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She is a recent graduate from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. During her time at the Cronkite School Jordan was a reporter, anchor and weather reporter for Cronkite News on Arizona PBS.
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LIMESTONE, Ala. – During the 2014-15 school year, the number of fourth-grade students in Alabama not proficient in reading was enough to fill 615 school buses. That’s according to a Voices for Alabama’s Children study. A reading program in Limestone County aims to change that. Diane Steele is the Coordinator of the Limestone County NAACP’s ‘STEPS’ reading program. STEPS stands for “Students Taking Excellence Personally = Success. Steele says reading is fundamental. “You hear that term all the time, but […]
LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. – The community came together to remember the lives of five members of the Sisk family as they were laid to rest Saturday. Hundreds came to Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens to say their final goodbyes to the Sisk family. Among the victims was 35-year-old Mary Sisk. She was a fifth-generation teacher in Alabama who taught at Mountain Gap School. She was described in her obituary as a kind and big-hearted person who loved children and […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Sen. Doug Jones says everyone will feel the impact of Chinese tariffs, but he says the automobile industry and farmers would take the heaviest hit. “We have a pretty robust economy here, but it’s pretty fragile and it could go completely bust if we don’t get this trade war with China and other trade issues resolved and resolved soon,” Jones said Thursday while he was in town to speak to the North Alabama International Trade Association. “It’s […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Terry and Anthony Jackson didn’t have much, but they always shared with others. “All their lives that they served in this church, and they were poor as church mice, was to give to others,” said Jacqueline Cobb, Administrative Board Chair. Jacqueline Cobb knew the Jackson brothers well. “These men who I had gotten to know through the choir, through bible study, through ways I would have never imagined, they became real to me. They weren’t just names […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There are many kids that don’t want to play sports and for a long time their options for after school activities we’re limited. There is a place in Huntsville that is perfect for kids who may not love playing sports but have a passion for video games. Carl Holden enjoys creating video games and since May of 2018 he’s been sharing that passion with kids in Huntsville who are looking for a place to belong. “They come […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – There is renewed debate over whether employers have the right to fire someone based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. This week, a group of 48 members of congress including representative Robert Aderholt weighed in on the subject by submitting an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding a case of employment discrimination based on sexual orientation. They claim the Civil Rights Act Title VII “does not expressly include sexual orientation and gender identity as protected […]
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala. – Redstone Arsenal Celebrated Women’s Equality Day by not only commending the strides women have made in the defense industry but also addressing the future of equality. The keynote speaker was Julie Schumacher who is the president and CEO of KODA Technologies says that though women are holding an increasing amount of leadership roles in companies and defense, more can be done. Schumacher says “The story is still being written for future generations and the story is […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Today Huntsville City Schools held a safety and inclusion forum with a variety of community partners to give parents and teachers access to resources and information that can help them make sure their children feel safe and included at school. Donna Clark is the Coordinator for Behavioral Learning at Huntsville City Schools and she says, “In order for students to achieve academically they need to have all of their basic needs met and that’s to feel included […]
People all around North Alabama are trying to enjoy their summer while also avoiding the hot temperatures. Lacey Reinehl and her friends took a walk through Indian Creek in Madison early this morning to try to avoid the heat of the day. “The sun is coming up and it’s starting to warm up, so we’re on our way out,” Reinehl said. The summer may not be the best time to go for a run unless you’re willing to break a […]
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Many people have come from all over the world to take part in this year’s celebrations in Huntsville, which makes it no surprise that this year the Annual Alabama Governor’s Conference on Tourism will be held in Huntsville. Tourism was responsible for 17,000 jobs and $1.4 million in revenue in Madison County in 2018 according to the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB). “It’s really exciting to have major attractions right here in Huntsville. The U.S. […]
ARAB, Ala. – NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine came to North Alabama to make some big announcements, but first, he stopped at Arab High school to meet and speak with students. The race to Mars has a timeline, a budget and a schedule that no one knows that better than NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, “If you miss your launch window, you’re going to have to wait a couple of years before you can re-engage, so schedule matters big time.” Bridenstine believes […]
This week is Restaurant Week in Huntsville and at just about every place, there is a story to tell. If you met Ashley Ramirez, owner of Mason Dixon Bakery, you’d say she was meant to be a chef. “The service that we’re providing for the community, it’s completely fulfilling and I love it,” said Ashley Ramirez. She received her Doctorate in Chemistry and moved to Huntsville to work on Redstone Arsenal. Cooking became a passion of hers, partly because she […]