One of the oldest Catholic schools in the state is closing its doors. The St. Jude Educational Institute on West Fairview Avenue will graduate its final senior class when the school term ends this month. In a statement issued Wednesday by the Archdiocese of Mobile, St. Jude is closing because of lingering financial problems and low enrollment. The news shocked and angered many St. Judge students and parents after they were informed about the school's closing. St. Jude Educational Institute has operated for 76 years.
Over 35 state, local and federal law enforcement officials took part in Project Synergy Wednesday. The national initiative is aimed at taking synthetic drugs off the streets across the country. Governor Robert Bentley praised the efforts which included raids in 10 Alabama counties.
Verizon Wireless is adding 400 jobs in Alabama, mostly in the Huntsville area. Verizon executives joined Governor Robert Bentley Tuesday to announce that more than 300 customer service jobs will be created at the company's state headquarters in Huntsville. The state is not providing any financial incentives to get new jobs.
Norman Lumpkin, who helped bring diversity to television news in Alabama has died. A spokesman for Ross-Clayton Funeral Home in Montgomery confirmed that Lumpkin died Tuesday morning. Lumpkin worked for radio stations in Montgomery, Indianapolis, Indiana, before being hired by WSFA-TV in Montgomery in 1969 as the first African-American TV reporter in the capital city. Lumpkin was inducted into the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences prestigious Silver Circle in 2007.
State officials and corporate executives will make a major economic development announcement they say will create jobs statewide and particularly in the Tennessee Valley of north Alabama. Governor Robert Bentley's office has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon at 3 o'clock in the old House chamber. Leaders are expected to announce a development project affecting Huntsville, but Bentley's office says the impact is statewide.
Governor Robert Bentley says he's against switching back to the electric chair to resume executions in Alabama. Bentley said he's personally opposed to the idea of resuming electrocutions. The state attorney general's office says executions are at a standstill because the prison system has run out of one of three drugs used in its lethal injection system. Bentley says his office will be in contact with prison officials seeking alternative ways to perform lethal injections. Some 200 people are currently on death row in the state.
The federal government has approved aid for four Alabama counties hit by severe weather. The Federal Emergency Management Agency says individuals in Baldwin, Jefferson, Lee and Limestone counties can get grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses and other aid to help with the recovery. Damage surveys are continuing and more counties may be designated for federal aid. Last week's severe weather claimed five lives. Two people died in Limestone County and one in Tuscaloosa County. Two motorists died due to flooding in Baldwin County.
Nearly 98,000 people in Alabama selected a plan in the federally operated health insurance marketplace. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released the numbers Thursday. Policy Director for Alabama Arise Jim Carnes says after a slow start, word of mouth began to spread. The next open enrollment period begins November 15th.
The National Weather Service says more than a dozen tornadoes touched down in Alabama during the storms that hit the state Monday and Tuesday. Meteorologists have released storm damage surveys that show where twisters made landfall and how strong they were. Tornado damage is reported in Etowah, Jefferson, Lamar, Limestone, Macon, Marion, Pickens and Russell counties. Survey teams from the weather service are still evaluating other areas. In all, 38 Alabama counties sustained some type of storm damage this week. Art Faulkner, Director of the State Emergency Management Agency, is asking
Citizens in many parts of Alabama are cleaning up after more than two feet of rain fell in a two-day span. The storms also brought violent winds and possible tornadoes to some areas. The rain torrent led to disastrous flooding along the Gulf Coast.