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Ninety two-year-old Tensie Johnson and her daughters Vicki and Michele dropped by StoryCorps to reminisce about old times. Overwhelmed with laughter, they discuss the lively experiences they’ve shared living in Bayou La Batre, which has resulted in a blessed journey for the three women...             

Edited by Kierra Wright

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Mobile County has approved a $4 million incentive deal for Airbus as the European aircraft maker is set to start building a factory near its existing plant there.

The Mobile County Commission voted to approve the money yesterday. Airbus will host a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow for its new facility assembling the A220-300 plane. It'll be right next to a plant where Airbus already produces the A320 in Mobile.

A statement from the county commission says the incentive money will be paid out as $400,000 annually over 10 years.

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Mardi Gras originated in Mobile, Ala. in 1703 and has grown tremendously in the city from a simple carnival celebration. In this StoryCorps segment, Myra Sands talks to her daughter, Julie Watson, about growing up in Mobile surrounded by Mardi Gras festivities. From exclusive societies to the evolution of floats, Sands captures the essence of Mobile as a destination worth experiencing for Mardi Gras 2019...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

On this week’s edition of “Keepin’ It Real,” Cam tells us about a Cold War-style escalation of Christmas lights on his street and wonders what’s wrong with his neighbors…

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

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Dr. Leon Chestang grew up in a tight-knit neighborhood in Mobile, Ala. during the 1940s. He paints a vivid image of his early childhood for StoryCorps. He remembers the activities the children would engage in and how interesting the people were that lived on his street. He also tells of a time his brother attempted to run away from home, and how he came to realize he could use his experience to write a manuscript to help young African American men... 

Edited by Corey Carpenter      

Demolition work near a south Alabama jail is giving archaeologists an opportunity to learn more about Mobile's past.

Al.com reports the work near the Mobile County Metro Jail is being done in preparation for a proposed Interstate 10 bridge, Archaeologists want to learn more about what's hiding just below the surface at the site.

The location includes a cluster of nine buildings, most of which appear to have been bail bond offices.

A key goal is to dig in and find traces of the homes believed to have been in the area two centuries ago.

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As a child, Dr. William Pollard’s parents taught him to always be appreciative of those who help him throughout his life’s journey. As a result, he credits his many academic achievements to those who have assisted him along his professional path.

When Dr. Pollard sat down at StoryCorps, he went into detail about some of those people – from a minister in Raleigh, North Carolina to those closest to him, like his wife – highlighting their roles in his path to success in the world of higher education...

Edited by Corey Carpenter

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In this StoryCorps segment, friends Bobbi Kidd and Betty Jo Fain talk about how they met around 10 years ago while living in transitional housing at Sybil Smith in Mobile, Ala. Bobbi mentions how she remembers the vision board Betty created while living in Sybil Smith and how it accurately portrays the life that Betty is living now..

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

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Kitty and her husband Dean had a daughter with Cerebral Palsy and together, they started the U.S. Handicapable Square Dance Association in Mobile, Ala. In this StoryCorps piece, Kitty sat down with StoryCorps facilitators to talk about her late husband’s commitment and passion for developing an event for handicapables – those who are mentally disabled – to come and dance...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

This week on "Keepin' It Real," Cam tells us how a conversation he had during a recent shoe shine caused him some deep reflection and the realization that, maybe, he’s been rushing things too much...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

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At StoryCorps, former U.S. Attorney for Southern Alabama Kenyen Brown spoke with professor and community partner Demetrius Semien about how the two came to meet at the re-entry council Kenyen founded in Mobile.

Demetrius talks about battling alcoholism, getting arrested and coming out on the other side. He also shares how the work he's done in conjunction with Kenyen has helped him come full circle in his journey... 

Edited by Corey Carpenter


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Harold English and his daughter Jennifer have a lot in common - from spirituality to personality traits, and a love for the ocean.

They sat down at StoryCorps to discuss these similarities. Harold tells Jennifer about surfing and how it helped form his new outlook on spirituality, and he reminisces about special moments when Jennifer was a baby...

Edited by Corey Carpenter

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Sisters Lillian, Joy and Mary have always loved their hometown of Gulf Shores, Ala. 

They reflect on their childhood on the Gulf at StoryCorps – growing up as the daughters of a fisherman and fond memories of their grandparents. The eldest sister, Lillian, shares how she married a shrimper and helped start the popular Gulf Shores Shrimp Festival, an event that has become a big tradition and has helped increase tourism in the town over the years...

Edited by Corey Carpenter

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In this StoryCorps interview, 11-year-old Mia’s unruffled personality comes out while quizzing her mother Cara about the details of her happiest moments and the future hopes she has for Mia. The joy displayed in Cara’s answers perfectly displays a mother’s love for her daughter...

