The city of Mobile is teaming up with Alabama People Against a Littered State (ALPALS) to support the “Don’t Drop it on Alabama” Spring Cleanup this April and May.

The first organized community cleanup will be hosted by Dog River Clearwater Revival and will focus on the areas around Baumhauer-Randle Park on 1909 Duval Street in Mobile. The cleanup and collection of litter will take place on April 17, from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Cleanup supplies such as litter grabbers, bags, gloves and safety vests will be provided by the City of Mobile.

Mobile considers Carnival-style parade for May

Mar 10, 2021
Mardi Gras float
AL Tourism Dept


The city of Mobile is considering hosting a Carnival-style parade in May to make up for this year's missed Mardi Gras.

The parade would take place downtown after the state's mask mandate expired.

Mayor Sandy Stimpson discussed the possibility with city council members during Tuesday's meeting. The proposed date for the parade is May 21 to coincide with the commissioning of the USS Mobile.


The AM/NS steelmaking plant in Calvert broke ground for a new expanded facility earlier this week. 

The $775 million project will allow for carbon steel slabs to be manufactured at the plant. Slabs were previously imported from Brazil and fabricated on site. 

David Rodgers is the VP of Economic Development for the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce. He said the facility will be a significant investment in an already state-of-the-art steel mill. 

How COVID-19 led to "Yardi Gras" along the Gulf coast

Feb 11, 2021
APR's Lynn Oldshue

An APR news feature

Mardi Gras is going to look different along the Alabama Gulf coast because of COVID-19. The Mobile area prides itself as the originator of the annual event known as Fat Tuesday. There will be less revelry this year due to the coronavirus. This means a financial hit for business owners who design and build the colorful floats for the parades. They are finding work, however.

New U.S. Defense Secretary has roots along Alabama’s Gulf coast

Jan 26, 2021

President Joe Biden isn’t the only person in favor of having General Lloyd Austin lead the Defense Department. Mobile’s Republican Congressman Jerry Carl said the Alabama Gulf Coast native is a good choice to run America’s military.

“I'm excited,” Mobile area Congressman Jerry Carl said. “General Austin, he is a Mobile native. He is an Auburn graduate, West Point graduate. He is the top of his class as far as military is concerned. I believe he will work pushing back against the far left's attempt to cut military, which we feel like that's coming.”

Walt Disney Company


ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — An Alabama man arrested for camping out on a shuttered Disney World island has been fined $100 and banned from the Florida theme park for life. 

The Orlando Sentinel reports 42-year-old Richard McGuire pleaded no contest to trespassing under a plea agreement in Orange County, Florida.

Brookley Aeroplex


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A proposed design for moving an Alabama airport’s passenger service will be released Tuesday. 

The Mobile Airport Authority is planning to move commercial air passenger service back downtown to the Brookley Aeroplex, an industrial complex and airport.

WPMI-TV reports the authority will unveil the layout proposed for the new passenger terminal during a Tuesday webinar seeking public input on the plan.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama homeowner woke up to an unexpected visitor swimming in his backyard pool: an alligator. 

WALA-TV reports that Steven McCulland of Mobile recorded the unwanted guest on video and posted it on social media. In the video, McCulland shows the alligator and sounds stunned as he questions how it got there. And he told those watching the video: “If you own an alligator and you’re missing one, he in my backyard in my pool. Come get him.”

Mobile tries to manage the stress of COVID-19

Jul 30, 2020

The mental health threat posed by the coronavirus is gaining attention. A new study by the Lancet shows 25 percent of British citizens reporting mental distress due to COVID-19. That trend is reflected here in Alabama by a report by the internet website Wallethub. Their survey puts Birmingham, Montgomery, and Mobile near the top among U.S. cities for stress related to the coronavirus. The pandemic appears to be affecting the physical, economic and psychological well-being in Mobile.

Archbishop Emeritus Oscar H. Lipscomb


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The City of Mobile’s first archbishop died Wednesday at the age of 88. 

