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  • Boy with autism builds world’s largest Titanic LEGO replica

    Excerpt from Fox 17:

    A young boy with autism spent more than 700 hours to build the world’s largest Titanic replica out of LEGOs.

    Brynjar Karl Bigisson, now 15, of Reykjavik, Iceland, built the massive project when he was 10. It took 11 months to complete.

    The ship, built from 56,000 LEGO blocks, made its American debut on Monday and will be anchored at Titanic Museum Attraction in Pigeon Forge.

    “The world calls him LEGO BOY and that’s just fine with Brynjar Karl Birgisson, after all he had spent a good part of his young life surrounded by thousands of LEGO bricks – the building blocks of his monumental tribute to the 2,208 men, women and children who sailed on Titanic,” attraction owner Mary Kellogg-Joslyn said.

  • Ala. First Class Pre-K Named Nation’s Highest Quality Pre-Kindergarten Program for 12th Consecutive Year

    Excerpt from a news release:

    Alabama’s high-quality, voluntary First Class Pre-K program was today named the highest quality state-funded pre-kindergarten program in America. This is the 12th year in a row the state’s voluntary pre-kindergarten program for four-year-olds has received this distinction.

    The title was bestowed upon Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program by the National Institute for Early Education Research in its 2017 State of Preschool Yearbook. The State of Preschool Yearbook is an annual report measuring the quality of state-funded early childhood education programs across the country. In this year’s report, NIEER’s 15th edition, Alabama was one of only three states, along with Michigan and Rhode Island, to meet or exceed all ten of the benchmarks NIEER measures to determine program quality.

    In its report, NIEER also featured Alabama as one of six states to watch. NIEER profiled the state’s sustained commitment and incremental approach to giving more families an opportunity to voluntarily enroll their four-year-olds without lowering the pre-k program’s quality standards.

    Advocates from the Alabama School Readiness Alliance welcomed today’s announcement.

    “NIEER’s endorsement of the state’s voluntary First Class Pre-K program is another sign that the investments state leaders have made in early childhood education will have a strong return,” said Allison Muhlendorf, the executive director of the Alabama School Readiness Alliance. “However, being number one in the nation for quality should be only half of the state’s goal. State leaders should also strive to also be number one in access for four-year-olds.”

    Alabama’s First Class Pre-K program is managed by the Alabama Department of Early Childhood Education.

  • Why a lack of GOP enthusiasm could benefit Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s campaign

    Excerpt from AL.com:

    Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey’s absence from the Republican debate stage ahead of the June 5 primaries is occurring the same time national polls suggest a widening enthusiasm gap between Democrats and Republicans ahead of November’s midterm elections.

    The Alabama GOP governor hopefuls, individually, are pointing to their own candidacies to suggest that the disenchantment, reflected in poll after poll, isn’t trickling into their race.

    But Ivey’s lack of interest in attending the debates isn’t helping to drum up Republican enthusiasm, according to the political pundits. The governor will, once again, be a debate no-show during the 7 p.m. Reckon by AL.com GOP gubernatorial debate tonight at the Lyric Fine Arts Theatre in Birmingham.

    In fact, most of political observers believe the governor’s race, overall, is lacking in much intrigue just months after the international spotlight shined on Alabama during the special U.S. Senate race which saw Democrat Doug Jones defeat Republican Roy Moore.

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AUDIO: ‘The University of Alabama showed great courage in its defense of open debate and free speech’ — J. Pepper Bryars

(Wikicommons)

Earlier this week J. Pepper Bryars, editor of Yellowhammer News, appeared on WYDE’s “The Ford Faction” to discuss a speech that was scheduled to be given by a “race realist” this Thursday at the University of Alabama.

“The University of Alabama showed great courage in its defense of open debate and free speech through its willingness to allow this speaker on campus,” Bryars said, adding that “the only cure for hate speech is more speech.”

The details:

— An obscure student group invited self-described “race realist” (aka: a racist) Jared Taylor to deliver a lecture on campus.

— The university initially approved the event because the group had followed the required process, although administration officials made clear Taylor’s message ran contrary to the school’s values.

