Top Headlines: Dept. of Education selects virtual school provider, I-565 widening underway

Court restores Golden Flake fortune to 88-year-old heiress
The heiress to the Golden Flake potato chip empire is for now back in control of her fortune after a ruling Thursday by the Alabama Supreme Court. The court voided a 2019 probate order granting an emergency conservator that came after two employees claimed that 88-year-old Joann Bashinsky has dementia and is mentally unfit to handle her vast estate. — Time

Ala. Dept. of Education selects virtual school provider
The Alabama State Department of Education (ALSDE) has selected a company called SchoolsPLP to provide a statewide virtual learning option for K-12 students in the upcoming school year. — WBRE

Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office goes airborne with drones
Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office, Alabama, has announced it will incorporate drone technology into its operation for the purposes of public safety. The office has enlisted Adorama Business Solutions, a New York-based technology resource for corporate, educational, and government institutions, to help with the purchase and integration of the drones. — Commercial Drone Professional

Governors Coalition calls for increased Gulf oil and gas revenue sharing
The Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition has issued its support for increased revenue sharing and energy production on the OCS. Governor Kay Ivey is chairwoman of the five-state coalition. — Offshore Magazine

I-565 widening finally underway
Construction of additional lanes on I-565 finally underway, to relieve traffic stalls between Madison and Huntsville. — Construction Equipment Guide

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YMCA, food bank partner in Birmingham farm grown food relief
In partnership with the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, the YMCA of Greater Birmingham is implementing an initiative that provides fresh, healthy foods to those in need in the Birmingham community through drive-through distributions at eight YMCA facilities. — WBRC

National Cement in Ragland agrees to $148K fine from ADEM
The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has proposed a $148,000 fine against the National Cement Plant in Ragland, for mercury emissions. — Anniston Star

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