Montgomery, AL – The National Transportation Safety Board has released a preliminary report on a helicopter crash that killed one Federal Aviation Administration employee and critically injured another. Preliminary reports, however, don't speculate on the cause of crashes. It could be months before officials say why the chopper went down in a Jackson neighborhood Sept. 1. The report says there was communication with an air traffic controller while the pilots practiced maneuvers at a Jackson
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A jury in Selma has convicted a Georgia man of capital murder in a 2004 case and will hear evidence in the penalty phase of the trial. It could recommend the death penalty. The jury convicted Quante Rice on Thursday in the shooting death of 37-year-old Morris Hatcher after deliberating for an hour. Hatcher was shot to death at a car wash in Selma. Police said Rice had arrived in a car stolen in the Atlanta area. A witness identified Rice, who was from College Park, Ga., as the man who shot Hatcher.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama education officials say they expect to interview finalists as soon as early October for the vacant position of chancellor of the state's two-year college system. Martha Simmons, spokeswoman for the two-year-system, says the Alabama State Board of Education-Postsecondary Education was expected to receive a list of applicants on Thursday from the organization that has been assisting the state in the search for a chancellor. She says the system has received 15 applications for the
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - State health officials say a woman in her 50s in Dale County in southeast Alabama has died as a result of swine flu. Alabama Department of Public Health officials said Thursday there have now been a total of eight deaths in Alabama attributed to the virus. Officials said the death shows the need for Alabama residents to take precautions such as washing hands to prevent the spread of the virus and to be immunized for both seasonal and H1N1 influenza when vaccine becomes available.
Washington – (AP) - The House has voted to provide another 13 weeks of unemployment benefits to workers in those states hardest hit by the prolonged economic downturn. The Washington Democrat who sponsored the bill, Rep. Jim McDermott, says it could help more than 300,000 jobless workers expected to lose their unemployment compensation by the end of September. The legislation, if also approved by the Senate, could also prevent more than 1 million in danger of exhausting their benefits by the end of the year.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The death toll has reached 10 from floodwaters in Georgia and Alabama with the report of a sixth death in a county west of Atlanta. Douglas County spokesman Wes Tallon on Wednesday said the latest victim in the suburban county was a man whose car appeared to have been washed off the road near a creek Tuesday night. Portions of Interstate 20 west of Atlanta remained closed to commuter traffic Wednesday morning, but other major highways that had been closed Tuesday because of high water had reopened.