Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Days of torrential rain have apparently claimed one life in Alabama and forced about three dozen residents to flee their homes or be rescued from vehicles on washed out roads. Etowah County Sheriff Todd Entrekin said a dive team recovered the body of 22-year-old James Dale Leigh of the Sand Valley community from a pond on Monday. Witnesses said he drowned when a portion of the pond's rain-soaked bank collapsed while he was walking on it. Bibb County emergency management director Wayne Hayes also said
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Gov. Bob Riley says Alabama will offer a compromise in its ongoing dispute with a federal agency over claims that the state has been receiving too much federal money for the program. Riley made the remark on Monday after meeting with the director of the federal Center for Medicaid and State Operations. The federal government argues Alabama was overpaid by up to $300 million during the past four years to finance its Medicaid program. The dispute centers on how Alabama calculates its share of the cost
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - More than 25,000 first-time homebuyers in Alabama have claimed the federal tax credit offered under the economic stimulus program. The IRS, which announced the latest figures Thursday, said Alabama ranked 20th in the number claiming the tax credit. The program ends Dec. 1. It offers a tax credit of 10 percent of the purchase price - with a maximum credit of $8,000 - to homebuyers with qualifying income levels who have never bought a home or have not owned one in the last three years.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Jefferson County employees may have to continue working just 32 hours a week indefinitely. County officials said Thursday they are considering extending the shortened workweek for all employees to help cut spending. Most county employees were switched from a 40-hour week to a 32-hour week over the summer to make up for the loss of occupational tax revenue. The payroll cut plus unpaid leave for hundreds of workers helped trim $75 million from the county's budget, but sales tax revenues remain slow.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate continues to rise. The Alabama Department of Industrial Relations released statistics Friday showing the state's jobless rate rose to 10.4 percent in August. That matches a high last hit in 1984. It is up from 10.2 percent in July, and it's higher than the comparable national unemployment rate of 9.7 percent. The August rate represents more than 217,309 unemployed people in Alabama, and it's twice as high as the 5.2 percent unemployment in August just a eyar ago.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama's infant mortality rate is declining but is still one of the worst in the nation. Statistics released Wednesday by the Alabama Department of Public Health show that in 2008, there were 9.5 deaths for every 1,000 live births in the state, down from 10 deaths per 1,000 in 2007. The numbers show a significant jump in infant mortality rates among Hispanics - from 7.3 deaths per 1,000 live births to 8.9. Assistant State Health Officer Tom Miller says access to
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - A Talladega man who shot four people, one of them fatally, when he was 15 in Westgate will spend 28 years in prison. Circuit Judge Bo Hollingsworth sentenced Cartravious Collins, now 18, Wednesday. Collins has already given notice of his intent to appeal. He was charged with the murder of Chelsei Embry, the attempted murder of LaToya Monique Embry, and assault in the second degree of Jalysa and Kaylon Embry. A jury convicted him for the lesser
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Montgomery police have arrested an 86-year-old they believe shot a woman in the head after she stole money from his home. James Murphy was charged with murder Wednesday in the death of 48-year-old Dorothy Webster. Montgomery police found Webster about 11 a.m. Wednesday lying on the front porch of Murphy's home. She was pronounced dead at the scene. According to police, Webster came to Murphy's house and was allowed inside to use the restroom. While inside , police say Webster allegedly stole $41.