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.
Local officials in Mobile County say a study will look at safety concerns with building a proposed oil pipeline near the lake that provides most of Mobile's drinking water.
The pipeline project is on hold for now after the city of Semmes placed a stop-work order on construction. The Alabama Public Service Commission approved the pipeline and Mobile County granted a license agreement in March - though county officials say they were unaware of possible threats to Big Creek Lake.
Heavy rains have prompted the National Weather Service to issue flash flood warnings for several Alabama counties.
Huntsville forecasters placed northwest Madison County under a flood warning Thursday until 6 p.m. CDT. A warning was also in effect until 5:15 p.m. for central Morgan County, southeast Limestone County, southeast Lawrence and northwest Cullman County.
Meteorologist Jennifer Schuller says the weather service received many phone calls from people reporting heavy rain and roads blocked by flooding in north Alabama.
The Mobile County school system has agreed not to suspend students for minor infractions such as not tucking a shirt in or being late to class.
The agreement was part of a settlement of a lawsuit filed by the Montgomery-based Southern Poverty Law Center challenging the Mobile system's past practice of sometimes giving students lengthy suspensions for minor infractions.
The settlement requires approval of the superintendent for a proposed suspension of longer than 20 school days.
State troopers and local law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols during the long Fourth of July holiday weekend.
Sixty-nine police and sheriff's departments are joining with the state troopers to target drunken drivers and other violators by conducting sobriety checkpoints and additional patrols. Funding from the extra patrols comes from grants awarded by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs and the state Department of Transportation.