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United Way Workshop: New student loan guidelines make it easier to secure mortgage

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Students from Miles College. Photo via Miles College

Are your student loans preventing you from securing a mortgage to purchase a dream home? 

According to a recent United Way of Central Alabama workshop about college debt and new Federal Housing Administration — FHA home loan guidelines, help is on the way.

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Back to normalcy. AHSAA held its first in-person Summer Conference and North-South All-Star games since 2019.

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AHSAA North-South All-Star Game. Photo via Matthew Nibblet for Bham Now

Back to normalcy.

After a one-year absence, the Alabama High School Athletic Association (AHSAA) held its first in-person Summer Conference — the largest annual gathering in the state of Alabama.

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Alabama Audubon approves of new NBA G-League Squadron name

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Brown pelicans are known for their majestic flights! Photo by Joshua J. Cotten on Unsplash

While some may have been confused by the announcement of “Squadron” as Birmingham’s NBA G-League team name, bird experts smiled from beak to beak. Keep reading to learn about the brown pelican and how it landed in Birmingham.

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Check out why Birmingham got $450K for bioscience growth

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Birmingham’s getting $450K for bioscience growth—wow. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

Birmingham has stepped up its science game! Thanks to impressive research centers like UAB, Birmingham is getting $450K from the Department of Commerce. We’re excited this money will help out our bioscience jobs. Wanna know more? Read on for all the deets.

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Cahaba Brewing Co. debuts rum, spirits + cocktails—details here

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Cahaba Brewing Co. now sells rum. Photo via Cahaba Brewing Co.

Cahaba Brewing Company’s beloved beers are now sharing the spotlight. The brewery has announced they’ve added spirits and cocktails to their menu with the delicious release of their Cahaba Rum. Read on for all the details.

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July 29 is National Intern Day! Celebrate with the Bham Now interns

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Our interns are always ready for an impromptu photo shoot. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Yes, there really is a holiday for just about everything. We’re celebrating National Intern Day the best way we know how, by introducing you to our stellar Bham Now interns. Birmingham has some incredible internships to offer, but we’ve definitely snagged top talent. Keep reading to meet our crew!

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Feast makes Birmingham catering easier for your favorite restaurants—and you

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Get ready to feast on tasty food that gives back to your go-to restaurants. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

This past year has been tough for… well, pretty much everyone, and especially the restaurant industry. That’s why Feast is doing everything they can to help local restaurants. Meet Feast, your new go-to for Birmingham catering.

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5 shows you need to see at Red Mountain Theatre in 2021-22

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Keith Cromwell, Executive Director, in front of Red Mountain Theatre Company’s incredible new building. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

If you’ve been missing live theatre, you need to get out your calendar and set reminders for these dates. Not only will Red Mountain Theatre be back for the 2021-22 season, but they’ll be in their new, state-of-the-art facility in Parkside. The first show starts December 3, 2021.

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Birmingham Rapid Transit buses bring speedy travel to The Magic City

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The Birmingham Rapid Transit system will bring faster public transportation to The Magic City. Photo via City of Birmingham
The Birmingham Rapid Transit system will bring faster public transportation to The Magic City. Photo via City of Birmingham

A bus running every 15 minutes? This may sound like a fantasy, but it’s coming to Birmingham in less than a year. The City of Birmingham is partnering up with the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority (BJCTA) to bring the Birmingham Rapid Transit system to life. Keep reading to learn more.

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5 of the best juice bars in Birmingham that you have to try

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Everything is going to be just juicy with these amazing juices we have lined up for you! Photo via Farm Bowl and Juice Co.

If you want to cool down while staying healthy during the hot Alabama summer, we have the perfect pick for you. There’s nothing better than a refreshing fresh-squeezed juice, so we rounded up the best juice bars in Birmingham for you to start trying out.

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Meet the 5 startups competing for $50K at the Alabama Launchpad Finale in Auburn, August 26

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Alabama Launchpad is celebrating the return of live events on August 26th! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

After more than a year of virtual events, the highly-anticipated Alabama Launchpad Finale is returning to the stage in Auburn on August 26th! To celebrate, we’re highlighting the 5 competitors, including startups helping people breathe easier, eat local, build wealth, and more. Keep reading to learn about the event—and buy tickets here!

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Greater Birmingham school districts release new mask guidelines for 2021-2022 school year

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Jefferson County wants to make sure that the routes to and from schools are safe. Photo via Unsplash

In order to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 Delta variant, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has released a new mask guidance. Here in Birmingham, city and county school systems are individually taking steps to ensure their students’ and faculty’s safety. Keep reading to find out how.

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Stay hydrated this summer with tips from TrustCare’s Dr. Seale

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Dr. Daniel Seale, a phycisian at TrustCare’s Cahaba Heights location. Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

Summer is in full swing, and that Alabama heat can be brutal. Whether you’re out for a run or mowing the lawn, it’s extremely important to stay hydrated—especially during these scorching summer months.

Keep reading to learn how you can spot the early warning signs of dehydration & how to prevent it in the first place.

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How to plan the perfect camping getaway in Birmingham

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Plan the perfect camping trip this fall in Alabama! Photo via Nathan Watson for Bham Now

I don’t know about you, but I’m ready to see the end of this summer’s heat! Since the next few months will bring cooler weather, it’s time to start planning your next camping getaway. We caught up with Mercedes-Benz of Birmingham and Storyteller Overland to learn how to plan the perfect camping trip in Birmingham.

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Drinks, magic + a Sun Ra vibe Aug. 6, 5-9PM at the BMA

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Carey Fountain in front of the Afrofuturist “Imperishable Stars” by local artist Erin Mitchell. Photo via Jacob Blankenship for Bham Now

The Birmingham Museum of Art (BMA) is throwing its first in-person party since the pandemic started. It’s a celebration of Afrofuturism in The Magic City, and it’s gonna be out of this world. Stop by for drinks, music and a little bit of magic, Friday, August 6 from 5-9PM, inspired by iconic artist and Birmingham native, Sun Ra.    

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