Former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker is challenging incumbent Terry Dunn for a seat on the Public Service Commission.
Dunn said he is running on his record of trying to protect consumers.
Dunn unsuccessfully sought formal hearings on the rates charged by state utilities including Alabama Power. Dunn said he believes the electric giant has been allowed too high of a profit margin and has too much influence with the state regulatory board.
Beeker disagrees with Dunn's push for formal hearings.
TRINITY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to visit a plant where workers will build oak barrels that will hold Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Bentley is expected to visit the grand opening of Jack Daniel's Cooperage in Trinity on Monday morning. In a release, Bentley says the plant will employ about 200 people and the barrels are used to hold the whiskey while it matures. Trinity is about seven miles west of Decatur.
ATHENS, Ga. (AP) — The University of Georgia's art museum plans to exhibit the works of a little-known artist from Alabama. The exhibition at the Georgia Museum of Art at UGA is titled "The Prints of Mary Wallace Kirk" and is set to run from July 19 through Oct. 12. Kirk was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and lived most of her life there. She produced very detailed depictions of the countryside for about 10 years in the 1930s and 1940s. The exhibition will feature about 30 of her works, including watercolors, etched plates and drawings as well as printed etchings.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police say University of Alabama running back Kenyan Drake was arrested after he entered a crime scene. Tuscaloosa County jail records show Drake was arrested Saturday and was being held on $1,000 bond on a misdemeanor charge of obstructing government operations. Tuscaloosa police spokesman Sgt. Brent Blankley says Drake's vehicle was parked in a crime scene where a shooting had taken place just before 1 a.m. Blankley says Drake became upset when officers told him he couldn't enter the area and went through crime scene tape to get to his vehicle.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A cold front pushed temperatures across Alabama well below normal Saturday morning.
Al.com reports that the National Weather Service recorded record lows across the state: Montgomery tied a record from 1882 with 64 degrees; Huntsville's 57 degrees tied a record from 1915; 64 degrees in Mobile broke a 1924 record; Birmingham set a record with 58 degrees; and Tuscaloosa set a record with 60 degrees.
Hot spots are more than just a nuisance; they can cause your dog some real discomfort. Some owners of long-haired dogs get their pets clipped for the summer just to make sure the dog's heavy coat can't trap and hold moisture in the hot weather.
ASHLAND, Ala. (AP) — State authorities have found a 20-barrel moonshine still near Ashland and plan to arrest the alleged operator. AL.com reports that Alabama Alcohol Beverage Control Board agents discovered the still Friday after getting a tip from local residents about a possible marijuana field in the area off Jericho Road in Clay County. Agents found the still, along with 16.5 gallons of moonshine, in a utility shed along a dirt road off Jericho Road. They said they also encountered the suspected operator on the property.
DECATUR, Ala. (AP) — A north Alabama chemical facility is getting an $11.2 million upgrade as part of plans for expanded operations. A top official at the 3M Co.'s facility on State Docks Road in Decatur told the Decatur Daily that the facility is on track to begin producing "fine chemicals" in the second quarter of 2015. Site operations manager Robin Higgs told the newspaper that the chemicals are something that no 3M plant has produced before. The Decatur plant mostly produces adhesives in batches ranging from 3,000 to 6,000 gallons.