KEY WEST, Fla. (AP) — Forecasters say a strengthened Tropical Storm Isaac is bearing down on the Florida Keys. The U.S. National Hurricane Center in Miami said Isaac was centered about 135 miles (220 kms) east-southeast of Key West at 8 a.m. EDT Sunday. The storm has top sustained winds of about 65 mph (100 kph) and is moving toward the west-northwest at 20 mph (31 kph). Hours earlier, Isaac's winds were clocked at about 60 mph (95 kph).
Federal railway officials are providing $100,000 to study the possibility of passenger train service linking Mobile, Montgomery and Birmingham. The Federal Railroad Administration said Thursday it is earmarking the money in response to an application from the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs. Amtrak used to run passenger trains linking the three cities, and the study will look at restoring the service.
A Rhode Island native has taken command of U.S. Coast Guard's Cutter Stingray during a change-of-command ceremony in Alabama.
Lt. j.g. Christopher Marquis relieved Lt. Molly Keyser as the commanding officer of the cutter in a ceremony held in Mobile, Ala., on Friday. Marquis is a native of Foster, R.I. He assumed command of the 87-foot vessel after serving as the weapons officer and the first lieutenant of the Coast Guard Cutter Albert, based in Astoria, Ore.
Mobile City Council members are rejecting a ban on smoking in restaurants and bars.
The proposal received only four of the five votes it needed to pass on Tuesday.
The Mobile County Health Department has been trying to persuade cities to ban smoking in public places. The agency is promoting such ordinances with the help of a $2.25 million grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
New research by an Auburn University professor and other scientists suggests that the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill could have significant impacts on microscopic life that might not become apparent for years.
Auburn professor Ken Halanych and scientists from the University of New Hampshire, the University of California Davis Genome Center, and the University of Texas at San Antonio, published their work last month in the scientific journal PLoS ONE.
Mobile, Alabama – Alabama Public Radio is welcoming its newest listeners on WHIL-FM in Mobile. Long before APR began broadcasting along the Gulf coast, our audience knew of Eloise Thomley. The Ono Island resident joined APR as a commentator following the oil spill. We're inviting Eloise back to hear her thoughts on what's going on in Mobile. Today, she takes us on a tour...