Urban Standard re-opens: Smiles and hugs everywhere – a community comeback story (photos)

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Urban Standard re-opened today after a fire caused its closure on January 5, 2017.

All morning long there has been smiles and hugs between employees and long time customers, as Urban Standard, the popular downtown coffeehouse and cafe on 2nd Avenue North, opened its doors for the first time since a January fire forced the business to temporarily close.

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Civitan Club of Birmingham and the Jimmie Hale Mission team up

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Kearney Hutsler and Tony Cooper – photo from Civitan Club of Birmingham

Tony Cooper, executive director of the Jimmie Hale Mission, spoke at the Civitan Club of Birmingham’s monthly luncheon on Friday, April 21, 2017. Combined, the two organizations have served the Birmingham area for more than 170 years.

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State acknowledges need for better sewage spill notification – a “study” and improved rules should follow

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Yesterday, Alabama’s Environmental Management Commission (“EMC”) voted to deny a statewide petition filed by nine water protection groups to initiate rule-making to require better public notification of sewage spills and overflows.  In doing so, the EMC announced plans to study the issue and consider rule-making at a later date to improve public notification of sewage spills.

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