It's triple trouble in the new issue of Lagniappe, where we examine the ethical or legal questions surrounding the leaders of all three branches of state government. While Gov. Robert Bentley continues to downplay the seriousness of his alleged extramarital affair, Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard is headed to trial next week on 23 felony corruption charges. Meanwhile, Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended pending a review of his orders regarding same-sex marriage last year. In Bay Briefs, we follow up on a First Amendment case in Baldwin County and on the land deal for the proposed Mobile County soccer and aquatic complex. There's also an update on incorporation efforts in Fort Morgan, while the Mobile Housing Board said goodbye to a long-time board member. In Cuisine, learn how to do a back yard fish fry right, Arts has a preview of Kimi Maeda's performance piece "BEND," and Music has a Hangout Fest preview interviewing Jason Isbell and the lead singer from Nahko & Medicine for the People. Sports features the annual L'Arche Football Preview which is hosting Arkansas football coach Bret Bielma, the Real Deal has fresh tourism numbers from Baldwin County and Boozie saw some "moon-lighting" and "Marley dogs" worth of this week's Mobile Magnified. Read all about it in the new issue of Lagniappe, online and on stands now!
Area bars without approved kitchens cannot continue to serve crawfish to patrons, according to a statement from the Mobile County Health Department.
The bars that serve crawfish must also have a food service license and the crawfish cannot be cooked "outside on the sidewalk." However, MCHD spokesman Mark Bryant said the regulation is not new.
On the heels of the announcement of a major expansion at UTC Aerospace Systems in Foley, the Baldwin County Economic Development Alliance (BCEDA) announced Friday that Morganton Pressure Vessels, an international compressed-air system manufacturer, will invest at least $1.5 million for a facility in Bay Minette. The facility will create 30 jobs initially, with an expected 70 employees at full production in the near future.
After combing through a list of candidates from around the country, Mobile County Communication District board members found a new leader already sitting at the table — voting last week to promote Acting Director Charlie McNichol to the job full time beginning July 1. Seventeen applications were received and reviewed by a personnel committee chaired by board member Trey Oliver, who “put together a process” that ultimately whittled the list down to three who were presented to the full board. (more…) Continue Reading →
The Alabama Administrative Office of Courts responded to a records request seeking data related to expunged court records statewide by saying its court record data system does not track information related to those records, despite a 2014 state law requiring it to do so. On April 1, Lagniappe submitted a public records request to the Administrative Office of Courts seeking the expungement data it is required by state law to provide to the Legislature, data the law says the office is supposed to keep. (more…) Continue Reading →
The movement toward increased funding for schools within the Baldwin County Public School System is marching forward as officials in both Fairhope and Gulf Shores weigh new special tax districts they hope would mean millions in additional dollars for schools in their feeder patterns. As leaders eye the potential loss of the countywide penny tax in 2018 and see the school system’s loss of 1 mill of property tax funding on the ballot in March, those at the municipal and county levels see a great opportunity in special tax districts. (more…) Continue Reading →
Though the federal Drug Enforcement Administration has considered kratom a “drug of concern” for some time, state governments have led the charge in criminalizing the East Asian herb. In 2015, DEA press officer Barbara Carreno called kratom “novel” when she told Lagniappe the drug wasn’t regulated on the federal level. For the the possession or sale of a drug to be illegal on the federal level, Congress has to vote for its inclusion in the Controlled Substances Act of 1970. “You don’t want the government just willy-nilly saying, ‘you can’t have this,’” Carreno said. (more…) Continue Reading →
During the gubernatorial campaign ahead of the 2010 statewide election, the Baldwin County-based Homeowners Hurricane Insurance Initiative invited seven candidates to meet with founder Michelle Kurtz and members to discuss what they called “skyrocketing” homeowners insurance rates for Coastal Alabama residents. (more…) Continue Reading →
Records dating back to the 1960s detail how some of the area’s most prominent families came to acquire parcels of land near Interstate 65 slated to house Mobile County’s $40 million soccer and aquatic complex. Last week, in response to questions about why a purchasing agreement the county approved in 2014 included several individuals and companies with ties to White-Spunner Realty Inc., the broker of the land transaction, a Mobile County spokesperson said the individual sellers and history of the properties was not something the county was concerned with. (more…) Continue Reading →