— Eventually, however, the student group was found to be in violation of key requirements (having a faculty advisory, etc.), and after officials gave the students time to come into alignment, the group failed so the invitation was rescinded.

“Had the group met the requirements and followed the process like any other, Alabama was prepared to allow its students to hear the racist arguments this man makes, and that’s a great thing,” Bryars said. “Because the only way our society can refute such claims is to know of their existence and how to properly dispose of them … like the garbage they are.”

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@jpepperbryars is the editor of Yellowhammer News and the author of American Warfighter

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3 days ago

Scott Dawson talks about gubernatorial debate because…. well…. he was there!

(Dawson Campaign)

Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Scott Dawson stopped by Yellowhammer’s The Ford Faction to talk about the most recent gubernatorial debate. He touched on his vision for the future of Alabama, how his policies differ from those of the other candidates, and how his non-political background will help him if elected Governor.

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3 days ago

Could California split into 3 states? The Hollywood Conservative weighs in

In Friday’s final thirty with Amanda Head, we discussed the Alabama gubernatorial race and Kay Ivey’s absence at last week’s GOP debate.  Amanda discussed James Comey’s future as a talking head after his book hits the shelves. She finishes with California’s attempt to split into three.

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6 days ago

Ronnie Rice Goes To The White House with The Crimson Tide!

Ronnie Rice is the Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of the Week” and shares with us the trip to The White House to celebrate the Alabama Crimson Tide’s Championship. He details the tour of West Wing and how it was seeing Trump in person. Find out how the day really went!

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1 week ago

AUDIO: ‘Do we really believe abortion is murder?’ — J. Pepper Bryars

(W.Miller/YHN)

Earlier this week, Yellowhammer News Editor J. Pepper Bryars appeared on WYDE’s “The Ford Faction” radio program to discuss the pro-life movement and the battle to defund Planned Parenthood.

“Those of us who are pro-life must ask ourselves this question,” Bryars said. “Do we truly believe abortion is what we say it is … which is the butchering of an innocent, defenseless, unborn person?”

“If the answer to that question is ‘yes,’” he added, “then here is the second question we must ask ourselves: What other issue is more important than stopping that from happening?”

The details:

— The GOP Congress and the Trump White House promised to fully defund Planned Parenthood, but the abortion provider still remains eligible to apply for millions in Medicaid and other federal grants.

— An attempt to attach a rider to the recent $1.3 trillion omnibus bill outlawing such funding failed to gain enough support in the House and Senate.

— Bryars asked, “If abortion is what the GOP says it is, then defunding Planned Parenthood should be the party’s top priority.”

Listen to the interview here:

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Editor’s note: No federal appropriation specifically designated for Planned Parenthood was included in the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill that recently passed Congress, or in any appropriations bill in recent memory. Instead, the abortion provider has historically relied upon the millions of federal dollars it receives through Medicaid and related grants. Efforts to prevent Planned Parenthood from receiving these dollars have repeatedly failed, but the battle continues.

1 week ago

Mike Bailey opens up about losing his daughter to addiction and how faith got him through

Matt Wilson of “Living Life On Purpose” and his friend and guest Mike Bailey join The Ford Faction to talk about Mike’s walk with Christ after a traumatizing moment that led to his daughter, Ashlynn, passing away of a drug overdose.  Mike goes into depth about what that meant to him to continue his faith and meet Matt. In a powerful interview, Mike goes on about faith and family being his help in times of struggling and if anyone is going through something like addiction, then it is always best to seek help.

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1 week ago

“Facebook could be fined over $7 trillion for their actions” – Wes Thompson of Tep.io

It’s Tech Tuesday! Which means it’s time for Wes Thompson from Tep.io to join The Ford Faction.  Wes came in to talk about Mark Zuckerberg’s court hearing for Facebook’s privacy scandal. Wes mentions this could really end up being something and it all matters what Zuckerberg does and says.

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1 week ago

Should the National Guard secure the border? Amanda Head weighs in.

Amanda Head last week appeared on The Ford Faction for “The Final 30” to talk about the gun laws in Illinois and her music taste and how bad country music has gotten. Amanda goes on to discuss letting the National Guard secure the border.

