Orange Beach, AL – Tourism officials along the Gulf Coast are beginning an advertising blitz to attract people to Alabama's beach resorts. The publicity campaign will begin next week, and it's designed to attract vacationers to an area still recovering from Hurricane Ivan. Staff members from the Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors Bureau will begin the campaign in Huntsville and Nashville next week. The group will follow up in Atlanta and Birmingham during the second week of March.
Montgomery, AL – Governor Riley's budget proposals picked up another key endorsement Thursday. The Chamber of Commerce Association of Alabama Board of Directors voted unanimously to endorse the General Fund and Education Trust Fund budgets. The group represents 120 Chamber across the state and 50,000 business members.
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Senate has approved Governor Riley's four appointees to the Alabama State Port Authority. The Senate voted unanimously Thursday to confirm former shipping executive Bill Bru of Daphne, former Mobile Congressman Sonny Callahan, Birmingham businessman Barry Morton and Tuscaloosa educator Michael Fields. The authority oversees the state docks in Mobile.
Montgomery, AL – The Alabama House did take a short break Thursday to sing "Happy Birthday" to a veteran lawmaker who's being treated for leukemia. Tallassee Representative Jack Venable turns 66 Friday. Venable thanked his fellow lawmakers for remembering and recognizing his birthday. He says that when he found out he had leukemia last September he didn't know if he would make it through another year. Venable is the chair of the House Rules Committee.
Montgomery, AL – Members of the Alabama Federation of Democratic Women joined Bessemer Representative Priscilla Dunn Wednesday to push for passage of a bill. The legislation would allow judges to require some drivers who had been convicted of driving under the influence to only drive vehicles equipped with a device that could determine if the driver had been drinking. The device is similar to a "breathalizer," and Dunn says it would give drunk drivers an obstacle that would prevent them from drinking and driving.
Athens, AL – The first shipment of commercial reactor fuel made from the government's stockpile of weapons-grade uranium has arrived at a Tennessee Valley Authority nuclear station in North Alabama. The shipment will be ready for loading this Spring at the Browns Ferry station near Athens. The delivery comes more than seven years after TVA struck a deal with the Department of Energy to put surplus Cold War weapons material to use generating electricity for TVA's residential and business customers.