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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — The state says it's lifting a fire danger advisory that covered 15 counties in south Alabama. 

Dry conditions and breezy winds prompted the Alabama Forestry Commission to issue the alert last week. But scattered rainfall has improved conditions. And fire crews on Tuesday finally controlled a fire that burned nearly 1,100 acres in Mobile County over six days.

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DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) — A major bridge on the Alabama coast is closed after being hit by a runaway barge.

Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier posts on his Facebook page that the incident at the Dauphin Island bridge happened Friday morning. Collier says a barge hit the north end of the roughly 3-mile-long bridge. He says state transportation officials shut down the span for an inspection, and it's unclear when it will reopen.

The bridge links southern Mobile County with Dauphin Island, which is home to about 1,300 people. 

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Health officials say a south Alabama resident has died from a mosquito-borne virus.

The Department of Public Health says the death reported Friday was the first case of Eastern equine encephalitis in the state since 2014. The person got sick last month.

The illness is caused by a virus that's transmitted by mosquitoes. The department says an infection begins with a sudden headache, a high fever, chills and vomiting. Patients then become disoriented, along with seizures and a coma.

A tornado has been reported on the ground in southwestern Alabama.

The National Weather Service on Friday afternoon issued a tornado warning for Mobile County.

The National Weather Service in Mobile tweeted that a there was a large and dangerous" tornado on the ground near Semmes, Alabama and people should seek shelter immediately. A second possible tornado was in Washington County.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

WKRG reported that viewers sent in video of what appeared to be a large tornado on the ground.

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MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Some south Alabama breweries are working on a new beer to benefit a nonprofit environmental group that works to protect the state's coast.

Six breweries in Mobile and Baldwin County are teaming up to produce an ale called "Friends in Low Places IPA" as a fundraiser for the Alabama Coastal Foundation.

The New England-style India pale ale will be available in the coastal region beginning next month, and it will go statewide after that.

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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.

Mobile Co. Approves $4M Deal for Airbus

Jan 15, 2019
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Mobile County has approved a $4 million incentive deal for Airbus as the European aircraft maker is set to start building a factory near its existing plant there.

The Mobile County Commission voted to approve the money yesterday. Airbus will host a groundbreaking ceremony tomorrow for its new facility assembling the A220-300 plane. It'll be right next to a plant where Airbus already produces the A320 in Mobile.

A statement from the county commission says the incentive money will be paid out as $400,000 annually over 10 years.

Steve Flowers on Mobile 1st Congressional District

Feb 15, 2018

The Mobile First Congressional District has had quite a legacy over the last century. Alabama's first district has always been primarily made up in Mobile County...

A deadly mosquito-borne virus has been detected in south Alabama.

AL.com reports mosquitoes in parts of Mobile County are carrying Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), a disease that Mobile County Health Officer Dr. Bernard H. Eichold II says has a human mortality rate between 50 to 75 percent. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention describe EEE as "one of the most severe mosquito-transmitted diseases in the United States", but it is also very rare, with only a few cases reported across the country each year.

The Latest on Tropical Storm Cindy

Jun 22, 2017
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Tropical Storm Cindy made landfall early this morning, and effects from the storm are still being felt across much of the northern Gulf Coast including Alabama.

Storm-related conditions have already been blamed for one death in Alabama. A ten-year-old boy from Missouri on vacation with his family in Fort Morgan, Ala. was standing outside their condominium when he was struck and killed by a log carried by storm surge.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey has declared a state of emergency for the entire state of Alabama that is still in effect.

Emergency managers in Alabama are gearing up for the beginning of hurricane season next month.

The state of Alabama will hold its annual hurricane drill today. State officials including Governor Kay Ivey will gather in Clanton for the procedure.

The Alabama Emergency Management Agency holds the exercise each year to practice its procedures and to ensure coordination between various local, state and federal agencies.

Big Year for Alabama Tourism

Apr 24, 2017

A new report says travelers spent more than $13 billion in the state of Alabama last year.

The study was conducted for the state tourism agency by an economist at Auburn University in Montgomery. It says more than 25 million travelers spent a total of $13.4 billion in the state in 2016 on hotels, shopping, transportation and restaurants.

That represents an increase of 5.4 percent from 2015. Tourism Director Lee Sentell says travel spending has doubled in the state over the last 14 years.

Governor Robert Bentley is sending assistance to protect the U.S. Border. APR Student reporter Parker Branton reports…

Governor Robert Bentley approved a notion that will send Alabama National Guard helicopter and pilot to Marana, Arizona to assist with protecting the U.S. border with Mexico.

This is the second time this year that Alabama National Guard has sent assistance to the Southwest Border Team.

With all of the wet weather along the Gulf Coast, The National Weather service is issuing a Flash Flood Watch in that area for the next few days. 

The flood watch is effect for some areas until Saturday morning.  It stretches along the Gulf Coast from southeastern Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle.

The NWS says periods of moderate to heavy rain are expected through Friday across portions of coastal southwest Alabama.

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Alabama Governor Robert Bentley's prison construction bill failed to pass on the final night of the legislative session yesterday.

Lawmakers ended the session at midnight last night before a scaled-back version of the bill received a vote in the House of Representatives. Lawmakers attempted to craft a last-minute compromise in their effort to clear the bill through both chambers of the legislature yesterday.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed HB61, also known as Leni's Law.  The law will make medical cannabidiol available to Alabamians.

Bentley says "As a physician, I believe it is extremely important to give patients with a chronic or debilitating disease the option to consider every possible option for treatment.”

A coalition of environmental activists is sounding the alarm about a plan the Tennessee Valley Authority is considering for storing its coal ash.

The TVA is closing down existing coal ash pond storage facilities at 10 power plants.

Lawmakers are back in Montgomery this week to try and find a solution for a 200 million dollar shortfall in the state’s General Fund budget.

But one group of state lawmakers wants to pull half a billion dollars out of the General Fund.

A collection of Gulf Coast legislators want to take half of the billion dollar BP oil spill settlement and keep it local, putting it toward road and infrastructure projects and coastal insurance reform.

The Mobile County Commission is taking steps to protect the area’s primary source of drinking water. APR’s Pat Duggins reports it’s a land purchase around Big Creek Lake…

Mobile County wants to buy 200 acres around the Big Creek Lake watershed. The county has close to $400,000 in grants from the Coastal Impact Assistance Program to pay for the property.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service gave the County the go-ahead to make the purchase earlier this week. The goal is to protect the area around the lake, which is Mobile’s main source of water.

Same Sex Adoption Hearing, Conecuh Snake Release

Jul 24, 2015

Mobile County’s probate court will hear arguments today on whether or not same sex couples can adopt children.

Several Alabama counties have already started approving adoptions for gay couples.

Susan Watson is the Executive Director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Alabama. She says if adoptions are approved, it will be one step closer to gaining equality for same sex couples.

State lawmakers from Mobile and Baldwin Counties are drafting legislation to try and keep a large portion of the BP oil settlement money near Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

The proposed bill would request $500 million of the $1 billion currently destined for the state’s General Fund budget to instead be dedicated to the Gulf region. The projects that legislators would like to see funded in the area are primarily major road construction.

Some Alabama families who have considered committing mentally ill relatives are asking judges to consider something different.

Among them is Marla Pope, whose daughter has been in and out of psychiatric facilities nine times in nine years since her diagnosis with bipolar schizoaffective disorder.

Al.com reports Pope filed a petition to have her daughter committed. But she came to a recent hearing to ask a judge to consider an alternative -- a program called outpatient commitment. It offers court-ordered treatment in the home.