A coin toss connects Quarterback Club, high school football + children’s health charities

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On the left, Drew Ferguson, the organizer of the coin toss, director of sports medicine at Children’s of Alabama and member of the AHSAA Medical Advisory Committee. The picture was taken in 2018. Photo via Drew Ferguson

It is one of the most memorable traditions in sports—honorary captains participating in the coin toss before the start of a championship football game. Presidents, heroes, hall of famers and celebrities are typically given the distinction. In Alabama, we take it to a higher level.

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Shipt is adding another 50,000 more shoppers to its national network

Shipt downtown Birmingham, Alabama headquarters. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

Just in time for the holiday season, Birmingham-based Shipt announced this week that it’s adding another 50,000 shoppers to its national network. This is in addition to the 100,000 shoppers Shipt announced it would be onboarding nationwide in October.

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Black bears, our state mammal, are returning to Alabama. See how these cubs will help us.

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Department of Conservation’s Traci Wood holding four cubs in Northeast Alabama. Photo via Hannah Leeper

Let me introduce you to four male black bear cubs who reside near the Little River Canyon National Preserve. Say hello to Pea Eye, Newt, Gus and Blue Duck.

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Need boots? Alabama’s first Tecovas opens at The Summit on Nov. 20th

Tecovas the legendary bootmaker is opening its first store in Alabama at the Summit on November 20, 2020. Photo via Pat Byington for Bham Now

Tecovas, the legendary fine bootmaker and western goods retailer from Texas is opening its first store in Alabama at The Summit on Friday, November 20th.

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Birmingham rezones Carraway Hospital property to mixed-use

Carraway Hospital has been abandoned since 2008. New zoning rules will enable developers to redevelop the property in 2021. Photo by Pat Byington for Bham Now

The Birmingham City Council has approved a measure to rezone the Carraway Hospital property from health and institutional use (for hospitals) to mixed-use designations. The new zoning will help efforts to redevelop the historic 48-acre campus.

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St. Vincent’s, United Way and local paramedics team up to keep patients healthy

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Pictured Left to Right: Larry Holsonbach, Shunta Barbour, Casey Humblen, Stacia Sabora, Brian Blakes, and Gregory Fields. Photo via St. Vincent’s Foundation

One of the highest rates for hospital readmission is among heart patients. Recently, St. Vincent’s Hospital, Birmingham Fire and Rescue, and the United Way of Central Alabama’s Bold Goals Coalition launched a pilot project that has significantly reduced this problem and helped keep cardiac patients healthy. Here is their story. 

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Auto supplier Mobis expanding into Birmingham region adding 120 jobs

Mobis US Alabama LLC, a subsidiary of Seoul, South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis, will open a new facility at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Industrial Park in McCalla. Photo via Gray Construction’s Facebook page

Auto supplier Mobis US Alabama LLC, a subsidiary of Seoul, South Korea’s Hyundai Mobis, will open a new facility at the Jefferson County Metropolitan Industrial Park in McCalla, adding 120 jobs, according to a joint announcement from the company and the Birmingham Business Alliance (BBA).

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