Author: Jason Johnson

County program extending job training, experience

For the next several weeks, 52 young adults will undergo a rigorous internship and job training program that will place them with some of the largest employers in the Mobile area. In its fifth year, the Mobile County Summer Internship Program — sponsored by the Mobile County Commission, Mobile Works, PNC Bank and the University of South Alabama — is said to have seen its stiffest competition yet. In all, more than 150 applicants, ages 17-21, applied to join the program, and after a lengthy interview process, the 52 who advanced were introduced to the public during a brief...

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Schools re-evaluate readiness amid testing criticism

In the past five years, Mobile County has had multiple schools defined as “failing” by the state of Alabama, but with concerns over the test determining that designation swirling in Montgomery, local educators are looking for a “broader and more relevant” way to measure success. Superintendent Martha Peek announced last week the Mobile County Public School System (MCPSS) would be voluntarily taking part in “Redefining Ready,” a national initiative created by the School Superintendents Association (AASA). Though the program has no bearing on standards or performance measures set at the state level, looking at MCPSS through the lens of...

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Feds approve extended snapper season

All five Gulf states have successfully negotiated a compromise to extended the red snapper season in federal waters — signs of a new-found flexibility in Washington Alabama officials are crediting to President Donald Trump’s administration. For the past several years, the length of the snapper season has been a highly politicized issue along the Gulf Coast, where recreational and commercial snapper fishing are large contributors to the tourism and food production industries. In federal waters, which start nine miles from the coast, the length of red snapper season is set annually by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) through...

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Trump nominates Southern District U.S. Attorney

President Donald J. Trump announced today the first wave of nominations that could fill the numerous vacancies left at the helm of United States Attorneys’ offices around the country including Richard W. Moore, who was selected to lead the Southern District of Alabama. A U.S. Attorney serves as the chief federal law enforcement officer within his or her judicial district, and the list released Tuesday morning includes eight nominees including three for vacated positions in Alabama’s three judicial districts. Those positions were vacated when Attorney General Jeff Sessions gave an order ousting 46 U.S. Attorneys appointed by former President...

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Teen charged in costly church vandalism

Mobile County deputies have made an arrest in the investigation of a church that was broken into and vandalized over Memorial Day weekend. According to the Mobile County Sheriff’s Office, Wilmer United Methodist Church was burglarized sometime between May 28 and May 30, when church employees found messages like “Die,” “666” and “God is dead” written in black spray paint in several rooms. On Monday, MCSO announced that 18-year-old Troy Albert Hall had been arrested on charges of second-degree burglary after confessing to being “one of the ones to cause damage to the church.” MCSO detectives say that there...

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