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Baldwin County bill aims to strengthen child sex abuse law | WPMI

April 23, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — A new bill, proposed by a Baldwin County legislator, aims to strengthen a state child sex abuse law and increase punishment for predators. Currently, a second degree sex abuse charge results in a misdemeanor violation if the child is between the ages of 12 and 15, and if the abuser is over the age of 19.
Source: Baldwin County bill aims to strengthen child sex abuse law | WPMI
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Deer crashes local family’s Easter egg hunt

April 22, 2019
PERDIDO, Ala. (WKRG) -- A local family was celebrating Easter with an egg hunt on their property when they had an unexpected visitor. A deer showed up giving the family an amazing surprise. Kay Fairchild says they haven't had an egg hunt on their property in a long time so having one today and getting a special visitor was a treat. Though the furry animal wasn't the Easter bunny they were expecting, they enjoyed petting her and even fed her a hard boiled egg. In a video taken by Kay, the deer is seen welcoming pets and love.
Source: Deer crashes local family's Easter egg hunt
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Orange Beach pledges $1 million to help schools

April 20, 2019
Dr. Erica McCoy, the principal of the new Orange Beach High School, is looking for goal-oriented teachers to lead students when classes open in August. “In every interview, I say that one question to every person that we have been interviewing with and it’s how are you going to help propel our students to the national spotlight,” McCoy told the city council on April 16. “Because if our kids are in the national spotlight then Orange Beach is in the national spotlight. Just having that vision of excellence from the very beginning is very important.”
Source: Orange Beach pledges $1 million to help schools
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Rural no more: Baldwin County now fifth in population – al.com

April 19, 2019
The latest round of census estimates shows that Baldwin County’s accelerating population growth has pushed it into Alabama’s Top Five. Growth in Baldwin County is a familiar theme, but even so the latest figures are eye-opening. Baldwin saw the fastest one-year growth in both raw numbers (5,403 to Madison’s 4,854) and percentage (2.5% to Limestone County’s 2.2%). That’s according to 2018 Census estimates released today for all U.S. counties.
Source: Rural no more: Baldwin County now fifth in population - al.com
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Bill to require Baldwin Co., Gulf Shores schools to be notified of development | WPMI

April 19, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) - — A bill drafted by Baldwin County State Senator Chris Elliott that would require the superintendents of the Baldwin and Gulf Shores school systems to be notified of any new housing development with 100 units or more, was given a thumbs up today by the State Senate.
Source: Bill to require Baldwin Co., Gulf Shores schools to be notified of development | WPMI
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Population Boom: Baldwin County passes Shelby | fox10tv.com

April 18, 2019
DAPHNE, Ala. (WALA) -- Baldwin County has retained its title as Alabama’s fastest-growing county, surpassing Shelby County to become the state’s fifth-most populous county, according to census estimates released Thursday. As of July 1 last year, Baldwin had 218,022 residents, up 2.5 percent over mid-2017. Its net gain of 35,758 since the 2010 census represents a 19.6 percent increase. The county leads the state in raw numbers and rate of growth over both periods of time.
Source: Population Boom: Baldwin County passes Shelby | News | fox10tv.com
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Residential boom causing growing pains in Daphne | WPMI

April 17, 2019
DAPHNE, Ala. (WPMI) — The explosive growth in Baldwin County is causing concern for people in the Daphne and Belforest areas. A proposed 400-house development on top of all the other construction makes many worry about traffic, schools and all the other hassles that come along with being the fastest growing county in the state.
Source: Residential boom causing growing pains in Daphne | WPMI
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Motorcyclist faces charges following police chase in I-10

April 16, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WKRG) -- A motorcyclist is facing charges after leading police on a chase along I-10 in Baldwin County. According to the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the crash happened near exit 38 in Malbis. Officers were trying to pull over the motorcyclist on a traffic violation. The motorcyclist then hit the back of a police cruiser and crashed. The motorcyclist was taken the hospital to be treated. He's expected to be released and charged soon. It's not clear what charges he will face.
Source: Motorcyclist faces charges following police chase in I-10
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22 Cuban nationals aboard disabled vessel held in Baldwin Co. for expedited removal | WPMI

April 16, 2019
U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) received 22 Cuban nationals rescued by the U.S. Coast Guard in the Gulf of Mexico more than 100 miles north of the Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico on Sunday. The individuals had been adrift for three days aboard a disabled sports fisher before being found by the Coast Guard and transferred to the Carnival Cruise Line Fantasy.
Source: 22 Cuban nationals aboard disabled vessel held in Baldwin Co. for expedited removal | WPMI
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BCSO: Legal hemp possession could lead to mistaken arrest due to marijuana similarities | WPMI

April 16, 2019
BALDWIN COUNTY, Ala. (WPMI) — Hemp is now a booming industry in the state of Alabama, but NBC 15 found out it could lead to a mistaken arrest due to its similarities to marijuana. Hemp was made legal by the Alabama Farm Bill in December of 2018, and is now a valuable crop for many Baldwin County farmers.
Source: BCSO: Legal hemp possession could lead to mistaken arrest due to marijuana similarities | WPMI
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Bill Hightower announces run for Congress – al.com

April 16, 2019
“Washington is dysfunctional, and the people of South Alabama needs a congressman who will fight for us each and every day in Congress to make sure our priorities and our values are represented,” said Hightower, in a news release announcing his candidacy for a seat that is being vacated by U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne, R-Fairhope, who is running for the U.S. Senate in 2020.
Source: Bill Hightower announces run for Congress - al.com

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