Bayou la Batre

NOAA

Coastal Alabama is drying out and cleaning up after a near miss from what was briefly Hurricane Barry.

The storm system moved farther west than forecasters expected, making landfall on Louisiana's central coast Saturday morning. But the storm still dumped a tremendous amount of rain on Alabama's coast. The towns of Fairhope and Daphne reported as much as 7 inches of rainfall over the weekend.

The Baldwin County Health Department says those heavy rains on the Eastern Short of Mobile Bay caused up to $200,000 of sewage to overflow into local creeks feeding into the bay.

StoryCorps

Ninety two-year-old Tensie Johnson and her daughters Vicki and Michele dropped by StoryCorps to reminisce about old times. Overwhelmed with laughter, they discuss the lively experiences they’ve shared living in Bayou La Batre, which has resulted in a blessed journey for the three women...             

Edited by Kierra Wright

$315M for Gulf Coast Restoration Projects

Mar 12, 2018
Orange Beach oil
Julie Dermanksy

A massive grant from the RESTORE Act and the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council will help fund a variety of projects in southwest Alabama.

Fifty projects will be given funding for infrastructure, environmental restoration and economic development thanks to that $315 million grant. The biggest payouts include $56 million for road expansion projects in Baldwin County, $28 million for a new facility at the Port of Mobile, $27 million for projects affecting Aloe Bay on Dauphin Island and $21 million to redevelop the docks in Bayou La Batre.

Eric Parker
Brynn Anderson / Associated Press

Jurors will continue deliberating this morning in the civil rights trial of former Madison police officer Eric Parker.

Parker’s defense rested its case yesterday afternoon after the officer testified in his own defense.

Parker said he had been called out to investigate reports of a suspicious person. He said he was aware of the language barrier between himself and Indian grandfather Sureshbhai Patel, but it was still his responsibility to investigate.

Governor Robert Bentley says the state faces a “real crisis” with its budget. Bentley is now taking his fight to fill the state’s coffers to the streets.

The governor is continuing his tour of speaking engagements to rally support for his proposed $541 million tax proposal. He spoke at Guntersville State Park yesterday.