Mobile mayor Sandy Stimpson

A.G. Gaston
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.

Republican lawmakers seem to be turning toward gambling to shore up Alabama’s General Fund Budget, but Gov. Robert Bentley says that won’t provide enough money to stave off deep cuts to law enforcement and other state agencies.

Bentley spoke to the Associated Press yesterday in Dothan. He says the drafts of lottery and casino legislation proposed by Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh would bring Las Vegas-style gambling to the state of Alabama, which he says is not the budget solution the state needs.

Today is the four year anniversary of the tornado outbreak that killed more than 200 Alabamians. The damage was widespread across the state, including in Tuscaloosa.

Mayor Walter Maddox rode out the EF4 tornado at Tuscaloosa's City Hall. He says the moments after that were spent surveying the 12.5 percent of the city that was destroyed in just six minutes.

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Mobile's police chief is retiring.

   Chief Micheal T. Williams announced Wednesday he will step down from the post within 60 days.

   Williams is leaving before mayor-elect Sandy Stimpson takes office. Stimpson defeated two-term incumbent Sam Jones on Tuesday.

   Williams was named police chief in 2010. He's worked for the Mobile Police Department for more than two decades.

Bill Starling/bstarling@al.com

Mobile has a new mayor, but Birmingham voters re-elected the incumbent in municipal elections.