5 things to know about Rodney Scott’s BBQ opening in Saigon Noodle House location in Avondale

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Rodney Scott masters the ‘cue in a cinder block smokehouse. Photo via rodneyscottsbbq.com

Woot woot. More delicious eats coming this way! Birmingham not only boasts homegrown James Beard award winners, but our city also attracts them across state lines. Barbecue master Rodney Scott owns the title of James Beard Best Chef of the Southeast 2018. Now his restaurant, Rodney Scott’s BBQ, is coming to the Magic City. The location? The current home of Saigon Noodle House in Avondale.

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Trussville’s revitalization continues as 4 more businesses break ground, including Full Moon Bar-B-Que

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Rebecca Brown. Photo via Rebecca Brown’s A Baby and Children’s Boutique’s Facebook page.

More businesses are popping up in Trussville as its revitalization continues. Here’s an update on what has newly broken ground and what has opened.  Continue reading “Trussville’s revitalization continues as 4 more businesses break ground, including Full Moon Bar-B-Que”

Energen, one of Birmingham’s largest public companies, has been acquired by Diamondback Energy for $9.2 billion

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Photo of Diamond Back employees courtesy of Fuel Fix

Energen, one of Birmingham’s largest public companies, has been acquired by the Texas energy company Diamondback Energy in a deal reportedly valued at $9.2 billion and which creates the premier large cap Permian independent. The boards of each company voted unanimously to combine the two companies.  The Diamondback Energy deal comes on the heels of Energen’s sale of Alagasco two years ago to Spire and shifting its focus on oil exploration and production.

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9 cases of pertussis identified in Jefferson and Shelby Counties. There’s a vaccine for that at your local pharmacy.

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Pertussis can be deadly for children age 1 and under. Photo via Pixabay

Earlier this August, the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) reported an outbreak of pertussis, also called whooping cough, in Shelby and Jefferson counties. Beyond the outbreak, this serious, highly contagious respiratory disease is on the rise in Alabama. Good news! Protecting your family is as simple as stopping by your local pharmacy or doctor’s office for a vaccine.

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PALS volunteers pick up 123,440 pounds of litter this year in Jefferson County, Wenonah High School Wins Litter Quitter Campaign


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Over 61 tons of trash has been picked up in JeffCo so far this year. Photo courtesy of PALS.

There’s a lot of taxpayer money being spent on cleaning up after litterbugs in the Birmingham and Jefferson County areas so ALDOT (Alabama Department of Transportation) has launched the Trash Costs Cash campaign that is aimed at preventing people from dumping litter on neighborhood streets and major roadways.

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Binge-watching?  Episodes of public television’s Discovering Alabama are available online

Screenshot of Dr. Doug Phillips host of Discovering Alabama. From the episode titled Sipsey Wilderness.

Forget Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime. If you looking to do some serious binge-watching, checkout episodes of Alabama Public Television’s  Discovering Alabama.

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UAB School of Dentistry named one of the top dental schools in the world

UAB School of Dentistry students with John Lytle Wilson’s art work in the background at Magic City Dentistry.. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

According to the ShanghaiRanking’s 2018 Academic Ranking of World Universities, the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Dentistry has been named one of the world’s top 25 dental schools.

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We came, we ate, we applauded: Birmingham Restaurant Week’s Harvest Brunch recap

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Birmingham Restaurant Week brings together some of the city’s best brunch restaurants into one delicious, mouthwatering experience. And this past Saturday (Aug. 11), foodies across Birmingham headed to Woodlawn for the Harvest Brunch kick-off to get first dibs on the food and hype surrounding the event.

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4 easy steps to using iNaturalist to become a citizen scientist, featuring Birmingham’s Kiwanis Vulcan Trail

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A common Eastern bumble bee drinking from a bear’s foot flower along Kiwanis Vulcan Trail. Photo by Terri Robertson for Bham Now

For the past year, I’ve donned my citizen scientist hat and used iNaturalist to identify all sorts of bugs, plants and birds in Birmingham. If you love nature and science, if you have kids and want an educational way to integrate tech and the real world—or if you just want to know what the H is that bug clinging to your window—iNaturalist if for you. It’s free and easy, and I’m going to walk you through your first ID.

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Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Awards honor Birmingham’s own Wendy Jackson and Wenonah High School

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Wendy Jackson, second from the right next to Governor Kay Ivey receiving Conservationist of the Year award. Photo from Alabama Wildlife Federation Facebook page.

Earlier this month, several Birmingham conservation leaders were honored at the Alabama Wildlife Federation Governor’s Conservation Award banquet, including former longtime Freshwater Land Trust Executive Director Wendy Jackson and students from Wenonah High School.

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12 ways to support teachers and schools in Birmingham this fall, including how to send them on a beach trip

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Packing lunch boxes. Carpooling to school. Homework. It’s back to school time in Birmingham. How can you help your child and your child’s teacher have the best school year yet?  Bham Now has pulled together 12 tips to help you through.

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UAB study affirms benefits of CBD oil, a product derived from cannabis, for patients with treatment-resistant epilepsy

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UAB School of Medicine Division of Epilepsy. Photo via UAB’s website

Good news! Researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham conducted a study on the benefits of CBD oil, or cannabidiol, as a treatment for patients with intractable epilepsy who do not respond to traditional therapies. The results are in, and CBD oil significantly reduced the frequency, severity and adverse effects of seizures in participants.

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4 reasons why The Essential at Founders Station is hot in Birmingham, including phenomenal pastries

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Victor King and Kristen Hall-Owners of The Essential. Photo by Stacey Stacy Allen of Mountainside Photo Co.

The Essential is booming at Founders Station. Check out the top four reasons why it’s one of Birmingham’s latest hot spots. 

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