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  • Regular passenger rail service between New Orleans and Mobile ended with Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Talks may be making progress train trips between the two Gulf coast cities in 2023.
  • A video gaming system appears to be the most popular item on holiday gift wish lists—except in Alabama.
  • It seems like Inflation is top of everyone’s minds for these days. The latest numbers show prices rose a little more than seven and a half percent in October. But anyone who has been to the grocery store knows the cost of food outpaces those numbers. APR grad student reporter Cori Yonge visited a south Alabama food pantry. She explains what this might mean for the less fortunate this holiday season.
  • Fans of Walt Disney World in Orlando saw the ribbon cutting for the new EPCOT theme park back in 1982. That was the same year Alabama Public Radio first took to the airwaves. The APR news team has been observing our fortieth anniversary by diving in our archives to re-air some of our best stories. That includes this one from last year. Customers of a Fairhope gas station left handwritten tribute messages after the owner died from natural causes. APR Gulf coast correspondent Lynn Oldshue has more on this life well lived from the APR archives.
  • COVID-19 hit the live music industry hard in Alabama. Full-time musicians were left with few places to play. Mobile musician and folk artist Abe Partridge had time on this hands and followed a different pursuit. He attended serpent-handling churches across Appalachia* with the goal of painting pictures of some of the pastors. That plan took an unexpected turn when he heard the music at these religious events. It was powerful and possibly not heard by outsiders. . APR Gulf coast correspondent Lynn Oldshue takes it from there…
  • Alabama has its share of annual events. There’s the Boll Weevil festival in Enterprise. The town of Opp holds its rattlesnake rodeo every year. And visitors to Gulf Shores can take in the National Shrimp Festival. If fungus is your thing, you can add the Alabama Mushroom Festival to your list. APR graduate student intern Cori Yonge takes us to the inaugural event where fans, both serious and novice, gathered recently to talk all things mushrooms.
  • The Alabama Public Radio newsroom spent nine months investigating efforts to preserve slave cemeteries in the state. An estimated four hundred thousand captives were held in Alabama before the Civil War. Historians say many of these newly freed people stayed in the state following emancipation in 1863. APR spoke with some of their descendants and heard about problems in locating the burial sites of their ancestors. Today, we present the conclusion of our series titled “No Stone Unturned.” One issue with preserving these cemeteries may be getting people, both black and white, to talk about it.
  • More airplane manufacturing jobs are likely coming to the Mobile area.Mobile is currently the site of an assembly line for French airplane manufacturer…
  • When Donald Trump won the presidency many were curious to see who would be the big winners and the big losers. It looks like Alabama’s defense industry…
  • Lawyers for Alabama abortion providers have asked a federal judge to block new state laws that ban abortion clinics near schools as well as a…