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Alabama Shipper Says Piracy Needs Multinational Fix, Cautions on Firearms

The president of Mobile-based International Shipholding Corp., which manages the M/V Maersk Alabama for owner Maersk USA, said a multinational coalition must respond to Somali piracy. ISH President Erik L. Johnsen said one country cannot stand alone against pirates like …

Alabama Arson Suspect Lunceford Faced Foreclosure, Federal Agents Say

Witnesses testified that businessman and former Auburn University’s punter Tommy Lunceford Jr. was in a dispute with a couple leasing his Gulf Shores (Alabama) restaurant and faced foreclosure when the building burned as the couple, sleeping upstairs, narrowly escaped injury. …

After 3-Year Lull, Mississippi, Alabama Gird for New Hurricane Season

After Hurricane Katrina struck the upper Gulf Coast in 2005, even grizzled storm veterans became edgy when the opening of hurricane season rolled around. Blue tarps covering Katrina-damaged homes are far fewer now, but as the third storm season since …

Alabama and Mississippi Officials Ready for Hurricane Response

With no Gulf Coast hurricane since Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Alabama and Mississippi officials have worried that residents and tourists could become complacent about the seriousness of orders to flee the next disaster that strikes Gulf shores. Hurricane season begins …

Alabama Joins 3 other Katrina-stricken States to Update House Panel

An Alabama official estimates the state needs between $100 million to $110 million – double its allocated federal aid – to address persistent housing needs in 22 counties declared disaster areas from Hurricane Katrina. “That would do it for housing,” …

No Consensus for Alabama Special Session on Coastal Insurance

Alabama legislators unveiled a law designed to help the Gulf Coast real estate industry and coastal homeowners hit by high insurance rates but Gov. Bob Riley said there is no current consensus to address it in a special session. The …

Alabama realtors call for coastal insurance relief

Owners of thousands of condominiums that line the Alabama Gulf Coast say they’re getting burned by soaring insurance premiums and insurance legislation to make coverage available and affordable on the coast couldn’t come soon enough for the resort real estate …

Ala. Supreme Court Reverses $3.85 Million Malpractice Verdict

The Alabama Supreme Court pointed to jury instruction error in reversing a $3.85 million award for a Jackson couple in a medical malpractice suit over the death of their 6-year-old son. The ruling allows a retrial in Mobile County of …

Ala. Coast Condo Industry Pushes for Action on Rising Insurance Rates

As Labor Day tourists take an end-of-summer beach trip, owners of thousands of condominiums that line the Alabama Gulf Coast say they’re getting burned by soaring insurance premiums. Insurance legislation aimed at making coverage available and affordable on the coast …

Rural Alabama Homeowners Still Waiting for Katrina Housing Aid

Two years after Hurricane Katrina struck, more than 1,000 storm victims in parts of Alabama’s rural south Mobile County are still waiting for housing funds to get out of trailers or damaged, patched-over homes. It’s apparent that not enough federal …