Man Charged with Selling African Elephant Tusks
A New Mexico man is facing federal charges in the Florida Panhandle after authorities say he sold two African elephant tusks.
Moss Point Reopens 2006 Double Slaying Case
Moss Point Police Chief Keith Davis says his department is reopening the investigation into a 2006 double slaying.
Habitual Offender Sentenced in Assault Case
A Jackson County jury has convicted 40-year-old Theodosius Maurice Torrey of aggravated assault in the April 1, 2009, beating that left a man confined to wheelchair and unable to communicate.
D'Iberville Looking for New City Manager
The search is on for a new D'Iberville city manager.
Phone Scam Targets Local Seniors
Scammers are using robocalls promising free medical equipment to prey on senior citizens, elderly, infirm and diabetics in our area.
Ex Con Job Fair Creates Hope and New Tax Payers
28-year-old Maurice Washington of Citronelle and 51-year-old Frank Nettles of Mobile have a lot in common. Both have families, both have children, and both are looking for employment.
And something else.
Both Frank and Maurice have spent time in prison.
Jury Deliberating on Third Accused In Winn-Dixie Robbery
Ronald Crear pleaded guilty to robbery and attempted murder. Jackeith Harrison was convicted of both. Now it's Collier Kirksey's turn to face the court, charged with taking part in the March 2012 robbery attempt at the Midtown Mobile Winn Dixie grocery.
MCPSS Earned USDA Health Recognition
The Mobile County Public School System received USDA recognition for serving healthier lunches.
Saenger Theatre Attracting New Events
The Saenger Theatre is attracting a new type of entertainment that will hopefully attract larger crowds.
State Lawmakers Approve $28.4M for Pre School Education
State lawmakers approved and Governor Bentley signed in to law a $28.4 million for the Alabama’s First Class Pre-K Program.
Low Turnout for Election that Cost Nearly $40,000
Tuesday's election to fill a house seat vacated by the late Dr. Yvonne Kennedy cost taxpayers nearly $40,000. In total, the election cost taxpayers more than $100,000 to fill the seat because there were actually three elections: the primary, the primary runoff, and the general election.
Victim in Bay Minette Kidnapping Case Talks to Local 15
Local 15 News is talking with the victim in a suspected kidnapping case out of Baldwin County. Mario Mendez is accused of kidnapping his wife and holding her against her will for three days.
Reality Check: Lawmakers Could've Saved $1 M on Election Costs
One bill in the 2013 legislative session promised to save taxpayers more than $1 million per election cycle, but you probably never heard of it. There's a reason, the Senate killed it before it could even be debated on the floor.
Bond Set for "Most Wanted Fugitive" Captured in Loxley
One of Indiana's Most Wanted Fugitives remains in a Baldwin County jail. Wednesday, a judge set his bond.
ALDOT Prepares Evacuation Routes for Severe Weather
We're less than 10 days from the start of hurricane season and local agencies are working to prepare.
Violent Crime Down in Mobile
New crime stats from the Mobile Police Department show violent crime in the city has dropped in the last decade.
Photos Released of Missing Kayaker, Dog
A man who disappeared while kayaking is still missing so officials have released photos of the man, his dog and kayak.
Daphne Man Convicted on Charges of Enticing Children Online
A Daphne man has been convicted for attempting to entice two children for sex on the Internet.
Fmr. Searcy Patient Accused of Making Terrorist Threats Commited to Facility
A former patient at Searcy Psychiatric Hospital arrested for making terrorist threats has been committed to an inpatient facility in Daphne.
Memorial Day Travel Troubles
Travel this Memorial Day weekend is predicted to be down but only slightly compared to last year.
Justice Department Finds Issues at Escambia Co. Jail
An investigation by the Department of Justice has found civil rights problems at a Panhandle Jail.
Oklahoma Tornado Damage Could Top $2 Billion
The Oklahoma Insurance Department says a preliminary estimate suggests the cost of the tornado that hit the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore could be more than $2 billion.
Alabama Voters to Get More Info. on Campaign Money
Alabama voters will soon be able to learn about candidates' contributions and expenditures without scrolling through page after page of campaign finance reports on their computers.
Man's Best Friend Guards Body Following Oklahoma Tornado
A muddy, scared dog was found standing watch over tornado victim's body Monday.
3 New Cases Possibly from 'Mysterious' Alabama Illness
Two patients tested positive for influenza; one of those cases was H1N1, but officials have no official connections between all of cases of the mystery illness that's already left 2 people dead.
Oklahoma Medical Examiner Releases Names of Some Tornado Victims
The Oklahoma Medical Examiner has released the names of 16 victims from the Moore tornado that hit Monday.
Foley Detective Receives 2013 Miriam Shehane Award
A Foley detective has been honored in Montgomery for his role in leading a victim advocacy organization.
Gulfport Council to Consider New Museum
The Historical Society of Gulfport hopes to open a museum in the reconstructed Mississippi City Courthouse on Courthouse Road, along with a visitor center that would be run in cooperation with local chambers of commerce.
FBI: Man Fatally Shot in Boston Bombing Probe
A man with ties to the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev was shot and killed after attacking an FBI agent during questioning in Florida, law enforcement officials said on Wednesday.
Gautier Plans 'Trial Run' Vote for Hospitality Tax
At the end of the this week's Gautier City Council meeting, Mayor Tommy Fortenberry made a motion to use the June 4 ballot as a "trial run" for the 2 percent tax-levy issue.
Ala. Courts Facing Layoffs Without Extra Money
Alabama's chief justice expects to lay off 150 employees after the state's new fiscal year starts Oct. 1 unless the court system gets more money than the Legislature appropriated.
Pascagoula Approves Railroad Quiet Zone Study
The Pascagoula City Council has approved a study of a quiet zone that would prohibit the train from sounding the horn at one or more railroad crossings.
Chemical Plant Plans Draws Questions from Environmental Watchdog
A German company has the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce sold on the idea of a $400 million chemical plant, but a local environmental watchdog group still has some serious questions.
Opening Weekend at Jefferson Playhouse
It's been six months since the Joe Jefferson Playhouse was damaged by the Christmas day tornado.
Indian Guest Workers Sue Company in Miss., Texas
Dozens of Indian guest workers are suing an Alabama-based marine and fabrication company, claiming it financially exploited them and forced them to live in squalid conditions after bringing them to work at Gulf Coast shipyards after Hurricane Katrina.
Baybears Pitcher Leads Athletes in Tornado Recovery
Archie Bradley, 20, is an Oklahoma native and figured the best way to let people back home know they're not forgotten was to use the one thing he knows best: baseball.
Deputy of the Year Speaks about Capturing, Killing Suspect in Ofc. Stabbing
A K-9 officer and his four-legged partner are being hailed as heroes for the actions they displayed last year, during the capturing and killing of the suspect accused of killing officer Steven Green.
Adline Clark Wins District 97 Seat by Landslide
Clarke earned 1,258 votes in Tuesday's general election, taking nearly 90 percent of the votes
Fighting Back: Camp Horizon Helps Troubled Youth
The juvenile system is packed with kids who have committed some type of crime. In Baldwin County, commissioners want to see that number decrease significantly. So, as an alternative to a juvenile detention center some kids are going to a wilderness camp.
Theodore Residents Petition City Council to Change Voting Location; Council Doesn't Budge
Some Theodore residents are upset about a polling place being moved in their district. Area pastors, the NAACP representatives and the Theodore residents showed up at Tuesday's Mobile City Council meeting with a petition signed by 300 voters complaining about the move. They stated not one is listening to them.
Baldwin Co. EMA Ready in Event of Severe Weather
Alabama needs to brace for tornadoes as much hurricanes. Baldwin County Emergency Management has a plan in place in case a tornado like in Oklahoma happened here.
$2M Going to Teen Camp for Program Expansion
Two million dollars is going to a wilderness camp in Baldwin County to help expand its program. Camp Horizon is designed to rehabilitate troubled teens.
Safe Rooms Could Be the Answer to Escaping Tornado's Wrath
Moore, Oklahoma has been reduced to what is now the evidence of a horrific EF5 tornado, the top of the scale for intensity. There is a way to improve your chances of weather a storm like this one above ground.
Woman Held for 3 Days Against Her Will; Man Arrested
A man is behind bars, charged with kidnapping, after police say he held a woman against her will for three days.
Woman Charged with Elderly Brother's Abuse, Neglect
A Department of Human Resources employee has been arrested and charged with abusing and neglecting her elderly brother who was in her care.
Deadly Crash Near Bay Minette
One person was killed and another injured after a crash in Baldwin County.
12 Arrested in Hangout Music Fest Counterfeit Money Scam
Twelve people were arrested after police say they bought tickets to the Hangout Music Festival with counterfeit money, then scalped the tickets.
Drugs Seized During Traffic Stop in Saraland
A woman from Texas was arrested in Saraland after police found drugs on her during a traffic stop.
Ala. Red Cross Volunteers Headed to Oklahoma
American Red Cross volunteers from Alabama are heading north to Oklahoma to help with relief following a devastating tornado.
Judge Sets Hearing Date for Accused Auburn Shooter
A Lee County judge has scheduled a hearing for a man accused of killing three people at an Auburn apartment complex last year.
Ballot Question Could Add Foreign Law Protections
In a swift-moving late-night session, the Alabama Legislature approved a bill that will put a Constitutional amendment in the hands of the voters.
Top Six Must-See Apps This Week
Another week means another list of apps you definitely will want to try out. And this week's list includes some oldies but goodies.
5K and Fun Run for Local Forensic Scientist Battling Cancer
A 5K and fun run will be held next month for a local forensic scientist battling stage four colon cancer.
NWS: Oklahoma Tornado was an EF5
UPDATE 3PM: The National Weather Service has confirmed that the tornado that hit Moore, Okla., was a top-of-the-scale EF5.
Judge Won't Dismiss $75 Million Casino Lawsuit
A judge has refused to dismiss a lawsuit accusing a Mississippi casino of serving a gambler so many free drinks that he died.
Ala. Legislature Responds to Caylee Anthony Case
The Alabama Legislature has passed a bill making it a felony for a parent to neglect to promptly notify authorities when their child is missing or dead in response to the Caylee Anthony case in Florida.
Judge Tosses Ex-BP Executive's Obstruction Charge
A federal judge has dismissed one of the two counts in the indictment of a former BP executive who was charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil leaking in 2010 from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico.
Biloxi Bank Robbery Suspect Arrested
A 43-year-old Wiggins man suspected of robbing a Biloxi bank on May 10 has been taken into custody in Texas, where he is accused of robbing three other banks.
Man Sentenced in Child Sex Crime Case
A 39-year-old Pascagoula man has pleaded guilty to three counts of touching of a child for lustful purposes and one count of sexual battery involving three different victims, who were all younger than 14.
Archbishop: Deacon’s Confessed Child Rape Was Not Local
An elderly Catholic deacon who confessed he purchased child porn DVDs also admitted to having sex with at least one boy.
Feds Take Back $9M in Project Funding
It's not only a headache for drivers, but a hazard. The interchange at I-10 and Water Street has been the site of 139 accidents in the last three years.
How You Can Help Oklahoma Tornado Victims
51 people were killed in Oklahoma after Monday's tornado, the death toll is expected to rise.