The Archdiocese of Mobile, in a news release, announced the death of Archbishop Emeritus Oscar H. Lipscomb. The archdiocese says Lipscomb died peacefully at a residence in Mobile after a lengthy period of physical decline. Further details were not released, but the archdiocese said his death was not related to the novel coronavirus. Lipscomb was 88. 

Rayfield Davis marker


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A historical marker that was erected to commemorate the racist killing of a black man in south Alabama more than 70 years ago is missing. 

Relatives of Rayfield Davis says authorities haven’t been able to answer their questions about what happened to the sign acknowledging his slaying, and they want answers.

The debate over Mobile's COVID-19 face mask ordinance

Jul 9, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

An APR News Feature

Tomorrow marks one week since the city of Mobile made the wearing of masks mandatory. Alabama’s port city joined Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Montgomery in requiring residents to wear face coverings to prevent the spread of COVID-19. The law includes the possibility of fines for non-compliance. The city council passed the ordinance after debate by those for and against the issue.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Mobile, Alabama, say they've made a second arrest in a more than 20-year-old homicide. 

Police say 40-year-old Dammon Wright surrendered at the Mobile County Metro Jail on Monday. He's charged with murder in the slaying of 24-year-old Marcel Chandler, who was found shot to death inside a wrecked car in December 1999.

Mobile Confederate Monument
Associated Press


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The mayor of Mobile, Alabama, says a Confederate statue removed from the city earlier this month has been relocated to a museum. 

Mayor Stimpson said on Twitter the History Museum of Mobile has received the bronze figure of Admiral Raphael Semmes, and will display the statue while placing it into its appropriate context.

Slow times for Mobile area musicians due to COVID-19

Jun 11, 2020
APR's Lynn Oldshue

An APR News Feature

Mobile has been Alabama’s top hotspot for COVID-19. Restaurants and bars were allowed to reopen last month under restrictions, like social distancing and regular cleanings. Music venues and nightclubs weren’t so lucky. These venues were told they had to wait because social distancing would be impossible. The restrictions have loosened, and nightclubs are slowly reopening within the guidelines.

In the trenches: Mobile area paramedics cope with COVID-19 outbreak

Jun 9, 2020
APR's Guy Busby

An APR News Feature

Mobile County was the first Alabama county to top 2,000 COVID-19 cases. As efforts to deal with the virus continue, first responders and medical personnel face risks they would not have imagined a few months ago. A report from Kaiser Health said close to 600 front line health care workers may have died from exposure to the virus. That includes paramedics who respond to emergency calls involving the coronavirus.

Mobile Confederate Monument
Associated Press


MOBILE, Ala. (The Birmingham News) — Alabama's port city has removed a bronze statue of a Confederate naval officer after days of protests over the police killing of George Floyd. 

Mayor Sandy Stimpson sent a string of messages on Twitter saying he ordered the removal of the likeness of Admiral Raphael Semmes. He says the decision to take down the statue is intended to remove a “potential distraction” to focusing on the city's future.

How COVID-19 figures in to plans to restore Amtrak service in Mobile

May 21, 2020

An Alabama Public Radio news feature, which is part of APR effort to address the "news desert" along the state's Gulf coast. APR recruited and trained veteran print journalists in Mobile and Baldwin counties to join our news team to do radio stories from along the Gulf coast.

Mobile's COVID-19 first responders get help from 'Krewe of Kindness'

May 11, 2020
APR's Mike Dumas

An Alabama Public Radio news feature, which is part of APR effort to address the "news desert" along the state's Gulf coast. APR recruited and trained veteran print journalists in Mobile and Baldwin counties to join our news team to do radio stories from along the Gulf coast.

South Carolina defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw
Associated Press


MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — NFL teams didn’t know when they left the Senior Bowl in January that they wouldn’t get all that much more time with prospects before the draft.

