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Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that became law. What else has he done in Congress?

U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks has sponsored just one bill that made it into law during his decade in Congress: the renaming of a U.S. Post Office in Alabama. Brooks, the embattled and unapologetic congressman from northern Alabama, has come under pressure after helping mobilize a contentious challenge of the recent [...]

By |2021-01-11T21:08:01-06:00January 11, 2021|Politics, Story|

Some voted Trump, some backed Biden. What are their hopes for the future?

Both President Trump and the Biden/Harris campaign touted coalitions of voters supporting their campaigns. There were Climate Voters for Biden. Sportsmen for Trump. Latinos for both. With Congress set to certify the election results and the inauguration of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the next president and vice president, [...]

Why it matters that Alabama’s children of color will soon be the majority

Children of color will soon be the majority of children in Alabama, and people of color will make up the majority of the state’s workforce in a decade, according to a new report.  These findings were outlined in the Alabama Kids Count Data Book, published this month, which examines child-related quality-of-life characteristics like health, education and economic security on state and county levels. Due [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:43:09-06:00December 29, 2020|Education, Health, Race|

At this COVID-19 unit, things were getting better. Now, its nurses fear a ‘tsunami’ is coming

Working in a hospital COVID-19 unit right now feels a little like being in a disaster flick, said Jake Perkins. A 24-year-old registered nurse in a medical intensive care unit at UAB, he’s caring for the hospital’s sickest COVID-19 patients.  “It reminds me of a movie about a tsunami,” he told Reckon. “You turn around and you see this wave coming at you.”  Recently, UAB Hospital hit a [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:43:51-06:00December 18, 2020|Health, Story|

‘Come to church, we have the best sex:’ Christian leaders rethink purity culture messaging

This story is part of a series about purity culture, sex education and the role of family, faith and communities in addressing the lasting impacts of purity culture's teachings. John Paul Basham remembers, when he was a teenager, participating in a sexual abstinence program called True Love Waits at his Southern Baptist [...]

By |2021-01-08T14:59:22-06:00December 8, 2020|Reckon|Women, Story|

Maternal mortality panel finds 70 percent of Alabama pregnancy deaths preventable; urges Medicaid expansion

Nearly 70 percent of pregnancy-related deaths of Alabama women were preventable in 2016, according to the state’s first report on maternal mortality since officials began collecting data last year.  The report also recommended that Alabama expand Medicaid, calling a failure to do so “an underlying, yet significant factor” impacting the maternal deaths covered in the report.  [...]

By |2021-01-14T15:49:46-06:00November 18, 2020|Blackness, Health, Reckon|Women, Story|

‘Rushed and undemocratic’: Hundreds of Ala. women decry Ivey’s support of Amy Coney Barrett

More than 800 Alabama women cosigned a letter this week, denouncing Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s support of what they called the “rushed and undemocratic” confirmation process of Judge Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court. Ivey, along with two other women Republican governors, had written a public letter [...]

By |2020-11-04T07:08:28-06:00October 28, 2020|Reckon|Women, Story|