Edited by Kierra Wright

Today on "Keepin’ it Real," Cam explores progress and how it impacts the next generation - using chicken as an example...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

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In this StoryCorps interview, Aaron talks with his daughter Jennifer about his experience going to prison, and how it affected Jennifer’s lifestyle. Although he faced some struggles following his release, Aaron didn’t allow those struggles to stop him from becoming an author and motivational speaker...

Edited by Kierra Wright

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The University of South Alabama in Mobile is changing the name of its hospital.

Late last week, university trustees approved changing the name of USA Medical Center to University Hospital.

A statement from the university's medical dean, Dr. John Marymount, says the new name reflects the school's mission to provide medical education and health care stemming from research.

The hospital is the only one in southwestern Alabama that offers the top-level of trauma care.

Union members in south Alabama are heading back to work after suspending their strike against a soft drink bottler.

Employees of Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United in Mobile, Robertsdale and Leroy, as well as in Vancleave, Mississippi, went back to work Monday, suspending a walkout that began Aug. 9.

About 275 employees at the locations are represented by the Teamsters Union. Last year, the locastions were transferred from a North Carolina-based bottler to the Birmingham-based Coca-Cola United.

In this heartwarming StoryCorps interview, 11-year-old Molly Johnson talks to her dad Matthew about the day she was born, some of their favorite memories, and what she’s looking forward to in life. You can’t miss the love that this father and daughter have for each other in the laughter they share...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

Members of the Mobile City Council are asking Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey to approve funding to help restart passenger train service between the port city and New Orleans.

WALA-TV reports members sent Ivey a letter yesterday saying renewed Amtrak service would help increase tourism and economic development in Mobile.

Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi must commit almost $35 million total over three years by today to be eligible for the same amount in federal funds that would let Amtrak trains travel the northern Gulf Coast for the first time since Hurricane Katrina.

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In this StoryCorps interview, Krista Harrell talks to her friend Justine Burbank about how her first love set the tone for how she views love; this newfound perspective has given Krista insight on her personal love language and how to properly give love to her future partner...

Edited by Kierra Wright      

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Fredrick D. Richardson is from Nymph, Alabama - a small town in Conecuh County. Now he is the oldest elected official in tenure in the city of Mobile. He sat down with his friend Maria Gonzalez at StoryCorps to talk about everything he’s overcome to make it where he is today...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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Susie Richardson and Mae Ceal Herndon are sisters-in-law and close friends. In this StoryCorps piece, Susie reflects on her childhood and how her life has exceeded her expectations. She tells Mae about having to wear casts and braces on her legs as a child and learning to walk without them despite her doctor’s predictions...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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Meredith Portman always knew she wanted to be a mother, so after being a foster mom she adopted her daughter Brianna. Meredith sat down with her mom and Brianna at StoryCorps in Mobile to reminisce about Brianna’s adoption day and share their hopes for the future...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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When Ed and Sarah Jane Masline found out they were going to have a baby, they didn’t know what to expect. But they never thought their son Robert would be born with severe hemophilia. In this StoryCorps interview, Sarah Jane talks to her husband about their experience finding out Robert’s diagnosis and what they’ve learned since then...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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Artist Chris Cumbie shaped his nontraditional, artistic style in rural Alabama. From a young age, his grandfather taught him how to use what was around him to build what he needed. While at StoryCorps, Chris spoke with his fiancé Harriet Shade about his childhood and the influence of the support and encouragement she’s provided him and his son Christian. 

Christian has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, and his resilience to overcome his condition and make art has reminded Chris to always make the best of the hand he's been dealt...

Edited by Corey Carpenter

The Alabama Public Charter School Commission met Monday, approving one application for a new charter school and denying another.

The board approved an application for Woodland Preparatory, a charter school to be located in Washington County and set to open in fall 2019. Al.com reports the school plans to open with 260 students in prekindergarten through 7th grade. The school plans to add one grade each year, eventually growing to serve 664 students from pre-K through 12th grade.

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In this StoryCorps interview, Mark Ryan asks his friend Jeremy Wolff about his decision to leave his corporate job to pursue his passion for music festivals – a decision that has led to Jeremy’s freedom. The two friends also discuss how Jeremy’s newfound freedom has pushed him towards his dream and his true purpose for being on this planet...

Edited by Kierra Wright

More than a week after a locker room assault was captured on camera in south Alabama, four high school football players have been charged and the school district faces a $12 million demand.

Area news outlets are citing a statement from Mobile police yesterday that says three of the four students suspended by Davidson High School have been taken into custody. Additional information was unavailable as all three are underage.

An April 27 video shows multiple students hitting and jumping on 14-year-old freshman Rodney Kim Jr., causing a broken arm.

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In this StoryCorps piece, nine-year-old Juan Mario talks to his mom and dad about their childhoods in Venezuela and Mexico and learns about the commonalities and differences between their lives...

Edited by Anastasiya Titarenko

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