9:12 am
Thu July 30, 2015

Mobile County Protects Big Creek Lake, Prisoner Withdraws Abortion Lawsuit

Warning sign near Big Creek Lake

The Mobile County Commission is taking steps to protect the area’s primary source of drinking water. APR’s Pat Duggins reports it’s a land purchase around Big Creek Lake…

Mobile County wants to buy 200 acres around the Big Creek Lake watershed. The county has close to $400,000 in grants from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program to pay for the property.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the County the go-ahead to make the purchase earlier this week. The goal is to protect the area around the lake, which is Mobile’s main source of water.

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9:20 am
Tue July 28, 2015

Economic Impact of Climate Change, A.G. Gaston Motel Preservation

A.G. Gaston (R) at his hotel in Birmingham
Credit Birmingham Civil Rights Institute

A new report provides the specific economic impacts of decades of climate change both in Alabama and throughout the United States.

In Alabama, the largest issue is expected to be increased temperature. By 2040, the report estimates that the state will see up to 33 additional days per year above 95 degrees. That would result in a nearly 9% drop in crop yields, a 7.5% jump in energy demand, and nearly 500 additional deaths per year.

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4:41 pm
Thu July 23, 2015

Thompson Engineering to develop I-10 Bridge, National Hot Dog Day

A hometown company will design a massive bridge that's being planned across the Mobile River on Alabama's coast.

The state transportation agency says Thompson Engineering will develop plans for a new Interstate 10 bridge across the river. The existing bridge across Mobile Bay will also be widened.

Some work will begin almost immediately while details of the contract are being completed.

The project's goal is to ease traffic snarls that occur regularly in Mobile.

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4:41 pm
Wed July 22, 2015

Two more counties issuing Same-Sex Licenses

Two more Alabama counties say they will issue wedding licenses following the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide.

Both Houston and Henry counties have refused to issue any licenses because of gay marriage.

But the Dothan Eagle reports that probate judges in both counties say they will now issue marriage licenses to anyone.

The change came at the end of a 25-day window in which the U.S. Supreme Court could have reconsidered its decision.

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9:24 am
Wed July 22, 2015

Mobile Educators' Conference, Jump in Child Poverty

Alabama education professionals are attending this week’s MEGA Conference in Mobile.

Over 2000 individuals preregistered for the event including teachers, administrators, and school nurses. The conference provides professional learning opportunities to help educators enhance their job skills. It's also a chance to build skills to work with students in the classroom. The conference runs until Friday at noon.

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4:38 pm
Tue July 14, 2015

Uber Staying in Mobile, Heat Advisory

Uber is staying in Mobile. 

The City Council voted unanimously to keep the vehicles for hire business at a meeting yesterday.  After almost one month of debating, Mobile’s City Council decided Uber can operate inside the city limits. The company has carried paying passengers inside the Port City since mid-June.

The Cab companies were not happy when Uber arrived. That’s because the car for hire service didn’t have to meet all city regulations that taxis do. 

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5:09 pm
Tue July 7, 2015

Mobile City Council to remove flags from seal, Google hangout on U.S. History

The Mobile City Council is removing the Confederate flag and other banners from the official seal of city government.

The current Mobile city seal displays flags from six nations that have governed Mobile since 1702: the Confederacy, France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama and the United States.  The council vote today means only the U.S. flag will remain on the seal.

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9:01 am
Mon June 22, 2015

Airbus Parts Arrive in Mobile, Black Market Tobacco Trade

Airbus manufacturing facility in Mobile, Ala.

Hundreds of people gathered at APM Terminals in Mobile yesterday to celebrate the final transport of the first major A320 components from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus U.S. Manufacturing Facility.

The large plane parts arrived yesterday afternoon amid fanfare and a parade. Airbus announced three years ago that Mobile will house the planemaker's first final assembly line on U.S. soil.

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4:38 pm
Fri April 17, 2015

Alabama Unemployment dips, Tuscaloosa Jewish food festival, Mobile Earth Day celebration

Alabama’s unemployment rate dipped slightly last month.

Gov. Robert Bentley says the state’s unemployment rate for March is 5.7 percent.  Alabama’s jobless rate has not been at that point or below since July 2008.

He says the rate remains below the 7.2 percent seasonally adjusted rate from the same time a year ago.      

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5:23 pm
Mon February 16, 2015

Wintry Weather, new Montgomery mayoral candidate, Mobile Mardi Gras

Credit wikipedia

          Weather forecasters along the Tennessee Valley are warning residents of the Shoals to be on guard for icy roads tonight and tomorrow. The overall threat of snow and sleet has eased over much of Alabama. But, towns like Florence could still see some of the wintry weather that been plaguing areas of New England. Lauderdale and Colbert Counties are under a winter storm warning until 6 p-m. this evening while the majority of the northern counties are a winter weather advisory for most of Monday.

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Politics & Government
6:27 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Ala. Groups to Testify on Faith-based Displays

The Mobile County Commission voted to display a plaque that says "In God We Trust" in a public space at Government Plaza. Amanda Scott, a Faulkner State University student, spoke against the display.
Credit Cassie Fambro/

Several groups are planning to push the Mobile County Commission to authorize the installation of atheist, Pagan and Universalist displays after authorizing a Christian one at Government Plaza.

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Birmingham-Mobile Population
4:43 pm
Thu May 22, 2014

Birmingham, Mobile Post Modest Population Gains

Birmingham is one of a few of Alabama's largest cities to show a modest gain in population.

City officials in Birmingham and Mobile say new population estimates showing modest gains are important because they show growth in each case. reports that Birmingham's net gain was barely a blip - 672 people between July 2012 and July 2013. Mobile's gain was even more modest: The city added 11 people, for a .01 percent growth rate.

The estimates were released Thursday by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Both cities have struggled with declining populations for years, and both cities remain below their 2010 census populations.

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Arts & Life
6:57 am
Fri February 14, 2014

National Guard Unit Coming Home

Valentine's Day will be special for members of an Alabama National Guard unit that's coming home from Afghanistan. About 190 members of the 226th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade are returning home to Mobile on Friday morning. The troops will be welcomed by family members and friends at an armory in the port city. The group deployed in April 2013, traveling first to Fort Hood in Texas for training. Then they moved overseas to Afghanistan. The soldiers assisted with management operations for five base camps in Kabul.

3:54 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

State Rep. Jamie Ison Of Mobile Won't Run Again

Republican state Rep. Jamie Ison of Mobile says she won't seek re-election next year.

Republican state Rep. Jamie Ison of Mobile says she won't seek re-election next year.

Ison was elected to represent House District 101 in 2002. She was re-elected in 2006 and 2010. Ison said Friday she will retire at the end of her term to focus her attention on her real estate career and her volunteer work.

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Air Manufacturers-Lawsuits
5:02 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Ala. Lawmakers Near Final Passage Of Airbus Bill

The bill places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits against Airbus as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant in Mobile.
Credit Airbus

Legislation to help protect Airbus from lawsuits involving planes built at the new plant in Mobile has moved closer to final passage in the Alabama Legislature.

The House voted unanimously Thursday for the bill that places a 12-year limit on filing lawsuits as a result of an accident involving a plane built at the new plant. A lawsuit would have to involve a problem with the airplane that arose within 12 years of when the plane was sold.

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