Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Hurricane Ivan is recalled by weather experts as the most powerful storm to approach the Gulf of Mexico from the southeast when it took aim at the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts in September of 2004. It hit the rare Category 5 status three times. It killed nearly 100 people. With damages of more than $14 billion, it is still the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Yet as its fifth anniversary arrives Wednesday, many who survived its devastation say they feel it is now America's
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The FBI's annual report on crime shows that Huntsville boasts the lowest murder rate and one of the lowest rates of property crime among the state's four largest cities. According to the report released Monday, Huntsville recorded 18 murders in 2007, putting the city's murder rate at 10.4 per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had the highest rate, with 36 murders per 100,000 residents. Mobile had 22 murders and Montgomery had 11.3 per 100,000 people.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is holding workshops this week in north Alabama to promote biodiesel. The free three-hour workshops will be in Scottsboro on Tuesday, Madison on Wednesday and Jasper on Thursday to help educate Alabama citizens about the benefits of alternative fuels. The workshops also will give out information on grants and other financial incentive programs available to cities, schools and companies wanting to convert their vehicles to biodiesel.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Cuts are expected in the new state budgets that take effect Oct. 1. The question is: How much? Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state education budget will force a second year of across-the-board cuts. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton is forecasting 6 percent. Teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert says 4.5 to 5.5 percent. And two-year college leader Joan Davis is telling colleges to prepare for 8.5 percent to 10 percent. Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton has already warned
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced two more swine flu deaths in the state. Health officials said Thursday that a resident of Bullock County and a resident of Macon County have died, raising the total to seven deaths from the virus in Alabama. One of the men was in his 40s and the other was in his 50s. Both died at a Montgomery hospital. Officials said the deaths serve as reminder of the need for everyone to take additional precautions because of the early onset
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's official Day of Remembrance Ceremony for the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks is at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. State Homeland Security Director Jim Walker and the director of the Governor's Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives, Sydney Hoffman, will lead the ceremony, which begins at 5:30 p.m. Friday. Gov. Bob Riley won't attend because he's visiting companies in Europe. But he issued a statement saying Sept. 11 is a time to
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Homeowners insurance companies say they're raising rates for Alabama customers. State Farm, the company that sells the most homeowners insurance in Alabama, says it needs more money to assure it can pay future claims. Other major insureres in the state concur. The average rate increases statewide range from about 6 percent to about 26 percent. State Farm and Alfa Mutual, another company with a substantial share of the Alabama market, had lowered their rates in recent years.