A new state law that takes effect Jan. 1 is designed to crack down on motorists who don't abide by Alabama's mandatory auto insurance law.
State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says a new online system will check insurance companies' records within a few seconds to see if a motorist has insurance. County license plate officials will do it when issuing or renewing a tag. Police will do it during traffic stops. And the state Revenue Department will do random checks.
Editor's note: Mobile County Emergency Management says damage assessment crews will head out Wednesday morning to learn the extent of the toll from the violent weather that hit near Mobile on Christmas evening.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Emergency responders are getting ready for what could be a busy Christmas Day in Alabama as severe weather heads toward the state. The head of the state's emergency management agency, Art Faulkner, says local officials are being briefed on a forecast that includes the possibility of strong tornadoes on Tuesday. Faulkner says he is keeping Gov. Robert Bentley up-to-date on the threat, and leaders are trying to get out word through social media and other means.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of a high risk of severe weather in parts of Alabama on Christmas Day. The National Weather Service said in a report Monday morning that a powerful low pressure system will sweep across Alabama, bringing the risk of twisters -- some of them possibly strong tornadoes. The weather service's Mobile office projects that southwest Alabama will at a substantial risk of severe weather on Christmas Day. A special weather statement states there's a risk of these storms producing tornadoes during the day, with some strong tornadoes possible.
Nine local governments in north and west Alabama have been awarded more than $15.7 million in grants to help with tornado recovery.
The grants from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development include $4.8 million to help rebuild Hackleburg's downtown. Eighteen people were killed and many of the businesses in the Marion County town were destroyed or heavily damaged by an April 27 tornado.