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.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama museum is displaying an art collection available in only one other place: the headquarters of the Central Intelligence Agency. Birmingham's Southern Museum of Flight opened a gallery this month featuring 16 reproductions of original artwork donated to the CIA and displayed at its building in McLean, Va. Based upon once-secret events that have since been declassified, the artwork provides a rare glimpse into decades of U.S. spy work. But members of the general public can't see it because it's inside the nation's spy headquarters.
Tickets still aren't hard to find for Saturday's matchup of No. 1 Alabama and No. 4 Auburn. It'll just cost you a lot of money. As of late Thursday morning, just more than 48 hours before kickoff at Auburn's Jordan-Hare Stadium, the online brokerage firm StubHub still had almost 1,600 tickets available. The lowest price was $295, though fees would push that above $300. The most expensive checked in at $3,000 -- though that's well higher than the average even for prime locations. Predictably, how much you spend depends on where you want to sit.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama retailers are into the heart of a holiday shopping season that could mean more than $9.5 billion in sales in the state. From outlet malls near the beach to the Tennessee Valley region in the north, stores were full Friday with shoppers looking for cut-rate prices on toys, flat-screen TVs, video games and clothes. Nancy Dennis of the Alabama Retail Association says the organization is projecting 2 percent growth in retail store sales in November and December, or about $8.9 billion total.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The city of Birmingham is spending $750,000 to get rid of a downtown eyesore. The council this week approved spending the money to demolish an old hotel that's visible to motorists driving through the city on Interstate 65. The building was partially demolished after a fire in July, and now the rest of the work is supposed to be done by early 2014. The city has been working for years to get rid of the old hotel to remove blight and allow for new development. Previously known by names including Sheraton and Ramada Inn, the hotel was condemned in 2010.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - The mayors of Auburn and Tuscaloosa are putting some money on Saturday's football game between Auburn University and the University of Alabama. Auburn Mayor Bill Ham and Tuscaloosa's Walt Maddox have $100 riding on the outcome of the Iron Bowl. If Alabama wins, Ham will contribute $100 to the Tuscaloosa Pre-K Initiative. In Auburn wins, Maddox will donate $100 to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Lee County, which includes Auburn. The mayors make a bet each year, but the stakes are higher for this year's game in Auburn.
Forecasters are predicting a mixture of rain, snow and sleet across parts of northern Alabama Tuesday before the precipitation changes to all snow late Tuesday night.
The National Weather Service predicts less than a half-inch of new snow and sleet accumulation in cities such as Huntsville and Florence. Higher amounts will be possible at higher elevations of northeast Alabama, such as areas near Lookout Mountain.
Forecasters say that some icy and slick spots on roads will develop, especially on bridges, overpasses and less-traveled secondary roads.
The Rosa Parks museum at Troy University is offering free admission to celebrate the 58th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Officials said Monday that the museum will offer free admission to the main Rosa Parks Museum and the Children's Wing on Dec. 2 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Montgomery Bus Boycott began with Rosa Parks' arrest Dec. 1, 1955. The museum is built on the site of the Empire Theatre, where Parks was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a Montgomery city bus.
Groups of 10 or more are asked to make reservations.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — State and local officials say they're hoping Jefferson County can begin attracting corporate investment and development after exiting its historic bankruptcy. Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority Director Ted VonCannon told AL.com he doesn't doubt that the county was never considered for certain projects because of its roughly $4 billion bankruptcy. The amount was trimmed by creditors, and was the largest governmental bankruptcy in U.S. history until Detroit filed one for $18 billion.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center is offering some Iron Bowl history to raise money. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the center is conducting a live auction of the handcrafted lures and jesses that will be worn by the eagle Tiger VII during the pre-game flight at the Auburn and Alabama football game on Nov. 30. The jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle's ankles. The lures are what the eagle searches for during a flight around Auburn's stadium.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Colder weather is on the way to Alabama, and forecasters say things could turn wintry early next week. A blast of cold air is supposed to move across the state Saturday, bringing low temperatures in the 20s and 30s and highs in the 40s and 50s on Sunday. Forecasters say conditions will even be rough on the coast, with the possibility of gale-force winds around 40 mph and 7-foot waves The National Weather Service says the cool air will stick around, and there's a possibility of winter precipitation Monday through Wednesday in the northern counties.
The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.
On Sept. 20, the state's highest court blocked a lawsuit that members of the Alabama Education Association filed against four legislators to challenge the new law. Even though the legislators won, they asked the court to reconsider part of the ruling that said the Accountability Act appropriated public funds.