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Potential tolls for Alabama highway project spark opposition

City officials in Mobile say they’re confident the state of Alabama will reduce toll amounts for the proposed Interstate 10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project. The Alabama Department of Transportation is considering a $3 to $6 one-way toll to provide the money necessary to pay for the massive project. The plan under consideration would grant a discount to frequent ...

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Alabama governor balks at Amtrak funding

Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said she needs more information before the state commits funding to help restore Amtrak train service. Her comments on Saturday came a day after the project to return passenger train service from New Orleans to Mobile, Alabama took a big step forward when officials announced a $33 million federal grant for needed improvements. Amtrak suspended service ...

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University of Alabama trustees vote to refund $26M gift

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The University of Alabama board of trustees voted Friday to give back a $26.5 million donation from a philanthropist who recently called on students to boycott the school over the state’s new abortion ban. Hugh F. Culverhouse Jr., a 70-year-old real estate investor and lawyer, had already given $21.5 million to the university after his pledge last ...

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JACK WEATHERLY — Mobile: not all sleepy time down South

We are driving through southeast Mississippi, heading toward Mobile. Richton is a sleepy little town whose underground salt dome was to be the site of the U.S. strategic petroleum reserve. That didn’t happen.  A fighter jet escorts us as it swoops and loops overhead when we enter Alabama at Wilmer. Other than  maybe an imagined whiff of jet fuel, the ...

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ARC invested $125.6M in economic development projects, including $15.5M in Mississippi

New data shows that the Appalachian Regional Commission invested $125.6 million in 522 economic development projects during Fiscal Year 2018. These region-wide investments will be matched by $188.7 million, and will attract an additional $1.5 billion in leveraged private investment into Appalachia. In addition, these investments are projected to create or retain 26,600 jobs, as well as train or educate ...

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Alabama bans smoking on public beach

The sugar-white sand in Gulf Shores is Alabama’s most popular half-mile stretch of public beachfront. This area also is undergoing $15 million in renovations and city officials want to keep it looking nice. So, in June, city officials adopted a wide-ranging list of regulations that included an Alabama first: The public beachfront became smoke-free. The ban is part of a ...

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First Bancshares to buy Ala. bank, doubles income through acquisitions

The First Bancshares Inc. of Hattiesburg announced Tuesday that it will buy an Alabama bank for $60 million, expanding its footprint in southwest Alabama.  First Bancshares says it will acquire Southwest Banc Shares Inc. of Chatom, Ala., paying $36 million in stock and $24 million in cash. The Mississippi bank seeks to sell $45 million in stock, in part to ...

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Ban on out-of-state flocks issued, but no new avian flu outbreaks reported

By JACK WEATHERLY Dr. Jim Watson, state veterinarian with the Mississippi Board of Animal Health, said the state is implementing new measures at poultry sales and exhibitions because of the outbreaks of avian flu in the Southeast. “No poultry — including chickens, ducks, turkeys, quail, pheasants and pea fowl– are allowed from Alabama, Tennessee, Kentucky or Georgia because of their ...

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Firm to partially reimburse customers for investment losses

The Mississippi secretary of state says investment firm Morgan Stanley will return up to $4.2 million to partially reimburse customers who had “inordinate losses” because a portfolio manager allegedly used high-risk investments for people who hadn’t agreed to them. Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says the firm agreed to resolve an investigation by the securities division of his office. In ...

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Mississippi in multi-state probe of VW’s bogus emissions tests

By TED CARTER Mississippi has joined more than two dozen other states in investigating whether German car manufacturer Volkswagen used deceptive trade practices to convince consumers that their cars were environmentally friendly, when they weren’t. Attorney General Jim Hood’s office declined to say whether Mississippi joined the multi-state investigation. The office said only that “the nature of this investigation has been ...

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