March 13,2009 – GENEVA, Ala. (AP) - The investigation into the life of the Alabama gunman that killed 10 people and then himself paints a troubling portrait of a depressed young man who couldn't hold a job. He was also a self-proclaimed survivalist who ordered instructional videos on how to commit violence. At a news conference last night, state law enforcement officials said Michael McLendon had talked recently about being depressed over failing to become a Marine or a police officer.
Montgomery, Alabama – SAMSON, Ala. (AP) - Authorities say the gunman who killed 10 people and committed suicide in a rampage across the Alabama countryside had struggled to keep a job and left behind lists of employers and co-workers he believed had wronged him. District Attorney Gary McAliley says the lists found in Michael McLendon's home included a metals plant that had forced him to resign years ago and where he ended up killing himself Tuesday to end the rampage. At a prayer service at First Baptist Church of Samson on
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's January unemployment rate soared to 7.8 percent. That's compared to December's rate of 6.5 percent. Alabama Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said January's figure represents 167,774 unemployed Alabamians. He said the state lost 40,700 jobs in January with most occurring in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. Wilcox County leads Alabama in unemployment for January with 19.5 percent, Chambers at 17.9 and Dallas at 17.3 percent. The