Northern Beltline

Apr 21, 2014

Governor Robert Bentley and other leaders have broken ground on a 52-mile road that will someday complete a perimeter highway around Alabama's largest metro area.  A ceremony was held Monday to mark the first phase of work on the Northern Beltline.  The $5.5 billion dollar project is expected to take more than 25 years to complete.  Environmental groups have filed suit to block the road, claiming the government ignored clean water rules to approve construction.  The beltline would connect with Interstate 459 southwest of Birmingham and Interstate 59 to the northeast, making it easier for travelers to avoid downtown Birmingham. 

Oil Spill Anniversary

It's been four years since the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion and subsequent spill of five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.  Monday marked the anniversary of the disaster that carried on for weeks after the explosion with crews trying to cap the oil well.  Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon said the Alabama coast has rebounded well, but the questions remain.  Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange released a statement saying the state has yet to be compensated for its losses. 

Superintendent Charged

Local school superintendents across Alabama are alarmed at the dozens of reckless endangerment charges against Lowndes County Superintendent Dr. Daniel Boyd.  The charges stem from a case that involved a former school janitor who pleaded guilty to enticing of a child for immoral purposes.  Dr. Eric Mackey, Executive Director of the School Superintendents of Alabama said Boyd did nothing wrong.  Mackey said his office is currently reviewing policies regarding incidents such as this one to determine if they should be revised. 

License Shutdown

If you need an Alabama Driver's license or a Non-driver identification card, better get it done by Friday afternoon.  The Department of Public Safety announced it will temporarily shutdown its driver license database over a four day period.  The shutdown begins at 5 p.m. Friday and runs through 8 a.m. Wednesday, April 30th.  DPS said it needs to complete a database conversion to remain in compliance with federal regulations.