Sen. David Vitter and Rep. Bill Cassidy have introduced companion bills in their respective houses that would grant Louisiana and several other Gulf and Atlantic states control over a greater area of offshore waters.
The Offshore Fairness Act would extend the offshore jurisdiction of states from Louisiana to Virginia to more than 10 miles. Along the Gulf Coast, Texas and the west coast of Florida enjoy state boundaries that extend nine miles into the sea, while Louisiana’s, Mississippi’s and Alabama’s control stops at three miles off their coasts.
“My bill is a simple matter of fairness for coastal states like Louisiana,” Vitter said. “The bill doesn’t only grant states’ rights to energy resources with additional property rights, it also gives them exclusive fishery management authority over reef fish within the new boundary.”
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By George Talbot
State Rep. Joe Mitchell, D-Mobile, had an outlandish exchange via email with a Jefferson County man who asked him and other lawmakers not to pass any laws that would restrict gun ownership.
Eddie Maxwell sent a mass email to state legislators at 10:54 p.m. on Jan. 27, warning them that even attempting to introduce a gun control bill was, in his opinion, a violation of state law.
Mitchell responded from his public, ALHouse.gov email account at 11:59 p.m., telling Maxwell: “Your folk never used all this sheit (sic) to protect my folk from your slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous, snaggle-toothed, backward-a**ed, inbreed (sic), imported criminal-minded kin folk.”
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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Four players for two-time defending national champion Alabama have been dismissed from school following their arrests after two robberies on campus.
University spokeswoman Deborah Lane said Wednesday that linebackers D.J. Pettway and Tyler Hayes, safety Eddie Williams and H-back Brent Calloway are no longer enrolled after a judicial review.
Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban had earlier said the players “are no longer associated with the football program.”
“Their actions do not reflect the spirit and character that we want our organization to reflect,” Saban said. “It’s obviously very disappointing and unacceptable what happened.
“I also think I’m really proud over the last five years that our team has done a very good job with their personal responsibility and how they’ve represented the university. Some people learn by words, some people learn by consequences, some people can’t learn.”
Pettway, Williams and Hayes are charged with two counts of second-degree robbery. Williams and Calloway, who was not accused in the robberies, are charged with fraudulent use of a credit card.
Williams confessed to robbing a student who was punched in the head and face and kicked in the ribs and back. He said Pettway and Hayes watched him commit another robbery from a nearby vehicle about an hour later, according to court documents.
Hayes, 18, admitted to participating in the first robbery and watching the second, court documents said.
MIDLAND CITY, AL (WSFA) -
After seven days with few developments in the case of a child hostage standoff in the southeast Alabama town of Midland City, authorities say the crisis has come to an end.
Details are limited at this moment, but State Representative Steve Clouse confirms that the child, identified only as “Ethan” is “okay”. The kidnapper, Jimmy Lee Dykes is said to be dead, though it’s not immediately known how Dykes died.
Reporters on scene reported hearing a loud explosion in the 3 p.m. hour Monday. An ambulance was seen leaving the scene but without emergency lights or sirens activated. It traveled to nearby Flowers Hospital in Dothan, according to RickeyStokesNews.com.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A vintage rocket engine built to blast the first U.S. lunar mission into Earth’s orbit more than 40 years ago is again rumbling across the Southern landscape.
The engine, known to NASA engineers as No. F-6049, was supposed to help propel Apollo 11 into orbit in 1969, when NASA sent Neil Armstrong and two other astronauts to the moon for the first time. The flight went off without a hitch, but no thanks to the engine – it was grounded because of a glitch during a test in Mississippi and later sent to the Smithsonian Institution, where it sat for years.
Now, young engineers who weren’t even born when Armstrong took his one small step are using the bell-shaped motor in tests to determine if technology from Apollo’s reliable Saturn V design can be improved for the next generation of U.S. missions back to the moon and beyond by the 2020s.
They’re learning to work with technical systems and propellants not used since before the start of the space shuttle program, which first launched in 1981.
Nick Case, 27, and other engineers at NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center on Thursday completed a series of 11 test-firings of the F-6049′s gas generator, a jet-like rocket which produces 30,000 pounds of thrust and was used as a starter for the engine. They are trying to see whether a second-generation version of the Apollo engine could produce even more thrust and be operated with a throttle for deep-space exploration.
MORGAN COUNTY, AL (WAFF) – A man and woman arrested for manufacturing methamphetamine in Morgan County, AL are also charged for a previous burglary in which authorities said they made themselves at home in a neighbor’s house, and that when the neighbor came home, they discovered the man inside naked.
The victim, who did not want to be identified, said she had been away caring for a sick friend.
On November 7, she returned to her home on Luker Road in the Cotaco community. She discovered someone had barricaded her front door, so she broke into her house.
Once inside, she found Dennis Fielder naked, holding his small dog, a Chihuahua.
via Naked burglar flees Alabama home with Chihuahua – WAFB 9 News Baton Rouge, Louisiana News, Weather, Sports.
Published on Nov 4, 2012 by Maggie Buckenmayer
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