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USS Alabama getting new deck after more than 8 decades

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - One of the most recognizable attractions in Alabama is getting an upgrade after more than eight decades in the water. The battleship USS Alabama is being outfitted with a new teak deck at its berth in…

Federal board ponders future of Gulf Coast passenger trains

By JAY REEVES Associated Press A federal board is hearing testimony on whether to let Amtrak resume passenger train service linking New Orleans and Mobile over the objections of freight companies. A hearing began Monday before the Surface Transportation Board.…

Historically Black school to remain open on Alabama coast

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - A more than 120-year-old, historically Black parochial school that helped support the civil rights movement on the Alabama coast won't close after all. The Catholic Church says Heart of Mary Catholic School in Mobile will remain…

MoonPies and Merry Widows: Mardi Gras hits Mobile

By JAY REEVES Associated Press MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's port city is holding a main event of its Carnival season, a quirky bash honoring the man credited with helping make the nation's first Mardi Gras celebration what it is.…

Mobile kicks off first Mardi Gras since 2020

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The city that calls itself the "birthplace of Mardi Gras" has kicked off its first real Mardi Gras celebration since 2020 after two years lost to the COVID-19 pandemic. Mobile's first big parade of the Mardi…