Get on your soapbox with the new issue of Lagniappe, where we take a look at the rising importance Alabama and the rest of the South have in presidential elections. In the week after GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump drew and unprecedented crowd to a campaign appearance at Ladd-Peebles Stadium, political insiders explain why the state has an increasingly significant role in voting for the next leader of the free world. In Bay Briefs, we catch up with an elusive salesman with inside knowledge of the controversial $40 million contract between the Mobile County Communications District and Harris Corp. for emergency communications infrastructure. We also explain why some Baldwin County cities are reluctant to embrace the popular ride hailing service Uber. In Music, we feature a manic interview with metal mayhem idols GWAR, visiting Mobile on its 30th anniversary tour. In Arts, make landfall with the Hurricane Film Festival, the new identity of the former SoAL Film Festival, which returns in September. In Cuisine, find out just what the heck to do with spaghetti squash, and don't miss our extra film review, book review and style feature this week. Commentary takes an analytical look at Trump's stump and tips a hat to hard workers ahead of Labor Day, while Boozie has celebrity sightings, special events chatter and concert reviews. Don't forget to call 450-4466 for information about our new HOME DELIVERY program but until then, read the new issue of Lagniappe, ONLINE AND ON STANDS NOW!
MOBILE - In a roundtable discussion Thursday, it was noted the distance required between above-ground, industrial storage tanks and residential areas could have an impact on federal grant funding in nearby neighborhoods. According to the latest draft of the amended ordinance, the Mobile Planning Commission is considering a setback of 1,000 feet for any new petroleum storage tank.
Baldwin County farmer Mark Kaiser said a new federal Environmental Protection Agency rule redefining the scope of waters protected by the Clean Water Act could harm farmers in agriculture heavy Alabama and other states nationwide.
Attorneys for Waste Management have agreed to reduce by $2.8 million the amount awarded by a jury in the company’s lawsuit against the city’s Solid Waste Authority, according to an order by U.S. District Court Judge Kristi DuBose.
In late January, a jury awarded more than $8 million to Waste Management Mobile Bay Environmental Center on several counts related to a breach of contract, but that amount was dropped to $5.3 million in the most recent post-trial motions related to the case.
MOBILE - The city unveiled its first design phase of the Three Mile Creek walking and biking trail during two community meetings this week. More than 80 stakeholders were able to weigh in and give feedback on the plan. The project includes the installation of a 1.7-mile concrete trail, energy-efficient LED lighting, a fitness course, a boat launch, park benches, trash receptacles, water fountains and educational signage. The city contracted Dorsey and Dorsey Engineering to complete the design and engineering for the plan. The trail system will begin at the southwest corner of the crossing of Three Mile Creek with MLK Avenue at the current site of the Roger Williams Homes and extend to West Ridge. Continue Reading →
At the recommendation of Superintendent Martha Peek, the Mobile County school board has delayed its recent decision to become the authorizer for local charter schools, which could start popping up as early as next year. (more…) Continue Reading →
A man facing attempted murder charges for opening fire on two Mobile Police officers added to his troubles after trying to escape police custody at a local hospital on Wednesday. (more…) Continue Reading →
A representative from one company renting a boat slip at the Fairhope Municipal Harbor at Fly Creek said his yearly rental fee will jump approximately 521 percent after the Fairhope City Council approved a new set of rules and fees at the harbor during its Aug. 24 meeting. In the previous harbor regulations, work boats, commercial fishing boats or charter boats were classified together. The new regulations include a reclassification of commercial fishing vessels to include boats designed for the sole purpose of harvesting fish, shrimp and crabs. Recreational vehicles do not fit the new guidelines, which will cost commercial fishing vessels $600 per year in rent. Continue Reading →
Attorneys for Fairhope resident Bruce Keishawn Salter, 26, say Baldwin County District Attorney Hallie Dixon violated their client’s constitutional rights in connection to his alleged involvement with the Jan. 14, 2013, murder of another Fairhope man, Donald Howard. Last month, Salter’s attorneys filed a federal complaint against Dixon seeking injunctive relief against capital murder charges their client faces as a result of information he provided investigators. The complaint states Dixon agreed to grant immunity to Salter in exchange for truthful information about events leading to Howard’s death. Further, the complaint says the agreement was breached on June 24, 2013, when Salter was arrested and charged with capital murder. Continue Reading →
The Dew Drop Inn, which calls itself Mobile’s oldest restaurant and has been serving traditional diner fare in its landmark location on Old Shell Road for at least 50 years, was recently notified by a Montgomery law firm alleging violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Lagniappe recently obtained a letter addressed to the “legal department” of Mobile staple The Dew Drop Inn from the ADA Group, out of Montgomery. (more…) Continue Reading →