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    Spice on the Rise Again in Mobile Video included

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    A synthetic drug that causes violent hallucinations is on the rise again in Mobile. More>>

    Austal gets Order for 2 More LCSs Video included

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    Good news for Austal who has received funding from the Navy to start work on two more of their Littoral Combat Ships. More>>

    City to Turn Again to Private Mowing Companies? Video included

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    The Mobile city council is set to vote Tuesday, on whether to hire private lawn companies to maintain some city streets. Last year the council approved $112,000 for three companies to mow major thoroughfares during peak growing season. The contract was for three months. This year, the mayor's office is asking for $290,000 for about seven months. The money would be split between four private contractors which have already been selected. George Talbot with the mayor's office says city crews are... More>>

    Where Did Baldwin School Tax Campaign Go Wrong? Video included

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    Analysts cite spending public funds, failing to get business support, and not focusing on the grass roots level More>>

    New Signal Going Up on Baldwin Beach Express Video included

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    Officials hope new stoplight will help prevent accidents.
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    What's Next: Baldwin County Tax Vote Video included

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    Supporters of the Baldwin County school referendum still in shock at Tuesday's overwhelming defeat. Superintendent Robbie Owen not talking about where they go from here the day after the vote but the folks who are talking say another election could happen as soon as this Fall.

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    Are Circulars Needed or a Nuisance? Video included

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    If you don't subscribe to the Mobile Press Register, you may be one of the homeowners who receive handbills or commercial advertisements. Many are tossed in your yard or driveways. Some people say they're not wanted and are a litter problem.  News 5's Tiffany McCall has details on what the city council is looking to propose.

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    Weather

    Smooth Mild Days; Cooler Weekend

    Patchy fog late tonight, as we stay in a mild stretch. Not much rain in the next few days but the weekend does get cooler. More>>

    Vote No Tax Groups Want To Meet With School Board Video included

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    Vote no supporters have a few ideas they'd like to share with the school board following the failed, tax referendum in Baldwin County. More>>

    IRS Ignoring 60% Of Calls Video included

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    This tax season, the federal agency is understaffed and overwhelmed. More>>

    Midnights with Mel: New Show Coming to News 5!

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    Who wouldn't want a show featuring Mel Showers as the lead anchor, reporter, meteorologist, sportscaster and commercial star? More>>

    Mobile Police To Host Free Fish Fry

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    Mobile Police and city leaders are hosting a fish fry for people living in the Campground and Bottoms communities of Mobile. More>>

    Four Dead After Mexican Oil Rig Catches Fire

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    Mexico's state-owned oil company says a fire at an oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico has killed four workers.  More>>

    East Brewton Death Investigated

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    The Alabama State Bureau of Investigation and East Brewton Police are investigating after a man was found dead inside a home.
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    Accuser of Alabama DT Jonathan Taylor Recants Story

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    The Tuscaloosa (Ala.) Police Department announced Wednesday that the 24-year-old woman who told police she had been assaulted Saturday by now-former Alabama defensive tackle Jonathan Taylor has recanted her statements and subsequently been arrested herself. More>>

    Meet the New Head of Alabama's Troubled Prison System

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    Retired Air Force Col. Jeff Dunn has been sworn in as the head of Alabama's troubled prison system. More>>

    QUIZ: What Animal Sound Is This?

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    It's such a strange sound, but it's common to folks in Baldwin County this time of year! More>>

    Ex-Alabama Player's Accuser Recants Domestic Violence Claim

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    Tuscaloosa police said in a news release Wednesday that the woman, who has not been identified, was arrested on a charge of False Reporting to Law Enforcement.  More>>

    Focus Turns to Lone Tax Renewal for Baldwin Co. Schools Video included

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     Voters send a strong message to Baldwin County Board of Education, "NO NEW TAXES". More>>

    Woman Indicted for Firing Her Gun Inside Elberta Elementary

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    A federal grand jury has indicted the woman accused of firing shots inside Elberta Elementary School in a crazed attempt to kill her sister. More>>

    Baldwin County School Tax Election Results

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    Click here for the OFFICIAL results on the Baldwin County school tax election results. More>>

