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Alabama Media Group, NOLA to merge; Mathews back over Bama – LagniappeLagniappe

In the media world, past is often prologue, and that’s particularly the case at al.com and the Press-Register after it was announced former publisher Ricky Mathews will once again be running the show for the Newhouse corporation in Alabama.

Monday it was announced Mathews, who has been running NOLA.com and the Times-Picayune in New Orleans since leaving the Press-Register in March 2012, is now heading a new company that will combine the NOLA Media Group and Alabama Media Group. The Southeast Regional Media Group, as the company is known, will operate all of Newhouse’s Advance Publications entities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

Mathews’ return to Alabama was greeted with groans by former Press-Register employees who view him as a “hatchet man” with a high tolerance for the pain some feel when slashing budgets and staffs.

via Alabama Media Group, NOLA to merge; Mathews back over Bama – LagniappeLagniappe.

State, Baldwin County officials meet to discuss hurricane preparedness | AL.com

Baldwin County officials met in Robertsdale Thursday morning to discuss emergency preparations at the beginning of the 2015 hurricane season.

The season runs from June 1 to November 30. Forecasters with the National Weather Service predicted it would like be a below-normal season.

“What does that really mean for us?” asked Jason Beaman, warning coordination meteorologist for the National Weather Service. “Absolutely nothing.”

via State, Baldwin County officials meet to discuss hurricane preparedness | AL.com.

The Boom of Baldwin County | Alabama Public Radio

Residents of Baldwin County got some news from the U.S. Census Bureau which may, or may not, come as a surprise. The agency issues reports every ten years on how many people are living in the United States. The Bureau also ranks the fastest growing communities in the U.S., and Baldwin came in at number twelve. This outranks cities like Florida’s tourism mecca in Orlando, and even Raleigh, North Carolina. APR’s MacKenzie Bates reports this is leading to more than a few growing pains for the region.

via The Boom of Baldwin County | Alabama Public Radio.

Washington turns self in to Baldwin County jail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News

According to Baldwin County jail records Jon Christopher Washington has turned himself in to begin his sentence in the February 2012 death of Kenny Myers.

Washington was convicted in May of 2014 in Myers death after a shooting on Marina Road in Orange Beach on Feb. 8, 2012. On May 15 his final appeal was denied by the Alabama Supreme Court and he was ordered to report to begin his sentence by May 30

via Washington turns self in to Baldwin County jail – GulfCoastNewsToday.com: News.

GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com

A revenue sharing program for four Gulf of Mexico states could be used by Alabama to pay for a chunk of the proposed $850 million Interstate 10 Bridge and Bayway expansion project, U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne said Tuesday.

Byrne, speaking before 170 people attending a Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at the Battle House Renaissance Mobile Hotel, said he believes money coming into Alabama from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) can be applied for hurricane route construction and that the I-10 Bridge project would qualify.

via GOMESA revenue sharing program could be tapped for I-10 Bridge project (video) | AL.com.

Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA

The summer tourist season has started at the beaches, and if you haven’t noticed by the amount of traffic in the Bay area, hundreds of people are in town for Memorial Day Weekend.

With a bright shining sun, clear skies, and hot sand, many people spent Saturday on the beach. People came from all over the country to enjoy the three day weekend. With tourists, comes traffic.

Traffic was backed up for miles on I10 eastbound and Highway 59. For a portion of the day, Bankhead tunnel was closed forcing local traffic and travelers to use the Wallace Tunnel.

via Tourists, locals enjoy beaches for Memorial Day weekend – FOX10 News | WALA.

Baldwin has 10 of Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing cities; Mobile shrinks again | AL.com

Elberta’s 1.9 percent growth rate between the middle of 2013 and the middle of last year placed it among Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing municipalities but only No. 10 in its own county.

Such is the nature of Baldwin County’s phenomenal growth, which is swelling populations in every city and town, as well as the unincorporated areas. The county also is home to nine of the 30 fastest-growing municipalities since the 2010 census.

via Baldwin has 10 of Alabama’s 30 fastest-growing cities; Mobile shrinks again | AL.com.

