The Alabama Public Service Commission has approved an application by Plains Mobile Pipeline for a 2.2-mile oil pipeline in Mobile County.
The commission voted unanimously Tuesday for a certificate of industrial development.
The commission's chief administrative law judge, John Garner, said the commissioners have limited authority because the project is part of an interstate pipeline, and the commissioners' only determination is whether the $14.4 million project will further industrial development. The commissioners agreed it will.
ATLANTA (AP) - An Atlanta actor who played a starring role in the first seasons of TV's "The Walking Dead" is bringing his one-man play to stages in Georgia and Alabama. Robert "IronE" Singleton, who played "T-Dog" in the first three seasons of the AMC show, will portray 18 characters in "Blindsided by the Walking Dead." Georgia performances are planned for Friday in Athens and Saturday in Macon; Nov. 23 in Albany; and Dec. 7 in Americus. A Birmingham, Ala., performance is set for Nov. 16.
Auburn University officials say the school's senior counsel for national security, cyber programs and military affairs has been named to the advisory board of the Intelligence and National Security Alliance.
In a release Monday, officials said retired Army Lt. Gen. Ronald Burgess Jr. will serve a one-year term in the position. INSA officials say the organization is a nonprofit working to develop solutions to the country's national security issues.
The effort to sell $1.7 billion in refinanced Jefferson County sewer warrants begins this week with presentations by local officials in Birmingham and New York.
Jefferson County Commissioner Jimmie Stephens says the milestone means that the county "is alive and well and beginning to kick again."
The presentations come one week after the Jefferson County Commission approved modified deals with sewer creditors. The county's path to exit Chapter 9 bankruptcy relies on the sale of new sewer system warrants to replace soured debt.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Flights were scheduled to depart on time from Birmingham's airport one day after a note found in a restroom led to diverted flights and a two-hour evacuation of hundreds of passengers. Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport's website early Monday showed the day's first flight -- A Delta flight to Atlanta -- was scheduled to depart on time at 5:35 a.m. Monday. The airport reopened Sunday evening after an airport employee found the note and turned it over to police. Airport authority spokeswoman Toni Bast said bomb squads swept the terminal but found nothing.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — About 90,000 Alabamians will have to find new health insurance policies because their current policies don't meet the requirements of the federal health care law. The state Department of Insurance says it doesn't have figures on the issue. The Associated Press compiled the 90,000 figure by contacting Alabama's major health insurance companies. Alabama's largest health insurance provider is Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama. It has 87,000 customers who have been notified that their plans don't meet the law's requirements.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The state health department says the Alabama Women, Infants and Children Program is resuming issuance of three months of food benefits. The program had gone to one-month issuance because of the partial government shutdown. Program Director Amanda Martin said the return to three months of benefits took effect Friday. WIC has an average monthly caseload of 139,000 women, infants and children up to age 5. They receive nutrition education and vouchers for specific food items, such as eggs, milk, cheese, peanut butter, and fruits and vegetables.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A judge says there's no evidence fraternity and sorority members at the University of Alabama were wrongly cajoled into voting in a city school board election in Tuscaloosa. Claims that students received offers of alcohol and other perks to vote are part of a challenge filed by school board candidate Kelly Horwitz after Cason Kirby defeated her for a seat in August. But Circuit Judge Jim Roberts said during a hearing Thursday there's no evidence of such misconduct.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate's president pro tem is trying to make it harder for legislators to leave office and immediately become lobbyists. Republican Del Marsh of Anniston says he plans to push a bill in the legislative session starting in January to prohibit legislators who resign while in office from lobbying both the House and Senate for the remainder of that term or two years, whichever is longer. The bill would also prohibit legislators from lobbying both the House and Senate for two years after completing their terms.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Halloween forecast is a little scary for parts of Alabama. The National Weather Service says heavy rain and sustained winds of 25 mph and more are likely from Thursday afternoon through evening in north Alabama. Some forecasts say wind gusts could reach 60 mph. A wind advisory covering the northern part of the state will be in effect from 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday. The worst weather during trick-or-treating hours is supposed to be around Interstate 65 in north-central Alabama, but forecasters say south Alabama may be OK until later at night.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa judge is considering whether Greek-letter groups at the University of Alabama can get involved in an election challenge involving a city school board race. A hearing is set for Thursday morning on a request by two fraternities and a member to intervene in a challenge filed by failed school board candidate Kelly Horwitz. Horwitz's case is focusing attention on the university's influential Greek system by claiming members were wrongly encouraged to support her opponent.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute says its president and CEO plans to retire at the end of the year.
The institute said in a news release Tuesday that Lawrence Pijeaux Jr. will stay on in an interim role while the organization searches for his successor. Al.com reports Pijeaux has led the institute since 1995.
The release said the institute received full accreditation from the American Association of Museums in 2005 and won national awards in 2007 and 2008. Pijeaux also presided over a $2.5-million renovation of the museum in 2009.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A University of Alabama study is looking at whether butterfly wings might hold a key for improving flight for aircraft. The National Science Foundation has awarded a grant of about $280,000 to study the tiny scales that butterflies have on their wings. The scales help the insects stay aloft despite flying so slowly. An associate professor of aerospace engineering and mechanics at Alabama, Amy Lang, says the arrangement of the scales leads to an aerodynamic benefit for butterflies.