WVAS Local News

Apr 19, 2013

State labor officials say Alabama's unemployment rate held steady in March.  The unemployment rate last month was 7.2 percent, which is the same as March 2012.  The number of people with jobs grew by nearly 7,000 and there was only a slight increase in the number of unemployed. 


Democratic Legislators continue to beat the drum for Medicaid expansion in Alabama.  The group has made it the top priority for the current legislative session and has held periodic news conferences to press the issue.  The proposed Medicaid expansion would include adults 19 to 64 with family incomes up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level.  Governor Robert Bentley has said the state will not expand a "broken" system of Medicaid. 

Scottsboro Boys Pardon

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has signed a bill posthumously pardoning a group of black youths who were wrongfully convicted of raping two white women more than 80 years ago.  Bentley signed House Joint Resolution 20, formally exonerating the nine boys who ranged from 13 to 19-years-old.  The ceremony was held at the Scottsboro Boys Museum and Cultural Center.  Bentley says the state can't take back what happened, but can make it right moving forward.  He said the bill was the result of a bipartisan effort.