Surprise for One Baldwin County High School Graduate
A Baldwin County High School student got quite a surprise at her graduation ceremony Monday night. Serena Colvin's brother showed up to congratulate her. It was an emotional reunion since the two hadn't seen each other in two years.
Bill Gives Murphy High School $15 Million for Restoration
Murphy High School teachers and students can breathe a sigh of relief now that millions of state dollars are on the way to help with rebuilding costs.
Real Estate Investors Sentenced in Ala. Fraud Case
Two real estate investors have been sentenced to nearly two years in prison for bid rigging at public foreclosure auctions and mail fraud.
Alabama Governor Signs Both State Budgets
Gov. Robert Bentley has signed the state General Fund budget and state education budget into law.
Governor Bentley Statement Following Oklahoma Tornado
Governor Robert Bentley issued a statement following the deadly tornado that struck Oklahoma on Monday afternoon.
State Medical Examiner's Office: 51 Killed in Oklahoma Tornado, with Children Among the Dead
State medical examiner's office: 51 killed in Oklahoma tornado, with children among the dead.
Spring Termites Can Be a Swarm of Trouble
They are tiny only about a half an inch long, but when they mass together they can bring a cold hard sweat to many a homeowner. Termites!
Last Day Levity: Ala. House Dems Sport Bow Ties
Members of the Democratic minority were inspired to show off their sartorial splendor on the last day of the legislative Session in honor of Mobile's Democratic Rep. Napoleon Bracy.
2013 Hangout Music Fest is a Wrap
The Hangout Music Festival has wrapped up for 2013, but not before bringing tens of thousands of concert fans to Gulf Shores for fun, food and music!
3 Teens Cause Car Chases in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach
Police say three teens from Pensacola crossed the state line, causing car chases in Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.
Computer Glitch in Al. Dept. of Labor Systems Resolved
A glitch in the Alabama Department of Labor's computer system temporarily inhibited people from filing unemployment compensation.
MCSO: Man Robs Gas Station While Wearing Scarecrow Mask
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is looking for the person who robbed a convenience store while wearing a scarecrow mask.
Alabama Schools Get Authority to Hire Security
The Alabama Legislature has authorized city and county school systems to hire armed security guards to protect students.
Large Funnel Cloud Touches Down Near Oklahoma City
A large tornado is bearing down near Oklahoma City, part of a series of severe storms expected across portions of the Midwest. Click in the story to watch LIVE coverage.
Fla. Gov. Oks Sales Tax Holiday for August
Florida shoppers this August will get to buy computers without having to pay sales taxes.
State House Rejects Amendment to Ala. Accountability Act
The Alabama House has rejected an amendment to the Alabama Accountability Act.
House District 97 Runoff Tuesday
The runoff to fill the seat left vacant by Yvonne Kennedy is Tuesday.
18-Foot-8-Inch Python Caught in South Florida
Wildlife officials say a Burmese python nearly 19 feet long has been captured in South Florida.
UPDATE: Fmr. Deacon Admits to Raping Two Children
A former deacon at St. Vincent de Paul Church was sentenced to prison time on child pornography charges.
Fla. Powerball Winner Hasn't Come Forward
So far the winner hasn't come forward to claim the highest Powerball jackpot in history.
Inmate Stabbed to Death in Bessemer; Another Inmate in Custody
The Alabama Department of Corrections is investigating after an inmate was stabbed to death this weekend.
Click It or Ticket Campaign Kicks Off May 24
The Click it or Ticket campaign is kicking off this week, just in time for Memorial Day weekend.
More Than $80K Awarded to Mobile-Area Schools
More than $80,0000 is going to Mobile-area schools and other organizations thanks to the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.
Handbag Hygiene: How Clean Is Your Purse?
A woman's handbag may contain more germs than the average toilet flush!
Gulfport Food Irradiation Business to Increase Trade
Facility at the Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport announcing more business.
Glitch Sends out 15 Thousand Titles Across Alabama
Titles went to vehicle owners, not lienholders.
Three Wrecks Related to Robbery
Three arrests related to car thefts after crashes.
Time's Ticking for Alabama Legislature
Ala. Bond Issues Pending on Legislature's Last Day
Imagine Dragons: Hangout "Lived Up to the Hype"
Today is the final day of the music festival, but things are not slowing down just yet. Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons said it's an honor to be at the Hangout Music Festival.
Groundbreaking for New Aviation Academy Held at B.C. Rain
A groundbreaking and dedication ceremony for one of Mobile's much anticipated academies was held Sunday.
Fla. Gov. Steps up Pace on Signing Death Warrant
Gov. Rick Scott is signing death warrants at a pace rarely seen in Florida since the death penalty was reinstated in 1976.
Fla. Girl Who Lost Feet in Lawnmower Meets Dolphin
A toddler whose feet were amputated after her father accidentally backed over her with a riding lawnmower had a special meeting with her hero.
BREAKING: Body of Missing 8-Year-Old Boy Found
The body of missing 8-year-old Owen Black was found in the water in Perdido Key Sunday afternoon..
Burglary Suspects Arrested after Police Chase
Three burglary suspects have been arrested after an early morning police chase in Baldwin County.
Community Comes Together to Honor Daphne's Late Mayor
A tree stands in honor of a mayor who made history in Daphne.
Mercedes-Benz Club Holds Annual Event in Alabama
Mercedes-Benz enthusiasts and technical experts from across the U.S. are meeting in Alabama.
Small Fla. City Wonders Who Won Powerball Jackpot
Some lucky person walked into a Publix supermarket in suburban Florida over the past few days and bought a winning Powerball ticket now worth an estimated $590.5 million. The jackpot is the highest in Powerball history.
Ala. Bond Issues Pending on Legislature's Last Day
The Alabama Legislature could use its last meeting day to authorize the borrowing of $280 million through state bond issues.
Alabama Revokes Vehicle Titles Sent in Error
About 15,000 Alabama car titles were erroneously sent to vehicle owners instead of vehicle lienholders because of a computer upgrade glitch.
Ala. Teacher Cleared in Taping Together Students
A sixth-grade teacher in Phenix City says she's thankful to be cleared of child abuse charges, and it came after a lot of praying.
Eufaula Restaurant Wins Alabama BBQ Sauce Contest
A restaurant from Eufaula has won Alabama's BBQ Sauce-Off Championship.
ESCO: Deputies to Hold Media Briefing on Search for Missing Boy
Owen Black has brown hair and eyes and was last seen wearing a red and blue striped shirt and brown sweatpants. He has been missing since Friday evening.
Winning Powerball Ticket Sold in Florida
Florida Lottery officials confirmed early Sunday morning, a winning Powerball ticket was sold a a grocery store in Florida.
$600M at Stake in Saturday's Powerball Drawing
You can still win even if you don't have all 6 numbers correct. There are a total of 9 different ways to collect cash from the record drawing.
Bald Eagle Bash, a Party for Preservation
The annual fundraiser for the Weeks Bay Foundation: The 2013 Bald Eagle Bash was held on Saturday.
More than a Music Festival: Grub at the Hangout
Local 15’s Modupe Idowu took us behind the scenes of the Hangout Festival to see what else goes on during the weekend, like the food and the fun.
Local School Showcases Students at Spring Fling
Causey Middle School’s cheerleaders and school band performed to an excited crowd at their 2013 Spring Fling on Saturday.
Community Donates to Habitat for Humanity
The Habitat for Humanity re-store hosted a donation drop-off day in West Mobile.
Search Effort for Missing Boy with Autism Grows
Escambia County officials have enlisted the help of many organizations to help bring an 8-year-old boy home.
FBI Executes Search Warrant in Ricin Letter Case
The FBI and other law enforcement agencies are executing a search warrant in the case of two letters containing the deadly poison ricin that were intercepted this week at a post office in Washington state.
Boston Police, City to Review Bombings Response
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis says his department and Mayor Thomas Menino's office will conduct two separate investigations into the Boston Marathon bombings response.
Ala. Man Shot in Groin by Hog Hunter at Camp
Authorities say a man shot in the groin at an Alabama hunting camp may have been mistaken for wild game.
Flash Flooding From Storms Reported in East Ala.
Ala. Woman Charged with Running Over Child Age 3
Police say a Talladega woman has been charged with manslaughter after a running over a 3-year-old child who fell out of her SUV.
Kennedy Tries New Strategy for Ala. Democrats
Nearly a month has passed since the chairman and staff of the Alabama Democratic Party quit and started the new Alabama Democratic Majority.
Blue Star Salute Celebrates Military Service
Military service members were honored Saturday on Blue Star Salute Day.
Outdoor Athletes Converge on Ala Park for Race
Hundreds of athletes are converging on Alabama's largest state park for a major competition this weekend.
Escaped Alabama Inmate Recaptured
Authorities in eastern Alabama say a man who escaped the Etowah County Detention Center has been recaptured.
Tornado-Ravaged Texas Town to Start Recovery
Residents whose homes were torn apart or blown away by a North Texas deadly tornado will soon be allowed to return to retrieve what belongings may be left and start cleaning up.
Powerball Jackpot Closing in on Another Record
It's been a little more than a year since the world record for a lottery prize. On Saturday night, it could conceivably fall once again.
Mobile Volunteers, ESCO Expand Efforts to Find Missing Boy
ESCO sheriff's officials are still searching for 8-year-old Owen Black.
Conn., NTSB Officials to Tour Train Crash Site
The governor of Connecticut and the state's two senators are meeting with representatives from the National Transportation Safety Board this morning at the site of a Metro-North Railroad crash that injured 70 people.
Flesh-Eating Disease Victim Gets Bionic Hands
A metro Atlanta woman who lost both hands, her left leg and right foot after contracting a flesh-eating disease has been fitted with bionic hands.
Ala. Supreme Court Reinstates $3.2 Million Verdict
The Alabama Supreme Court has reinstated a $3.2 million malpractice verdict awarded to the estate of a Montgomery woman who died in 2005 after being treated at the Baptist East Emergency Room in Montgomery.
Possible Tornado Surprises Athens
An unconfirmed tornado has knocked down trees, flipped Dumpsters and damaged the roof of the nearby WalMart in Athens.
Big Events Translate to Big Bucks
The Hangout Fest isn't the only cash cow in the Mobile Region this week. A number of national sporting events are also attracting fans and their wallets.
Small Acts Take National Stage on Day 2 of Hangout Fest
A beautiful setting along Gulf Shores' beautiful white beaches, great food--and the music keeps flowing.
MPD Website Hacked
Officials with the city of Mobile say all is well after a hacker scare earlier this week.
Local Group Protests Allowing Gays in the Boy Scouts
Delegates from Mobile's Boy Scout Council are scheduled to vote next week on a resolution that would allow homosexuals to join the boy scouts.
Heart Shaped Tomato Brings Comfort to Murder Victim's Family
In the hollow, lonely days following the brutal murder of 69 year old Zoa White, the family was looking for something, anything they could find to bring them a measure of comfort.
You Can Help Students in Need of School Uniforms
The Mobile County Public School System is partnering with the Salvation Army to help families in need of school uniforms.
Missing 7-Year-Old From Escambia County, Fla.
The sheriff’s office in Escambia County, Fla. needs your help finding a missing 7-year-old boy.
