California Wildfires

16 hours ago
Jeff Hill [Facebook]

The dramatic rescue of a horse that miraculously survived the raging California wildfire by stumbling into a back yard swimming pool is one amazing victory to be celebrated.  But so many animals - and humans - that survived the devastation are injured or homeless or both.  As we prepare for the Thanksgiving holiday this coming week, remember to be grateful for all who are willing to pitch in, rescue and provide care.

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Nice weather outlook...

19 hours ago

TUSCALOOSA—

TODAY-- MOSTLY SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE UPPER SIXTIES. NO RAIN CHANCE.

TONIGHT—CLEAR WITH A LOW AROUND FORTY. SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE

TOMORROW—CLOUDY WITH A HIGH IN THE MID SIXTIES. SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE

MOBILE— TODAY—MOSTLY SUNNY. HIGH OF 68. NO RAIN CHANCE

TONIGHT—CLEAR WITH A LOW IN THE MID FORTIES. SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE

TOMORROW—SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE UPPER SIXTIES. SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE

HUNTSVILLE TODAY—SUNNY WITH A HIGH IN THE LOW SIXTIES. NO RAIN CHANCE

TONIGHT-- CLEAR WITH A LOW IN THE UPPER THIRTIES. SLIGHT RAIN CHANCE

The chief executive officer of the nation's largest public utility has announced his plans to retire.

Bill Johnson of the Tennessee Valley Authority revealed his plans during a board meeting Wednesday in Tupelo, Mississippi.

Johnson joined the federal utility in 2013. He turns 65 in January.

TVA says it could take months while the board searches through internal or external candidates. Johnson will remain CEO while his successor is picked and trained to lead.

Editor's Note: On correction from the AP below...

The man appointed by President Donald Trump's administration to run the Environmental Protection Agency's Southeastern regional office and who once was Alabama's top environmental official has been indicted, along with a former business partner, on state ethics charges in Alabama.

Moundville pots
Alex AuBuchon / APR

Nearly 40 years after a massive burglary gone cold, there’s now renewed hope in Moundville.

In 1980, well over 250 Native American pottery vessels and countless other artifacts were stolen from what is now the Moundville Archaeological Park. Despite an FBI investigation, none of the artifacts ever resurfaced.

But yesterday, officials with the University of Alabama and the Moundville site announced that three ceremonial pots from among those stolen had been recovered.

Bellefonte plant
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The businessman trying to buy a mothballed nuclear power plant from Tennessee Valley Authority has been given an extension to complete the $111 million purchase.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports Franklin Haney signed an agreement on Nov. 14, 2016, that gave the former real estate developer two years to complete the purchase of the unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Power Plant in north Alabama.

TVA has now extended the deadline to Nov. 30.

wikipedia.org

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was on hand in Mobile, Alabama, to christen a U.S. Navy ship.  

Al.com repoertsthat the USNS Puerto Rico was christened Saturday at the Austal USA shipyard, where it was built. Sotomayor broke a bottle of sparkling wine across the bow, a Navy tradition.

The Puerto Rico was the 11th of 12 Expeditionary Fast Transport ships to be built by Austal under a $1.9 billion contract.

Alabama's growing population means state driver licenses will get an additional digit.  

The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says it's adding an eighth digit to all new driver licenses issued by the state beginning Dec. 1.

The department says people who hold the roughly 5.9 million valid licenses already issued by the state won't be affected by the change. Their seven-digit licenses will remain valid.

Beverly & Pack [Flickr]

Some people may have a negative attitude toward animal shelters, but for homeless dogs and cats a shelter may be their only refuge from hunger, fear and unforgiving elements.  If you have the chance, say "thank you" to a shelter worker for caring about these often forgotten animals.

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Tuscaloosa protester
Pat Duggins / APR

Protesters across Alabama marched in support of special counsel Robert Mueller. APR’s Pat Duggins reports on marches in Tuscaloosa as well as in Birmingham, Florence, Fairhope, Huntsville, and Montgomery.

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