Bay Minette, AL – Baldwin County emergency workers are coordinating with local school officials to prepare for Hurricane Ivan. Harriet Outlaw with the Baldwin County school system says a voluntary evacuation will be implemented Monday evening for county residents living south of Highway 98. Those communities include Foley, Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. Outlaw says the evacuation could become mandatory sometime Tuesday.
Anniston, AL – Incumbent Republican Congressman Mike Rogers and his Democratic challenger Bill Fuller have agreed to two debates. They'll meet on October 22nd at the Speculative Industrial Building in Anniston. The second debate is scheduled for October 25th at Central Alabama Community College in Alexander City. Organizers say the debates will last about 45 minutes. Both are campaigning in Alabama's third congressional district.
Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senator Richard Shelby has announced that 50 million dollars has been approved for the Delta Region Transportation Development program. Shelby says the money will go toward toward several regional projects, including a study of composite materials for use in mass transit systems and a UAB study of vehicle crash injuries. The program also provides priority consideration of reconstruction between the cities of Cuba and Montgomery.
Montgomery, AL – The state school board has proposed a new truancy policy that would require parents or guardians to explain every student absence. Currently there is no statewide truancy policy. But under the new plan, students or their parents could be taken to court and charged with truancy violations after seven unexcused absences. The board has unanimously approved the resolution and plans to submit the regulations to the state. The changes could take effect as early as November.
Lanett, AL – A 10 million dollar expansion of the MeadWestvaco Packaging Systems plant in Lanett is expected to bring 55 new jobs into the area. Governor Riley says the Lanett plant was chosen over Atlanta and Chicago locations. The Lanett plant will get a second central impression press line installed as well as related support equipment. The plant currently employs more than 170 people. The new press is expected to start up by next March.