Fighting Back: Revitalize Neighborhoods
Several neighborhoods have joined forces to rid their communities of crime, and they're doing it in a unique way. They're fighting back by trying to revitalize the area surrounding their neighborhoods.
Security Tight at The Hangout Music Festival
The party is underway as the first wave of 35,000 people converge on the Hangout Festival grounds this weekend. It's a music festival, but it's also a crowd of thousands and with any crowd security is a top priority.
MTV Gives The Hangout Fest a World-Wide Audience
Music networks like MTV are key to getting the Hangout Festival out to those who are not able to attend or simply love following the event day to day. From the moment the gates open here the focus is on the music.
Small Acts Make A Splash at The Hangout Fest
Music at The Hangout Fest features major music artists like Tom Petty, Stevie Wonder and Kings of Leon. But the festival is also a great place for smaller, lesser-known acts to make their mark on the music scene.
Jury Choses Death for Convicted Murderer Carlos Kennedy
Thursday, a Mobile Circuit jury found Carlos Kennedy guilty of the brutal beating death of 69 year old Zoa White.
BCHS Student Accused of Bringing Drugs, Weapon to School
A Baldwin County High School student is facing drug charges, accused of bringing synthetic marijuana to school.
50 Dogs Seized from Wilmer Home
Fifty dogs were sized from a Mobile County home in Wilmer Friday morning. Animal Control officers took the dogs to the Mobile County Animal Shelter. The homeowner Polly Hopper was arrested and taken to Mobile County Metro Jail. Local 15’s Modupe Idowu spoke with the suspect’s mother.
Dark clouds hang over air shows after budget cuts
The automatic budget cuts that grounded the Navy Blue Angels and Air Force Thunderbirds are taking a toll on performers, air show announcers, concessionaires, vendors and others who depend on air shows and the millions of spectators.
Jury Recommends Death for Carlos Kennedy
A Mobile County jury has recommended Carlos Kennedy be executed for the death of Zoa White.
WATCH LIVE: The Hangout Music Festival
Click the link inside this story to watch The Hangout Music Festival LIVE.
The Hangout Music Festival is Officially Underway
The Hangout Music Fest is officially underway in Gulf Shores.
Penny Tax Revenue Allows Projects, Equipment Purchases
Several projects are in the works and several pieces of new equipment will be purchased thanks to the penny sales tax increase, according to Mobile City Council Member Gina Gregory.
Powerball jackpot increased to $600M
The Powerball jackpot for Saturday's drawing continues to grow.
Head Start warns parents of information theft
Head Start records, some of which contained personal information, have been stolen from the Jackson County Civic Action Committee Inc.'s office in Moss Point.
Alabama Unemployment Drops to 6.9 Percent
Alabama unemployment has dropped .3 percent since March.
What to Know Before Going to the Hangout Music Fest
Local 15's Tami Brehse has a list of things for you to know about before heading out to the Hangout Music Festival.
Bodies Found Near Pensacola NAS Identified
Investigators have identified the woman and child whose bodies were found near Pensacola NAS on Thursday.
Concertgoers are Jamming as Hangout Gets Underway
The Hangout Music Festival has gotten started and concertgoers are already rocking out.
City Was Unaware of Gas Leaking at Housing Project
A potentially explosive situation at an abandoned housing project was averted Thursday.
Ex-Offender Job Fair Coming to Mobile
The ex-offender job fair will be held on Wednesday, May 22 from 1-4:30 p.m. at the Bishop State Baker-Gaines Campus.
Faces of the Gulf Coast: Dr. Barry Booth
They are the faces of our greatest generation. They fought and died so that we may live free. Unfortunately, we are losing these World War II veterans at the rate of 800 per day in the United States.
And that's why Dr. Barry Booth spearheaded honor flight South Alabama.
Panhandle Deputy Shoots Man During Traffic Stop
The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office reports that 34-year-old Eric Jacob Moore was pulled over Wednesday for reckless driving following several calls to dispatch. The deputy took Moore's driver's license back to her cruiser, and Moore reportedly ran away.
Non-Stop Flights to Memphis and New Orleans Coming to Jack Edwards Airport
With the huge crowds of people coming into Gulf Shores for the Hangout Music Festival, many of them will be flying into the Gulf Air Center at Jack Edwards Airport.
Prichard Police Nab Deadly Shooting Suspect
Local 15 News has learned the name of the murder suspect nabbed Wednesday after breaking into an occupied home in Prichard.
Local Artitsts Show Off Their Art at the Hangout Music Fest
The fourth annual Hangout Music Festival is full of surprises and there's a somewhat hidden area that only those backstage can experience.
Fallen Officers Remembered at Annual Law Enforcement Memorial Service
The Mobile Police Department, along with nearly 40 other law enforcement agencies, took time remember men and women who lost their lives in the line of duty.
Behind the Scenes at the Hangout Music Fest
The most expensive and indulgent experience at the Hangout Music Festival is sold out.
Sheriff: Ex-NASCAR Driver Dick Trickle Dead at 71
Authorities in North Carolina say former NASCAR driver Dick Trickle has died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was 71.
MPD Looking to Hire 20 New Police Officers
If you're looking for a job in law enforcement, the Mobile Police Department may be the place to look.
Exclusive: Former Searcy Patient Accused of Terrorist Threats
Workers at La Bit's Heating and AC Services have been living in fear for weeks, afraid of what 35-year-old Kenneth McGee would do next.
Five More Arrested in NOLA Mother's Day Shooting Investigation
More arrests came Thursday in the investigation surrounding the shooting on Mother's Day.
Argument Leads to Shooting; Man Shot in Head
Mobile Police are investigating after a man was shot in the head early Thursday morning.
Documents: Ricin Letters Suspect Evaded Police
Newly released documents say the man suspected of sending poison-laced letters to President Barack Obama and others appeared to try to evade authorities just days before his arrest.
Jury Finds Murder Suspect Carlos Kennedy Guilty
UPDATE: 3:45PM: A jury has found capital murder suspect Carlos Kennedy guilty in the death of 69-year-old Zoa White.
Students Asked to Donate Used Uniforms to Kids in Need
Used school uniforms are needed for children who can't afford to buy their own.
Man Arrested on Terrorist Threats During Traffic Stop
Saraland Police officers arrested a man accused of making terrorist threats.
Boston Marathon Invites Stopped Runners Back
Boston Marathon organizers say runners who couldn't finish this year's race because of the explosions at the finish line can come back next year.
'Most Wanted' Fugitive Arrested in Loxley
The suspect walked away from an Indiana work-release in summer 2012. He is also suspected in the September 2012 disappearance of a woman and her 1-year-old son.
Two Suspected Drowning Victims Found Near NAS Pensacola
The Escambia County Sheriff's Office is investigating a suspected drowning where two victims were found.
Hangout Music Fest Kickoff Party Starts Today!
The kickoff party to the annual Hangout Music Fest starts Thursday.
Gautier Police Honored for Solving 2012 Case
Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann and representatives of LeadsOnline have presented Gautier Police Department with the first ever Golden Cat Award and a $1,000 grant.
UPDATE: Santa Rosa County Wildfire 75 Percent Contained
The Wildfire in Santa Rosa County, Florida has now burned more than 80 acres.
Hangout Music Festival Looking for People to Hire
The people running the Hangout are looking for workers.
More Mobile Students Taking Advanced Placement Tests
Mobile County officials say more students are taking advanced placement classes and tests.
Woman and Child's Bodies Found Near NAS
Deputies in Escambia County, Florida are working with the Coast Guard, trying to figure out what happened to a woman and a child who were found dead near NAS.
Day 4 in Search for Missing Kayaker
It's day four in the search for a missing kayaker and crews are expanding their search by asking friends and family to search marshy areas.
The 2013 Mobile Bay LGPA Classic Kicks Off
The 2013 Mobile Bay LGPA Classic gets started Thursday and runs through Sunday.
Mobile Police Ask for Help Finding Robbery Suspect
Mobile Police are asking for your help identifying this man.
BP Challenges 'Fictitious' Claims from Oil Spill
BP is seeking to stop paying millions of dollars in what it calls spurious compensation claims stemming from the catastrophic 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
New Facility to Bring Jobs to Mobile
The facility plans to make “Liberty Herbicide” which is a weed control product.
Program to Save Youth Loses Another Life to Murder
It's something John Eads never gets used to.
"Truth is, you never want to," Eads said. "To us, they're not statistics. They're people."
Local 15 Investigates NWS Forecast Discrepancies
Hurricane season is just over two weeks away, and Mobilians know just how important the National Weather Service is if a storm is approaching. Local 15 found the New Orleans National Weather Service and Mobile's differ sometimes when it comes to severe weather warnings, especially on April 3, 2013 when the Carnival Triumph broke loose after high winds.
Soccer Takes Center Stage In Future Developement and Park Improvements
The Mobile County Commission plans to enter into a contract with the City of Mobile to spend nearly a $1 million to upgrade two parks.
Folks Checking In to Gulf Shores Hotels for the Hangout Music Fest
Three days of music, fun and the beach kicks off Thursday in Gulf Shores, and Hangout Music Festival organizers are put the finishing touches on the event.
Local Bars Fear Lower Legal Limit
The National Transportation Safety Board wants states to lower the blood alcohol content that constitutes drunk driving from .08 to .05. Local Bars are afraid the proposal would mean less business.
Abandoned Projects Becoming an Eyesore
An abandoned housing project in Prichard has become quite an eyesore. Neighbors say Alexander Court has only been abandoned less than a year, but it's already causing big problems.
Fallen Officers Honored at Memorial Service
May 15 is the day marked each year to remember fallen police officers. Thursday was the 32nd Annual National Peace Officers Memorial Day.
Hangout Music Fest: Traffic Logistics
The days leading up to the Hangout Music Festival have been busy. Stages are up, vendors are moving in and yes the roads are closed.
Family Friend: Shooting Victim Passed Away
UPDATE 6PM: A family friend tells Local 15 News the 21-year-old victim has passed away.
Accused Murderer Carlos Kennedy Takes the Witness Stand
Jurors have been home for the day in the murder trial against Carlos Kennedy.
MPD: Hotel Guest Almost Robbed; Police Searching for Suspect
Mobile Police need your help identifying a robbery suspect.
Florida Tourism Boom in First Quarter of 2013
State tourism officials say that more people visited Florida in the first three months of 2013 than any other quarter in the state's history.
Increase in Number of AP Courses, Tests in Mobile County
More Mobile County public school students are taking the Advanced Placement courses and tests, that's according to the the school system.
Mobile Police Buy New Motorcycles And Other Vehicles With New Penny
In an attempt to be transparent about purchases made with money from the controversial penny sales tax passed last October, the Mobile Police Department Wednesday unveiled new vehicles that will enhance the department's traffic division.
MPD Snag Suspected Subway Robber
Mobile Police have arrested a man in connection with a robbery at a local Subway.
Hangout Music Fest Organizers Release Site Map
UPDATE 3:25PM: Hangout Music Fest organizers say three days passes are sold out. There are a limited number of single day passes available.
Investigators Searching for Pair of Violent Convenience Store Robbers
Authorities in Escambia County are on the hunt for a pair of robbers, and they're hoping someone with recognize one of the suspects from surveillance pictures.
