Montgomery, AL – In-state rivals, the University of Alabama and Auburn University, may end up on the same side when it comes to lobbying. Auburn interim President Ed Richardson says both schools will be asking state lawmakers to provide more funding. He and UA system Chancellor Malcolm Portera are discussing ways to work together to increase that funding, especially for research programs. Portera's spokesperson says the chancellor believes that research drives the state's economy.
Birmingham, AL – Gas prices continue to rise. Triple-A Alabama's daily survey shows prices Monday were up about a penny per gallon from the weekend. A gallon of regular gas is averaging a dollar-87. Mid-grades are two-dollars-a-gallon, and premium is averaging just under two-dollars-six-cents. Birmingham still has the lowest metro average at nearly a dollar-85 per gallon. Huntsville is still the most expensive place to buy gas. It's a dollar-90 a gallon there. Triple-A Alabama says the prices are ten-cents higher than a month ago.