Category Archives: Alabama

Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News

August 01, 2015

Alabama’s oyster reefs have historically harvested an average of one million pounds of oysters per year and have made it one of the top oyster producing states in the nation for more than a century.

But changes to water temperature, environmental impacts, parasites and other issues have made the reefs unpredictable and, at times, unproductive.

via Alabama Oyster farming boom could boost a Gulf Coast tradition to new heights – Yellowhammer News.

Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com

August 01, 2015

In the middle of BP rolling out large oil spill settlement offers across the Gulf of Mexico this month, some smaller groups in Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi and Florida received some of their own monetary relief.

via Gulf states awarded $4.2 million in BP tourism grants; 28 Alabama agencies, cities share $900,000 | AL.com.

Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com

July 31, 2015

Officials on Alabama’s coast say they are ready to reclaim the sugar-white beaches that have been overrun with abandoned tents, umbrellas, beach chairs, boogie boards, and other beachy belongings.While Baldwin County’s coastal communities have enjoyed record-breaking tourism numbers for four straight years, that same growth has led to the degradation of their star attraction.

via Beach ‘junk’ pushes Alabama officials to limit; ‘Leave No Trace’ policy on horizon | AL.com.

Andy Andrews: Dear Alabama, our bubble is shrinking, but all is not lost – Yellowhammer News

July 29, 2015

I have long been proud of my heritage.  While unable to trace ancestors to the Mayflower and unaware of any noble blood in my veins, I am from Alabama.   Born in Birmingham’s West End Hospital in 1959, I still live in Alabama with my wife, Polly, and our two boys.

I love most everything about this state and suppose I always have—Bear Bryant, Shug Jordan, The Vulcan, Tony Nathan, long deer seasons, Dothan’s Conestoga Steak House, yes sir and no ma’am, the Gulf Coast Zoo in Gulf Shores, my eighth grade English teacher Mrs. McLoyd, church at the Flora-Bama, Winston Groom… I could go on and on.

via Andy Andrews: Dear Alabama, our bubble is shrinking, but all is not lost – Yellowhammer News.

Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 27, 2015

ALABAMA/FLORIDA (WPMI) Alabama residents can soon take part in back to school savings. The tax break covers books and supplies, including clothes priced at less than $100, and computers and educational software less than $750.

The sales tax holiday in Alabama runs August 7-9.

via Alabama/Florida Back to School Sales Tax Holidays – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA

July 21, 2015

POINT CLEAR, AL (WALA) - FOX10 News is committed to tracking where BP settlement dollars are going in Alabama.

The state will receive $2.3 billion for environmental and economic damages. The economic damage payments will be $1 billion paid over 18 years.

But, if you believe all the money will be heading to Mobile and Baldwin counties, the areas most affected by the spill, think again.

GENERAL FUND

Speaking in Point Clear, Governor Robert Bentley talked about why he wants more than $1 billion in economic damage payments from BP to go into the state general fund and not exclusively to Mobile and Baldwin counties.

via BP settlement money not going only to Mobile and Baldwin – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com

July 21, 2015

A group of local elected officials charged with determining where millions of dollars in BP oil spill settlement money is going is on hold with all decisions until more details about the agreement surfaces in the coming months.

The Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, last week, opted to put its appropriations on hold for the time being until U.S. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier finalizes the agreement and more information is forwarded to the group as to what the money can be spent on.

via Alabama Gulf Coast leaders holding off on any decisions about BP oil spill settlement money | AL.com.

Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties

July 21, 2015

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley says he opposes sending a portion of the state’s one billion-dollar BP settlement to Mobile and Baldwin Counties.

“That’s not going to happen,” said Bentley. “That belongs to the state of Alabama.”

Bentley made the comments to reporters after speaking Monday at the Economic Development Association of Alabama’s Summer Conference in Point Clear. Bentley told the audience that the billion dollar state settlement would be used to pay off debt and to help balance the General Fund budget.

via Governor Won’t Share State BP Money with Coastal Counties.

3 years after expanding film credits, Alabama’s counting stars | Arts and Culture | The Sun Herald

July 20, 2015

Richard Rionda Del Castro, the producer of “USS Indianapolis” — an upcoming movie starring Nicolas Cage about the sinking of the ship that transported the nuclear bomb to end World War II — is filming on and off Alabama’s coast this month.

“What is exciting about this film is really making this story,” he said. “It’s a film that should have been made long ago, and I don’t understand why no producer has made this film before.”

But it’s not just Orange Beach’s white sand, downtown Mobile’s historic architecture and a mansion outside of town that make Alabama an attractive setting for such a major motion picture.

There’s something else pretty about this picturesque port town: tax credits.

via 3 years after expanding film credits, Alabama’s counting stars | Arts and Culture | The Sun Herald.

Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA

July 18, 2015

Montgomery Circuit Court Judge Greg Griffin has dismissed a lawsuit against former Baldwin County School System Superintendent Robbie Owen and four Baldwin County Board of Education members.

This, after State Auditor Jim Zeigler filed suit against them seeking a ruling that would stop county school boards from spending taxpayer money on tax referendum campaigns.

via Judge dismisses suit against Robbie Owen, BCBOE members – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Executive producer: “We’re making a piece of history” – FOX10 News | WALA

July 17, 2015

Telling a good story through film is an incredibly challenging task, which is made additionally difficult when taking on a true story.

But for Director Mario Van Peebles, the story of the U.S.S. Indianapolis is one he had to tell.

“Every now and then you run into a story that’s so unusual, so incredible that you’ve got to tell it. And the more I studied about the U.S.S. Indianapolis, the more I said, ‘This is one of those stories that we’ve got to tell,’” Van Peebles said.

via Executive producer: “We’re making a piece of history” – FOX10 News | WALA.

