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Mobile, AL, United States

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Past articles by Lawrence:

Mobile-based Bay Steel Corp. relocating, expanding

Company shifting based from Port to Theodore area. → Read More

Arkema celebrates expansion of Mobile-area plant

The new unit in Axis produces a next-generation plastic said to be stronger and lighter than aluminum. → Read More

Mobile-based Xante hands out $1,200 bonus checks, citing tax cuts

Mobile-based Xante Corp. handed out $1,200 bonus checks to most of its employees on Monday, as its CEO gave thanks to a Republican tax reform bill and Rep. Bradley Byrne. → Read More

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos tours classrooms in Mobile, likes what she sees

President Donald Trump's secretary of education, Betsy DeVos, covered a lot of ground Thursday in a tour of Mobile, dropping in on students ranging from grade-schoolers to adults learning to weld and shape metal for jobs in the shipbuilding industry. → Read More

Report: After Alabama conviction, scammer went to work for FBI

In 2006, he pleaded guilty to scamming a Mobile mosque. Then he was released early because he purportedly was helping the government pursue terrorists. Now it's alleged that he continued to run wire scams after his release, even while serving as an FBI informant. → Read More

Alabama's first charter school filling student, staff rosters

It's not too late to enroll in Alabama's first charter school, but the number of open seats is dwindling. → Read More

Alabama animator helps Disney with 'Moana,' 'the most beautiful film we've ever made'

Disney is calling families to theaters this Thanksgiving weekend with its latest animated feature, "Moana," and an animator from Mobile had a big hand in the project and the look of its titular heroine. → Read More

Former GulfQuest director argues city debt crippled museum; Stimpson, Jones disagree

Former GulfQuest director Tony Zodrow alleges the museum hit hard times because Mobile owed it more than $2 million. Past and current city officials say the debt never existed -- but Zodrow's account still illustrates an intense, months-long discussion that preceded the shutdown of the museum. → Read More

See an octopus pick the Iron Bowl

The Crimson Tide is undefeated. But on the other tentacle, the Auburn Tigers have looked strong at times, and there's a history of upsets ... → Read More

BASF's $200 million expansion plan includes boost for McIntosh plant

Citing increased industrial demand, German chemical company BASF has announced plans to expand capacity at its plant in McIntosh, Ala. → Read More

New hardware to help investigators keep tabs on sex offenders

Mobile County investigators got some new hardware on Monday that officials say will make it easier to keep tabs on sex offenders in and around Mobile. → Read More

Music, charity, service: Jake Peavy rocks Veterans Day

"There's nothing in life worth having if you can't share it with other people," baseball ace Jake Peavy said Thursday evening on the stage of a hometown music hall. And Peavy had a lot to share. → Read More

Pass a Mobile school bus, get a $300 fine

In the near future, some lucky Mobile County drivers will open their mail to find $300 traffic tickets, courtesy of a high-tech camera system designed to improve safety for kids on school buses. And those citations likely will be a sign of things to come across the state. → Read More

Fanfare and Fantasy as cruise terminal reopens for business

Mobile's cruise terminal officially opened for business Wednesday morning, with a cruise ship at the dock and cruisers at the gate – Not to mention Azalea Trail maids, Chief Slac and a host of elected officials. → Read More

Baldwin, Mobile results: Hudson retains commission seat; Baldwin likes golf carts

Heavy voter turnout led to slow results Tuesday evening in Mobile, but it appeared Connie Hudson had a commanding lead in her bid to retain the District 2 County Commission seat. → Read More

Stimpson to Mobile council: 'It's very important that GulfQuest succeed'

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson, speaking Tuesday to the Mobile City Council, reiterated his position that it's best for the city to find a way to revitalize the troubled GulfQuest museum. → Read More

Shooting victim dies; 38th homicide case for Mobile in 2016

A man found shot on Nov. 2 has died, meaning the Mobile Police Department is investigating the city's 38th homicide of 2016. → Read More

Fuse Factory: 'This is the future of Mobile'

Ambitious entrepreneurs in need of a space to get their ideas off the ground can find a home in business incubators and co-working spaces tailored for their needs. Now Mobilians aiming to launch new nonprofit organizations have one of their own. → Read More

Outgoing Navy secretary Mabus celebrates Austal workforce

"The future ought to be bright for Austal," outgoing Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus said Friday during a visit to Austal's shipyard in Mobile. → Read More

Body found at historic Mobile cemetery prompts homicide investigation

The Mobile Police Department is investigating a homicide involving the body of a man found Thursday morning on the premises of the historic Church Street Graveyard. → Read More