Alabama

Mapping the risk of judicial corruption

May 21, 2015 - Nine states, four of them in the South, hold judicial elections but don't ban judges from seeking campaign cash from people that could appear before them. Following a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on a Florida case upholding such bans, judicial watchdogs are working to change the law in these outlier states.

Selma, behind the scenes

March 9, 2015 - Selma today is a struggling, majority-black city that embodies the conflicted legacy of the 1960s civil rights movement. Join us as we visit a whites-only country club, a Confederate memorial, an imperiled river, and a church that helped birth the Black Power movement.

From Selma to sorrow

March 9, 2015 - Viola Liuzzo died for her convictions in the 1960s freedom movement, and is the only white woman honored on the Civil Rights Memorial. But few know her story -- and why authorities conspired to keep her from being known as a hero.

INSTITUTE INDEX: The growing oil train threat

February 27, 2015 - Communities in West Virginia and Alabama are among those that have experienced fiery disasters when trains hauling crude oil derailed, and the government expects more incidents like these due to the oil shale drilling boom. So why are industry interests blocking new regulations that aim to protect the public?