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Guy Busby

Reporter

Guy Busby is an Alabama native and lifelong Gulf Coast resident. He has been covering people, events and interesting occurrences on America’s South Coast for more than 20 years. His experiences include riding in hot-air balloons and watching a ship being sunk as a diving reef. His awards include a national Sigma Delta Chi award from the Society of Professional Journalists as part of the APR team on the series “Oil and Water,” on the anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. Some of his other interests include writing, photography and history. He and his wife, Elizabeth, live in Silverhill.

  • An announcement in Mobile could make Alabama’s port city the fourth biggest spot in the world for building passenger jets. Demand for single aisle planes like the one Airbus builds in Mobile is booming. That’s driving plans to expand the company’s assembly center along the Alabama Gulf coast. And that means more manufacturing jobs for the area.
  • The city of Mobile may be best known for creating Mardi Gras. It’s also home to the North American factory for European airplane builder Airbus. That’s what’s going on right now. Back in 1700’s pottery was big business in what would become Alabama’s port city.
  • Residents along Alabama’s Eastern Shore might have caught a glimpse of aviation history flying overhead. A fully restored Ford Trimotor airplane from the 1920 spent time buzzing around the skies of the Gulf coast.
  • Tourism is on the rise along Alabama’s Gulf coast. That means lots of visitors heading to the state’s beaches, restaurants, and attractions. But, while the number of tourists is going up, the number of tourism industry workers isn’t. Many staffers in Alabama’s visitor industry left during the COVID-19 pandemic, and a lot of them haven’t come back. Mobile is turning to technology to link workers with hospitality industry jobs.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic kept the cruise ship industry on hold along the Alabama Gulf coast for two years. That all changed when a Carnival passenger ship sailed from Mobile this month. That’s the good news for the local tourism industry. The bad news is that cruise trips may not go on beyond this Fall.
  • The weather system that swept through Alabama Tuesday night and Wednesday morning generated at least one tornado in Central Baldwin County.
  • APR News reported about plans by the Alabama Department to introduce ticket packages for certain regions of the state. The program began with the music industry in Muscle Shoals, and civil rights destinations in Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma. Now, plans are underway for the campaign to expand to the Gulf coast.
  • Public hearings starting tomorrow could help pave the way for AMTRAK trains to resume service in the Mobile area. There are voices for and against the idea. Passenger trains haven’t run between Mobile and New Orleans since Hurricane Katrina damaged tracks. The federal Surface Transportation Board will begin hearings on plans to restart two trains a day along the Gulf Coast.
  • European plane maker Airbus is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to compete to build the LMXT strategic tanker in Mobile and Marietta, Georgia. If the Pentagon picks Airbus-Lockheed for the job, it will mean major jobs and investments in Mobile. Both companies hope that the Air Force will pick the new tankers to replace its current aging fleet of refueling planes.
  • Say the word Manatees, and you might think of the State of Florida. The gentle sea cows are regular visits to the warm waters of the Sunshine State during the cold winter months. The costumed character Hugh Manatee was once the mascot of the Brevard Manatees minor league baseball team in Florida. But now, these sea creatures are showing up more and more in Alabama waters.