City and county officials are working to determine what they can do to try keeping the control tower at the Dothan Regional Airport open.
Dothan Mayor Mike Schmitz told the Dothan Eagle an aircraft maintenance repair company was looking to open a plant in Dothan and bring as many as 500 new jobs. Officials say the company is hesitant to relocate to an airport without a functional control tower.
The former director of the Cullman County Commission on Aging, Randall Shedd, and former Cullman County school board member Danny Alldredge are facing off in the Republican runoff for Alabama House District 11.
Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. Tuesday in parts of Cullman, Blount and Morgan counties.
Shedd led the primary election Feb. 13, and Alldredge finished second in the field of four candidates.
The runoff winner will meet Democrat Kelly Evans in the general election May 7.
Authorities say they hope a new drug court in Houston County will help defendants stay clear of narcotics -- and crime.
District Court Judge Lori Ingram says the recently launched drug court is designed to treat addicted individuals and give them the tools they need to change their lives. The drug court's purpose is to keep people clean so they won't commit crimes.
The Dothan Eagle reports (http://bit.ly/11CEHYx) that 80 percent of criminal offenders abuse alcohol or other drugs. Half of all jail and prison inmates are clinically addicted.
Auburn University plans to turn portions of the poisoned oaks at Toomer's Corner into commemorative items.
The vice president of Auburn Alumni Affairs, Debbie Shaw, told al.com the items will be at numerous price points.
Fans can roll the trees for the final time at an A-Day ceremony on April 20. Shaw said the trees will be removed April 23. After that, Auburn will install three concrete poles with wires 3 to 4 inches apart for fans to roll while plans are made to renovate the corner.
The Internal Revenue Service estimates 440,000 Alabamians will wait until April to file their tax returns.
IRS spokesman Dan Boone says people waiting until close to the April 15 deadline should not miss out on earned income tax credits. He said many lower-income workers can qualify. Some workers who couldn't qualify in previous years may now qualify because of a change in marital status or addition of a child. A person who worked some part of 2012 and had a household income below $50,270 may qualify.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A bill that has passed the Alabama House and is pending in the Senate poses an old dilemma for lawmakers — jobs versus the environment. The bill would drastically lower taxes for businesses that use the hazardous waste disposal facility at Emelle, in Sumter County near the Alabama-Mississippi line. The fees for disposing waste were raised in the early 1990s to help spur activity in the economically depressed county in Alabama's Black Belt. But bill sponsor Rep. A.J.
Alabama's common core standards for public schools have survived another challenge.
It appears a bill to abolish the standards is unlikely to pass the Legislature. The Common Core standards for learning in math and English were recommended by the National Governors Association.
Bills were introduced in the House and Senate to prevent adoption of the standards. The Senate bill has been indefinitely postponed. A subcommittee of the House Education Policy Committee voted Wednesday to kill the bill.