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Local brews for home enjoyment

Photo | Provided Lower Alabama’s beer scene continues to boom, with some local brews now available in bottles and cans for off-premises consumption. With the opening of Serda Brewing four months ago in Mobile to join Fairhope Brewing Co. and Big Beach Brewing (in Gulf...

Rufus Teague makes ‘good barbecue gooder’

‘Tis the season. My afternoon walks are pleasantly enhanced by the smell of charcoal and propane performing the “Dance of the Protein Fairy” as barbecue enthusiasts take to the smokers and grills in the neighborhood. It’s a sure sign the warmer temps are here to stay...

Special news series and investigations

RESTORE Act

For damages caused by the BP oil spill in 2010, Alabama will receive $2.3 billion of a total settlement agreement valued at $18.5 billion. Of that, $1.3 billion of the state's share will be allocated to environmental and economic damages, while the remaining $1 billion will be distributed into the state’s general fund over the next 18 years — an amount equalling $55.5 million per year.

Wastewater treatment crisis

More than 23 million gallons of sewage has spilled in the Mobile-Baldwin county area this year, according to Mobile Baykeeper. In a special series of reports, Lagniappe is exploring why Mobile is struggling with an aging sewer and stormwater infrastructure and how Baldwin County is racing to keep up with explosive population growth.

Mobile Housing Board

For decades, the Mobile Housing Board of Commissioners has been beset by financial shortcomings and dilapidating infrastructure. But with a new executive director and changing membership, the board is continuing to move forward with plans to update its affordable housing stock.