Start with a clean slate! In the newest issue of Lagniappe, we provide exclusive data compiled as part of a public records request from the state’s Administrative Office of the Courts detailing criminal record expungements since a related law went into effect in 2014. According to the data, nearly 70 percent of applicants were successful, for such charges including theft, possession of controlled substances, public intoxication and criminal mischief. While some felony cases can and have been expunged, “violent felonies” are excluded from the law. In Bay Briefs, we detail a law aimed at creating more accountability for cleaning up a chemical spill in the Eight Mile community from 2008. There’s also an update on the multi-million judgment against the city of Mobile’s Solid Waste Authority, and how the city of Fairhope is looking to adopt recommendations about school funding. Cuisine takes a little sip of Chardonnay, the summer wine and arts profiles Mobile author Charlotte March, who recently published “Jubal Leatherbury,” a two-part, 1,000-page novel. Music checks in with classic country singer-songwriter Nori Hendrix and film reviews the delightful “Hunt for the Wilderpeople.” Sports previews the Dauphin Street Vault, Real Deal has news from the job front and commentary touches on water access, the racial divide, Mike Hubbard’s sentence and more! Get ready readers, next week we announce the 2016 Nappie Award winners! Until then, pick up a new issue of Lagniappe, online and on stands now!
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