MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A new national report shows Indian gambling in Alabama is growing by record numbers, while revenue from non-Indian gambling keeps falling.
Casino City's North American Gaming Almanac says total gambling revenue in Alabama grew by 25 percent in 2011, which was the biggest increase in the nation. It was fueled by Indian gambling, which grew more than 26 percent. Almanac editor-in-chief Vin Narayanan says Poarch Creek Indian casinos have benefited from the state's shutdown of non-Indian sites.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — AJ McCarron threw three touchdown passes, T.J. Yeldon ran for 133 yards and two scores and No. 1 Alabama overwhelmed No. 10 LSU 38-17 Saturday night. The Crimson Tide (9-0, 6-0 Southeastern Conference) turned to power football to take control of a game that was tied early in the third quarter. Yeldon carried 18 times in the second half, 25 overall, after catching the game-winning touchdown pass in last season's meeting with the Tigers (7-3, 3-3). Alabama scored the final 21 points to brush aside its first challenge since Game 2 against Texas A&M.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Jefferson County officials are seeking dismissal of two lawsuits by sewer customers as part of the county's plan to emerge from bankruptcy.
Al.com reports county attorneys filed a court motion last week asking a judge to throw out the lawsuits as part of the county's agreement with creditors. Attorneys for the plaintiffs in both cases, who sued over rate increases, said they oppose having the suits dismissed.
TUSKEGEE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man who served in World War II among nation's first black Marines has been awarded one of the federal government's highest honors. WSFA-TV reports 87-year-old Robert Freeman was presented the Congressional Gold Medal on Friday for military service dating back to the 1940s. That's when Freeman trained alongside other African-American recruits to the Marines Corps at the segregated Montford Point Camp in North Carolina. Afterward he deployed with his fellow Marines to World War II. Freeman was presented with the medal by U.S. Rep.
Gov. Robert Bentley and other state officials are traveling to Japan on a trade mission.
The governor's office says the delegation will depart Sunday for a five-day visit in hopes of bringing more jobs to the state and strengthening ties with Japanese companies already operating in Alabama.
In Japan the group will meet with executives from companies including Honda and Toyota, which have large factories that employ thousands in Alabama.
The military has reversed a decision to close the ROTC program at the University of North Alabama.
School leaders learned of the decision this week.
The leader of the UNA battalion, Lt. Col. Mike Snyder, says he and his staff have been working with cadets to find transfer options. Now they'll work on recruiting new cadets to keep the program vital.
The university has had a Reserve Officers Training Corps program for 65 years.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is awarding more than $3.5 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support health care centers in Alabama.
Department Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Thursday that the funding will help expand the delivery of health care services in the state, which is expected to impact more than 20,700 Alabamians. Officials say the funding is expected to support five health care centers in Alabama.
PRATTVILLE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board has launched an initiative to stop underage and binge drinking in the state. ABC Board members and law enforcement officials addressed students at Prattville High School Wednesday morning. During the meeting, more than half of the one thousand students in attendance promised to not use alcoholic beverages and were given accounts of young people who have died in alcohol-related traffic accidents and the impact the accidents had on their families. The students making the promises gave themselves pats on the back.
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.