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Carnival Cruise Line Reopens in Alabama

Mobile’s cruise terminal has reopened for business, with a cruise ship at the dock and passengers at the gate. The Press-Register reports Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Carnival President Christine Duffy cut a ceremonial ribbon, signifying the cruise terminal was back in operation after a five-year hiatus and more than $4 million in renovations and upgrades. The Carnival Fantasy departed Wednesday,…

Teen Arrested in Mobile High School Shooting

Prichard police have arrested 16-year-old boy and charged him with second degree assault for shooting a teen at Vigor High School on Tuesday. Police Department spokesman Philip Steil says the teen that was shot in the abdomen is expected to recover. Steil tells local news outlets the 16-year-old suspect turned himself in Wednesday afternoon. The shooting took place near some…

Kin of Teen Killed by Police Seek Charges, Criticize Panel

Supporters of the family of a 19-year-old man shot and killed by a Mobile police officer are calling for criminal charges against the officer and for Mayor Sandy Stimpson to remove himself from a police citizens advisory council selection process. AL.com reports that in her first public comments since her son Michael Moore’s shooting, Shunta Daugherty continued to question Tuesday…

Deputies: ‘Wannabe cop’ Wrote Fake Tickets, Had Guns

A Mobile man has been accused of impersonating a police officer. In a post on its official Facebook page, the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday called 24-year-old Douglas Roberts a “wannabe cop.” Capt. Paul Burch says Roberts was portraying himself as a constable while writing tickets in the Mobile area for speeding and illegal parking. Investigators say the citations…

Montgomery is “Shrinking”!

Census finds it is the only big Alabama city to lose population.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – New Census data shows that Huntsville could be on track to become the state’s largest city by around 2030. The data  shows that more than 10,000 residents have been added to Huntsville since 2010. At that rate, Huntsville would pass Birmingham as the state’s largest city within 15 years. The data also shows that among the…

South Alabama Officer & Suspect Wounded

Officer was undercover.

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – Authorities say a police officer working undercover in southern Alabama is hospitalized after he was shot during a gun battle that also left a suspect seriously wounded. Mobile Police Department spokesman Terence Perkins tells The Associated Press the officer was in plainclothes and part of an undercover narcotics operation when a suspect armed himself with a…

Boeing under Airbus pressure, cutting 4k jobs.

Airbus employs thousands in Alabama.

Boeing is laying off some four-thousand workers in Washington State as it deals with pressure from Airbus:   “Staffing reductions through mid-year, including hundreds of executives and managers, are projected to total approximately 4,000 positions — none of which involve involuntary layoffs. We’ve been able to reduce staffing levels through attrition, leaving open positions unfilled, and voluntary layoffs. We’ll only…

Amtrak May Return to Mobile

Service from New Orleans to Jacksonville.

BILOXI, Miss. (AP) – Five weeks ago an Amtrak inspection train rolled across South Mississippi for the first time since Hurricane Katrina. On Wednesday, The Sun Herald reports (http://bit.ly/1Uc0OQn) officials met in Biloxi to move along the dream of restoring passenger rail service across the Gulf Coast. Mark Murphy, general manager of long distance service for Amtrak, says lawmakers want…

Montgomery at Moderate Risk for Zika Mosquitos

Mobile listed as having a High Risk.

A CDC related health group lists Montgomery as having a moderate risk this summer for the mosquito that carries the Zika virus. The city of Mobile is listed as having a high risk. The study was reported in the “Plos Currents: Outbreaks” journal. The study includes a map identifying cities  at risk based on climate, poverty and closeness to the…

Two Civil Air Patrol Members Killed in Crash

CAP Headquarters is at Maxwell AFB

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) – The Civil Air Patrol has identified two of its members, who were killed in a south Alabama plane crash while returning from Louisiana after flying a medical patient there for treatment. The Civil Air Patrol says its pilots perform compassion flights, often to transport patients or family members to or from treatment. The patrol said pilot…