Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:47 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:47:11 GMT
- May 31 at 2 p.m., the ASU Honey Beez will debut on nationwide TV!- Free & open to the public! WHEN: Friday, May 31, at 2 p.m.WHERE: ASU's J. Garrick Hardy Student Center, near the Dunn-Oliver AcadomeMore >>
On Friday May 31st the ASU the Honey Beez, the University's plus-sized dance team, will make their national television debut on the Steve Harvey Show. To celebrate ASU will hold a watch party on May 31st at 2pm in the new J. Garrick Hardy Student Center located near the Dunn-Oliver Acadome & Shuttlesworth Dining Hall. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:46 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:46:27 GMT
Residents in tornado-stricken Moore, OK, await news on missing love ones Tuesday, a day after a massive tornado devastated the city, killing at least 51. Rescuers worked all night, with particular attentionMore >>
The tornado, with winds up to 200 mph, cut a 20-mile stretch as wide as two miles through the Oklahoma City metro area. The medical examiner's office reported 24 people died, including nine children. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:45:54 GMT
From the Alabama Department of Public Health: The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and the Houston County Health Department, in consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,More >>
Two Alabama residents have died from a respiratory illness that doctors and health officials have been unable to explain. Five more from Alabama have been hospitalized. More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 1:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 17:45:45 GMT
You can help those affected by the deadly, severe weather that hit Oklahoma Monday. Over the weekend, Missouri, Iowa, Kasas and Illinois also experienced severe weather.The American Red Cross is acceptingMore >>
Learn how you can help victims of severe weather recover in the Plains States...More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:54 PM EDT2013-05-21 16:54:16 GMT
Desmonte Leonard the man accused of murdering three people in Auburn last summer will have a status hearing on October 15th. At the last meeting both parties had expressed intentions to meet in AugustMore >>
Desmonte Leonard, the man accused of murdering three people in Auburn last summer still has no expectation on when he will go to trial.More >>
HOMEWOOD, AL (WBRC) -
Hurricane Isaac will not drown out a banner year for Alabama's tourist industry, according to state officials.
There was a great deal of fear that Hurricane Isaac would hit Alabama's Gulf Coast hard and leave it damaged. In Homewood today, Alabama Tourism Director Lee Sentell says Alabama was fortunate.
"The tourism people and officials in Orange Beach have been through it so many events. I think they were prepared for it and it turned out to be a nonevent," Sentell said.
Restaurant owners in Gulf Shores are hoping tourists will make this a big Labor Day weekend.
"Our schedule is still intact. We are planning to have a big Labor Day and it's important that the people who are planning to come here keep their plans," Brad Cohen with The Hangout said.
Sentell spoke to the Homewood Rotary Club Thursday where he unveiled new television commercials promoting the state.
"This has been a record year. Not only for the Gulf Coast but statewide as well. It has been the strongest economic tourism year for the tourism industry," Sentell said.
A big contributing factor was delaying the start of the Alabama school year for two weeks. Still Homewood Rep. Paul DeMarco is pushing a bill to allow local school systems to set their own start dates.
"We want to encourage tourism in our state but when it comes to education each local school system should have the final say," DeMarco said.
Sentell says it's up to the state legislature to decide when the schools will start but he admits delaying the start of school has been a major plus.
"The projection was for every two weeks you add to summer there is at least $30 million for education that is going to," Sentell said.