Etowah County officials are preparing to host a conference focusing on elder abuse and financial exploitation of seniors.
The eighth annual Elder Abuse Awareness Day summit is set for Wednesday morning at the Senior Activity Center in Gadsden.
Jon Costa, of the Council on Aging of Etowah County, tells the Gadsden Times (http://bit.ly/13LpPp3) more than 200 cases of elder abuse, neglect or exploitation in Etowah County are reported to the Department of Human Resources each year.
State tourism officials say lodging revenue in Colbert and Lauderdale counties in 2012 was $1.1 million - up by about $30,000 from 2011.
The TimesDaily of Florence reported Sunday (http://bit.ly/16v0eBO ) that state tourism officials said the increase in lodging revenue was part of a nearly $303 million impact tourists had on the shoals area of northern Alabama last year.
The total includes money spent on hotels, restaurants, entertainment, retail shopping, admissions to attractions and tourist events.
Montgomery officials hope the heroics of American aviation pioneers Orville and Wilbur Wright will help boost the city's image.
The famous brothers spent less than a year in Montgomery in 1910 running the nation's first civilian flight school.
The Wright brothers weren't in Montgomery long, but they left a lasting legacy in Alabama's capital city. Julie Hedgepeth Williams, author of a book about the brothers' time there, said Maxwell Air Force Base can trace its beginnings to the Wrights' Montgomery stint.
Gov. Robert Bentley is headed to the Paris Air Show after he helps kick off peach season in Chilton County.
Bentley will join state and local leaders at the Durbin Farms Market in Clanton at 11 a.m. Friday. Spokesman Jeremy King says the governor will leave later in the day for Paris on an industry-recruiting trip. King says the governor will be building relationships with companies and trying to get jobs for Alabama. One focus will be recruiting suppliers for the Airbus aircraft assembly plant scheduled for construction in Mobile.
An Alabama-based company has issued a recall for about 1,800 pounds of beef jerky, saying the products are misbranded and don't include information about an allergen.
United States Department of Agriculture officials said Wednesday that products manufactured by Eufaula-based Hickory Hollow Jerky, LLC contain Worcestershire sauce and anchovy paste. Officials say fish is a known allergen and should be listed on the product's labels.
The Alabama Board of Education has delayed releasing a list of schools that are failing under language included in the Alabama Accountability Act.
School board officials said Wednesday that the announcement by schools Superintendent Tommy Bice had been scheduled for Thursday, and was then rescheduled for next week. Officials said the release would likely be at 10 a.m. Tuesday in the media briefing room at the Gordon Persons Building.
Officials from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will present Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley with a check for $49 million to be used to help Alabama communities rebuild from damage caused by the April 27, 2011 tornadoes.