to follows as they prepare for this year’s season.