Carnival's Conquest cruise ship departed Mobile about two hours late on a shortened cruise to the Bahamas.
The New Orleans-based ship docked at Mobile on Sunday because the Mississippi River was closed to ships due to a tugboat sinking. It was supposed to depart about 4 p.m. Monday, but it got away about 6 p.m. because a bus carrying baggage arrived late from New Orleans.
The general manager of Mobile's cruise terminal, Sheila Gurganus, told al.com (http://bit.ly/1bkvztU ) that two workers suffered minor injuries when heavy luggage fell from a forklift.
Secretary of State Beth Chapman is taking a political consulting job with the Alabama Farmers Federation when she resigns her public office at the end of the month.
Federation officials say Chapman will start her new job Aug. 1 and work through the 2014 election.
The federation's director of government relations, Brian Hardin, says the organization has a long-standing relationship with Chapman, including endorsing her for state auditor and then two races for secretary of state.
Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say four people were killed in crashes during the Fourth of July travel period.
The holiday travel period began at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and ended at midnight on Sunday. State patrol officials say they investigated 434 traffic crashes, which resulted in 154 injuries.
The four traffic fatalities don't include traffic accidents that were investigated by other law enforcement agencies. Officials say they're unsure of whether alcohol was linked to any of the crashes and seatbelts were used in one of the four deadly accidents.
Red light cameras in Opelika generated more than 500 citations in the first full month.
Mayor Gary Fuller says 794 warnings were issued in April when the cameras started being used and motorists were getting used to them. The grace period ended when May started, and 533 citations were issued that month. He said June figures aren't complete, but he expects about 300 for the month.
State officials say they're working with educators and business owners to address a gap between students and a shortage of workers for in-demand job markets in the state.
Director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Gregory Fitch, tells the Montgomery Advertiser (http://on.mgmadv.com/16Yr9Wn ) technical and industrial fields ranging from trucking to engineering and welding are seeing a shortage of qualified workers in Alabama because they're careers that students no longer consider as options.
The Carnival Conquest cruise ship is due to depart Mobile about 4 p.m. Monday.
Carnival diverted the ship from New Orleans to Mobile on Sunday because the Mississippi River was closed to ship traffic due to a tugboat sinking.
The ship had been scheduled to unload Sunday in New Orleans and depart the same day with a new load of passengers. Instead, Carnival says it has shortened this week's cruise to six days and is busing passengers from New Orleans to Mobile for departure.
Alabama education officials say more than a third of college freshman from the state needed remedial coursework last fall.
Deputy Superintendent of Education, Sherrill Parris, says the amount of students who graduated high school and needed remedial coursework factored into Plan 2020 — a statewide initiative to improve education over the next seven years.
Parris and executive director of the Alabama Commission on Higher Education, Gregory Fitch, say standards requiring students to enroll in remedial courses varies between the state's public colleges and universities.
The state Department of Commerce estimates Gov. Robert Bentley's industry-hunting trip to France last month will cost the state between $88,000 and $97,000.
The department says that estimate includes seven people: Bentley; his wife, Dianne; two security staff members; Secretary of Commerce Greg Canfield; and two other department employees. The Department of Commerce leads the state government's industrial recruitment effort.
Department spokeswoman Gerri Miller said the goal of the trip to the Paris Air Show in mid-June was to bring home jobs.
Two years after Georgia and Alabama passed tough laws to drive away people living in the country illegally, the states' agricultural areas are still heavily populated with foreign workers, many of whom don't have legal authorization to be here.
Farmers say many of the migrants have returned because the laws are not heavily enforced and it once again seems safe to be here.
Fairhope builder Daniel Dyas says he's joining the growing field of candidates looking to fill the Alabama congressional seat being vacated by Republican Rep. Jo Bonner of Mobile.
Al.com reports (http://bit.ly/123GBAC ) 31-year-old Dyas, also a Republican, ran for a Baldwin County Commission seat in 2010 and finished third in the GOP primary.
Bonner is resigning from Congress effective Aug. 15 to become a chancellor of the University of Alabama System. Gov. Robert Bentley will call a special election once Bonner's 1st District seat is officially open.