The city of Huntsville is getting a taste of a new kind of beer, courtesy of a change in state law.
A new brewhouse called "Below the Radar" is now open in downtown Huntsville. It's the city's first such operation since legislators changed a state law that prohibited selling alcohol at the same location where it was made.
A group called "Free the Hops" lobbied lawmakers to amend the state law. Member Rich Vartain tells WAAY-TV (http://bit.ly/RAPs2J ) about a dozen breweries are now open statewide because of the change.
Carnival Cruise Lines has canceled plans to dock its ship Elation in Mobile and is sending the ship to its regular port in New Orleans.
Carnival had originally announced plans to temporarily dock the ship in Mobile due to the remnants of Hurricane Isaac. But Carnival now says an assessment of the port facilities in New Orleans shows the ship can dock normally.
Mobile used to be a cruise port, but Carnival pulled out because profits weren't sufficient. The city is trying to find another company to dock ships at its $20 million cruise terminal.
Life is returning to normal on Alabama's coast after a brush with Hurricane Isaac, but not completely.
Schools in Mobile and Baldwin counties resume class Thursday after a three-day break for the storm, and seas are expected to continue falling as remnants of Isaac slowly move off the coast.
But forecasters say southwest Alabama could receive several more inches of rain before the tropical precipitation bands end. And storms could continue inland like the cells that prompted tornado warnings on Wednesday.
The gulf is churning large waves and white foam on Alabama's coast and the wind from Isaac is still whistling around buildings. But beachfront walkways and other structures along the shore appear intact.
Lights are still on Wednesday morning in Orange Beach and a few cars are traveling the beach road. Louisiana took the brunt of Isaac after the hurricane shifted west and gave Alabama only a glancing blow.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says President Barack Obama has told the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate closely with officials in states and localities in the path of tropical storm Isaac. Obama also has told the governor of Florida that federal officials are prepared to help ensure the safety of visitors to the Republican National Convention in Tampa. Obama was briefed Sunday by FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate (FYOO'-gayt) and Rick Knabb, director of the National Hurricane Center.
KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters say a strengthened Tropical Storm Isaac is bearing down on the Florida Keys. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac was centered about 135 miles (220 kms) east-southeast of Key West at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. The storm has top sustained winds of about 65 mph (100 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). Hours earlier, Isaac's winds were clocked at about 60 mph (95 kph).
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The Republican Party will delay the bulk of its convention until Tuesday afternoon because of the severe weather forecast from Isaac. That's according to Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus says the convention will convene briefly Monday and then immediately recess until Tuesday afternoon, once the storm is expected to have passed. He says in a statement that the party made the decision after consulting with Florida Gov. Rick Scott and federal and local emergency officials.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has cancelled a trip to the Republican National Convention so he can monitor preparations as Tropical Storm Isaac approaches the United States. Bentley said Saturday that he wants to make sure preparations and resources are in place. The storm had pushed into Cuba on Saturday and was headed northwest, possibly threatening Alabama's coast along the Gulf of Mexico. The governor urged Alabama residents to monitor weather forecasts. He said the storm could bring damaging winds and heavy rain to the state. He urged residents to prepare.