Council to support civil rights park, though not unanimously

The Mobile City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday on a resolution that would help preserve Mobile’s black history. The resolution will not only support the creation of a civil rights park, but will also support the preservation and enhancement of Africatown and the Dora Franklin Finley African American Heritage Trail. Mayor Sandy Stimpson’s Chief of Staff Colby Cooper told councilors that the administration would work to get the city recognized as a National Heritage Area through the National Parks Service. The designation requires a vote of Congress, Cooper said, but would give the city an opportunity at $150,000 to $1 million dollars to maintain the heritage trail, Africatown and a civil rights park. The designation would also give the city access to National Park Service advisers. Continue Reading →

Lawsuit accuses Austal of submitting false reports to Navy

The Mobile-based shipbuilder, Austal USA.

A lawsuit brought against Austal USA in June 2014 was unsealed by a federal judge Tuesday — revealing multiple allegations of falsified claims submitted to the U.S. Navy, which contracts Austal to build two ships in its fleet. Three claims suggest the shipbuilder knowingly violated the False Claims Act, which the plaintiffs — some of whom are former employees — say “is widely practiced” at Austal via the Labor Metrics software the company uses to report back the Navy. (more…) Continue Reading →