Mobile County, Ala. declares state of emergency

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) - The Mobile County Commission has declared a state of emergency because of the threat from the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The commission called a special meeting Friday morning to make the declaration.

Commissioner Stephen Nodine said the spill could take years to clean up if it reaches the Alabama coast.

The commissioners also took steps that allow them to hire temporary workers and use volunteers during an emergency.

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