6:26pm

Mon March 17, 2014
WVAS Local

Alabama's Unemployment

Alabama's latest unemployment rate is unchanged at 6.1 percent.  The Department of Labor says the preliminary jobless rate for January was the same as the December 2013 rate.  The unemployment rate of 6.1 percent represents 130,444 people without jobs.  The rate is down considerably from a year earlier.  The jobless rate for January 2013 was 6.7 percent. 

Highway Crash

Authorities say a Prattville man has died after a head-on crash on the Birmingham Highway.  Police say 59-year Timothy Carpenter was driving on the wrong side of the road in a 2003 Chevrolet Malibu on Monday morning when he hit another car.  The driver of that vehicle is being treated for non-life threatening injuries.  Police say the crash is under investigation. 

Synthetic Drugs Bill

Lawmakers are trying to keep up with the makers of synthetic drugs by passing legislation each session to make various compounds illegal.  Republican Representative Alan Farley of McCalla is carrying the bill in the House.  The bill also raises the requisite weight for trafficking.  Senator Arthur Orr is sponsoring the bill in the Senate.  It has passed both houses and now goes to the governor.