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
Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.
Selma, Alabama – Events are underway in Selma commemorating the historic voting rights Selma to Montgomery march in 1965.
It's called Bloody Sunday because marchers were beaten and attacked by Alabama State Troopers wielding dogs and tear gas as the marchers tried to cross the Edmund Pettus Bridge on March 7,1965.
The Reverend Jermiah Wright, the former minister of President Barack Obama, was guest speaker at the meeting held last night at Tabernacle Baptist Church, the site of the first mass meeting in Selma in 1963.
Montgomery, Alabama – The Reverend Jeremiah Wright is scheduled to speak at an event tonight kicking off an annual event in Selma commemorating Bloody Sunday.
Wright will speak at Tabernacle Baptist Church beginning at 5:30 p.m. You may recall that Wright,the former minister for President Barack Obama, grabbed national headlines during the Presidential election.
U.S. Attorney General Eric holder is scheduled to speak Sunday at two locations during the annual bridge Crossing Jubilee.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley's administration has launched a state Web site that details state spending, including contracts, leases and bids that have been awarded. Riley says the Web site (http://www.open.alabama.gov) is another step in bringing greater transparency to government spending. The site includes thousands of expenditures. The spending is not yet searchable by topic, but Riley says that feature will be added by Sept. 1. The Web site also provides links to other sites that provide
Huntsville, Alabama – (AP) - State Rep. Laura Hall has scored an easy victory in the Democratic primary to choose a new District 7 state senator, while attorney Sam Givhan led on the Republican side but was headed for a runoff. Hall took about 80 percent of the vote against Alabama A&M graduate student Anthony Daniels, the other Democratic candidate. There were six Republican candidates in the contest to succeed Democrat Parker Griffith of Huntsville, who won a congressional seat last November.