BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A new report says clinical drug trials and associated pharmaceutical research have become a major part of Alabama's economy, supporting more than 17,000 jobs. A report issued by the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America says more than 3,400 clinical trials of new medicines have been conducted in Alabama since 1999. . Universities, hospitals and research institutions in Birmingham, Muscle Shoals, Huntsville, Mobile and Dothan worked on many of those trials. Gov.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's state climatologist says winter weather is making an early appearance this year. Climatologist John Christy of the University of Alabama in Huntsville says November was both cooler and drier than usual across the state. Huntsville was 4.9 degrees below normal for the month, followed by Birmingham at 4.6 degrees below normal. The chillier-than-normal weather extended into south Alabama, with Dothan more than 2 degrees off. Christy says Dothan's rainfall amount also was off the most, coming in at nearly 2.5 inches below normal.
A new report says Alabama's HIV and AIDS rate has dropped slightly, but its rates of chlamydia and gonorrhea have gone up.
The report from the Center for Demographic Research at Auburn University at Montgomery says there were 12.27 people per 100,000 diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2012. That's down from 13.75 in 2011. A similar decline occurred with the diagnosis of syphilis, which went from 15.55 per 100,000 people in 2011 to 14.85 in 2012.
An annual Gulf Shores music festival provides a big boost to the region's economy. That's according to an Auburn University study presented Monday at a Gulf Shores City Council meeting.
The study found that the three-day music festival generated about $31 million to the local economy in businesses related to lodging, food and entertainment. Professor Keivan Deravi oversaw the study. Deravi says researchers interviewed business owners and reviewed previous studies and statistics related to the festival.
Traffic fatalities on Alabama highways increased significantly during the long Thanksgiving holiday period.
Alabama State Troopers report they investigated eight crashes with 11 fatalities. That compared with five deaths during the same holiday period last year.
The fatal crashes occurred in Russell, Madison, Crenshaw, Walker, Autauga, Barbour, Pickens and Talladega counties. Troopers said preliminary investigations indicate alcohol was a factor in at least three deadly crashes, and seven of the 11 victims were not using seat belts.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A group of Birmingham-area residents are appealing a judge's recent decision to approve a plan that would allow Jefferson County to exit its historic bankruptcy.
AL.com reports that attorney Calvin Grigsby filed a notice of appeal Sunday night in federal bankruptcy court. Grigsby is representing a group of 13 people, including local politicians, who say the county's plan will translate to higher sewer rates over time.
Voters in three parts of Alabama will participate in special elections Tuesday to help fill vacancies in the Alabama House of Representatives.
In House District 104 that covers part of Mobile County, a Republican runoff will be held between businesswoman Margie Wilcox and Susan Hightower, who's the wife of Republican state Sen. Bill Hightower of Mobile.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Students at Harvard University are getting a lesson about the Alabama tornado outbreak of 2011. Tuscaloosa Mayor Walt Maddox will speak at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government on Wednesday. Maddox will discuss the city's response to the massive EF-4 twister that hit the city on April 27, 2011. The tornado killed more than 50 people and destroyed or damaged thousands of structures, but Maddox received generally positive reviews for his handling of the disaster. He was re-elected earlier this year.
The Crimson Tide fall to 11-1 and likely puts them in line for a berth in the Sugar Bowl. Auburn managed to top its "Immaculate Deflection" victory of two weeks ago while destroying Alabama's shot at a third consecutive national championship. Chris Davis returned a missed field goal over 100 yards for a touchdown on the final play to give the fourth-ranked Tigers a 34-28 thriller against the No. 1 Crimson Tide. Davis caught Adam Griffith's 57-yard attempt near the back of the end zone, then sprinted up the left side before cutting right with nothing but teammates surrounding him.
MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile's new mayor is heading to Germany to meet with Airbus representatives about the company's upcoming assembly plant in the port city. Mayor Sandy Stimpson is among the local and state leaders traveling to Hamburg, Germany, for Aviation Forum 2013. Stimpson will tour an Airbus factory and meet with top European executives for an update on its progress with the $600 million manufacturing plant in Mobile. Stimpson says the trip is a chance to showcase Mobile before Airbus partners and suppliers. The group departs Sunday and will return on Thursday.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A state lawmaker has pre-filed a bill to remove the state Department of Education from the licensure and regulation processes for private schools. The Montgomery Advertiser reported Thursday that proposed legislation from Republican state Sen. Dick Brewbaker, of Montgomery, would also remove a state requirement asking that the schools carry a surety bond of at least $10,000. The proposed legislation would also shift the regulation of technical and professional schools to the Department of Postsecondary Education.