Woman Accused of Throwing Puppy from Balcony Pleads Guilty
The woman accused of throwing a puppy from a third story apartment building in 2012 has pleaded guilty.
Prom-Bound Students Stop to Help Crash Victims
A group of 20 Western High School seniors won't soon forget the limo ride to their prom at a beach-side Fort Lauderdale hotel.
Obama Honors Police Officers Killed in Action
President Barack Obama is honoring police officers killed in the line of duty, saying members of law enforcement never let down their guard and that the public they serve should "never let slide our gratitude."
BBQ Sauce Championship: Fairhope Sauce in the Top Four
The Alabama Tourism Department's barbecue sauce championship will be decided Saturday in Birmingham and Fairhope is in the running.
Katrina-Recovery Program Adding Eligible Residents
The Mississippi Development Authority has added $40 million to the post-Katrina Neighborhood Home Program to reach eligible residents initially left off the list.
National Peace Officers Memorial Day Services
It is National Peace Officers Memorial Day and there will be a couple of ceremonies in our area to remember those who died in the line of duty.
Santa Rosa County Wildfire Threatens Homes
Firefighters in Santa Rosa County, Fla. worked Tuesday night to Wednesday morning to stop a wildfire that’s threatening homes.
Hancock to Close Up to 45 Branches
The CEO of Hancock Holding Co., the parent company of Whitney Bank, says up to 45 branches will be closed within its five-state area by the end of the year.
Recreation Center a Top Priority in Gautier
The city of Gautier will make a multi-purpose recreation center its top priority, along with other park improvements if voters approve a two percent tax levy on hotels and prepared food on June 4.
Port of Pascagoula Approves $1.5M Dredging Project
Port of Pascagoula commissioners have approved a $1.5 million dredging project to prepare a Bayou Casotte berth for a specialized wood pellet exporting facility.
NOAA Rejects Change to Snapper Season
A request to extend the red snapper season in federal waters has been denied by the federal agency over fisheries.
$27M Withdrawn in Transportation Funds
Alabama Department of Public Transportation officials say money for a road project has been taken back by the federal government.
Ala. Man Pleads Guilty to Raping 5 Women
A Montgomery man has pleaded guilty to luring five women to vacant apartments and raping them in 2012.
Should You Be Tested for Gene Mutation That Causes Breast Cancer?
Tuesday, Angelina Jolie announced in a New York Times op-ed that she elected to have a double mastectomy performed. The actress said she tested positive for a gene mutation that gave her an 87% likelihood of developing breast cancer, but now, with the surgery she has just a five percent chance. It's not uncommon for women here on the Gulf Coast to have that elective surgery or to be tested for the gene mutation.
Even with $58 Million, Gulf State Park Lodge Years Away
Even with a crucial $58 million in funding, a brand new beachfront lodge and convention center in Gulf State Park could take years to become a reality.
Fighting Back: Church Turning Around Crime
A church based organization is using entertainment, education, jobs and God to try to help turn around a high crime neighborhood. It's a way for them to fight back against crime on Gulf Coast streets.
Major Improvements Coming to Gulf State Park
Governor Robert Bentley was along the Gulf Coast Tuesday, to sign a bill for major improvements to Alabama's beach front Gulf State Park.
Woman Found Guilty of Killing Her Husband
A verdict has been returned in the trial of a Loxley woman accused of killing her husband.
Jurors Shown Graphic Photos of Murder Victim, Suspect
We're learning more about how a well-known real estate agent was killed as the capital murder trial for Carlos Kennedy continues.
Foley Police: Man Shoots Stepson in Abdomen
Foley Police are investigating after a shooting involving a stepfather and stepson.
Ex-BP Engineer Claims Feds Withheld Evidence
A former BP engineer charged with deleting text messages about the company's response to its 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has urged a federal judge to sanction Justice Department prosecutors for allegedly withholding evidence.
Convicted Pa. Abortion Doctor Gets Life in Prison
A Philadelphia abortion doctor convicted of killing three babies who were born alive has agreed to give up his right to an appeal and will be spared a potential death sentence.
Hangout Music Fest Debuts New App for Event Weekend
We're just a few days away from the fourth annual Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores. To get you even more pumped, organizers have debuted a new app.
USCG Searching Pensacola Bay for Missing Kayaker
The Coast Guard and other crews are searching Pensacola Bay for a missing kayaker.
12 Suspended Over YouTube Fight Video
The high school students left their school to fight each other at a middle school. Video of the fights were posted on YouTube and used to identify the students involved.
Priest Placed on Leave Surrounding Accusations of Sexual Abuse
The priest at St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church is on administrative leave after allegations of sex abuse surfaced.
MPD: Knife-Wielding Suspect Robs Woman Outside Restaurant
Mobile Police are on the hunt for a robber after they say he held a woman at knife point and robbed her.
Two Suspects on the Run Following Auto Parts Store Robbery
Mobile Police are searching for two suspects after an auto parts store was robbed.
Motorcyclist Killed after Running Red Light
A Crestview man died Monday night after he ran a red light on his motorcycle and was hit by an SUV.
Saints Sign 6, Waive 3 After Rookie Camp
New Orleans Saints general manager Mickey Loomis says the club has signed six players who received tryouts at rookie camp last weekend.
Ala Governor to Sign Bill for Beachfront Park
Improvements to Alabama's beachfront Gulf State Park are getting closer to becoming reality.
25,000 Visitors for Gulfport Music Festival
Organizers of a weekend music festival in Gulfport say it drew 25,000 fans, despite high wind and rain.
IRS Agents Could Face Jail Time Under New Bill
A bill co-sponsored by Congressman Jo Bonner would make political targetting by Internal Revenue Service agents a crime punishable by jail time.
Fire Guts House on Island Road
Fire fighters say a home on Island Road is a total loss after a fire.
Drug Testing Welfare Applicants
Should welfare recipients who've been convicted on drug charges take a drug test before getting welfare? It's a hot button issue that Alabama lawmakers are currently debating. The bill has passed the Senate but still needs approval from the House.
Reality Check: What's Being Done To Cut Down Wait Times At the Driver's License Office
If you've ever had to make a trip to the the driver's license office in Mobile on Demetropolis Road, you probably had to wait three or four hours and may have wondered why the state is wasting so much of your time.
UPDATE: Wreck Sends Two to the Hospital
UPDATE: As of 9:35 Monday night, Tanner Williams Road has reopened.
Emergency officials have temporarily closed off a road in Mobile County after a vehicle collision.
FBI Agents Recognized for Daring Rescue
A team of FBI agents headquartered in Mobile are being recognized for their role in rescuing a 5-year-old boy who was abducted from his school bus and held in a bunker for a week in Midland City, Alabama.
Daphne Coach Inducted into Baldwin County's Hall of Fame
Monday night was a big night for Daphne High School football coach and Athletic Director Glenn Vickery.
Survey: Teens May Score More Summer Jobs
There's some good news for teens looking for summer jobs or entering the workforce. A new study by the firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas predicts a sharp spike in hiring among 16 to 19-year-olds this summer.
Opening Statements in Carlos Kennedy Murder Trial
Opening statements got underway Monday in the capital murder trial of Carlos Kennedy. He's accused of murdering Zoa White, a well-known real estate developer in the community.
Security Camera Catches Attempted Break-In; One Man Arrested
Mobile Police have arrested one man in connection with an attempted break-in that was caught on a security camera. They are looking for a second suspect.
Sheriff's Office Searching for Owner of Missing Pony
The Mobile County Sheriff's Office is looking for the owner of a pony found last week.
Philly Abortion Doc Guilty in 3 Babies' Deaths
A Philadelphia doctor accused of performing illegal, late-term abortions in a filthy clinic has been found guilty of first-degree murder in the deaths of three babies born alive but acquitted in the death of a fourth baby.
Arrest in Weekend Vehicle Thefts, Manhunt in Wilmer
Deputies arrested a man after a woman reported she was robbed of her car and cash over the weekend.
Fonde Elem. Teacher Punched Trying to Break Up Fight
Four Fonde Elementary School students were suspended after a fight ended with a teacher being punched.
Every Alabama County Now Eligible for Road, Bridge Improvement Projects
More than 250 road and bridge improvement projects are coming to Alabama's 67 counties thanks to the Rural Assistance Match Program (RAMP).
Man Shocked by Pumpcast News; Belts Out 'Living on a Prayer'
Welcome to the first edition of Pumpcast News. It's news from a gas pump, with a twist.
U.S. Government Files Morning-After Pill Appeal
The government has filed a last-second appeal that will delay the sale of the morning-after contraceptive pill to girls of any age without a prescription.
MPD Names April Officer of the Month
The Mobile Police Department has named Officer Theodore Johnson April's Officer of the Month.
Auburn to Phase Out Flight Degree Program
Authorities say Auburn University's professional flight degree program will be phased out.
Pascagoula Gets $400K for Environmental Assessment
The federal Environmental Protection Agency says the city of Pascagoula has been given $400,000 to assess abandoned and contaminated sites.
Ala Refusing Fed Request to Repay $94K
The state of Alabama is refusing to repay $94,000 to the U.S. Forest Service.
USA President Ranks High Among Top Paid Officials
The Chronicle of Higher Education has released its annual ranking of what public college presidents make and the University of South Alabama's president is near the top of highest paid University Presidents.
Couple Ordered to Demolish Katrina-Damaged Home
Jackson County supervisors have ordered an Ocean Springs couple to tear down their Hurricane Katrina-damaged home within a month.
The Cost of Mom
How much would it cost to pay to pay someone to do all the work a mother does?
Mystery Fish Kill Causing a Stink on Eastern Shore
Hundreds of "huge" dead red fish have been washing up along Fairhope's beaches and rocky shores, bringing a formidable stench with them.
2 Burglars Arrested in Saraland
Members of the Saraland Police Department Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division have arrested two burglars.
UPDATE: Amber Alert for 2 Fla. Girls Cancelled
UPDATE:The AMBER Alert that was issued on 5/12/2013 for Megan Morris and Tatiana Rosado has been cancelled.
NOPD: 19 Hurt at New Orleans Parade Shooting
New Orleans police say that 19 people have been shot during a Mother's Day second-line parade.
Crestview Police Investigate Stabbing
The Crestview Police Department is investigating a stabbing that happened Saturday night.
USM Raises $130K-Plus to Support Tornado Repairs
In just 24 hours, the University of Southern Mississippi Foundation has raised more than $130,000 to support the restoration of the front lawn of the university's Hattiesburg campus that was heavily damaged by the Feb. 10 tornado.
Ala Students Seek Lower Speed Limit after Death
Students at a north Alabama high school are campaigning to change traffic laws after a teenager died in a wreck at what they say is a dangerous intersection.
UPDATE: MPD Investigate Shooting on Farnell Street
Mobile Police are investigating after a person was shot Saturday night.
UPDATE: Overturned Vehicle on Lafitte Road in Saraland
Mobile County EMS responded to a single vehicle accident on Lafitte Road near Kali Oka Road at 12:37 p.m.
MCSO Arrest Carjacking Suspect after Lengthy Pursuit
Mobile County Sheriff's deputies have arrested a man they say is responsible for a carjacking Saturday night.
