All eyes, especially in states bordering the Gulf of Mexico, are on Isaac today.
The large weather disturbance remains a tropical storm, but could become a hurricane by the end of the day. Isaac is moving toward Louisiana, possibly the New Orleans area. Low lying areas closest to the Gulf remain under a mandatory evacuation order. But Governor Bentley allowed some residents in Baldwin and Mobile Counties to remain after the storm forecast changed.
Montgomery County Public School officials say all schools will be open and buses will follow their normal schedule. According to MPS spokesman Tom Salter, administrators have been in contact with Emergency Management Agency, the Weather Service and surrounding school systems. Salter said there is always the possibility things could change in the next 24 hours. He said school officials will re-evaluate plans as needed.
As Tropical Storm Isaac moves toward the coast of Alabama and nearby states, Attorney General Luther Strange warned his office will be on the lookout for those who might exploit the situation by committing fraud. When Governor Robert Bentley declared a state of emergency Sunday he triggered the state's laws cracking down on price gouging and looting. Under state law, the penalty for price gouging is a fine of up to a $1,000 dollars per violation. The attorney general said individuals who willfully and continue to violate the law may be banned from doing business in Alabama.
It's municipal election day across Alabama. Voters in dozens of towns and cities will go to the polls to decide the outcome of mayoral and city council races. Several towns in Alabama's two coastal counties are delaying their municipal elections today due to Isaac and the evacuation of some voters. Officials in eight towns and cities say they plan to reschedule their municipal elections. The new date is subject to approval by the U.S. Justice Department.
A former casino lobbyist and a former legislator who pleaded guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case are now in federal prison. A spokesman for the U.S. Bureau of Prisons said lobbyist Jarrod Massy reported Monday to the minimum-security prison camp at Maxwell Air Force Base. Former state Representative Terry Spicer of Elba reported to the minimum-security prison camp in Marion, Illinois. Casino developer Ronnie Gilley and casino lobbyist Jennifer Pouncy also pleaded guilty.
A would-be robbery suspect is dead after a confrontation with a store clerk in west Montgomery. Montgomery Police said the male gunman was shot and killed last night when he attempted to rob a Citgo gas station on the Western Boulevard.