The judge in Alabama's gambling corruption case is considering requests to delay the retrial or to divide the seven defendants into three groups for retrial. The gambling corruption trial ended Aug. 11 with 33 undecided charges against seven of the defendants. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson has scheduled a retrial Oct. 3. The judge held a conference call with lawyers Thursday. Defense attorney Jim Parkman said his side urged more time. He said they discussed a possible trial date in January, but no decision was made. ...Read more
The Alabama Department of Public Health is participating in a free text message program that distributes health information to pregnant women and new mothers. State health officials say pregnant women and new moms can text "BABY" or "BEBE" for Spanish to 511411 and they will start receiving weekly text messages timed to the their due date or their baby's birth date. The messages will contain information about having a healthier baby, and they will continue through the baby's first year. ...Read more
Baldwin County officials say tourism was up significantly in June, 16 months after the BP oil spill devastated the area's beach tourism industry. The Mobile Press-Register reports that Gulf Shores & Orange Beach tourism reported a record $54.7 million in lodging revenue in June. ...Read more
If you're curious about editing your music or other audio recordings with a computer, but don't really know where to begin then Guitar Center may have just the thing for you. Guitar Center stores across the country are offering free workshops that cover the editing software included on iPads and other Apple products.
Becomong a mother comes with many questions, but answers may be just as close as your cell phone. Pregnant women and new moms with mobile phones can get tips about nutrition, immunization and prevention of birth defects sent directly by text messages. Alabama's Department of Public Health is participating in the "Text4Baby" campaign. Their goal is to reach 60,000 pregnant women and new mothers throughout the state. You can learn more about the program just by clicking numbers and links.
Janie Wallace, WVUA News
Making plans to head to the beach just got a little easier. Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism announced the launch of its new free vacation guide app. It provides detailed listings for all accommodations, restaraunts, and attractions in the area. Also, specials for local restaraunts, lists nearby businesses, weather forecasts, and links to social channels. Users wanting the app can go to iTunes.com or search Gulf Beaches on their Android phones.
Jennifer Edwards, WVUA News
One week from today Sunday alcohol sales will go up for a vote. This time it is for people in the city of Northport and people living in Tuscaloosa County. Since Tuscaloosa recently passed Sunday alcohol sales, some people of Northport believe this will give their restaraunts and businesses a chance to compete with Tuscaloosa. Others say Sunday and alcohol do not mix because that day is for family. Only people living in Tuscaloosa County or Northport will be allowed to vote next Tuesday. People living in the city limits of Tuscaloosa will not be allowed to vote. ...Read more