Talladega, Alabama – (AP) - PETA is taking on what it describes as a new affront to animals: NASCAR fans doing the chicken dance. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Guinness World Records Inc. on Monday to ignore an attempt to set a world record for the largest group chicken dance at the Talladega Superspeedway, site of the Aaron's 499 race on Sunday. The reason? KFC is the sponsor of the record attempt, and the animal rights group says the fast-food company is cruel to chickens.
Montgomery, Alabama – It has taken almost ten years, but the Alabama Department of Transportation is preparing to begin cleaning up contaminate water found in groundwater in a community near Coliseum Boulevard.
The 4.7 MILLION dollar project will cover an area of about 41 acres. Officials are clearing away low concentrations of trichloroethylene or TCE which is a common solvent for asphalt testing.
Low concentrations of TCE were discovered almost ten years ago when construction site tests were conducted for a potential fast food restaurant.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in March, which is the highest rate in more than 22 years. The last time Alabama hit 9.0 percent was in November 1986. The state Department of Industrial Relations says the March rate is up from 8.4 percent in February. It compares to a national rate of 8.5 percent. The March rate is more than double the 4.3 percent Alabama recorded a year ago. The March rate represents more than 193,000 unemployed Alabamians.
Montgomery, Alabama – Republican U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions says he supports the Obama administration's focus on Afghanistan and lowering U.S. troop levels in Iraq.
Sessions, who serves on the Senate Armed Forces Committee, has just returned from a trip to the Middle East.
Sessions says America will "muddle through" the current economic downturn. He was critical of the economic stimulus plan because he believes it would grow the national deficit which has surged to $1.8 trillion.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - The president pro tem of the Alabama Senate, Democrat Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, says he won't run for Congress next year. Smitherman had considered the 7th Congressional District seat being vacated by Democrat Artur Davis of Birmingham. But he announced Thursday in Montgomery that he needs to focus on his state duties during difficult economic times. Smitherman said the challenges facing the state are monumental, and he accepted the position of Senate president pro tem in