Dems Say Scott's Vulnerable, but Who'll Face Him?
Democrats consider Republican Gov. Rick Scott to be one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors facing re-election next year, which gives them hope they can put one of their own in the governor's office for the first time since January 1999.
Ala Refusing Fed Request to Repay $94K
The state of Alabama is refusing to repay $94,000 to the U.S. Forest Service.
Teen Charged with Vandalizing Ala Cemetery
Authorities say a church video camera led to the arrest of a teenager accused of vandalizing a north Alabama cemetery.
UA Demolishing Old Campus Home for Plaza
The University of Alabama is demolishing one of the oldest buildings on campus to make way for a new outdoor plaza.
Show Continues at Ala Juke Joint Despite Police
The show went on at a well-known blues spot in metro Birmingham despite attempts by police to pull the plug.
Police: 2 Dead in Home after Huntsville Standoff
Huntsville police say two people are dead after a standoff that forced officers to evacuate and close off part of a subdivision
Guns, Schools, Drug Testing Await Ala. Legislators
The Legislature's last day May 20 looks to be long and hectic even though both state budgets have already passed.
Send Us Your Mother's Day Photos
May 12 is Mother's Day and Local 15 News wants to see how you're celebrating the day with the special woman in your life.
MCSO Suspends Search for Man After Carjacking, Chase
Sheriff's deputies suspended their search Saturday night for a man near the intersection of Wilmer Rd. and Hwy 98.
Nice Day for a Brewski: Daphne's First Ever Beer Festival
Daphne hosted its first ever Craft Beer Festival on Saturday at Southern Napa.
University of Mobile Holds 47th Commencement
The University of Mobile held its 47th commencement exercises Saturday at the Mobile Civic Center.
Local Mother Organizes Walk for Childhood Disorder
Natalie Britt honored her 3-year-old son, Braylen, with a walk for children with apraxia.
Unattended Candles Cause House Fire
Officials said the house had no power and candles were being used to light the home.
MPD Searching for Subway Robber
The man walked into the restaurant holding a bandana over his face and told the cashier he was armed, before getting away with cash.
Ex-Officer Indicted in Crash that Killed 2
A former Memphis, Tenn., police officer who was involved in a fatal crash that killed two Mississippi residents has been indicted.
DA's Investigator Charged with Drunken Driving
Police in Fort Payne say a district attorney's investigator has been charged with drunken driving after a witness saw his car hit a guardrail on Interstate 59.
Police in Standoff Outside Home in Huntsville
Police have blocked off part of a Huntsville neighborhood where they say a suspect and is barricaded inside a home along with at least one other person.
New Ala. Budget Means Prison Hires, Court Layoffs
The new state operating budget approved by the Alabama Legislature will mean hiring for one area of government and layoffs for another.
Alabama Governor Speaks at Troy Commencement
Gov. Robert Bentley told Troy University graduates they should stick to their core values and principles when they have to make tough decisions.
Ala. Bass Tournament Benefits Special Needs School
A fishing tournament in Tuscaloosa is reeling in donations to benefit special needs children.
USA Commencement Marks Milestone for President Moulton
The graduates will hear from a founding legislator, the first student government association president, as well as President Moulton.
Former Army MP Hired as New Newton Police Chief
A former military police officer has been hired as the new police chief for the southeast Alabama town of Newton.
Help 'Stamp Out Hunger' Today
Saturday you will have a chance to help stamp out hunger. All you have to do is fill a brown paper bag with non-perishable food items.
Harrison Grand Jury to Consider Fatal Beating Case
A south Mississippi judge has declined to reduce the $1 million bond for each of the three people charged in the fatal assault of a Harrison County man.
Obama Hails Courage of Nation's Police Officers
President Barack Obama is praising the nation's police officers for courage and for signing up, in his words, "to do some tough stuff."
Power Outage Affects 1,200 in South Birmingham
An early morning power outage has left about 1,200 people without electricity in south Birmingham.
Student Expelled from High School after Hoax
A high school student in northwest Florida has been expelled for starting a rumor that someone was going to shoot people at the school.
USCG Investigates 4 Hoax Distress Calls in 6 Weeks
The USCG is calling attention to the fake calls after an extensive five-and-a-half hour search near Horn Island, Friday turned out to be unnecessary.
Chrysler Recalls Almost 470,000 Jeep SUVs
Chrysler is recalling 469,000 Jeep SUVs worldwide because they can shift into neutral without warning on startup.
2 Men Hospitalized after Officer Shoots at Car
A Thursday night fight outside a Picayune convenience store ended with two people being shot by police.
Stews Recalled Over Labels Lacking Ingredients
Acadian Fine Foods LLC is recalling 17,000 pounds of pork and chicken stews because labels don't list whey and soy as ingredients.
Officials to Break Ground on Manufacturing Plant
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to help break ground on a 65,000 square foot manufacturing facility slated to be built in south Alabama.
IRS Apologizes to Tea Party: Local Conservatives Not Impressed
The IRS apologized Friday for targeting conservative groups applying for tax exempt status. White House leaders said it was inappropriate for the Internal Revenue Service to single out Tea Party groups for additional reviews during last year's presidential election to see if they were violating their tax exempt status
Hospital Procedure Prices Can Vary Widely in Mobile
New numbers released by the federal government for the first time are revealing the real high cost of health care. Hospital charges show varying and sometimes astronomical prices for some of the most common procedures.
Bay Minette Police Cpl. Now Out of Jail
The officer, Clarence Crook IV, who is also the police chief's son, was arrested on domestic violence charges Friday.
Education Employees Get a 2 Percent Raise
The Alabama legislature past a $5.8 billion education budget. With that, comes a two percent raise for K-12 teachers.
Fallen Officer Scott Ward Honored in Baldwin County
Officers all across the country gather once every year in may to honor their fallen officers. This year, Deputy Scott Ward is being honored in Baldwin County.
Home Brewing Now Legal in Alabama
Alabama used to be the only state that banned home brewing of beer and wine, until Friday.
Fighting Back: Decreasing the Dropout Rate
A recent study looked at areas where over the years there have been spikes in crime. What criminologists and sociologist found was in areas where there were higher levels of unemployed and uneducated youth, there was a huge increase in theft and violence.
Mo. Theater Apologizes for Actor Carrying Fake Gun
Operators of a Missouri movie theater apologized Friday for a stunt in which an actor dressed in black, wearing body armor and carrying a fake rifle walked in to the movie house.
Search Ends for 2 Australian Cruise Passengers
Police have called off the search for two Australian passengers two days after they were lost overboard from a Carnival Corp. cruise ship off the Australian east coast.
FBI Rescuers in Ala. Kidnapping Honored
FBI Special Agent in Charge Stephen Richardson and his team have been named as finalists for the 2013 Heyman Homeland Security and Law Enforcement Medal.
Free Admission to Mobile Museum of Art on Thursdays
The Mobile Museum of Art is offering free admission every Thursday.
Deputies Seize 20 Pounds of Drugs, Nearly $1,000 in Cash
Deputies arrested two men and seized 20 pounds of drugs and some cash earlier this week.
Flash Flood Concerns as System Moves into Miss.
Heavy rain moving across the South prompted early morning flash flood warnings for some areas in Mississippi.
School Official: Third Grader Fires Airsoft Gun, Hits Another Student
A Daphne Elementary third grader was hit with an airsoft gun Thursday morning, and officials say another student fired the shot.
Biloxi Wells Fargo Robbed; Police Searching for Suspect
Police in Biloxi are looking for a bank robber after a Wells Fargo was robbed Friday morning.
Spacewalk May Be Needed to Fix Space Station Leak
Two astronauts on the International Space Station are preparing for a possible impromptu spacewalk to work on a leaking coolant line.
Texas Launches Criminal Probe into Plant Explosion
Texas law enforcement officials are launching a criminal investigation into last month's deadly fertilizer plant explosion.
Quirky Cat Inspires this Year's Bayfest Poster Artist
A Spanish Fort artist's sketch will be featured as the poster for 2013 Bayfest.
NWS Releases List of 2014 Hurricane Names
The National Weather Service has released the list of hurricane names for the 2014 season.
Woman Missing for Years Now in Panhandle Jail
A Pennsylvania mother who was thought to be dead after she went missing in 2002 is now in a Panhandle jail.
McKay Says Trips Being Used Against Him
Jackson County Supervisor John McKay says the deep-sea fishing trips he took in 2012 with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources are now an issue in his race for mayor of Ocean Springs.
School Security Officer Bill Passes Ala. House
In a late night session, the Alabama House of Representatives passed a school safety bill that will allow city and county school systems to hire armed school security officers.
Motorcyclist Killed in Jackson Co Wreck
A traffic accident in the St. Martin area of Jackson County has killed a 22-year-old man.
Court Tosses Murder Conviction Against Teen
A Florida appeals court is tossing out a conviction and life sentence in a Panhandle murder case.
Clock Ticking for Fla. Gov. to Act on Budget
The clock is ticking for Gov. Rick Scott.
Alabama Governor Speaking at Troy Commencement
Gov. Robert Bentley is scheduled to be the commencement speaker at Troy University.
No Body Found, Missing Teen’s Mom Has Mixed Emotions
Nearly one year after her disappearance, the mother of missing teen Brittany Robinson hoped a burnt field in west Mobile County held some sort of clue.
Widow Receives Medal of Valor at MPD Awards
More than 100 officers, investigators, detectives and civilians received top honors Thursday night at the Law Enforcement Recognition Banquet.
Ala. Legislators Okays $5.8 Billion School Budget
The Alabama Legislature has approved a nearly $5.8 billion education budget that will fund a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees and give extra money to all levels of education.
Alabama Legislature Approves General Fund budget
The Alabama Legislature has approved a compromise General Fund budget that increases funding for courts and prisons.
Senate Approves Changes to Ala. Accountability Act
The Alabama Senate has approved legislation saying private schools and non-failing public schools don't have to take students transferring from failing public schools.
Faces of the Gulf Coast: Carolyn Hawthorne
If you travel down Azalea Road in Mobile, you've seen her face and heard her whistle. Through the rain, and the heat, and the snow, she is there.
Ala. Governor Signs Law Making Home Brewing Legal
Alabama had been the only state banning the home brewing of beer and wine, but the Legislature passed a bill Tuesday. A spokeswoman for Gov. Robert Bentley says he signed the bill Thursday. The new law takes effect immediately.
Using Energy Beets for Biofuel
Research teams from Auburn University along with teams from the University of Georgia have been studying the use of "energy beets" for biofuel.
Historic Antoinette Apartments Off the Market
A historic building in Mobile's Oakleigh Garden District sold Thursday and the new owner is hoping to bring it back to its old glory.
Contract Harvesters Coming to Baldwin County
Could the proposed immigration overhaul affect those who work on the Gulf Coast?
Lawmakers Look to Eliminate Capital Case "Mini Trials"
You may not realize it, but defendants who are not facing the death penalty in capital murder cases and have pleaded guilty still have to go through a trial. Some state lawmakers say it's an expense the state can do without.
Ohio Prosecutor May Seek Execution in Captive Case
An Ohio prosecutor says he may seek the death penalty against the man accused of imprisoning three women at his home for about a decade for forcing them to suffer miscarriages.
