Nowadays, we can buy pet costumes for Halloween, take our dog or cat out in a pet stroller, board them at pet daycare, even buy veterinary health insurance for them. We can even adopt (as opposed to "buy") them from our local animal shelter. Legally they may be considered property, but humans are treating their furry companions as part of the family!
Michelle Obama invoked the storied history of Tuskegee University as she urged new graduates to soar to their futures. The first lady gave the commencement address Saturday at the historically black university in Alabama. Obama said the defining story of Tuskegee is that of rising hopes for all African Americans. Obama described how the Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American pilots of World War II, endured humiliating slights and how the schools' first students made bricks by hand when there was no money for construction.
This is national Small Business Week, which recognizes the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. More than half of Americans either own or work for a small business. Many military veterans use the skills learned during their service time when they return home and find jobs or start a business. Jim Salmon is the head of business lending for Navy Federal Credit Union and he says there are plenty of ways veterans can get help starting a new business …
The Alabama Legislature is honoring two Huntsville police officers for extraordinary courage in the line of duty.
Lawmakers bestowed the annual Alabama Legislative Medal of Honor for Law Enforcement to officers Jason Moore and Reynard Robinson on Thursday.
A domestic-violence suspect opened fire on the two officers with a shotgun and rifle last year. Moore was shot in the face, neck, and shoulder and still has dozens of birdshot pellets in his face and body. He stayed on the scene despite his injuries.
Mayors from several Alabama cities are planning for the future following a summit this week. The meeting in Huntsville focused on economic development and how they are bringing new jobs into the state. Mike Schmitz is the mayor of Dothan. He says the summit allows them to share ideas on how to improve their cities.
“It's really an opportunity for mayors to sit down and talk about issues that each one of us is facing and hopefully learn from each other so we can do better.
Republican lawmakers in Alabama’s House of Representatives have a new proposal to end the state's budget crisis.
Yesterday, House leaders announced a plan to fix the General Fund budget shortfall through a combination of cost-cutting, consolidation and new taxes. They plan to raise taxes on cigarettes and car rentals, cap paid state employee holidays and transfer revenue from the Education Trust Fund to the General Fund.
The proposal would raise nearly $200 million in new revenue. That’s less than half the $541 million Gov. Robert Bentley wants to raise.
The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate says he will introduce legislation to authorize a lottery and casino gambling in the state.
Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh says that it is time to let the people of Alabama make a decision on gambling. Flanked by a sign reading, "Let the people vote," Marsh says Alabama is in a dire fiscal situation and the state needs additional revenue. Marsh says Alabama sends money every year across state lines to casinos and lotteries in other states.
Republican lawmakers seem to be turning toward gambling to shore up Alabama’s General Fund Budget, but Gov. Robert Bentley says that won’t provide enough money to stave off deep cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies.
Bentley spoke to the Associated Press yesterday in Dothan. He says the drafts of lottery and casino legislation proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh would bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the state of Alabama, which he says is not the budget solution the state needs.
Charter fishermen in Alabama are gearing up for a longer than usual red snapper season.
Thanks to a recent decision from NOAA’s Fisheries Division, recreational fishermen and commercial charter fishermen have separate seasons this year. Private anglers will only be allowed to fish in federal waters for ten days starting June 1. Charter captains' season will run 44 days, from June 1 to mid-July. Last year, both groups were lumped together for a nine day season.
Authorities say 17 suspects are facing a total of 26 charges following a drug bust in Athens.
The Athens News Courier reports the arrests were made Friday as part of the Athens Police Department's "Spring Fling 2015" operation.
Athens police Chief Floyd Johnson said the operation was carried out with investigators from the Limestone County Sheriff's Office. They say officers worked in two different waves to conduct the operation, which netted marijuana, crack cocaine, drug paraphernalia and $2,000 in cash.