Health and Medical
The character of South Alabama is largely determined by its proximity to the Gulf of Mexico: even the landlocked eastern three-quarters, cut off from the Gulf by the panhandle of Florida, is a region of gently-rising, sandy land drained by many winding, slow-moving streams. The area was not considered very good for agriculture, and so remained sparsely settled until late in the 19th century, by which time much of the native pine forest had been cut down. But the soil proved to be ideal for raising peanuts, and today the largest town in the region, Dothan, bills itself as the Peanut Capital of the World.
But it's the other corner of the region that is the best known: the area of Mobile Bay and the Gulf beaches. The city of Mobile was the first capital of French Louisiana, after its founding in 1702, and it shares much in common with the present state of Louisiana...including Mardi Gras. Mobile's first Mardi Gras "krewe" (a formally organized carnival club) dates to 1830--27 years before the first comparable organization in New Orleans.
Mobile shares much more in common with New Orleans, from its architecture (French, Spanish, and American) to its cuisine (heavily dependent on seafood) to its climate (hot and rainy in summer, but gloriously mild throughout most of the winter).
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Jul 21, 2017 4:56 am
The wait for thrill-seekers is over as the Park at OWA officially opens Friday. It's expected to bring in thousands of visitors and create hundreds of jobs in Baldwin County. FOX 10 News Rep...
Jul 20, 2017 11:39 pm
It's the latest development in the heated debate over police body camera video in the city of Mobile.
Jul 20, 2017 10:00 pm
Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey marked her 101st day in office with a press conference saying she is proud of the work her fledgling administration has done "to steady the ship of state" but offering ...
Jul 20, 2017 5:24 pm
State driver license offices are open but transactions could be slowed because of continued difficulties after a software upgrade.
Jul 20, 2017 3:49 pm
The meaning is clear: You don’t send your child to school, then expect to spend time in Metro Jail.
Jul 20, 2017 2:43 pm
A Baltimore officer's police powers have been suspended after defense attorneys released a body camera video that they said shows an officer planting drugs.
Jul 20, 2017 2:24 pm
A new study claims that the more children are spanked, the more likely they will develop mental health problems.
Jul 20, 2017 1:04 pm
Police say 50 percent of a 1-year-old child's body was burned by hot water in an Alabama home.
Jul 20, 2017 12:58 pm
The family of an American baby born premature in Mexico said the infant is back home after being held at a hospital in Cancun due to a growing medical bill.
Jul 20, 2017 12:36 pm
An Alabama man featured in the hit podcast "S-Town" is scheduled to go on trial in October on charges related to events in the story.
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