Company Orders Recall of Ice Cream Produced in N.C.
A dairy company is voluntarily recalling ice cream produced in Winston-Salem and distributed to 10 states that don't identify possible allergens because the product is packed in the wrong containers.
Gambino's Ranked in Top Restaurants List by Urbanspoon
Gambino's Italian Grill in Fairhope was ranked as one of the most popular restaurants on Urbanspoon.
Investigators Searching for Evidence after Controlled Burn
Investigators were on the scene again Thursday searching an area where a 14-year-old girl disappeared in June 2012.
Hollywood Hopefuls Audition In Mobile
Mobile, Alabama was the hotspot for acting hopefuls Thursday morning. Dozens of people lined downtown up to try their luck at the open casting calls for the movie Tokarev.
Ex-BP Executive's Trial Delayed
A federal judge has agreed to postpone the trial of a former BP executive charged with concealing information from Congress about the amount of oil that was leaking from the company's blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010.
Road Closures, Detours for Hangout Music Fest (MAP ATTACHED)
Gulf Shores city officials have released a map for traffic for this year's Hangout Music Festival.
Tampa Restaurant Sells Kangaroo, Ostrich Tacos; No More Lion
A South Tampa restaurant got local media attention earlier this week for serving exotic types of meat like kangaroo and ostrich, but it pulled the most controversial type of meat, lion, from the menu Thursday, according to the restaurant's website.
Ala. Prisons Still Understaffed Despite New Workers
Alabama's prison system is getting dozens of new officers, but officials say it's still badly understaffed.
2 Cruise Passengers Fall Overboard Off Australia
More potential trouble for Carnival Cruise Lines today as two passengers were declared missing when the Carnival Spirit docked in Australia.
GOP Advances Plan to Change Registration Deadline
Republican lawmakers are pushing a plan that would move up the voter registration deadline before each election.
Alabama Home Brewers Wait on Governor's Decision
Several thousand home brewers in Alabama are waiting to see if the governor will make their hobby legal.
Panhandle Man Sentenced to Life for Severe Beating
A Florida Panhandle man has been sentenced to life in prison for beating a man so severely it caused permanent head injuries.
WWII Vet: We Thought We Were Forgotten; Not Anymore
Every once in a while at the Mobile Regional Airport, Veteran's Day comes a little early. The men being honored have earned the right to celebrate.
Shelter's High Euthanization Rate Criticized
In January, a woman's pet cat was accidentally euthanized within nine minutes of being dropped off at the shelter. That same month, 49 dogs were put down in one day.
ADEM Slaps Mobile with $475,000 in Fines
The City of Mobile is facing hefty fines for not following through with a stormwater management plan to clean up its trash-choked waterways.
Second Person Arrested for Leflore Student's Death
A second person has been arrested in the shooting death of a Leflore student.
Say What? Your Thoughts on Benghazi
Witnesses to the attacks in Benghazi, Libya, say they're still angry that not enough was done to save their friends.
Whole Foods Coming to Mobile; Not Everyone is Excited
Whole Foods announced Wednesday it is coming to the Pine Brook shopping center at the intersection of Airport and McGregor.
Acme Oyster House Coming to Gulf Shores
Officials on Wednesday announced the iconic New Orleans based restaurant Acme Oyster House will make its newest home in in Gulf Shores.
The Next Step for Carnival's Triumph
The troubled cruise ship Carnival Triumph has left Mobile.
Ohio Man Charged with Kidnap, Rape as Women Found
Authorities have filed kidnapping and rape charges against a Cleveland man arrested after three women missing for about a decade were found alive at his home.
Jodi Arias Convicted of First-Degree Murder
Jodi Arias has been convicted of first-degree murder in the brutal stabbing and shooting death of her one-time boyfriend in Arizona.
Fighting Back: Decreasing School Dropouts
A study by the Alliance for Excellent Education shows 75 percent of prison inmates did not finish high school.
Grant Awarded to Univ. of South Alabama for Cancer Research
The American Cancer Society has awarded the University of South Alabama $720,000 for breast cancer research.
Bentley Signs Bill Speeding Up Adoption Process
Governor Bentley on Wednesday signed a bill into law that would speed up the process of adopting children into permanent homes.
FDA Inspection Triggers Recall by Florida Pharmacy
The Food and Drug Administration is warning doctors and pharmacists to avoid drugs made by a Florida specialty pharmacy called The Compounding Shop, due to potential safety problems uncovered by health inspectors.
Student Drivers Learn the Ropes in Annual Road-E-O Competition
It's a goal a lot of 15-year-olds word towards, getting a drivers license and hitting the roads. The Mobile County School System is making that happen, one lane at a time.
Carnival Triumph Pulls Away from the Dock
UPDATE 2:30PM: The Carnival Triumph has pulled away from the port and is heading to the Bahamas.
Burn Ban in Place for 12 Alabama Counties
Twelve counties across the state are under a burn ban, including Mobile and Baldwin counties.
State Panel Reverses Turkey Season Decision
A state panel has reversed its decision to close fall turkey season in Alabama after hearing complaints from hunters.
Whole Foods Confirms Moving to Mobile
Store to open next year in Mobile region.
Alabama Legislature Votes to Legalize Home Brewing
The Alabama Legislature has voted to legalize home brewing.
4 Incumbents Out in South Mississippi
Four incumbent south Mississippi mayors have lost their re-election bids.
Bankhead Tunnel to Close for Maintenance
Starting Friday at 9p.m., the Bankhead Tunnel in Mobile will close. Crews will be painting the tunnel and performing routine maintenance.
Baldwin Co. Commission Says Cattle and Fair is in Breach of Lease
In a Local 15 Reality Check we showed you why the Baldwin County Commission says the Cattle and Fair Association is in breach of its lease of the Baldwin County Coliseum. Tuesday, the commission asked its attorney to write a letter to the association outlining the issues the commission has.
Local Fans Cheered on The Voice Contestant Justin Rivers
Fans of Mobile native Justin Rivers gathered to watch him on The Voice Tuesday night and cheer him on.
Passengers Evacuated at Mobile Regional, No One Hurt
Airport security says passengers are safe tonight after smoke was discovered in the cockpit of a commercial plane at Mobile Regional Airport.
Shawna P Joins Us Live to Talk About Who Has What it Takes to Win the Voice
Shawna P is a former contestant on The Voice and weighs in on what the show is like behind the scenes.
City Ordinance Prohibits a Resident to Move
The victim of a brutal home invasion attack wants to move out, but a city ordinance has her stuck in place.
Alabama Senate Approves Education Budget, Raise
The Alabama Senate worked late Tuesday night to approve an education budget and a 2 percent pay raise for K-12 employees.
Tornado-damaged Alabama Schools Closer to Repairs
The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.
Investigators Hoped Control Burn Would Turn Up Clues
Investigators held a control burn Tuesday hoping to uncover clues in the Brittany Robinson case. Robinson has been missing for nearly a year. Investigators say she was last seen with her father, Demetric Hooper.
Emergency Officials Respond to House Fire
Prichard Fire Department and Mobile County EMS are on the scene of a fully involved house fire.
Gulf Shores Prepares for the Hangout Music Festival
Officials are getting ready for the Hangout Music Festival. Thousands are expected to pack Gulf Shores for the three day music fest.
Judge Denies New trial for Ala. Death Row Inmate
A judge has denied a request for a new trial from an Alabama death row inmate convicted of killing a Mobile police officer.
Fighting Back: Hunter Avenue
What does it take to get crime out of your neighborhood? In our fighting back segments, we look for solutions to make our streets better. That solution comes in the form of an entire Midtown neighborhood that banned together and used the power of the phone and email to cleanup the crime on their street.
Mobile City Council: Bell & Copeland Reconcile
There was a friendly handshake during city council Tuesday between Council President Reggie Copeland and Director of Public Services John Bell.
Skyland Park Residents Concerned About Crime Uptick
A Mobile neighborhood is seeing a rash of crime recently, from homes to cars, residents are worried the crime is getting worse.
Exciting Changes in South Baldwin County
Lately it seems like a huge spotlight has been shining on South Baldwin County and its beaches. Tourism is up and so are several new efforts to attract thousands more to the area. Entertainment venues in Foley, a new Gulf State Park Convention Center and some exciting news for the Intracoastal Waterway.
Medicaid Reform Bill Ushers in Managed Care
A bill that restructures the way Medicaid is administered passed the Alabama Legislature Tuesday and now awaits the governor's signature.
Surveillance Footage Helps Police Nab Walmart TV Thieves
Good police work led to the arrest of two people accused of stealing electronics from Walmart. Police said the two have stolen big screen TVs and laptops from Walmarts in Daphne, Foley and Ocean Springs, Mississippi since the beginning of the year.
CenturyLink Customers Experience Outages
If you're a customer of CenturyLink, your internet, television and phone services may be interrupted.
Ala. House Panel Votes to Allow Hiring Officers
An Alabama House committee has passed a bill that will allow school systems to hire trained resource officers to provide security in their schools and for the school system to pay for the cost of training and hiring the officers.
Tornado-Damaged Alabama Schools Closer to Repairs
The Alabama Legislature is closer to providing money to repair and rebuild public schools hit by tornadoes in 2011 and 2012.
2 Percent K-12 Pay Raise Forecast in Ala. Senate
The chairman of the Senate Finance and Taxation-Education Committee says he will ask the Senate to approve a 2 percent raise for K-12 employees.
Two Alabama Companies Awarded Contracts for Airbus Assembly Plant
Two Alabama contractors have been added to help build the Airbus assembly plant.
Constitutional Amendment on Guns Nears Final Step
Alabama lawmakers are one step from letting voters decide, at least in theory, whether to make it harder for government to adopt restrictions on firearms.
Looking for a Job? What Not to do Online
Graduation is right around the corner, so McAfee has compiled a list of things not to do on social networks if you want a decent job.
John Bell Issues Apology for Racially Charged Letter
A city employee who sent a racially charged letter to Council President Reggie Copeland has issued an apology.
MCHD Working to Get Rid of Mosquito Borne Disease Threat
The Mobile County Health Department's Vector Control team is working to erase the threat of mosquito borne illnesses in the county.
Group Sues 2 Miss. Counties Over Voter Rolls
A nonprofit group has filed a federal lawsuit that claims Jefferson Davis and Walthall counties have more registered voters on the books than residents eligible to vote.
Sheriff's Sergeant Pleads Guilty to Assault
A Jackson County sheriff's sergeant pleaded guilty Monday to charges he assaulted a member of a narcotics task force he commanded.
Soldiers Say 'Thank You' for Free Meal
Eleven soldiers from Fort Bragg, N.C., want to say "thank you" to whoever paid for their meal at a Florida Panhandle restaurant.
Local 15 Finds You Free Legal Advice
If you need some free legal advice, we're looking to help!
2nd Lawsuit Filed in Barge Explosions
A second lawsuit has been filed after three men were severely injured when two barges exploded in the Mobile River.
Former Contestant from 'The Voice' Dishes on the Experience
Orange Beach's Shawna P. was eliminated last week and joined us to talk about her experience.
2 Charged in Fla. Man's Death
2 people have been charged with homicide after a man's body was found stuffed in the trunk of a car outside a motel near Pensacola.