    INTERVIEW: Man Behind the Polls Talks Tax Vote Video included

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    Now that the tax referendum vote is over, Baldwin County will look at what happened and what's ahead as they try to deal with an ever-expanding school population.   More>>

    Google Maps Turns Into Pac-Man's Chomping Grounds

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    You can play Pac Man using the streets of your hometown! More>>

    All Areas of Baldwin County Reject Tax Video included

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     Spanish Fort came closest to approving the proposal. It was least popular in the Baldwin County High area in Bay Minette. More>>

    Baldwin Tax Opponents Video included

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    The people who organized the effort to defeat a proposal to increase property taxes in Baldwin county say they are not celebrating. More>>

    PCB: Bans Alcohol on Beaches Video included

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    The council voted 4-1 Tuesday to ban alcohol on beaches and parking lots during the spring break season. More>>

    Baldwin Co. Among Fastest Growing Metro Area in America Video included

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    You would think -- with companies like Austal and Airbus bringing new jobs to Mobile, it might rank high on the list of the fastest growing metro areas in the US, but it's down there in the 200s.
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    No House Numbers Slow Emergency Response Times Video included

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    When you call 911, you hope first responders arrive as quickly as possible. Mobile emergency departments said that's easier said than done if a homeowner fails to display their house numbers outside. More>>

    Alabama RB Tyren Jones Arrested, Dismissed from Team

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    Alabama running back Tyren Jones has been arrested on a marijuana charge, the third arrest of a Crimson Tide football player in four days. More>>

    Ala. House Kills Bill for Monthly Animal Shelter Census

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    The Alabama House voted down a bill requiring animal shelters to conduct a monthly census of animals that were housed, where they came from and what happened to them. More>>

    Help Veteran Find Girl Rescued from Katrina Video included

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    This August marks 10 years since Hurricane Katrina turned the Gulf Coast upside down.  More>>

    Fla. Bill Would Make Smoking with Kids in Car Illegal

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    Smoking in a car with children would be illegal under a bill moving through the Florida Senate. More>>

    Pros, Cons Weigh In on Election Day Tax Vote Video included

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    A long, hard campaign will end in the next couple of hours and we should know if voters passed or defeated the property tax referendum to fund new schools in Baldwin County. More>>

    Man Battered with Hammer After Allegedly Attacking Ex-Girlfriend

    Zachary Price, 34, Destin Zachary Price, 34, Destin
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    Authorities have arrested a Destin man for allegedly attacking his ex-girlfriend in a brawl that left him battered and bruised from a hammer. More>>

    Baldwin County Voting Complaint in Elberta

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    A Baldwin County Sheriff's Deputy was sent to Elberta after a few voters complained campaigners with Build Baldwin Now were campaigning too close to the polling place. More>>

    AP: Trucks Going Faster Than Tires Can Handle

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    There's a little-known danger on the nation's roads from truck tires. More>>

    Saraland Spice Arrest Leads to Child Endangerment Charge

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    Rachel Walston was arrested March 27 and charged with possession of a controlled substance and two counts of endangering the welfare of a child. More>>

    Cops: Mobile Man Robbed His Own Mother

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    The victim says her son pulled a gun on her and demanded her purse. More>>

    Veteran Town Hall Meeting Follow-Up Video included

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    Earlier this month, veterans had the chance to voice their opinion to officials of the Gulf Coast Veterans Health Care System. More>>

    Firefighter in Serious Condition after Falling Through Burning Roof Video included

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    A veteran firefighter in California remains in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after he fell through a roof into a burning home. More>>

    Police Search for Armed Prisoner After Hospital Escape Video included

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    Police in northern Virginia say one shot was fired as a guard wrestled with a prisoner, who then fled a hospital with a gun setting off a lockdown and search. More>>

    Voter Turnout Important in Baldwin Tax Vote Video included

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    For months there has been back and forth opinions from supporters and opponents over a proposed 8 mill property tax increase in Baldwin County. More>>

    Louisiana National Guardsman Laid to Rest Video included

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    A Louisiana National Guardsman killed during a military training exercise earlier this month has been laid to rest. More>>

    Alabama Legislature returns from Spring Break

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    Alabama lawmakers are returning to Montgomery to begin addressing a number of major issues remaining this session. More>>

    An Egg McMuffin For Lunch?