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2 weeks ago

Retired military police officer Todd Rauch talks about being wounded in Iraq and how he wants to continue serving with his run for the Alabama State House of Representatives.

Todd Rauch grew up in a small town in Illinois. After high school he joined the United States Army. Following in the footsteps of his uncle, Rauch set out to become a military police officer. While on deployment in Iraq his life took a dramatic turn. Rauch was wounded in the arm and shoulder by a remotely-detonated mortar round. After 12 grueling surgeries, doctors were able to save his limbs, but his career in the Army came to an end.

Following retirement he attended Auburn University and made Lee County his home. Today Rauch spends his days helping other military veterans and focuses on issues that impact his community and Alabama. After attending multiple city council and county commission meetings throughout the state of Alabama, he became frustrated by the lack of engagement from elected officials. It was that frustration that led Rauch to launch a campaign for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 38, which covers parts of Lee and Chambers County.

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Warrior Wednesday: @WarriorWednesday
Scott Chambers: @ScottChambers

Sponsored by Xtreme Concepts and FrogFuel the Warrior Wednesday Podcast features the stories of American servicemen and women. It is hosted by Scott Chambers of Yellowhammer Radio. Check out the Warrior Wednesday website and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

3 weeks ago

UAB’s Tim Alexander weighs-in on whether Birmingham needs its new stadium

(UAB/YouTube)

After the Birmingham City Council voted to approve the new stadium, former UAB TrailBlazer player Tim Alexander explained to the guys on The Ford Faction what it means for the city.

“I’m excited about the stadium coming, I’m excited about the BJCC renovations to enlarge and increase Birmingham,” Alexander said. “Every day we get ready to go out there and have a great practice … we let the world know that it’s not just about UAB, it’s about Birmingham. What’s great for one is great for both.

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3 weeks ago

Dr. Gina Loudon joins the Man Hour and brings the hammer! Is anyone surprised?

(YHN)

Special Man Hour today! We are joined by, of course, Joel Blankenship with Xtreme Concepts, The Suit, and special guest Dr. Gina Loudon! We covered the wall, man movie of the week, the Sam-Zaction, and more!

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3 weeks ago

Shunnarah attorney Craig Niedenthal reveals a ‘bizarre’ case he encountered

Craig Niedenthal joined for The Ford Faction to talk about his time at the Shunnarah Law Firm and one of the more bizarre cases he’s ever encountered —  a man who is “filing a lawsuit against America.” Niedenthal then helps explain what it’s like being an attorney.

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3 weeks ago

From West Point, to the battlefield, to business owner, Captain Clayton Hinchman talks about his life as an Airborne Ranger

(Hinchman for Congress/FB)

Retired Airborne Ranger, Captain Clayton Hinchman attended West Point. Hinchman wanted to spend his career in the military, but an unfortunate encounter with an IED changed his plans. Warrior Wednesday host Scott Chambers spoke with Hinchman about his time in combat, how he became a business owner, and his run for U.S. Congress in Alabama’s 5th congressional district.

For more on Clayton Hinchman visit HinchmanforCongress.com on Twitter: @RealHinchman
Warrior Wednesday: @WarriorWednesday
Scott Chambers: @ScottChambers

Sponsored by Xtreme Concepts and FrogFuel the Warrior Wednesday Podcast features the stories of American servicemen and women. It is hosted by Scott Chambers of Yellowhammer Radio. Check out the Warrior Wednesday website and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

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3 weeks ago

Facebook spying? Wes Thompson explains the facts

Wes Thompson of Tep.io joins The Ford Faction to talk about what’s happening with Facebook being able to listen in and pinpoint its users political beliefs, HQ Trivia achievements from Ford and Sam, and AI intelligence from social media platforms scaring people.

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3 weeks ago

Amanda Head explains the $1.3 trillion dollar spending bill

Amanda Head appeared on the Ford Faction recently and explained the federal spending bill, the DACA drama and Roseanne Barr’s interview on Jimmy Kimmel’s show.

