Mobile's Mayor-elect, Sandy Stimpson, took the oath of office on Monday. I sat down for a one-on-one conversation with the new Mayor to talk about his plans for the City and what Monday will be like... Sandy Stimpson: Well, it all starts off with a meeting at 10:30, and where I’ll actually be sworn in at the auditorium at Government Plaza. Then, we’ll go right to work right after that, there are a lot of things that the Mayor will to execute at that time.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A dentist in Hoover has collected more than 100 pounds of leftover Halloween candy to send to American troops overseas. Al.com reports Dr. James Sanderson Jr. held a two-hour candy buyback Friday afternoon. Sanderson offered to pay people a dollar for every pound of candy donated. His daughter Sara Franklin tells the website more than 180 people showed up. Sanderson says he wants to brighten the day of U.S. troops overseas with care packages. This was the 10th year in a row that Sanderson has held his leftover candy buyback.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — About 90,000 Alabamians will have to find new health insurance policies because their current policies don't meet the requirements of the federal health care law. The state Department of Insurance says it doesn't have figures on the issue. The Associated Press compiled the 90,000 figure by contacting Alabama's major health insurance companies. Alabama's largest health insurance provider is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It has 87,000 customers who have been notified that their plans don't meet the law's requirements.
Elle is the American Humane Association's 2013 Hero Dog of the year. She is a Therapy Dog and has her AKC Canine Good Citizen certification. She is also an American Bull Terrier, often called a Pit Bull. Breeders say they are friendly, intelligent and make great family pets. Unfortunately there are those who misuse members of the breed for dogfighting because of their muscular build and strength.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state health department says the Alabama Women, Infants and Children Program is resuming issuance of three months of food benefits. The program had gone to one-month issuance because of the partial government shutdown. Program Director Amanda Martin said the return to three months of benefits took effect Friday. WIC has an average monthly caseload of 139,000 women, infants and children up to age 5. They receive nutrition education and vouchers for specific food items, such as eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, and fruits and vegetables.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A judge says there's no evidence fraternity and sorority members at the University of Alabama were wrongly cajoled into voting in a city school board election in Tuscaloosa. Claims that students received offers of alcohol and other perks to vote are part of a challenge filed by school board candidate Kelly Horwitz after Cason Kirby defeated her for a seat in August. But Circuit Judge Jim Roberts said during a hearing Thursday there's no evidence of such misconduct.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate's president pro tem is trying to make it harder for legislators to leave office and immediately become lobbyists. Republican Del Marsh of Anniston says he plans to push a bill in the legislative session starting in January to prohibit legislators who resign while in office from lobbying both the House and Senate for the remainder of that term or two years, whichever is longer. The bill would also prohibit legislators from lobbying both the House and Senate for two years after completing their terms.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Halloween forecast is a little scary for parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service says heavy rain and sustained winds of 25 mph and more are likely from Thursday afternoon through evening in north Alabama. Some forecasts say wind gusts could reach 60 mph. A wind advisory covering the northern part of the state will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. The worst weather during trick-or-treating hours is supposed to be around Interstate 65 in north-central Alabama, but forecasters say south Alabama may be OK until later at night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa judge is considering whether Greek-letter groups at the University of Alabama can get involved in an election challenge involving a city school board race. A hearing is set for Thursday morning on a request by two fraternities and a member to intervene in a challenge filed by failed school board candidate Kelly Horwitz. Horwitz's case is focusing attention on the university's influential Greek system by claiming members were wrongly encouraged to support her opponent.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute says its president and CEO plans to retire at the end of the year.
The institute said in a news release Tuesday that Lawrence Pijeaux Jr. will stay on in an interim role while the organization searches for his successor. Al.com reports Pijeaux has led the institute since 1995.
The release said the institute received full accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 2005 and won national awards in 2007 and 2008. Pijeaux also presided over a $2.5-million renovation of the museum in 2009.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The state of Alabama has agreed to settle the remaining challenges over its toughest-in-the-nation crackdown against illegal immigration. The state and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a proposed settlement Tuesday that would end a federal lawsuit over the law, which has mostly been gutted by court rulings. ACLU lawyer Cecillia Wang says the state also is settling a suit filed by the Justice Department.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Republican state Sen. Bryan Taylor of Prattville says he won't seek re-election next year. The 37-year-old freshman senator announced Monday that he wants to focus on his law practice and his family with a third child on the way. Taylor said he will serve out his full term and has no plans to lobby when he leaves the Legislature. Taylor was policy director for Gov. Bob Riley when he decided to run for the Legislature in 2010.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A University of Alabama study is looking at whether butterfly wings might hold a key for improving flight for aircraft. The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of about $280,000 to study the tiny scales that butterflies have on their wings. The scales help the insects stay aloft despite flying so slowly. An associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at Alabama, Amy Lang, says the arrangement of the scales leads to an aerodynamic benefit for butterflies.
What’s the worst pair of eyeglasses you’ve ever worn? The black rimmed type sported by Clark Kent? How about the large red frames made famous by talk show host Sally Jessie Rafael? Others are considered cultural icons, like the gold rimmed specs worn by Beatle John Lennon. Those didn’t come from a fancy boutique. But rather, there were the standard frames available through the British National Health Service.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Statewide elections are still more than a year away, but candidates are busy raising money. The Anniston Star reported Sunday that state finance records show more than $11 million has been raised since June - when candidates first became eligible to receive contributions for their 2014 campaigns. The newspaper says Republican candidates have picked up $6.8 million of that cash, while Democrats garnered only $861,000. Political action committees pulled in $6.3 million over the same time period.