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    McDonald's could soon be serving up their breakfast foods throughout the day

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    UPDATE: Crews Will Work Through The Night Gathering Evidence at Crash Site

    Rescue helicopter lands near the crash site. (Courtesy: WLOX) Rescue helicopter lands near the crash site. (Courtesy: WLOX)
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    A helicopter has crashed in southern Mississippi, according to our affiliate WLOX.  More>>

    Overcrowded Baldwin County Schools As Seen Through Student Lens Video included

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    We've heard a lot about overcrowded buildings and classrooms. But also some who say -- portables are an effective solution until something better comes along. So News 5 went to Foley High School for a day. More>>

    Shooting Victim Speaks Out via Facebook

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    Spring break shooting victim from Mobile talks about terrifying experience via facebook. More>>

    Tax Vote Looms After Months of Debate Video included

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    After months of back and forth in a heated campaign, Baldwin County voters will decide Tuesday if they want increased taxes to pay for public schools. More>>

    City Begins "Map for Mobile" Process Video included

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    For the first time since 1998, Mobile is embarking on a comprehensive strategic plan. More>>

    Tax Vote Creates Mudslinging, Political Attacks Video included

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    Secretary of State dispatches team to monitor Baldwin County tax referendum. More>>

    Parents Claim Pressure and Manipulation by School System Video included

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    The campaign for or against the property tax increase is almost over. One day before the vote some parents are coming forward with claims the school system has used their children in the process.

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    Mobile Man Charged In Spring Break Shootings Video included

    David Daniels, 22, Mobile is the alleged shooter. David Daniels, 22, Mobile is the alleged shooter.
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    Seven people were shot in Panama City Beach early this morning while visiting for Spring Break

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    Ala. Speaker Hubbard Claims Misconduct in Ethics Case

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    Lawyers for indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard are asking a judge to dismiss the case on claims of prosecutorial misconduct. More>>

    Apple CEO Rips "Religious Freedom" Legislation

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    Protests and boycotts are growing across the nation over an Indiana law that some say discriminates against gay people. Apple CEO Tim Cook is among the high-profile names speaking out against it. More>>

    Mid-Air Collision During Tuscaloosa Air Show

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    Authorities say two airplanes in the Tuscaloosa Regional Air Show landed safely after accidentally touching in mid-air. More>>

    Deadly Van Crash

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    Highway Patrol: 8 dead, 10 injured when Florida van crashes
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    Just 48 Hours Before Big Vote in Baldwin County Video included

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    It was no easy Sunday morning for volunteers and members of the Build Baldwin Now Campaign. More>>

    Theodore High School Showcases New Dental Assisting Program Video included

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    High school students interested in a career in the dental field are now able to enroll in a two-year program with Mobile County Public Schools. More>>

    Hair Falls, Spirits Rise At St. Baldrick’s Event Video included

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    The event raises money for childhood cancer research. More>>

    Bikers Kruise For St. Jude

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    Over 100 riders came out to participate in the 14th annual Kruise for St. Jude event this morning. More>>

    Mother Finds Man In Bed With 10 Year Old Boy

    Ernest R. Johnson Ernest R. Johnson
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    A man from Tampa, Florida is in the Hillsborough County Jail after a mother found him naked and in the bed with her 10-year old son.Twenty-five year old Ernest R. Johnson is charged with burglary and molestation.The boy's mother told police the suspect jumped out a window when she checked her son's bedroom.A K-9 tracking team located Johnson a short time later. More>>

    Countdown to Baldwin County Property Tax Vote Video included

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    Come Tuesday, all eyes will be on Baldwin County. Voters will be asked to approve an eight mil property tax increase to fund new school construction. More>>

    Folks Run Azalea Trail For 38th Year

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    Nearly 5,000 runners hit the streets of Mobile Saturday. More>>

    Alabama Looking At Concealed Carry Law Video included

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    A bill in the Alabama Senate looks at letting gun owners carry pistols openly in their car without permits. More>>

    Bellingrath Celebrates An Early Easter Video included

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    Over 300 kids converged on Bellingrath Gardens Saturday to hunt for eggs and meet the Easter bunny. More>>

    Sausage Festival Gearing Up To Grill Video included

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    The annual festival in Elberta can raise $40,000 for the volunteer fire department on a good weekend. With the weather holding up it could be a banner day Saturday.

