Uber Staying in Mobile, Heat Advisory

Jul 14, 2015

Uber is staying in Mobile. 

The City Council voted unanimously to keep the vehicles for hire business at a meeting yesterday.  After almost one month of debating, Mobile’s City Council decided Uber can operate inside the city limits. The company has carried paying passengers inside the Port City since mid-June.

The Cab companies were not happy when Uber arrived. That’s because the car for hire service didn’t have to meet all city regulations that taxis do. 

Instead, The City Council approved the ride share business by putting new regulations in place for the city.  They do not have to follow the city’s sanctioned rates for the cab meter.

As summer drags on, meteorologists are warning Alabama residents to be on alert from dangers of too much heat. The state can expect temperatures as high as one hundred and two degrees. Along with that, the heat index can make it feel as hot as one hundred and six degrees.

Gary Goggins is a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Birmingham. He says residents should prepare for the weather before going outside, drink plenty of fluids and dress lightly.
“You never leave a child unattended in a car at any time. Cars can heat up very quickly; over a 130 degrees in just 30 minutes of time. We always say beat the heat and check the backseat.”
Goggins adds that people should take frequent breaks or head indoors if they happen to be outside for a long period of time.

Harper Lee’s hometown of Monroeville is celebrating the release of ‘Go Set A Watchman.’

A series of events like walking tours, storytelling and a marathon read of the book are free to the public. The day will end with a cocktail hour with mint juleps at the Old Courthouse Museum where Lee's father used to practice law.

Hannah Hood is the office manager of the Monroeville Chamber of Commerce. She says the whole community is thrilled about the new novel's release.
“We are so thankful for this because it will do so much for our town. I’ve said it over and over again for my generation this is the To Kill A Mockingbird. This is historic for us. This is going to bring in a whole new wave of tourism and for that we are extremely thankful.”
Hood encourages anyone who can to attend the storytelling at the Monroe County Public Library for a chance to meet some very neat individuals who will give their perspectives on the new book.