The in-person scrutiny at practices and in meetings is always a meaningful part of the evaluation process at the week-long audition for NFL teams in Mobile, Alabama.

Feeding the body as well as the soul in Mobile during the COVID outbreak

Apr 24, 2020
APR's Lynn Oldshue

An Alabama Public Radio news feature, which is part of APR effort to address the "news desert" along the state's Gulf coast. APR recruited and trained veteran print journalists in Mobile and Baldwin counties to join our news team to do radio stories from along the Gulf coast.

Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The last slave ship known to have landed in the United States has a new owner: The state of Alabama. 

A federal judge granted ownership of the Clotilda shipwreck to the Alabama Historical Commission in an order released Monday. The decision by U.S. District Judge Kristi DuBose means the state will have final say over remnants of the ship, which was found on a muddy river bottom north of Mobile and identified last year.


MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A California port executive is taking over as head of the Alabama State Port Authority in Mobile. 

The agency says John C. Driscoll will replace longtime Alabama docks director Jimmy Lyons on June 1. Driscoll most recently worked as maritime director the port in Oakland, California. Before that Driscoll worked for a shipping company.

flash flood
National Weather Service

Mobile and Southern Alabama will continue to experience large amounts of rain over this week. Experts with the National Weather Service said Wednesday will be the heaviest day and that this rainfall will likely bring flooding and flash flood warnings.

Meteorologist Brandon Black compared this event of rain to previous rainfalls.

"We have noticed this event has been one of our heavier flooding events that we have had in a long time," he said. "Some of our gauges were in their top-5 highest crests over the past week, which is pretty high for our area."

In today’s Keepin’ It Real commentary, Cam Marston describes the subtleties of throwing chickens, with accuracy, while being pulled down the street…   

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

Marc D. Anderson/

SARALAND, Ala. (AP) — This winter’s relentless rains across the South are still draining into rising rivers, leading to ongoing flooding in some communities.

In south Alabama, forecasters say the Bayou Sara is forecast to crest at 8 feet (2.4 meters) by Wednesday evening and remain near that level through the weekend.

Water has already invaded some homes in the Mobile suburb of Saraland. In northern Mississippi, recent rain and backwater flooding from the rising Mississippi River is turning neighborhoods into islands in the small community of Tchula.

In this week’s Keepin’ It Real commentary, Cam Marston does his best to explain Mardi Gras, which gets into full swing today through Tuesday. It’s a big deal, he says, because it’s so frivolous...

Edited by Jalen Hutchinson

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Two men are dead after an argument led to a shootout at a Walmart store in Mobile, Alabama.

Police say two people got into a dispute at a Walmart Neighborhood Market on Wednesday night and both pulled out guns. Each opened fire and shot the other. A witness said people ran through the store as multiple shots rang out.

Both men were taken to a hospital where they died. Police identify them as 21-year-old Jaquess Thompson and 44-year-old Seantatis Kirksey.

It's unclear what prompted the dispute.

Mardi Gras float
AL Tourism Dept

Celebrating Mardi Gras is proving costly for hundreds of people cited for illegal parking on the Alabama coast.

Police in Mobile say they issued more than 400 parking tickets in connection with three Mardi Gras parades held Friday and Saturday. In addition, a total of  52 vehicles got towed.

Police estimate more than 152,000 people turned out in Mobile for parades held by the Conde Cavaliers, the Bayport Parading Society and the Pharaohs and Conde Explorers.

Police said a total of 10 people were arrested on either misdemeanor or felony charges.

A vote by the city council in Mobile, Alabama, has moved the Gulf Coast one step closer to a resumption of Amtrak service.

News outlets report that members voted 6-1 on Tuesday to approve a grant application for restoring passenger train service to the city.

The train would link New Orleans and Mobile twice daily with stops in Mississippi in Pascagoula, Biloxi, Gulfport, and Bay St. Louis.

Mobile would be asked to pay $3 million over three years, and the state could be asked to help. The states of Louisiana and Mississippi have already committed millions.