Head’s segment, The Final 30, is brought to you by McCutcheon Engineering: Professional Engineering Consulting Services

Does your project require the highest level of electrical engineering certainty and integrity available? McCutcheon’s Licensed Professional Engineering services provide this level of service. We can provide initial project visualization, equipment selection, drawings, code compliance, risk assessment and modernization planning that directly affect project success by removing the possibility of rework and change orders.

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4 weeks ago

Heidi DiLorenzo, an attorney with Alexander Shunnarah’s law firm, appears on ‘Shark of The Week’

Heidi Abbott DiLorenzo (Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys)

Alexander Shunnarah Law Firm’s “Shark of The Week” Heidi DiLorenzo joined The Ford Faction to talk about if a tennis ball is yellow or green, what got her start in the law firm, and her relationship with Alex.h.

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4 weeks ago

From butcher shop to rifle platoon commander: Major Chris Parks talks about his service as a U.S. Marine

(Major Chris Parks)

Growing up in Hoover, Chris Parks worked at a family owned butcher shop. After high school he attended Auburn University. Almost 16 years and multiple combat missions later, Major Chris Parks is about to leave the U.S. Marines. Parks joined Scott Chambers, host of Warrior Wednesday to share his story. Parks talks about his days as a struggling student in college, to leading a rifle platoon on the battlefield. Hear what it was like in the heat of battle, a message that gave him hope in the middle of a mission, and how determination is the key to success.

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Follow Major Chris Parks on Twitter: @PCPARKS
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Scott Chambers: @ScottChambers

Sponsored by Xtreme Concepts and FrogFuel the Warrior Wednesday Podcast features the stories of American servicemen and women. It is hosted by Scott Chambers of Yellowhammer Radio. Check out the Warrior Wednesday website and subscribe to the podcast on iTunes or Stitcher.

4 weeks ago

Scott Dawson on what Alabama needs — ‘It is not another politician’

(Dawson Campaign)

Evangelist Scott Dawson stopped by the Ford Faction on Wednesday to talk about his run governor, and how we have too many politicians and not enough leaders in Montgomery.

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4 weeks ago

Alabama Rep. Rogers clears the air about his “failed joke” on The Ford Faction

Congressman Mike Rogers called into The Ford Faction on Wednesday to clear the air about a joke he made about accents and discusses his views on Alabama politics.

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1 month ago

AlabamaWorks! is holding a career event for students to learn about jobs in the state

Edie Gibson and Antiqua Cleggett talk “Worlds of Work at SkillsUSA” which will be held April 24-25 at the Birmingham Jefferson Civic Complex.

Worlds of Work at SkillsUSA is designed to help 8-12th grade students “connect the dots” and clearly identify steps toward a college or career pathway as they enter their high school education.

More information is available here.

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1 month ago

Listen to why Alice Martin thinks she is right for the Alabama Attorney General position

Alice Martin, who is running for the GOP nomination for Alabama Attorney General, recently joined The Ford Faction to discuss politics, ethics reform and what could be done about corruption among state officials.

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1 month ago

Celtic Pride! Joel Blankenship shares his Irish roots with The Ford Faction

Joel Blankenship makes his weekly return to The Ford Faction to talk the St. Patrick’s Day parade held in Birmingham and what the holiday means to him.  Joel mentions the law that can be passed to put Police K9’s in schools to help sniff out guns or drugs.  He provides feedback on what this could mean for schools and how it will benefit the need for police K9’s.

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1 month ago

Alexander Shunnarah “Shark of The Week” Todd Buchanan appears on the Ford Faction

Todd Buchanan stopped by the Ford Faction to discuss his startup with the Shunarah Law Firm and what it means to him to work with Alexander. They joke around about Todd’s early college radio days before eventually becoming a lawyer at Colorado State University and find out what it means to truly care about your work as a lawyer.

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1 month ago

Alabama GOP Chair Terry Lathan tears into Hilary Clinton’s comments about “married white women”

Alabama Republican Party Chairwoman Terry Lathan called into the Ford Faction on Friday to talk about how Hillary Clinton now blames her defeat on “married, white women” who feel “pressure to vote the way that your husband, your boss, your son, whoever, believes you should.”

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