He wants to change the way we do business in Birmingham. District 5, meet Charles Ball.

It’s time to start paying attention to municipal election candidates, Birmingham! City council, school board and mayoral candidates will be able to officially qualify for the election beginning this Friday, June 23. Qualifying will last for two weeks, and the election will be held on August 22.

Today, let’s get to know more about Charles Ball. He’s running in District 5.

Charles Ball, District 5, Birmingham City Council, Candidate, Alabama
Charles Ball, submitted photo

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Black Lives Matter Birmingham co-founder running for city council in District 9

Eric Hall has declared his intent to run for Birmingham’s City Council in District 9. He’s president of the Central Pratt Neighborhood Association, an associate minister at Peace Missionary Baptist Church and a senior at Miles College. Hall also co-founded the Black Lives Matter Birmingham Chapter. Let’s find out why he’s running.

Eric Hall Birmingham Alabama City Council candidate District 9
Eric Hall, submitted

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Birmingham Public Library expands after-school STEM program for teens

Thanks to a $95,000 grant from the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, the Birmingham Public Library (BPL) will be able to purchase laptops, software, tools, safety equipment and fund stipends for Teens Engineer BHM, an after-school robotics program.

Teens Engineer BHM at Birmingham Public Library learning STEM disciplines.
Dr. Abidin Yildirim, Director of Outreach and STEM Coordinator for the UAB School
of Engineering (left) working with college mentors and local teens on a structured STEM activity at the Central Library, via Birmingham Public Library

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Drive Downtown? The 17th Street North Exit closes May 31, more bridge repair woes ahead.

For downtown drivers, replacement of the I-20/59 bridges means major traffic headaches are not coming to an end anytime soon. If you use the I-20/59 exit 125A onto 17th Street downtown,  you’ll need a new route starting May 31.

125A, I-20/59, I-65, Birmingham, Alabama,
Exit 125A Photo, via gribblenation.com

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AT&T committed to Alabama with billion dollar investment

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By Wade Cline and JH Daniel

AT&T invested more than $1.1 billion in the company’s Alabama wireless and wired networks during 2014–2016. These investments drive a wide range of upgrades to reliability, coverage, speed and overall performance for residents and businesses. They also improve critical services that support public safety and first responders.

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