Mississippi

Home Brewing
4:42 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Alabama Last State To Prohibit Home Brewing

Alabama is now the only state that prohibits home brewing.
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With Mississippi legalizing home brewing, Alabama is now the only state that doesn't allow citizens to brew small amounts of beer or wine at home for personal use.


Home brewing enthusiasts have been trying since 2009 to get the Alabama Legislature to legalize what several thousand people are already doing illegally. But they have always met with strong opposition. Home brewing bills have won approval from legislative committees and could come up for a vote in the House or Senate soon.

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Alabama Obesity
4:45 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Ala. Ranks 4th Nationally For Obesity

Alabamian's tip the scale as the nation's 4th most obese state.
Paul H. Flickr

A new study says Alabama is the nation's fourth-fattest state.

The report released Monday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says 32 percent of Alabama's adults are obese. That's slightly better than the obesity rates in Mississippi, Louisiana and West Virginia.

The state obesity rate for 2011 is a little less than the number from 2010, but the CDC says the two numbers can't be compared because it changed statistical methods. So it's hard to gauge whether there's been any real improvement in fighting obesity.