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Bloomberg Report Casts Dark Shadow on Alabama’s Burgeoning Auto Industry

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Last year, new vehicle sales increased for the sixth consecutive year, setting a new record of 17.5 million car purchases. And although the state of Alabama has impressed many with its rapidly growing auto parts manufacturing sector, a recent Bloomberg report has cast doubt on the methods “New Detroit” has used to get those extraordinary results. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the Alabama auto parts industry currently employs about 26,000 workers. While some would like to believe that the growing auto parts sectors in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi represent a much-needed revitalization in American manufacturing work, Bloomberg insists that these factories provide little to no training, poor pay, and an unsafe environment for employees. The profile offers detailed information into workplace accidents that took place at some of the South’s auto parts manufacturing plants. The safety of southern car factories...

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Lyft Expands Its Reach Into Huntsville, What Does This Mean for Uber?

Posted by on Mar 16, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

This month, Lyft was given permission to operate as a new ride-sharing service in Huntsville. This marks Lyft’s first business in the state of Alabama. The Director of Parking and Public Transport stated during the public hearing that Lyft will now be regarded very much the same way Uber is. When comparing the two, he had this to say: “One of the things that these two companies do traditionally in other cities, they share drivers, so drivers that drive for Uber will typically get on the web app but they will be vetted by the particular company they drive for at that time.” Like they do for Uber, people who wish to take advantage of Lyft may find a ride through a mobile app on their smartphone, which also allows them to pay the driver immediately. Given that around...

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Alabama Black Bear Sightings and Critter Activities Increase

Posted by on Mar 7, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it’s official: black bear sightings are becoming more common throughout Alabama. From 2014 to 2015, the number of black bear sightings reported by Alabama residents doubled. In 2016, they shot up by 50%. Around 150 sightings were reported last year, and that doesn’t include bears who escaped detection or in cases when people decided not to call it in. Wildlife biologist Thomas Harms stated, “In Mobile and Washington County, in some of this delta area, and even some and in northeast Alabama, people are seeing bears enough to where they don’t report them anymore because it’s so common.” There are no bear attacks on record in the state; the majority of these reports express annoyance, rather than fear. “Most of the calls we get are nuisance calls,” said Harms....

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Newest Dale County Court Officer Lends a Helping Paw to Stressful Juvenile Cases

Posted by on Feb 28, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Approximately 14% of Americans report that something as simple as their home decor can make them feel stressed out, but being in court can bring on a whole new wave of stress, especially in juvenile cases. That’s why Dale County has a new, four-legged official helping them out. Kit is the first canine court officer in Alabama, and her journey began in prison. The idea came from the late David Grice, a former Dale County probation officer who was well-versed in all of the benefits that a service dog could bring to children. Dale County Juvenile Probation Officer Jeremy Varney told the Dothan Eagle that at first, he was skeptical about the idea of a canine court officer. Now, Varney says he’s one of Kit’s biggest supporters. “I am pleased to have her serve as my partner,” he added....

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Researchers Continue to Battle Against Diabetes

Posted by on Feb 20, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Researchers have found that aggressively decreasing a diabetic’s blood pressure could be the answer to saving their life. Scientists from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, University of Utah, Loyola University Medical School, and Columbia University Medical Center have found that significantly lowering blood pressure could even prevent more than 100,000 deaths a year in the United States. “The public health impact of adopting intensive treatment in the right patients is enormous,” said Adam Bress, assistant professor of population health sciences at the University of Utah and co-author of the Systolic Blood Pressure Intervention Trial (SPRINT) study. According to Health Canal, the researchers found that decreasing blood pressure to less than 120 mmHg reduced heart attack, stroke, and death in diabetic individuals that were high risk of the dangers. “The lifetime risk of high blood pressure in the US...

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