Never forget the “great drought of 2016” – strong majority of Alabamians want a statewide water plan

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Little River Falls in October 2016 during the great Drought of 2016 – photo from the Little River Canyon Center

Remember the great drought of 2016? Alabama voters have not forgotten. Last fall, it did not rain for 61 days in Birmingham shattering the longest rainless streak by 9 days. Despite dry creek beds and lost waterfalls throughout the state, the Alabama legislature failed to move forward this year on the creation of a statewide water plan.

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Bham Now special: Interview with Bill Finch Birmingham Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference honoree

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Paint Rock River Wildlife – photo from The Nature Conservancy in Alabama

Next week, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens will be holding its Native Plant Conference –  “Celebrating the Astounding Biodiversity of the Southeast.” (register HERE). One of the largest conferences of its kind on biodiversity in the nation, the Gardens will be honoring Bill Finch, the award-winning writer, botanist and natural historian who has received national recognition for his garden columns and environmental reporting.

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Can you name Alabama’s top 3 Halloween candies? The number one ranked candy will shock you

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Tootsie pops is Alabama’s third most popular candy according to Candystore.com

Candystore.com released this week their state by state rankings of the most popular Halloween candy in each state.

The top ranked Halloween candies in Alabama? Drum roll please….

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Little River Canyon National Preserve – Alabama’s most visited National Park

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Helicopter airlifting a car out of Little River Canyon in 1990. Over five years from the mid-80s to 1990, 139 abandoned cars were removed from Little River Canyon

This upcoming Saturday, October 21st, people throughout the South will travel to Little River Canyon National Preserve to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the park.

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The rumors are true. Good People Brewing Company acquires Avondale Brewing Company

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Good People Brewing’s taproom – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

The rumors are true. Good People Brewing Company announced today in a press release that they have purchased Avondale Brewing Company from Avondale Holdings, a subsidiary of Orchestra Partners.

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Fighting through cerebral palsy, the United Way supports families

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Eryca Lewis and her son, Kylin – photo from the United Way of Central Alabama

Eryca Lewis and her son, Kylin, have a special bond. That’s the first thing you notice about them. It’s seen in the loving and supportive way they look at each other and in Eryca’s gentle clasp of Kylin’s shaking hand as he describes how United Way fights for him. Continue reading “Fighting through cerebral palsy, the United Way supports families”

Caring for a loved one? You need a patient advocate

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Krista Hughes

They are the most daunting tasks imaginable.

Caring for a loved one who has fallen ill. Supporting your child injured in an accident. Guiding your aging parents through the complex maze of doctors and administrators. Loving your spouse diagnosed with cancer who just needs your complete and undivided attention to hold her hand.

You need a patient advocate.

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Study: UAB experiencing explosive economic growth (video and graphs)

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According to a new study conducted by Tripp Umbach, the University of Alabama at Birmingham’s annual economic impact has grown to $7.15 billion a year, up from $4.6 billion just eight years ago — a 55 percent increase. UAB now directly employs more than 23,000 and supports more than 64,000 jobs — one of every 31 in Alabama. 

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Celebrate the South’s biodiversity at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens Native Plant Conference

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens supporters – photo by Pat Byington, Bham Now

Want to fall in love with bees, mushrooms, nature’s colors, bogs, longleaf pine forests, orchids, butterflies and much much more? Here is your chance. Register today for the Native Plant Conference at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

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