Montgomery, AL – Alabama's seafood industry is supporting one amendment that would impose a voluntary fee on its products to fund promotional activities. It's on the statewide ballot because it's a revenue issue and would be handled by the state agriculture department. The seafood industry is trying to compete with cheap foreign shrimp imports. Shrimpers blame those imports for depressing the prices of domestic shrimp.
Undated – The nighttime sky will be a little unusual Wednesday. There will be a full lunar eclipse. It will begin around 8:15 P-M, when the moon will begin to pass through the earth's shadow. Astronomers says if the skies are clear, residents can expect to see the moon turn to a deep reddish, orange color. And, as it turns out, the ghoulish look comes very close to the Halloween holiday. The eclipse will take several hours to complete, but astronomers say casual observers can watch it without telescopes or binoculars.
Opelika, AL – A plan to expand the use of a landfill in Lee County has been rejected. The expansion would have allowed the landfill to accept a thousand additional tons of trash from metro-Atlanta and other parts of Georgia. Waste Away, a subsidiary of Waste Management, would have paid the county 75-cents a ton. But the Lee County Commission voted 5-0 against the plan. Atlanta officials had already decided not to consider Waste Away to handle the removal of metro-Atlanta trash.
Salem, AL – The Lee County Commission has voted unanimously to not allow 1,000 additional tons of trash a day into the Salem landfill. Commissioners rejected the petition from Waste Away Monday night. The Waste Management subsidiary operates the Salem Waste Disposal Center. It had asked the commissionrs to allow the trash from 15 Georgia counties into the landfill. But County Commission Chair Bill English said Monday night that allowing the trash would increase traffic and reduce the life span of the landfill.
Birmingham, AL – Nineteen states were sued decades ago for operating racially segregated higher education systems. Eleven of those states are still under federal scrutiny concerning higher education practices. They are subject to the authority of the court system or the U-S Department of Education's Office of Civil Rights. Alabama is among them, but the state may reach a lawsuit settlement by next August. Mississippi's case ended last week, and Louisiana's and Tennessee's could wrap up within the next two years.
Birmingham, AL – Triple-A Alabama's most recent survey shows gasoline prices have leveled off across the state. The average price for regular unleaded is a dollar-93; mid-grades average two-dollars-six cents; premium is about two-dollars-12 cents and diesel also is up slightly to two-dollars 12-cents. Birmingham has the lowest average price at one-90 a gallon. Mobile has the highest at one dollar-96 cents.