Reward Offered in Huntsville Slaying
A reward is being offered in the slaying of a Huntsville man who was shot to death in his driveway.
MFR Dispatched to Possible Meth Lab
Mobile Police and Mobile Fire-Rescue were dispatched to what authorities are currently calling a possible meth lab.
Senate Passes Bill Letting States Tax Online Sales
The Senate has passed a bill that could end tax-free shopping on the Internet for many shoppers.
Senate Expected to Vote on Gun Bill This Week
An Alabama gun bill that would allow people to carry a gun to workplace parking lots is making its way through the legislature.
County vs. Cattle and Fair - Who Gets the $2 Million Rebate?
A battle over $2 million dollars is brewing in Baldwin County. It's all because the the federal government is giving back money that helped build the hurricane shelter in Robertsdale.
Property Values Increase in Baldwin County
Property values for thousands of homes in Baldwin County are going up. This means more money for schools and projects.
Expect Detours Tuesday As Work Begins On Broad Street In Brookley
Broad Street in Mobile is about to undergo some big changes.
Two Teens Killed on Pascagoula River, Community Mourns
Authorities in Pascagoula have located the body of a second teenager who went missing after a knee-boarding accident. The body of high school senior Brandon Rich was found late Monday afternoon under a barge in the Pascagoula River.
Second Lawsuit Filed in Mobile River Barge Explosions
A second lawsuit has been filed after three men were injured when two barges exploded in the Mobile River.
Ala. Private Schools Don't Want State Involvement
Private and parochial schools want to make sure Alabama's new tax credits and scholarships for private school attendance don't lead to the state government having a role in their operations.
FDA Wants Cancer Warnings for Tanning Beds
Indoor tanning beds would carry new warnings about the risk of cancer and be subject to additional regulations, under a proposal unveiled by the Food and Drug Administration.
Hangout Music Fest Kick-Off Party Lineup Announced
Hangout Music Festival organizers have released the lineup for the kick-off party to this year's festival.
Top Apps This Week
We're rolling out this week's top apps. The list includes some favorites, and a new one that you may not have heard of.
Man Charged with Attempted Murder for Toddler's Injuries
Saraland Police have arrested a man they say physically assaulted a toddler who was in his care.
Man Wanted in Murder Case Turns Himself In
A man charged with murder after a man was found assaulted, has turned himself in to authorities.
Keenan Olson Found Guilty of Manslaughter
The man charged with killing his stepfather has been found guilty.
Ala. Farmers Cope with Cool Temps, Saturated Soil
Alabama farmers say they're trying to cope with several weeks of cool temperatures and excessive rainfall, which has oversaturated the soil.
Missing Man Found in Lake in Harrison County
The body of a fisherman has been found in a lake in Harrison County.
Man, Woman Plead Guilty to Scamming Oil Spill Fund
A man and woman have agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Birmingham to charges that they submitted false claims to receive payment from a fund set up to help Gulf Coast workers who suffered financially after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
Jury Selection to Begin Monday in Jackson Co. Case
The trial of Houston Lee Jones, accused in the 2011 fatal shooting of his step-grandfather in Orange Grove, is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Lucas Hired at MDMR
Kelly Lucas has been named chief scientific officer at the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources.
Louisiana Levee Plan Concerns Mississippi Leaders
Mississippi Secretary of State Delbert Hosemann says he's worried a proposed levee in Louisiana could place low-lying areas of south Mississippi in danger of flooding.
1 Dead, 1 Missing Following Knee Boarding Accident
Authorities say a Pascagoula High School sophomore is dead and another student is missing following an accident on the Pascagoula River.
Panhandle Deputy Hits, Kills Pedestrian
A Santa Rosa Sheriff's deputy fatally struck a pedestrian with his patrol car north of Pensacola.
Local Gymnast Placed 6th in National Competition
A local gymnast has made her way home after competing in a national competition.
Firefighters: Our Faulty Equipment Risks Public Safety
The group went public with their issues at a recent City Council meeting. "Y'all don't know the inside story of what we've been dealing with," Joshua McCoy told the officials.
USA Neonatal Team Celebrates the Bond Between Patients and Staff
Families throughout the Gulf Coast returned to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital today to visit with their NICU care team.
Traffic Accident on Cottage Hill and Leroy Stevens Roads
Alabama State Troopers and Mobile Fire-Rescue have responded to an accident involving two vehicles.
Alabama Campaign Donations Getting More Visible
Alabama voters will have a much easier time following campaign donations in the 2014 elections for state offices.
Miss America Returning to Hometown of Opelika
Miss America 2013 Mallory Hagan is scheduled to return to her hometown of Opelika on May 16.
Saraland Police Discover Drugs During Traffic Stop
Saraland Police have arrested a woman after officers found drugs on her during a traffic stop.
Experts Warn about Donation Drives after Bombing
The details of the Boston Marathon bombings were still fuzzy when fundraising ramped up to help its victims, just hours after the explosions.
Ala. Boy, 4, Still Critical after Handgun Accident
Police say a 4-year-old Alabama boy remains hospitalized in critical condition after he was shot in the head while playing in a bedroom with a cousin the same age.
Budgets Priority for Alabama Lawmakers
The Alabama Legislature enters the final three days of the 2013 legislative session with the main priority being passage of the education and General Fund budgets.
Birmingham Car Show Features Eco-Cars
Don't bother shopping for gas guzzlers at this Birmingham car show.
Rose Honoring Coretta Scott King Planted in Ala.
A rose honoring the late Coretta Scott King has been planted at Alabama's Capitol.
Burglars Caught on Tape: Homeowner Needs Help Identifying Them
One Mobile man has taken matters into his own hands. Robert Hammon is on the search for two men who broke in to his home. The men were caught on Hammon's Surveillance cameras. He posted the video on Facebook in hopes of identifying the culprits.
Free Family Day Allows Participants to Enjoy Nature
Some environmental enthusiasts had a chance to enjoy what nature has to offer during an open house.
Mobile County Animal Shelter Gets Creative to Help Animals
A local animal shelter is trying to get the word out so some deserving pets can find a good home.
Murphy High Continues Blood Drive Tradition
Students and alumni of Murphy High School gathered at LifeSouth for their annual blood drive. This year’s theme was Cinco de Mayo.
Charity Festival Benefits the Wounded Warrior Project
TKR Health and Fitness held a charity festival benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project Saturday.
64th Blessing of the Fleet
The annual tradition of the blessing of the fleet continued this year in Bayou La Batre.
Autopsy: Mayor Candidate Died of Lack of Oxygen
An autopsy report says a Mississippi mayoral candidate died in February because of a lack of oxygen, but doesn't pinpoint an exact reason beyond calling the death a homicide.
NATO: 5 Americans Killed in Southern Afghanistan
An official with the U.S.-led international military coalition says the five troops killed by a roadside bomb in southern Afghanistan were all Americans.
Jury Selection to Begin Monday in Jackson Co. Case
The trial of Houston Lee Jones, accused in the 2011 fatal shooting of his step-grandfather in Orange Grove, is scheduled to begin with jury selection Monday in Jackson County Circuit Court.
Missing Man Found in Lake in Harrison County
The body of a fisherman has been found in a lake in Harrison County.
ACVA Hosts Volleyball Tourney in Gulf Shores
Thousands are in town for a college beach volleyball tournament.
Lawmakers Protect Bunnies, not the Uninsured
Lawmakers couldn't find a way to provide health care coverage for 1.1 million uninsured Floridians, but they did pass a bill that would make it illegal to dye bunnies and chicks and another that would prevent people from using food stamps at strip bars.
'Mockingbird' Author Lee Sues Over Copyright in NY
The author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" has filed a New York lawsuit to re-secure the copyright to it.
Bill Eases Voting in Ala. for Emergency Workers
A bill awaiting the governor's signature will make it easier for emergency workers to vote when they are called out because of a disaster.
Environmental Center Holds Open House, Fair
The Environmental Studies Center is holding an open house Saturday from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
Mistrial Declared in Bessemer Woman's Murder Trial
An Alabama judge has declared a mistrial in the murder case of a 47-year-old woman whose attorney argued heart disease and other health problems, not a gunshot wound, killed the defendant's ex-boyfriend.
Murphy High Students Host Festive Blood Drive
Students and alumni of Murphy High School are hosting a blood drive Saturday with a festive theme, all for a good cause.
Art in the Park on Dauphin Island
The annual Art in the Park is going on in Cadillac Square.
Manda Meat Products Returning to Store Shelves
Manda Fine Meats' deli and specialty meats are returning to store shelves this weekend.
Health Fair Benefits Wounded Warrior Project
A benefit was held in Daphne to promote health, safety awareness and fun.
Man, Woman Plead Guilty to Scamming Oil Spill Fund
A man and woman have agreed to plead guilty in federal court in Birmingham to charges that they submitted false claims to receive payment from a fund set up to help Gulf Coast workers who suffered financially after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
2 Ala. Coaches Cleared of Criminal Conduct
Alabama authorities have cleared two coaches at Dale County High School of criminal wrongdoing after investigating allegations that the coaches had an inappropriate relationship with a student.
Wicker's Security Detail Ended
The security team of Capitol Police assigned U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker is no longer keeping tabs on him outside his Tupelo home or when he travels.
64th Annual Blessing of the Fleet Underway
The 64th Annual Blessing of the Fleet in Bayou La Batre celebrates food, fun and history.
Harvey Gulf to Spend $540M to Expand Fleet
Supply boat operator Harvey Gulf International Marine of New Orleans plans to spend $540 million to build three new offshore supply vessels and buy 11 more vessels from a competitor. That will bring its fleet to 46 vessels.
More Work Ahead in Ala for Scottsboro Boys Pardons
The Alabama Legislature has cleared the way for posthumous pardons of the Scottsboro Boys, but much work remains before the names of the nine black teens wrongly convicted more than 80 years ago are officially cleared.
Authorities Investigating Death of Ala. Toddler
Oxford police Lt. L.G. Owens tells the Anniston Star authorities responded to a call about an unresponsive child Friday morning and took the toddler to the Regional Medical Center in Anniston where he was pronounced dead.
Ala. Boy, 4, in Critical after Accidental Shooting
Police in the Birmingham area say a 4-year-old boy is in critical condition with a gunshot wound to the head after an apparent accidental shooting.
Thousands Sign Petition for Central Fla. Teen
Nearly 30,000 people have signed an online petition asking the Bartow Police Department and the Polk County State Attorney to drop charges against a 16-year-old accused of detonating a bottle of explosive materials on school property.
What's Being Done to Ease Beach Traffic
All this week, we've been taking a look at some of the busiest roads in our area and asking what is being done to alleviate congestion ahead of anticipated growth with Airbus. In our last installment, we're taking a look at Highway 59 in Baldwin County. If you've driven to the beach, then you know how bad it can get.
MPD Investigating Armed Robbery
Mobile Police are searching for two robbery suspects after the Covington Credit on Highway 90 was held up at gunpoint.
Fallen Officers Honored at Alabama's Capitol
Officer Steven Green and Deputy Scott Ward were among six officers recognized during the Alabama State Fraternal Order of Police's annual memorial service.
