“It’s our responsibility to facilitate opportunities for them to understand why the world is the way it is,” said Kathryn Gardiner, lead park ranger of the Freedom Riders sites in Anniston and Birmingham.

Military veterans who served during the Cold War would be able to get a specialized license plate for their cars under a bill by a Jacksonville lawmaker which passed both houses of the Alabama Legislature this month.

As of Thursday afternoon, the bill was headed back to a committee where differences in the House and Senate versions could be resolved, but it seemed likely to head to the desk of Gov. Kay Ivey soon.

More progress was made on both state budgets on Tuesday, closing in on a final vote for both during the last days of the Alabama Legislature's 2021 regular session.

The storms flung tiny, hard-hit towns like Phil Campbell and Hackleburg into the national spotlight. And it’s likely that in the coming week, people in those cities will pause to remember what was lost and what was rebuilt.

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