Mobile, AL – South Alabama towns are hoping to benefit from the economic development and tourism boom in the Florida Panhandle. State House Speaker Seth Hammett says the Panhandle's growth could mean more jobs for Alabama. Hammett is the new economic development director for the Alabama Electric Cooperative. His position requires him to work on industrial recruitment in south Alabama and northwest Florida. Florida has had 28 straight months of positive job growth.
Birmingham, AL – Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards will make his first campaign stop in Alabama Tuesday when he visits Birmingham for a fundraiser. The North Carolina Senator will speak to donors Tuesday night at the Summit Club at an invitation-only event. Party supporters hope to raise almost 500-thousand dollars. The Kerry-Edwards ticket faces an uphill battle in Alabama. The state has voted Republican in every presidential campaign since 1980.
Tuscaloosa, AL – The University of Alabama campus is getting a facelift. 50 of the most prominent buildings on the Tuscaloosa campus will have the plants around them pulled out and replaced for a more streamlined look. The University paid area landscape architect Bonner Lee about 20-thousand dollars to design and oversee the project. Lee says six buildings, mostly those around The Quad, have been finished. U-A Director of Facilities, Thad Turnipseed, says the project should be completely finished in about 16 months.