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Juneteenth Is Now A Federal Holiday

Updated June 17, 2021 at 4:28 PM ET President Biden on Thursday signed a bill to recognize Juneteenth — the celebration to commemorate the end of chattel slavery in the United States — as a federal holiday. Federal employees will observe the holiday for the first time on Friday . "Throughout history, Juneteenth has been known by many names: Jubilee Day, Freedom Day, Liberation Day, Emancipation Day, and today, a national holiday," said Vice President Harris, who is the first woman, Asian...

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Jun 17, 2021

It's here! The long-awaited Alabama A&M University inspired brew "Alma Mater" is here and on sale. The name "Alma Mater" was named by a group of MBA students. It will be available purchase on tap and can by 6-pack, crowlers, or growlers.

More information regarding additional sale locations will be revealed as it becomes available.


On this edition of WJAB's " Yo! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims speaks with R&B singer Juhmal. Juhmal is a Montgomery native and current AAMU student getting national attention for his singles "Tired of love" and "Beg for it."

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On the latest edition of WJAB's " Yo! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims speaks with Marquez McClinton and Michael Cummings of Spinships!Spinships takes a unique approach to music mixing spoken word, hip hop and acoustic elements. This Tennessee Valley duo recently released their first project via bandcamp. Click here for more.  

On this edition of WJAB's "Yo! Just Checkin In" host Marcus Sims speaks with a Tennesse Valley author, connection coach and CEO of Poplar Art productions, Toya Poplar. She also recently released her book " Black Pearls" which gives advice for married couples, engaged couples or those considering marriage.

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Alabama Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday, June 18, 2021 will be a state Holiday commemorating Juneteenth.

Governor Ivey issued a proclamation after the signing of abill by President Biden making Juneteenth a federal holiday. State offices will be closed with the exception of certain areas with essential personnel needed to maintain those areas. Those who have to work on June 18, 2021 should have a day off as soon as possible. 

Arts Huntsville and the City of Huntsville Department of Parks & Recreation welcome back its in-person summer concert series to Huntsville’s Big Spring Park every Monday night starting June 7th through August 9th!

Concerts in the Park will be held at the Huntsville Museum of Art’s outdoor stage in Big Spring International Park.. The concerts are FREE to the public, and local food trucks and vendors will be onsite, offering a diverse rray of local tastes. 

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Updated June 19, 2021 at 1:05 PM ET

Champ Biden, one of two German shepherds belonging to President Biden and his family has died, the president and first lady Jill Biden announced late Saturday morning. He was 13 years old.

"Our hearts are heavy today," Biden and first lady Jill Biden wrote in a statement, adding that the dog had died at their home.

The Bidens were at their home in Delaware.


This week marks the 50th anniversary of the war on drugs. And today, we'll visit two communities that found themselves on the frontlines. Huntington, W.V., and Brownsville, N.Y., were hit hard by drug addiction. They're also places where people say drug war policies left deep scars. NPR addiction correspondent Brian Mann reports.

MOSCOW — Catherine Serou, a 34-year-old U.S. citizen studying in Russia, has been found dead after she went missing on Tuesday, Russia's Investigative Committee said in a statement.

A man in his early 40s with past convictions, has been arrested and is cooperating with investigators, the committee said. His name was not released.

The U.S. Congress this week established Juneteenth, a commemoration observed in communities and cities across the country for more than 150 years to mark the day slaves in Texas were informed of their freedom, as an officially recognized federal holiday. Celebrations being held all over the country on June 19 likely will assume an added sense of occasion.

When it comes to raising resilient children, Jeff Nelligan knows more than a thing or two. He's raised three sons, dripping with hustle and composure. One of them is a senior at West Point, another graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy and the third from Williams College, where he played lacrosse. "I've raised three bad asses," Nelligan says bluntly (as he does often). "I hate to say it that way, but these kids have the ability to get over adversity, and that's resilience."

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