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Former Investigator Sends Letter to AG to Exonerate Steve Nodine | WKRG

July 26, 2017

Written by former investigator Jeff Dunn, the letter claims politics was the motivating factor behind the prosecution of former Mobile County Commissioner Stephen Nodine in the death of Angel Downs.

Downs was found with a gunshot wound to her head outside her Gulf Shores home in May of 2010. Nodine had been seen speeding away from her home and was later arrested and charged with murder.

via Former Investigator Sends Letter to AG to Exonerate Steve Nodine | WKRG.

Wildlife Rescue Not Required | Outdoor Alabama

July 20, 2017

The more time you spend outdoors, the more likely you are to eventually encounter a wild animal that appears to be in need of rescue. If you discover wildlife that seems to be in need, the first thing to remember is that, despite appearances, this is very rarely the case. Many mammals leave their young alone for the majority of the day, and fledgling birds are on the ground for a period of time being fed by their parents before they take flight. This means that a young, uninjured bird or mammal is not in need of rescuing.

The best thing to do in these instances is to leave the animal where it was found. If it has already been moved from its point of origin, it is still okay to return the youngster to its capture site, even hours later. The notion that a mother will reject babies after being touched by humans is a myth.

via Wildlife Rescue Not Required | Outdoor Alabama.

Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR

July 20, 2017

GULF SHORES, Ala. (WEAR) — Progress on the new Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo is underway.

The zoo moved to a bigger and better location in Gulf Shores in 2016 but was badly damaged by severe storms in January.

The director of the zoo said they’ve completed the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) regulated fence and two out of the three monkey islands are complete.

via Big plans underway for Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo | WEAR.

Alabama’s on the menu when Taylor Hicks’ ‘State Plate’ makes its Season 2 debut | AL.com

July 15, 2017

Taylor Hicks will showcase food from Alabama when his INSP series, “State Plate,” makes its Season Two debut on Aug. 11. And that’s really no surprise, considering that Hicks, a Hoover native, is a staunch advocate for the cuisine of his home state.

The country-soul singer and former “American Idol” winner, 40, vowed to bring the series to Alabama from the get-go, and Hicks will make good on that promise with an episode that airs at 7 p.m. CT.

via Alabama’s on the menu when Taylor Hicks’ ‘State Plate’ makes its Season 2 debut | AL.com.

Fourth case of flesh-eating bacteria confirmed in Mobile County – FOX10 News | WALA

July 11, 2017

A fourth case of Vibrio vulnificus has been confirmed by the Mobile County Health Department.

According to health officials, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) have just confirmed the presence of Vibrio in a case from April, in which someone consumed raw oysters, harvested in Mobile County, and contracted the bacteria.

via Fourth case of flesh-eating bacteria confirmed in Mobile County – FOX10 News | WALA.

Officials Warn of Snakes After Recent Bites | WKRG

July 08, 2017

Wildlife officials want people to be aware, as the recent weather we are having is drawing out snakes, which are sometimes venomous.

“During these rainy periods that we are having especially during the tropical storm and other periods you will find snakes and other reptiles in areas you wouldn’t usually expect it,” said Wade Stevens of the Orange Beach Coastal Resources Department.

In Orange Beach alone, at least three people have been bitten by snakes in recent weeks.

via Officials Warn of Snakes After Recent Bites | WKRG.

Flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio found in Alabama waters: Is it safe to swim? | AL.com

July 08, 2017

The Alabama Department of Public Health is warning people with cuts, abrasions and certain health conditions to avoid the water after reports of three cases of flesh-eating bacteria.

The bacteria – known as Vibrio – is found in lakes, rivers, along the coast and in other warm, brackish bodies of water. The bacteria can lead to destructive soft-tissue infections and other illnesses.

via Flesh-eating bacteria Vibrio found in Alabama waters: Is it safe to swim? | AL.com.

The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary | AL.com

July 05, 2017

Creatures of the Underwater Forest

The Underwater Forest is a relic of an ancient past, a 60,000 year old cypress forest, lost for tens of thousands of years below the Gulf of Mexico. But in today’s world, it is also something else: a vibrant marine ecosystem literally bursting with life. You can watch the film by clicking on the link above. In this article, we will explore some of the creatures you see in the film.

via The creatures of the Underwater Forest, as seen in the documentary | AL.com.

