A University of Alabama doctoral student has been awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation to research social factors surrounding the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Anthropology student Martina Thomas has been given a $16,000 grant for her research. AL.com reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/16l2RsG ) that Thomas formed her project after interviewing black women and their daughters for a project she needed to complete to earn her master's degree.
A section of the downtown Montgomery office building that houses the Alabama Attorney General's office was evacuated and the adjacent street closed after an employee opening an envelope found a suspicious white powder.
Capt. Mark Williams of the Montgomery Fire and Rescue Department said there were no injuries reported Wednesday morning. Williams said U.S. Postal Service inspectors conducted a preliminary inspection of the powder and determined it was non-toxic.
Mobile Gas is going along with the Alabama Public Service Commission's adjustment to its rate structure, which will allow the new rates to go into effect in December.
The PSC voted in July to lower the range of return on equity for the natural gas utility that serves southwest Alabama. The range had been 13.35 percent to 13.85 percent, and the PSC lowered it to 10.45 percent to 10.95 percent.
Alabama's utility regulatory board has approved a new rate plan for Alabama Power Co., but commissioners disagree on how it will affect customers.
The state Public Service Commission voted 2-1 Tuesday to base Alabama Power's rates on weighted cost of equity, rather than return on equity, which has been used for the last 31 years.
PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh says customers should see annual savings between $30 and $110, depending on their usage. Commissioner Jeremy Oden says residential customers and small businesses should save between $30 and $45 a year.
The Alabama Constitutional Revision Commission has voted to propose striking segregationist language from the Alabama's 1901 constitution mandating separate schools for "white and colored children."
The Anniston Star reports the commission voted 9-7 Monday (http://bit.ly/165Hc57 ) to propose that Section 256 of the document instead say the state will maintain a system of public schools and drop references to segregation.
The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and non-profit organizations that Sept. 9 is the last day to file for federal disaster loans as a result of economic injuries from the drought that began in November.
The SBA says the loans are available in Autauga, Barbour, Bullock, Calhoun, Chambers, Cherokee, Chilton, Clay, Cleburne, Coosa, Crenshaw, Dale, Elmore, Henry, Houston, Lee, Lowndes, Macon, Montgomery, Pike, Randolph, Russell, St. Clair, Shelby, Talladega and Tallapoosa counties.
The Federation of Southern Cooperatives Land Assistance Fund will honor a civil rights activist with a lifetime achievement award this week.
Spokeswoman Angela Brown said in a release that C.T. Vivian, a freedom rider and Southern Christian Leadership Conference organizer, is being honored by the organization Thursday at its 46th annual Anniversary Celebration at the Sheraton Hotel in Birmingham.
Vivian joined in his first sit-in demonstrations in the 1940s in Peoria, Ill., long before the movement became national news.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Many Alabama sheriffs are seeing more young people ages 18 to 20 seek permits to carry concealed handguns now that a new state gun law makes it tougher to deny them. The Alabama Sheriffs Association's executive director says sheriffs could ignore a pistol permit application in the past if they thought someone was too immature to get one. But that changed under the new law that took effect Aug. 1. Bobby Timmons says sheriffs now have to process the application and, if they deny it, they must give written reasons that will stand up in court.