Tractor trailer engulfed in flames on I-10 eastbound in Baldwin County | AL.com

State troopers are responding to a tractor trailer fire on I-10 eastbound at mile marker 51 in Baldwin County.Alabama Law Enforcement Agency spokesman Jamie Maloy said the trailer is fully engulfed in flames and was hauling cardboard and foam, but nothing hazardous.

via Tractor trailer engulfed in flames on I-10 eastbound in Baldwin County | AL.com.

Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars – Fuel Fix

Senators from Texas, Alaska and other coastal states have launched a fresh campaign to siphon off more of the revenue that flows to the federal government from offshore drilling.

Four Gulf Coast states already collect some of the royalty revenue that companies pay the federal government for oil and gas extracted offshore, but they want more. And for political leaders in Atlantic states that anticipate offshore oil exploration in the 2020s as well as those in Alaska, where exploratory drilling is expected this summer, the issue is critically important.

The Cassidy bill would lift that $500 million revenue-sharing cap for Louisiana, Texas, Mississippi and Alabama, with about $700 million annually from 2018 to 2025 and $1 billion annually from 2026 to 2055 expected to flow to the states.

via Coastal states launch new bid for offshore drilling dollars – Fuel Fix.

Tourism leaders launch first regional website – LagniappeLagniappe

The Coastal Alabama Partnership (CAP) and the Coastal Alabama Regional Tourism Council (RTC) today launched a new website completely dedicated to bringing tourism to the area.

Today, tourism industry leaders throughout Mobile and Baldwin counties came together to witness the official launch of VisitCoastalAlabama.org, a new website focused on providing locals and visitors a one-stop-shop of information on tourism opportunities available in the region.

VisitCoastalAlabama.org will combine the assets of several regional groups and work to enhance both tourism opportunities and visitors’ experiences along Alabama’s Gulf Coast.

via Tourism leaders launch first regional website – LagniappeLagniappe.

Fire planned for wildlife refuge – FOX10 News | WALA

Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge is preparing a prescribed burn Wednesday, May 6 through Friday, May 8.

Assistant Refuge Manager Brittany Petersen says the burn is needed to remove hazardous levels of fuel and improve wildlife habitat. The burn area is just west of Oyster Bay and south of the Intracoastal Waterway.

via Fire planned for wildlife refuge – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama in 2040: Check out population forecasts for all 67 counties | AL.com

Imagine an Alabama where Madison and Mobile counties have swapped places in population rank, where surging Baldwin is the fourth-largest county in the state and where stagnant Montgomery County has fallen from No. 4 to No. 6.

Those are the latest population projections by the University of Alabama’s Center for Business and Economic Research. The model, updated last month, forecasts population changes in five-year increments through 2040.

via Alabama in 2040: Check out population forecasts for all 67 counties | AL.com.

Feds focus on forestry deal in day 2 of trial for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and husband | AL.com

Landowner Neil McMillan needed to clear some timber from his Baldwin County property and John Hastie, his second cousin, was just the man to do it, McMillan testified Wednesday in federal court.

John Hastie, the husband of Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie, hammered out a deal with him in December 2014, McMillan said. John Hastie’s employer would buy the wood and McMillan would tell the forestry firm to cut a $5,232 check to John and Kim’s daughter, Jordan Hastie, according to McMillan.

via Feds focus on forestry deal in day 2 of trial for Mobile County License Commissioner Kim Hastie and husband | AL.com.

When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf

The BP oil spill erupted five years ago this month. In a multipart series, longtime AL.com writer Ben Raines reflects on the disaster as he experienced it, and tells how critical coastal habitat can be saved and preserved.

via When oil from BP’s broken well seemed set to kill the Gulf | AL.com.

Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred

From above, five years after the BP well explosion, the Gulf of Mexico looks clean, green and whole again, teeming with life – a testament to the resilience of nature.

But there’s more than surface shimmering blue and emerald to the aftermath of the Deepwater Horizon spill. And it’s not as pretty a picture – nor is it as clear.

Federal data and numerous scientific studies show lingering problems. Splotches of oil still dot the seafloor and wads of tarry petroleum-smelling material hide in pockets in the marshes of Barataria Bay. Dolphin deaths have more than tripled. Nests of endangered Kemp’s Ridley sea turtles suddenly plummeted after the spill. Some fish have developed skin lesions along with oil in internal organs. Deep sea coral are hurting.

via Gulf health 5 years after BP spill: Resilient yet scarred – KWWL – Eastern Iowa Breaking News, Weather, Closings.