Mobile http://apr.org en Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains http://apr.org/post/birmingham-mobile-post-modest-population-gains <p></p><p>City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case.</p><p>Al.com reports that Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip - 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's gain was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate.</p><p>The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.</p><p>Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.</p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:43:36 +0000 The Associated Press 52495 at http://apr.org Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains National Guard Unit Coming Home http://apr.org/post/national-guard-unit-coming-home Valentine's Day will be special for members of an Alabama National Guard unit that's coming home from Afghanistan. About 190 members of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are returning home to Mobile on Friday morning. The troops will be welcomed by family members and friends at an armory in the port city. The group deployed in April 2013, traveling first to Fort Hood in Texas for training. Then they moved overseas to Afghanistan. The soldiers assisted with management operations for five base camps in Kabul. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 12:57:29 +0000 Associated Press 46808 at http://apr.org National Guard Unit Coming Home State Rep. Jamie Ison Of Mobile Won't Run Again http://apr.org/post/state-rep-jamie-ison-mobile-wont-run-again <p></p><p>Republican state Rep. Jamie Ison of Mobile says she won't seek re-election next year.</p><p>Ison was elected to represent House District 101 in 2002. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Ison said Friday she will retire at the end of her term to focus her attention on her real estate career and her volunteer work.</p> Fri, 13 Dec 2013 21:54:09 +0000 The Associated Press 43253 at http://apr.org State Rep. Jamie Ison Of Mobile Won't Run Again Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill http://apr.org/post/ala-lawmakers-near-final-passage-airbus-bill <P>Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.</P> <P>The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.</P> <P>The bill passed the Senate earlier and was approved in the House Thursday. Thu, 14 Mar 2013 22:02:30 +0000 The Associated Press 26735 at http://apr.org Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill Saving Mobile's Historic Barton Academy http://apr.org/post/saving-mobiles-historic-barton-academy <P><SPAN style="LINE-HEIGHT: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</SPAN>Government Street in Mobile is a bustling center of activity—kind of like what you’d see in a lot of big U.S. cities. The only thing that might seem out of place is the school. But that’s where Barton Academy, the first public school in Alabama, was built back in the late 1830s. Sun, 24 Feb 2013 06:31:00 +0000 Ryan Vasquez 25520 at http://apr.org Saving Mobile's Historic Barton Academy Mobile Ready For Disabled Cruise Ship To Make Land http://apr.org/post/mobile-ready-disabled-cruise-ship-make-land <P>Mobile is getting ready for the return of the crippled Carnival cruise ship Triumph that is being towed to the port there after an engine room fire left it powerless at sea for days.</P> <P>It's been more than a year since a cruise ship was based in Mobile. But Sheila Gurganis, who is general manager for the terminal, says it still has the infrastructure needed to accommodate a ship like the Triumph on Thursday. Wed, 13 Feb 2013 23:12:39 +0000 The Associated Press 24923 at http://apr.org Mobile Ready For Disabled Cruise Ship To Make Land Tug Boats Tow Disabled Cruise Ship Toward Alabama http://apr.org/post/tug-boats-tow-disabled-cruise-ship-toward-alabama <P>The Coast Guard says a second tug boat has reached a disabled cruise ship in the Gulf of Mexico and is helping tow it to Mobile, Ala.</P> <P>More than 3,000 passengers and a crew of more than 1,000 aboard the Carnival Cruise Lines ship Carnival Triumph have had limited services since a fire in an engine room Sunday. The original plan was to tow it to Progreso, Mexico, but currents pushed it north.</P> <P>No injuries have been reported.</P> <P>Coast Guard Petty Officer Richard Brahm in Houston says the ship was about 270 miles south of Mobile as of Tuesday morning. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:35:32 +0000 The Associated Press 24847 at http://apr.org Tug Boats Tow Disabled Cruise Ship Toward Alabama Mardi Gras Celebrations Rolling All Day In Alabama http://apr.org/post/mardi-gras-celebrations-rolling-all-day-alabama <P>Plastic beads and moon pies will be flying all day on the Alabama coast.</P> <P>Parades began in the morning and are scheduled to go into the night in Mobile and Baldwin counties for Fat Tuesday.</P> <P>Rain is in the forecast, but organizers say the celebration will continue unless the weather turns severe.