After Multiple Drownings at Alabama Beaches, Rescue Officials Talk Safety | WKRG

July 04, 2017

The Gulf Coast has seen huge crowds this holiday weekend on the beaches, but also some tragedy. A 33-year-old man from Mississippi drowned Sunday afternoon in the waters near Perdido Pass. His death brings the number of drownings to four this year on Alabama Beaches.

On Friday, a man drowned in the Gulf at Fort Morgan just two weeks after a man drowned just a mile down the road. Back in May, a track athlete from Pennsylvania drowned in Gulf Shores.

via After Multiple Drownings at Alabama Beaches, Rescue Officials Talk Safety | WKRG.

Fireworks safety ahead of July 4th celebrations – FOX10 News | WALA

June 26, 2017

Fireworks are synonymous with Independence Day celebrations. Yet, the thrill of fireworks can also bring pain. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 230 people on average go the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday.

The most common injuries are serious burns and to the eyes.  You can help prevent fireworks-related injuries and deaths. How? By following these safety tips when using fireworks:

via Fireworks safety ahead of July 4th celebrations – FOX10 News | WALA.

Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com

June 25, 2017

The  ancient cypress forest found 60 feet underwater in the Gulf of Mexico, due south of Gulf Shores, Ala., is about 60,000 years old, says a team of scientists who have studied the site.

The forest, pictured above, appears to be a wholly unique relic of our planet’s past, the only known site where a coastal ice age forest this old has been preserved in place, with thousands of trees still rooted in the dirt they were growing millennia ago. It is considered a treasure trove of information, providing new insights into everything from climate in the region to annual rainfall, insect populations, and the types of plants that inhabited the Gulf Coast before humans arrived in the new world. Scientific analysis of the site is ongoing. One of the key things the forest might hint at is a world where the seas rose even more quickly than the worst-case predictions for the near future.

via Alabama’s 60,000-year-old underwater forest spills its secrets in new documentary | AL.com.

Recap: Tropical Storm Cindy aftermath on the Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA

June 25, 2017

As fans cheer on the Baybears Friday night, they’re also celebrating a day without torrential downpours…finally. With the sun shining, looks like Mother Nature is calming down.

For the past few days, it’s been anything but calm. What people thought would be a relaxing getaway on Gulf Coast beaches, turned into a windy, rainy headache with the arrival of Tropical Storm Cindy.

via Recap: Tropical Storm Cindy aftermath on the Gulf Coast – FOX10 News | WALA.

How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com

June 24, 2017

Staring at a map, one has to wonder why Alabama’s border makes that strange jag across the top of the Florida Panhandle instead of continuing down to the Gulf. The answer, once you’ve cut through the oddly complicated bit of history surrounding the creation of the state, is a simple one: Alabama lost out on its rightful share of Florida’s Panhandle because our founding fathers decided to take something that didn’t belong to them.

via How Alabama got cheated out of Florida’s panhandle | AL.com.

Recreational Snapper Anglers Get Additional Days | Outdoor Alabama

June 21, 2017

Fishing buddy Todd Kercher posted a video last weekend that many feel justifies the significant extension of the red snapper season for private recreational anglers in federal waters.

Todd took his family out in the Gulf of Mexico to catch a limit of snapper, two per person with a 16-inch minimum. What he captured on video was what many snapper anglers have been screaming for the past few years.

via Recreational Snapper Anglers Get Additional Days | Outdoor Alabama.

Latest beach update: Gulf remains closed to public in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, Panama City | AL.com

June 21, 2017

The waters off Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, South Walton and Panama City remain off limits today as the Gulf Coast braces for Tropical Storm Cindy.

Double red flags warning people to stay out of the water are posted along the Gulf Coast. The warnings come as high surf and potentially deadly rip currents have been reported.

via Latest beach update: Gulf remains closed to public in Gulf Shores, Orange Beach, Destin, Panama City | AL.com.

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