Former U.S. Rep. Artur Davis says he will set up an exploratory committee for the 2015 mayor's race in his hometown of Montgomery.
Davis says he will establish the committee on Aug. 25, one year before the election. The former congressman says he will enter the race for mayor if the exploratory committee determines the resources and grassroots support are there for a campaign.
Davis made the announcement in an opinion article for al.com.
Birmingham is trying to land its biggest prize in years: The 2016 Democratic National Convention.
Officials with the Democratic National Committee will arrive in Alabama's largest city Monday for a two-day visit to assess whether Birmingham could host the massive gathering.
The national representatives will meet with area promoters to discuss logistical needs like hotels and arena space. They'll also attend a public party Monday night at a downtown concert venue, and a private event is planned at the city's year-old baseball park.
The National Park Service reports that its parks and other attractions in Alabama saw an increase in visitors in 2013.
The Park Service recorded 749,855 visitors in Alabama in 2013. That was up from 717,724 in 2012. The increase came even though there was a 16-day government shutdown in 2013. The Park Service estimates the visitors had an economic impact of nearly $28 million.
For the third year in a row, the Alabama Associated Press today named the Alabama Public Radio newsroom the state’s “Most Outstanding News Operation.” This prestigious award for 2013 follows the same generous honor in 2011 and 2012.
Tourists traveling into Alabama on interstate highways will soon be greeted by signs saying "Welcome to Sweet Home Alabama."
State tourism and transportation officials say the "Alabama The Beautiful" signs that have stood at the state line since 2003 will be replaced by the new "Sweet Home Alabama" signs over the next few months. Smaller versions of the signs will be on the grounds of the eight state welcome centers to serve as backdrops for travelers' photos.
Federal inspectors have issued a report on a Huntsville veterans' outpatient clinic saying administrators didn't properly document opioid medication management or document and respond to patients' abnormal test results.
The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Inspector General issued a report Thursday outlining recommendations for improving oversight at the facility. Investigators recommended that clinic officials notify patients of their test results within a defined timeframe, ensure that a pain management policy is implemented and more.