You may be blown away by one local advocacy group's interpretation of new data coming out of the state Department of Insurance. According to Homeowners Hurricane Insurance Initiative, property owners in Alabama's coastal counties have been paying more than four times as much for homeowners insurance over the past 10 years while costing the industry significantly less than counties upstate. The data is the result of the state's new Property Insurance Clarity Act, which HHII helped push into law after premiums skyrocketed in the wake of hurricanes Ivan and Katrina. Interestingly, the DOI doesn't exactly refute the data, but says it shows that people elsewhere aren't paying enough for insurance.
In other news, we explain how police officers make split-second decisions when pulling the trigger on suspected criminals. Also, the city of Mobile will enjoy "substantial" savings on its 2015 obligation to the Police and Firefighters' Pension Fund, which has cost taxpayers more than $160 million since 1997. Don't miss the story about a local businessman who landed in jail for falsifying insurance claims on aircraft he didn't own.
In cuisine, we visit Backyard Cafe on Springhill Avenue where the food is both rich and cheap. In music, we catch up with Robert Ellis before he's featured as a part of a Nashville showcase at Callaghan's March 10. In Arts, we talk to award-winning novelist Jesmym Ward shortly after publishing her new memoir.
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A tip through METH TEXT, an anonymous program used by the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, resulted in the discovery of 12 active meth labs, 16 salt generators and approximately $6,000 worth of meth oils at 2058 Old Shell Road late Thursday night.
Mobile Police Officer Leland Terrell was fresh out of the academy and off duty when he was first forced to discharge his service weapon.
The now 39-year-old, 17-year veteran of the force was two weeks out of training, out of uniform and in his personal vehicle at a car wash near where he grew up in Saraland, when a man brandishing a firearm with the intent to rob him approached.
The Mobile Symphony will sound a little sweeter after the installation of a $250,000 acoustic shell in the Saenger Theater this summer, according to CEO Diana Brewer. “The Saenger is not an acoustically perfect concert hall and the shell will greatly enhance the sound,” she said. The installation is pending a $95,000 allocation from the city, which owns the theater, but the City Council is expected to approve that payment next Tuesday.
A local attorney booted from the Republican Party primary ballot last month announced Wednesday she will seek judicial office as an independent. Ginger Poynter said during an announcement at Daphne City Hall she would run as an independent for Baldwin County District Judge Place 1, against Republican Incumbent Michelle Thomason. Thomason didn’t immediately return a call asking for comment. Poynter was denied access to the June 3 Republican Primary ballot, after a complaint filed by Baldwin County GOP Vice-Chairman John Stetzinger. He pointed to the candidate’s support of Bob Vance on Facebook and a $100 donation she made to Vance’s campaign as evidence she wasn’t allegiant to the party, along with other Facebook posts he gathered. Continue Reading →
Seven-year-old J’Duan Hill has died after sustaining a gunshot wound to the head at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at a home on the 2600 block of Wealthy Street, according to the Mobile Police Department. Hill was transported to USA Medical Center where he underwent surgery, but later died from the injury. Thursday morning Police said the investigation revealed the child found the gun inside the home and was handling it when it accidentally discharged, causing the fatal injury. Detectives will continue their investigation. Charges are not expected to be filed in this case. Continue Reading →
Aided by a positive stock market performance and strategic investments, the city of Mobile can expect a “substantial” reduction in the amount it will pay into the Police and Firefighters Pension Fund in 2015, according to Finance Director Paul Wesch. Wesch said pending the analysis of smaller revenue sources, the city’s contribution to the fund next year will be anywhere between $4.4 million and $5.1 million less than the $17,273,266 payment the city is obligated to pay in the current fiscal year. (more…) Continue Reading →
Mobile’s new approach to stormwater management is on pace to meet a May 2 deadline to implement a draft plan, according to officials, who aim to negate a situation where the city has run afoul of the Alabama Department of Environmental Management. Late last month, new administrator Payne Environmental met with various municipal departments to explain how they can contribute to the report, which is being compiled by a new company for the first time in the 17-year history of the program. (more…) Continue Reading →