</P> <P>Six parades are scheduled in Mobile, home of the nation's oldest Mardi Gras festivities. Tue, 12 Feb 2013 23:27:19 +0000 The Associated Press 24846 at http://apr.org Mardi Gras Celebrations Rolling All Day In Alabama Ala. Residents To Be Surveyed On Oil Spill Effects http://apr.org/post/ala-residents-be-surveyed-oil-spill-effects Residents along Alabama's Gulf Coast are being asked to participate in a survey designed to gauge long-term effects of the 2010 Gulf oil spill. Representatives of the state Department of Public Health will go door-to-door this week to conduct the survey, which take about 15 minutes to complete. Residents of Mobile and Baldwin counties were also surveyed in 2010 and 2011. Participants also will be asked about how their community is prepared for an emergency and their access to health care. The information will be analyzed by the health department in conjunction with the Centers for Mon, 15 Oct 2012 21:12:46 +0000 The Associated Press 19284 at http://apr.org Ala. Residents To Be Surveyed On Oil Spill Effects Witnesses Say Slain Ala. Student Appeared Intoxicated http://apr.org/post/witnesses-say-slain-ala-student-appeared-intoxicated Witnesses say a University of South Alabama student was screaming obscenities and talking about being on a "spiritual quest" shortly before campus police fatally shot him. Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday. The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. Mon, 08 Oct 2012 22:13:16 +0000 The Associated Press 18972 at http://apr.org Witnesses Say Slain Ala. Student Appeared Intoxicated Alligator Season Wraps http://apr.org/post/alligator-season-wraps <p> &nbsp; &nbsp;The seventh annual alligator season has just wrapped up in Alabama. One hundred twenty five tags were issued to hunters who wanted to chase down the large reptiles. Of that, seventy-eight gators were brought in, leaving forty seven tags unfilled.</p><p> &nbsp; &nbsp;Two weekends a year Alabamians get the opportunity to hunt for alligators. Hunters like Jennifer Smith and her family, who bagged a three-hundred fifteen pound alligator that measured ten feet five inches long. She says hope to go every chance she gets.</p> Fri, 31 Aug 2012 22:24:29 +0000 Stan Ingold 17191 at http://apr.org Alligator Season Wraps Governor Bentley Updates Evacuation Orders http://apr.org/post/governor-bentley-updates-evacuation-orders <p><strong>Update: &nbsp;August 28, 2012 - Afternoon</strong></p><p>MONTGOMERY – Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday lifted mandatory evacuation orders&nbsp;</p> Tue, 28 Aug 2012 14:50:05 +0000 Alabama EMA 16956 at http://apr.org Governor Bentley Updates Evacuation Orders NOAA: Current forecast path for Isaac includes Mississippi http://apr.org/post/noaa-current-forecast-path-isaac-includes-mississippi <p>KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters say a strengthened Tropical Storm Isaac is bearing down on the Florida Keys. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac was centered about 135 miles (220 kms) east-southeast of Key West at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. The storm has top sustained winds of about 65 mph (100 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). Hours earlier, Isaac's winds were clocked at about 60 mph (95 kph). Sun, 26 Aug 2012 12:34:06 +0000 The Associated Press 16844 at http://apr.org NOAA: Current forecast path for Isaac includes Mississippi Feds Provide $100K Grant For Passenger Rail Study http://apr.org/post/feds-provide-100k-grant-passenger-rail-study Federal railway officials are providing $100,000 to study the possibility of passenger train service linking Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. The Federal Railroad Administration said Thursday it is earmarking the money in response to an application from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Amtrak used to run passenger trains linking the three cities, and the study will look at restoring the service. Amtrak's Crescent route runs through Birmingham as it connects New Orleans and New York, and the Amtrak Sunset Limited used to come through Mobile as it connected Ne Thu, 16 Aug 2012 22:03:58 +0000 Associated Press 16378 at http://apr.org Feds Provide $100K Grant For Passenger Rail Study Austal USA To Add 1,000 Jobs At Mobile Shipyard http://apr.org/post/austal-usa-add-1000-jobs-mobile-shipyard <p>Alabama&#39;s governor says the state will provide $5 million and job training to Austal USA to help the shipbuilder add up to 1,000 jobs in Mobile.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley was in Mobile on Tuesday to announce an agreement with the Australia-based shipbuilder.</p><p>The agreement calls for the state to provide $1 million a year for five years, which will help with the expansion of the Mobile complex.</p> Tue, 14 Aug 2012 22:40:10 +0000 Associated Press 16258 at http://apr.org Austal USA To Add 1,000 Jobs At Mobile Shipyard