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Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement

July 16, 2015

Gulf Coast officials worry that their communities won’t get their fair share of Alabama’s $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft told Alabama’s Press Register that members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have unanswered questions about the settlement.

via Officials on Gulf Coast Have ‘Unanswered Questions’ on BP Settlement.

BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 15, 2015

Several restoration projects along Alabama’s Gulf Coast might have to be scaled back.  While the state was awarded 2.3 billion dollars from the oil spill, only 25 percent will go towards Gulf communities.

In Baldwin and Mobile counties, that figure ball-parks to around 20 million dollars this year.

via BP Money May Not Stretch Far Enough For Area Restoration Projects – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Alabama Gulf Coast leaders sift through BP settlement confusion, prepare for possible regional divide | AL.com

July 12, 2015

While there are unanswered questions in the settlement with BP stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill disaster, there is one almost universal complaint expressed by public officials in South Alabama: We aren’t getting enough of it.

“It’s a lot of unanswered questions and a lot of confusions on the way this came down,” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said. “We really have to start from scratch.”

via Alabama Gulf Coast leaders sift through BP settlement confusion, prepare for possible regional divide | AL.com.

Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15

July 09, 2015

Congressman Bradley Byrne is working to make sure the money Alabama and other Gulf states receive from offshore oiling remain with the states.

The House of Representatives has adopted an amendment offered by Byrne that would prohibit any efforts to redirect the funds away from the Gulf Coast.

via Byrne Amendment to Keep BP Money in the State – WPMI – Mobile Top Stories – LOCAL 15.

Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA

July 08, 2015

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne is worried that coastal Alabama may not get what it deserves from the BP settlement announced by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

Byrne discussed the issue with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip.

The Congressman said he had not received any reaction from the Governor’s office to his criticism of the deal.

via Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA

July 07, 2015

Alabama Rep. Bradley Byrne is worried that coastal Alabama may not get what it deserves from the BP settlement announced by Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and Attorney General Luther Strange.

Byrne discussed the issue with FOX10 News anchor Bob Grip.

The Congressman said he had not received any reaction from the Governor’s office to his criticism of the deal.

via Byrne on BP settlement, Greek financial crisis – FOX10 News | WALA.

A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger : NPR

July 07, 2015

This summer, Morning Edition is taking you on adventures off the beaten path — trails that transport us to a special, hidden place. We start just minutes from downtown Mobile, Ala., at the point where five rivers converge in the Mobile Bay Delta. With our trail guide, we discover centuries of history, and biodiversity like no other place in the country.The point where five rivers empty into Mobile Bay is a fisherman and hunter’s paradise, but it’s also a draw for naturalists and history buffs.

via A Few Miles From Mobile, A Wealth Of History, Nature — And Danger : NPR.

Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA

July 04, 2015

In two years, the State of Alabama will start to reap the benefits of the $2.3 billion promised to the state in a settlement with BP announced on Thursday.

Officials said this new source of money will be separate from the $85 million Gulf State Park project. A number of projects will be considered for this new source of money.

via Gulf Shores residents, vacationers have high hopes for BP settle – FOX10 News | WALA.

Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

Don’t count Congressman Bradley Byrne among those jumping for joy after BP agreed to pay Alabama $2.3 billion for the 2010 oil spill.

Byrne, who represent’s Alabama’s Gulf Coast in Congress, says he has “serious concerns” with the settlement — particularly over where the money is headed.

via Byrne: “Serious Concerns” with BP Oil Spill Settlement | WKRG.

Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG

July 03, 2015

When Governor Robert Bentley announced a settlement with BP for the oil spill Thursday morning, Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon learned of it through the news media like most everyone else because he said coastal communities were left in the dark.

“At this point, I have had no communication with anyone and that’s pretty amazing considering we were the ones hit and effected by this,” Kennon said.

via Mixed Reaction in Baldwin County to BP Settlement | WKRG.

Good News for Southwest Alabama’s Aviation Industry | Representative Bradley Byrne

June 22, 2015

At the APM Container Terminal in downtown Mobile on Sunday, the first parts for the new Airbus A320 assembly line arrived. Local residents lined the streets as the parts paraded from the Port of Mobile to the Airbus facility at Brookley Field.

Just a few days prior to the ceremony, I was in France for the 2015 Paris Air Show. The Air Show is the premier aviation event in the world that brings thousands of companies, industry leaders, and elected officials together and allows companies to show off their latest products.

via Good News for Southwest Alabama’s Aviation Industry | Representative Bradley Byrne.

The animals most likely to kill you in Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com

June 20, 2015

Let’s face it. None of us want to be swimming in the ocean and encounter a shark. And who wants to see a slithering snake in the middle of the woodpile or a swarm of angry bees headed in their direction?

As scary and creepy as these things are, the chances of one of them killing you is next to zero. Instead, there’s are some other pesky beasts that kill more Alabamians than any others. We’re going to look at that in today’s Wake Up Call.

via The animals most likely to kill you in Alabama: Wake Up Call | AL.com.

Probate Judges Gather in Orange Beach; Await Supreme Court Ruling | WKRG

June 17, 2015

A decision from the U.S. Supreme Court on same sex marriage is expected later this month and no matter what it is, no group will be more relieved than the 68 Probate Judges in Alabama.

Those judges are meeting this week in Orange Beach. A third of them are in their first term and say they could never have imagined the chaos they would encounter

“When you take office this is not the kind of thing that you think you’re going to be facing,” said Greg Cain, Morgan County Probate Judge. “But it’s there, so you go with it.”

via Probate Judges Gather in Orange Beach; Await Supreme Court Ruling | WKRG.

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