University of South Alabama Turns 50, And One Professor Couldn't Be More Grateful
1963. The nation's heart stopped with the assasination of President John F. Kennedy, and raced with the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King. At the movies we watched Tippy Hedren do battle with a fowl enemy in Hitchcock's "The Birds" as America's youth fell under the spell of Beatlemania. That same year, Mobilians were excited to learn that their city would become home to a new state university... The University of South Alabama. Professor Robert Barrows didn't make it to Mobile until three years later, becoming one of the founding professors for the university's college of political science.
UPDATED: $50 Million USA Donation Makes Major Scholarships Available
The University of South Alabama is celebrating its 50th Anniversary with a big announcement.
Rain Damaging Bluff Near Spanish Fort
Our area has seen an intense amount of rain recently. All that rain in a short amount of time is damaging some property near Spanish Fort.
MPD Searching for Robbery Suspects
Mobile Police are on the scene of a robbery Covington Credit Loans and Tax Services.
Hangout Beefing Up Security for Annual Music Festival
Gulf Shores officials are preparing for the festival by beefing up their security. Officials say they are expecting close to 40,000 people to attend the beach concert and safety is their number one priority.
Wild Hogs Damage Yards in Foley
The feral animals are destroying property and costing residents a lot of money. The destruction has been going on for years and homeowners and farmers are fed up.
Huge Sporting Weekend Planned for Gulf Shores
Thousands are heading to Gulf Shores for a big weekend in sports. The regular weekend beach crowd will be accompanied by many out of towners.
Plastic Pieces Found in Pizzas Prompts Recall
A Wisconsin firm has recalled frozen pizzas that may be contaminated.
Legislature Passes Bill to Extend Early Voting
A bill that would expand early voting days and sites is now heading to Gov. Rick Scott's desk.
Spanish Fort HS Senior Arrested on Sex Crimes
Bryant Graham was arrested Thursday, and charged with first degree sodomy and first degree sexual abuse.
Escaped Inmate from Alabama Captured in Kentucky
An Alabama jail escapee is back in custody after being captured in Kentucky.
Deblase Trial Delayed, Attorneys Need More Time
Attorneys handling a high profile case in Mobile say they need more time to prepare.
Enjoy Art in the Park on Dauphin Island
Enjoy some art, live music and good food this weekend for Dauphin Island's annual Art in the Park.
BLB's Annual Blessing of the Fleet This Weekend
The annual Blessing of the Fleet is this weekend in Bayou la Batre.
Spanish Fort HS Football Player Indicted on Four Charges
A Spanish Fort High School football players arrested on rape accusations has been indicted on four charges.
New Device Allows for At-Home Internet Use Tracking, Monitoring
A California based company has created a way to keep up with what your kids are doing online, and even control it.
U.S. Employers Add 165K Jobs, Rate Falls to 7.5 Percent
U.S. employers added 165,000 jobs in April, and hiring was much stronger in the previous two months than first thought. The gains trimmed the unemployment rate to a four-year low of 7.5 percent.
Fla. Girl Injured by Lawn Mower is Ready to Go Home
A Tampa Bay-area toddler whose legs were severed in a lawn-mower accident is preparing to return home from the hospital.
Hosemann Announces Cat Island Land Purchase
The state of Mississippi has bought 217 more acres of Cat Island to set aside for public use.
Coach Saban: Mobile Playing a Key Role in Tide’s Success
Hundreds of Crimson Tide faithful turned out to meet and greet with Alabama Coach Nick Saban in downtown Mobile.
What's Been Done to Ease Congestion on the Eastern Shore's Busiest Road
It's the busiest road on the Eastern Shore. If you drive it, you're familiar with the stop and go traffic. Unlike many of the roads we've featured in this series, improvement projects on Highway 98 have actually been funded, and drivers are seeing the results.
Summerdale Bus Driver Saves Students in Crash
A woman was killed when her car crossed the median and collided with a charter bus carrying Florida school children on Interstate 10 in eastern New Orleans.
Resort for Gulf Shores State Park Okayed
The Alabama legislature has paved the way for a new resort to be built on 29 acres of state-owned land at Gulf State Park.
Faces of the Gulf Coast: Lillie Woodyard
It was a celebration 95 years in the making. Miss Lillie Woodyard, along with her surviving children, dozens and dozens of grand kids, great grand kids even a great great grand baby. All were there to celebrate her 95 candles.
Woman Accused of Kidnapping Girl from School
A high-school teacher from Alabama is accused of kidnapping a 6-year-old girl from school in Mississippi, sending a frightening text message to the child's mother, keeping her overnight and leaving her in the rain.
Car Crashes in Animal Clinic: Caught on Tape
An animal clinic in west Mobile is planning to reconstruct after a car crashed into the business.
Moss Point Residents Clean Up After Widespread Flooding
The storm that swept through the Gulf Coast Wednesday night and Thursday morning left quite a bit of damage.
Motorists, Lawman Rescue Truck Driver after Dramatic Plunge Into Mobile Bay
Thursday morning, about 9:30, Patrice Check of Pensacola, a driver for Mobile Forest Products, was making her approach, driving beneath the Daphne overpass. What happened next is still being investigated.
Washed Out Road Traps Dozens of People In One Neighborhood
The destruction left dozens of families trapped inside their own neighborhood for more than 12 hours.
Overturned 18-Wheeler Causes Traffic Backup on Interstate 10
An 18-wheeler overturned on Interstate 10 Thursday afternoon causing a traffic backup.
Judge McKnight Retiring, Vacancy Open for Place Three
District Court Judge Charles N. McKnight is retiring. A new judge must be appointed to Place Three.
Remains of Marathon Bombing Suspect to be Claimed
Authorities say the body of Boston Marathon bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev is being claimed.
Fla. Lawmakers Pass Texting-While-Driving Ban
Florida lawmakers have passed a statewide ban on texting while driving.
Miss. Governor: $69M More from BP for Gulf Restoration
BP PLC has agreed to pay $69 million more for restoration projects for the Mississippi Gulf Coast following, says Gov. Phil Bryant.
Vince Gill Performing for Waterfront Rescue Mission Fundraiser
Legendary country music star Vince Gill will be performing in the Port City Thursday night.
Decades-Old Question: Is Anti-Bacterial Soap Safe?
It's a chemical that's been in U.S. households for more than 40 years, from the body wash in your bathroom shower to the knives on your kitchen counter to the bedding in your baby's basinet.
Students from Crestview Involved in Crash in New Orleans
One person was killed in a morning crash involving a bus with elementary school students from Crestview Florida, on I-10 westbound, authorities said. No students were injured.
Cast Your Vote for Hangout Music Festival's Band Contest
Here's your chance to select the next band to play at the Hangout Music Festival this year.
Storms Dump Heavy Rains in SW Alabama
More rain is on the way for southwest Alabama, where storms already are causing flooding concerns.
Accused Murderer Denied Youthful Offender Status
A judge has denied youthful offender status for a teen accused of murdering a mother of two last year on Racine Avenue.
MPD Hunting for Subway Robbery Suspects
Mobile Police are on the hunt for two suspects after a Subway was robbed Wednesday afternoon.
Tractor Trailer Slams Through Bayway, Crashes Into Mobile Bay
Officials have identified the woman driving a truck that went over the side of the Bayway and into Mobile Bay.
George Jones Funeral at the Grand Ole Opry
Thousands of fans are expected to join some of country music's biggest stars in mourning George Jones.
Storm Damage and Road Closures Across the Coast
We have reports of road closures and storm damage across our area.
Bridge Destroyed by Flood Waters
Deer Creek subdivision stranded by bridge lost in rising waters.
Police Nab 3 who May be Responsible for Multiple Dollar Store Robberies
There’s been a big break in a robbery case the Mobile County Sheriff's Office and Mobile Police Department have been trying to solve for months.
Mobile County Officials Urging Motorists to Avoid Roads West of Snow Road
The Mobile County Public Works Department is telling all motorists to avoid roads west of Snow Road, including Airport Boulevard and Jeff Hamilton, Grand Bay Wilmer and Newman roads.
There's Concern Over How Alabama's $100M for Coastal Restoration is Spent
One hundred million dollars is set for Alabama to fund three proposed Coastal Restoration Projects following the BP oil spill.
Governor Robert Bentley announced the funding Wednesday. Three projects include the enhancement at the Gulf State Park, Oyster Reef Restoration in Mobile County, and a Swift Tract Living Shoreline in Baldwin County.
Wounded Officer's Body Cam a "First" for Prosecutors
Raw, powerful video from a wounded officer's body camera played a crucial, and for Mobile County District Attorney Ashley Rich, unprecedented role in convicting a cop shooter.
Officials: Cyberbullying Accuser Sent Messages to Self
A Spanish Fort Middle School student who claimed she was sent racially charged message on Facebook, is now believed to have sent the messages her self, according to sources briefed on the investigation.
Shawna P. from "The Voice" Talks Life after the Show
Local celebrity Shawna P. is back home after recently leaving the singing competition, "The Voice."
Say What: Government Investigating Terrorism
What would concern you more: the government going far enough to investigate terrorism or going too far? It's a question rising to the forefront after the Boston Marathon bombings.
History of Federal Violations for Companies in Explosion Lawsuit
Two of the companies, Kirby Inland Marine and Oil Recovery Company are the same businesses which own the barges and the location where the spark during a cleaning process caused the blast that left 3 men critically injured.
Health Warning after Norovirus Detected in Two Counties
Florida health officials are sending out a warning concerning the Norovirus that has been detected in Santa Rosa and Escambia counties.
Millions in Funding for Coastal Restoration Projects
Alabama will be receiving nearly $100 million in funding for three coastal restoration projects.
AMBER Alert Canceled, Missing Girl Found Alive
An AMBER Alert for a missing 6-year-old girl has been canceled after the girl was found in Lauderdale County.
Spanish Fort Third Grader Finalist in Google Competition
A Spanish Fort third grader is one of 50 finalists in a competition to have her art displayed on Google's homepage this month.
Arrest Made in Preston Avenue Double Shooting
Mobile Police have arrested a 16-year-old in connection with a shooting on Preston Avenue April 21.
Jackieth Harrison Convicted in Robbery, Shooting that Injured Officer
A Mobile jury has found Jackieth Harrison guilty on all counts related to the Winn Dixie robbery and shooting of an officer.
Traffic Nightmare: What's Being Done to Alleviate Congestion on Airport?
All this week, we're taking a look at some of the busiest roads in our area and asking what is being done to alleviate congestion ahead of anticipated growth with Airbus? Tonight, we're looking at Mobile's commercial corridor: Airport Boulevard. It's hard to get around Mobile without traveling down it, but the trek can be treacherous, especially when you consider 58,000 drivers travel on it near 1-65 daily.
Lawyers: 2 Didn't Know of Boston Attack Plans
UPDATE 4:40PM: Two men charged with conspiring to obstruct justice in Boston bomb case waive bail.
Ingalls Awarded Contract to Build New USCG Cutter
Huntington Ingalls Shipbuilding has been awarded a multi-million dollar contract to build a new Coast Guard cutter.
House Passes Texting While Driving Ban
The Florida House has passed its version of a statewide ban on texting while driving, but the proposal's fate is uncertain.
Amber Alert Issued for Missing 6-Year-Old
An Amber Alert has been issued in Alabama for a 6-year-old girl.