South Alabama's Dauphin Island Sea Lab is starting a program to track American horseshoe crabs.
The laboratory describes its new tagging program as the first of its kind on the northern Gulf Coast to investigate populations of the odd-looking creatures. The crabs have been studied extensively in other parts of the country, but never along Alabama's coastline.
VictoryLand Casino is asking the state of Alabama to return seized gambling machines and cash as the Macon County casino looks to reopen.
Lawyers for VictoryLand filed the motion yesterday after a judge ruled against the state's 2013 effort to close the casino.
Circuit Judge William Shashy ruled last month the state’s seizure violated the principle of equal protection since other electronic bingo operations remained in business in Alabama. Shashy dismissed the state's attempt to keep 1,615 machines and more than $260,000 seized in the raid.
Witnesses say a University of South Alabama student was screaming obscenities and talking about being on a "spiritual quest" shortly before campus police fatally shot him. Two students who knew 18-year-old Gil Collar described him Monday as appearing intoxicated shortly before his death early Saturday. The university says Collar was nude, acting erratically and challenging a police officer when the officer opened fire. A school statement makes no mention of Collar being armed.