Scientific testing has confirmed a link between oil from the massive BP spill and tar found on Alabama beaches after Hurricane Isaac.
Auburn University researcher Joel Hayworth said Tuesday a chemical analysis showed that tar balls collected after Isaac were associated with the type of oil spilled after the explosion on the Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010.
Auburn researchers collected about 15 pounds of tar balls after the storm, and officials from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach picked up still more.
NFL Charities is awarding more than $1.5 million in grants for sports-related medical research at 15 organizations, with nearly two-thirds of the money going to study concussion prevention and treatment.
This year's grants include research on stem cells and nervous system injuries; MRI methods after concussions; and the effect of temperature on the severity of potential brain injuries.
The state of Alabama has asked a federal appeals court to reconsider parts of two opinions that struck down some provisions of Alabama's immigration law.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley said Monday the state was challenging a three-judge panel's decision to strike down parts of Alabama's law concerning harboring illegal immigrants, contracts and collecting school data on immigrants. Bentley said the court was placing an illegal restraint on state government.
The state is asking the full appeals court to review the three-judge panel's decision.
Former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman said he was in "good spirits" as he prepared to enter prison to complete a 78-month sentence for his federal government corruption conviction.
Siegelman has been ordered to report to federal prison in Oakdale, La., by 2 p.m. Tuesday. The man who has served in four of Alabama's top elected offices, said he is optimistic he will eventually be pardoned by President Obama.
Politically active real estate developer Stan Pate of Tuscaloosa says he's planning a media campaign in the next few days to encourage no votes on Alabama's referendum Sept. 18.
Pate says Alabama residents elected a Republican governor and Republican-controlled Legislature in 2010 because they wanted less government. He said GOP leaders are doing the opposite by pushing a constitutional amendment that would take $437 million out of a state trust fund to prop up the state General Fund budget for the next three years.
U.S. Rep. Robert Aderholt's re-election campaign has paid $13,000 in penalties for filing inaccurate finance reports.
The documents released recently by the Federal Election Commission show Aderholt's campaign account misrepresented how much money it raised; spent; and had on hand for several years.
Records show more than $58,000 in campaign receipts were misstated from 2006 through 2010. And there were inaccurate records about how $129,600 was spent. Another $273,000 wasn't deposited into the campaign account within the required 10-day period.
State officials say Alabama state troopers have issued 14 citations under the new state law banning texting and driving.
The law went into effect on Aug. 1.
Alabama Department of Public Safety spokeswoman Robyn Bradley Litchfield tells The Birmingham News (http://bit.ly/PaDY64) that she knows of at least two more citations issued by local law enforcement agencies. That number may increase as other agencies report their totals.
The new president of the University of Alabama is receiving a salary and benefits package worth as much as $652,000 annually. Guy Bailey began work last week as president of the campus in Tuscaloosa. Responding to an open records request by The Associated Press, the university says Bailey's annual salary will be $535,000. Alabama native will be eligible to receive a performance incentive of $105,000 a year based on meeting certain goals. But those benchmarks have yet to be established.
Changes are in store for tens of thousands of football fans who will pour into Tuscaloosa for the University of Alabama's first home football game of the season. Officials are now banning parking along a road where thousands of people used to park for free, Jack Warner Parkway. The change could force more people to pay for parking or shuttle rides to Bryant-Denny Stadium. The university also has installed more cell phone antennas around the stadium in a joint venture with AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Alabama has up to $8 million to help families repair or replace homes that were destroyed by tornadoes that hit central and north Alabama in April 2011.
The director of the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs, Jim Byard, said Thursday the money is from a federal grand. Owners of single-family homes can receive up to $25,000 each.
Three organizations that serve the damaged regions — the Alabama Rural Coalition for the Homeless, the Community Services Program of West Alabama, and the Community Action Partnership of North Alabama — will take applications.