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    Judge Expects High Voter Turnout In Baldwin County Tax Vote Video included

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    Probate Judge Tim Russell expects a lot of voters to head to the polls Tuesday for Baldwin County's special tax referendum. More>>

    Baldwin Commissioner Stands Against School Tax Video included

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    In the past couple of weeks it seems politicians in Baldwin County have readily throwing their support behind the school tax initiative. But one elected official is standing against his peers. More>>

    Mobile Fire-Rescue Asks For Public's Help

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    Mobile fire investigators need your help finding a man wanted for questioning in reference to a house fire. More>>

    Alabama VA Outreach Campaign

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    VA Mobile Vet Center outreach campaign continues in Alabama. More>>

    What's Working: Out With Chairs. In With Yoga Balls! Video included

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    In tonight's What's Working: A teacher in Fairhope has come up with an innovative way to get her students to pay attention. More>>

    Bentley: "We have to have more taxes" Video included

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    Alabama's Governor says the state has cut all it can.

     

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    Home and Garden Show Underway in Downtown Mobile

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    The 3rd Annual Greater Mobile Home and Garden Show is underway at the Convention Center in Downtown Mobile.Visitors will find inspiration from the front door to the backyard at booths from more than 100 vendors at the city's largest home and gardening event.Show Manager Dana Floyd said,"if you're doing a renovation, it's a really good opportunity to come in. Even if you're not doing it right now. If you're doing it six months from now. Go ahead and put the names with the faces, and meet some ... More>>

    Voters Could Throw Wrench in School Build Plan

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    Voting the school property tax increase in Baldwin County up or down is not the only options for voters next Tuesday. They could vote to approve or deny any combination of the five tax issues on the ballot and that could throw a wrench in everybody's plans. More>>

    Suspect Sought In Martin Street Homicide

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    A 28-year old man was found shot to death in a yard just off Old Shell Road in Mobile.

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    Change Coming to Mississippi Gun Law

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    People would not need a state-issued license to carry a concealed gun in a purse, briefcase or other fully enclosed satchel, under a bill getting final legislative debate. More>>

    Authorities Seize $100k Worth of Marijuana

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     48 pounds of marijuana was seized from a post office in Gulf Breeze, Florida. More>>

    Senate's Harry Reid Announces He Won't Seek Re-Election

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    Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid is announcing he will not seek re-election to another term. More>>

    Little Vetting of Pilots for Mental Health

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    Pilots and safety experts say that despite U.S. and international regulations requiring that airline pilots be screened for mental health problems, little effective, real-world checking actually takes place.
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    Elberta Elementary Gets Outside Security Cameras Video included

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    School officials in Baldwin County say increased security measures will be part of the 350 million dollar capital improvements campaign.

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    More Details Emerge In Case of Officer Charged with Theft Video included

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    Allegations that a former Mobile Police Officer committed a crime while on the job is raising questions about what exactly happened.
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    Crowds Show Up for Festival of Flowers Despite Rainy Weather

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    Dreary weather didn't stop visitors from coming out to Providence Hospital for the opening day of the Festival of Flowers.Organizers said this year's theme, "Southern Roots," embodies a casual, inviting Southern afternoon. "It's a warm show this year. It's so cozy. You want to just go in and crawl in the gardens and say ‘Where's my book? Where's my cup of tea? Let me go be part of this,'" Honorary Chairperson Brenda Huddle exclaimed as she motioned to several visitors relaxing in wooden swing... More>>

    Smaller Bayfest Means Money For Downtown Video included

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    Bayfest remains downtown. That means a profitable weekend for many businesses remains as well.

