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Alabama's unemployment dropped slightly in May to 6.8 percent. The Alabama Department of Labor reports the May jobless rate was down from 6.9 percent in April. Three counties in the Black Belt region recorded the highest jobless numbers, Wilcox at 14.7, Perry at 12.6 and Dallas at 12.5 percent. Shelby County's unemployment rate of 4.3 percent in May was the lowest among the 67 counties.
A Montgomery man faces an arson charge in connection with a late night fire that heavily damaged an apartment on Woodley Road. AL.com reports police investigators arrested 30-year-old Antonio Tyson and charged him with first degree arson. Tyson reportedly confessed to setting the blaze in the 3000 block of Woodley Road. The fire caused an estimated $300,000 dollars in damage. No one was hurt.
The House defeated a five-year, nearly one-trillion dollar farm bill that would have cut more than $40 billion dollars from projected spending in farm and nutrition programs over the next ten years. Director of National Legislative Programs for the Alabama Farmer's Federation, Mitt Walker said the defeat was surprising. He believes the bill was derailed by the level of cuts to the nutrition program along with some late amendments to include work requirements. Lawmakers could push for an extension of the 2008 farm bill or negotiate a new bill and try again.