The Best of Birmingham

Birmingham is the largest city in Alabama. The city is the county seat of Jefferson County. The city's population was 212,237 according to the 2010 United States Census. The Birmingham-Hoover Metropolitan Statistical Area had a population of about 1,128,047 according to the 2010 Census, which is approximately one quarter of Alabama's population.

Birmingham was founded in 1871, during the post-Civil War Reconstruction period, through the merger of three pre-existing farm towns, notably, former Elyton. It grew from there, annexing many more of its smaller neighbors, into an industrial and railroad transportation center with a focus on mining, the iron and steel industry, and railroading. Birmingham was named for Birmingham, United Kingdom, one of the UK's major industrial cities. Many, if not most, of the original settlers who founded Birmingham were of English ancestry. In one writer's view, the city was planned as a place where cheap, non-unionized, and African-American labor from rural Alabama could be employed in the city's steel mills and blast furnaces, giving it a competitive advantage over industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast.

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Flood threat continues today; watching Saturday for potential severe weather

13 Mar 2019 18:27:13 Z

Up to an additional 4 inches of rain possible through the weekend for parts of Alabama.

Heavy rain, more storms possible today; flood watch continues

21 Feb 2019 11:05:29 Z

An additional 2-4 inches of rain will be possible in parts of Alabama.

Rain expected to add up this week in Alabama

20 Feb 2019 10:52:30 Z

Forecasters continue to be concerned about the potential for flooding.

Samford's Morris announces retirement from coaching

19 Mar 2019 02:56:20 Z

After 25 years at Samford University, including the last 17 as the head women's basketball coach, Mike Morris announced his retirement from coaching Monday evening.

Samford basketball advances to SoCon quarterfinals

09 Mar 2019 02:35:18 Z

The seventh-seeded Samford men's basketball team used a strong performance on both ends of the floor to advance to the Southern Conference Tournament quarterfinals with a 100-71 first-round win over 10th-seeded The Citadel Friday evening at the U.S. Cellular Center.

Samford downs The Citadel to advance to SoCon Quarterfinals

09 Mar 2019 02:33:09 Z

The seventh-seeded Samford men's basketball team used a strong performance on both ends of the floor to advance to the Southern Conference Tournament quarterfinals with a 100-71 first-round win over 10th-seeded The Citadel Friday evening at the U.S. Cellular Center.

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