Latest Alabama AP News Nov 18: Dolphin Killings along Gulf Coast

By: AP
By: AP

GULFPORT, Miss. (AP) -- Authorities are investigating several attacks on dolphins in the northern Gulf of Mexico after some were found with gunshot wounds, cuts and missing jaws.
The Sun Herald reports that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a "heads up" directive. That puts officials on alert for an increase in human interaction with dolphins in the waters across Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.
Authorities say cases of gunshot wounds, mutilations and other injuries have been detected.
Scientists from the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport have responded to four dolphin strandings. And on Friday, a team went to Deer Island and found a second dolphin dead with a portion of his jaw missing.
A dolphin found dead earlier near Gautier had a 9mm bullet wound.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- State Sen. Vivian Davis Figures will make history for Alabama women in 2013. The Mobile senator's fellow Democrats have chosen her to begin a two-year term as minority leader in February, a first for either the Senate or the House.

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) -- Attorney General Luther Strange says BP's decision to plead guilty to criminal charges related to the Gulf oil spill strengthens the state's standing in pursuing a civil case. Alabama and Louisiana have filed lawsuits against BP for economic and environmental damage.

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) -- U.S. Senator Richard Shelby says Republican candidate Mitt Romney lost the presidential election because the GOP got beaten in the ground game. Shelby told a Republican Men's Club on Saturday that Republicans failed to get their voters to the polls. He also said the party needs to broaden its base and reach out to minority groups.

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