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    BayFest Staying Downtown Video included

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    BayFest's planned move west is off, in part, due to popular opinion revealed in a News 5 Poll   More>>

    Remembering Longtime WKRG Meteorologist, Jere Hough Video included

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    It is with heavy hearts we report our dear friend and long-time colleague, Jere Hough, has died. More>>

    More Money or More Portables Video included

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    Five days away from a vote on increasing property taxes to build new schools in Baldwin County and the school system is pulling out all the stops to drum up support. The message is simple, more money or more portables. More>>

    Public Meeting Set on Dauphin Island Sand Pumping Project

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    DAUPHIN ISLAND, Ala. (AP) - A public meeting is set for next month to hear comments on a plan to pump sand onto the badly eroded East End Beach. Dauphin Island Mayor Jeff Collier says the federal government's Coastal Impact Assistance Program would fund a $5million project that would pump 300,000 cubic yards of sand onto the beach. More>>

    Fortune Names Apple CEO Tim Cook "World's Greatest Leader"

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    Fortune Magazine has named Apple CEO Tim Cook as the "World's Greatest Leader. More>>

    'The Grounds' Back Out of Deal to Host Bayfest

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    The Grounds withdrawals from negotiations to host 2015 BayFest. More>>

    TSA Discovers Loaded Gun in MOB Passenger’s Bag

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    A loaded Glock .45 caliber handgun was found in a passenger's carry-on bag on Wednesday. More>>

    President Obama Visits Alabama Today

    President Obama Will Visit Birmingham March 26. President Obama Will Visit Birmingham March 26.
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    President Barack Obama plans to talk about the economy and consumer protection during his second visit to Alabama this month. More>>

    Jesse Jackson Jr. Leaves Federal Prison for Halfway House

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    The Rev. Jesse Jackson says his son, former U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr., has been released from an Alabama prison after serving a year and a half for illegally spending $750,000 in campaign funds. More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 3 Video included

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    This is part 3 of the series Exploring the Delta. In our first two episodes, we looked at the marshy southern Mobile River Delta and the transitional middle Delta.  More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 2 Video included

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    In part two of a three part series, we head into the middle Delta for wild food and a 5000-year-old suburb. More>>

    Exploring the Mobile River Delta: Part 1 Video included

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    It's as big as Great Smoky Mountains national park, it's one of the wildest places in America, and it's right at our doorstep. The Mobile River Delta is a fascinating place that few of us have explored. More>>

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    • Spice on the Rise Again in Mobile

      Spice on the Rise Again in Mobile

      Wednesday, April 1 2015 11:47 PM EDT2015-04-02 03:47:55 GMT
      A synthetic drug that causes violent hallucinations is on the rise again in Mobile.
      A synthetic drug that causes violent hallucinations is on the rise again in Mobile.
    • Austal gets Order for 2 More LCSs

      Austal gets Order for 2 More LCSs

      Wednesday, April 1 2015 10:05 PM EDT2015-04-02 02:05:32 GMT
      Good news for Austal who has received funding from the Navy to start work on two more of their Littoral Combat Ships.
      Good news for Austal who has received funding from the Navy to start work on two more of their Littoral Combat Ships.
    • Where Did Baldwin School Tax Campaign Go Wrong?

      Where Did Baldwin School Tax Campaign Go Wrong?

      Wednesday, April 1 2015 7:44 PM EDT2015-04-01 23:44:29 GMT
      Analysts cite spending public funds, failing to get business support, and not focusing on the grass roots level
      Analysts cite spending public funds, failing to get business support, and not focusing on the grass roots level
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    • Plain Gardening: Festival of Flowers

      Plain Gardening: Festival of Flowers

      Monday, March 30 2015 9:12 AM EDT2015-03-30 13:12:56 GMT
      This edition of Plain Gardening features Alison Copeland with the Festival of Flowers in Mobile.
      This edition of Plain Gardening features Alison Copeland with the Festival of Flowers in Mobile.
    • Plain Gardening: Too Much Rain

      Plain Gardening: Too Much Rain

      Friday, March 13 2015 1:41 PM EDT2015-03-13 17:41:30 GMT
      “Plants like rain…lots of rain.”Wrong, says gardening expert Bill Finch.
      “Plants like rain…lots of rain.”Wrong, says gardening expert Bill Finch.
    • Plain Gardening: Bulbs

      Plain Gardening: Bulbs

      Thursday, March 12 2015 6:56 PM EDT2015-03-12 22:56:42 GMT
      Bulbs are blooming on the Gulf Coast, and gardening expert Bill Finch is excited about it!
      Bulbs are blooming on the Gulf Coast, and gardening expert Bill Finch is excited about it!
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