Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Secretary of State Beth Chapman says she's seriously considering running for lieutenant governor in 2010. Chapman says she will make a decision by June 1 on whether to enter the Republican race. If she doesn't, she says she will seek a second term as secretary of state. The former chairman of the political science department at the University of Alabama, William Stewart, says Chapman would be a formidable candidate because of her experience in state government
Montgomery, Alabama – It was a tragic scene Sunday in a Dalraida apartment, two women and a man lay dead of gunshot wounds and three young children were inside the residence.
Montgomery Police say it appears 29-year-old Salatho Brown killed 32-year-old La Tonya Wilkins-Harvest,the woman with whom he live. Police allege Brown also shot and killed Wilkins-Harvest's mother, 52 year old Marthella Wilkins. Police say Brown then turned the gun upon himself.
Three children, ages 13, 11, and 7 were inside the apartment but were not injured.
Montgomery, Alabama – While many state employees are enjoying a day off on this President's Day, workers at Alabama's Employment Centers are reporting for duty.
Alabama Department of Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees says residents may call in or visit on line if they are seeking jobs and/or unemployment compensation. The number to call is -866-234-5382. The website address is www.dir.alabama.gov.
Alabama's unemployment rate is 6.7 percent;it is the highest rate in more than 15 years.
Montgomery, Alabama – Alabama is on tap to receive money from the economic stimulus plan, while the amount that each state will receive has not been finalized, Governor Bob Riley has decided who will oversee Alabama's spending of the money.
The governor is paying $195 per hour through an emergency contract for Drayton Nabers and David Perry, both attorneys with a Birmingham law firm, for two months of work.
Nabers was Riley's state finance director from 2003 to 2004. Perry was an assistant finance director in 2003-2004.