Since the retirement of the Space Shuttle program back in 2011, the US has been unable to send astronauts into space on their own. NASA has had to rely on Russia to get astronauts to the International Space Station, an arrangement that costs $70 million per seat. Today, the space agency announced the return of manned US space flights thanks to new partnerships with Boeing and SpaceX.
Mobile’s city council is considering an extension of the so called “penny” sales tax. The 1% increase was approved back in November of 2012 and was set to expire in July of 2015. Mayor Sandy Stimpson wants the tax extended for two months so that it will expire at the end of the fiscal year on September 30th. Some council members want the tax extended indefinitely.
The new US strategy to combat ISIS is apparently underway. The US conducted two airstrikes in Iraq on Sunday and Monday, aiding Iraqi forces in their fight against the terrorist network. The attacks represent some of the first strikes since President Obama announced an expanded effort to fight ISIS.
Two more of the nation’s top ten teams fell this week in college football. USC and Georgia were both dispatched in close contests, jettisoning them from the top ten. The top five teams held serve, keeping the top of the rankings unchanged from last week.
Just a few days after Bayfest announced the dropping of CeeLo Green from their lineup, a replacement has been chosen. The Roots will now be a headlining act at the event next month.
President Obama took to the airwaves tonight to outline the nation’s plan to deal with the terrorist group known as ISIS. The big bit of news in the speech was the president’s announcement that the US would not hesitate to strike ISIS positions in Syria. The US military is already carrying out airstrikes against the terror group in Iraq.
The Satsuma Police Department will soon become the first department in the area to wear body cameras. According to Fox 10 News, Satsuma will be getting 10 cameras, enough for officers on patrol, detectives, and the school resource officer.
Though many of the nation’s top teams faced week opponents in Week 2, there were a handful of competitive games. Two top ten teams fell, but other than that the rankings stayed basically the same.
A local fisherman was attacked by a shark this weekend at Dauphin Island. According to Fox 10 News, 43 year old Jamie Robson was bit on the leg while fishing the far west end of the island. The incident occurred around 1:00 PM on Saturday.