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.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Alabama Department of Corrections hopes drilling for oil on prison property can ease some of its financial woes. Prison Commissioner Richard Allen announced Tuesday that the department has signed a five-year contract with Foote Oil & Gas Properties of Gulf Shores to explore for oil near the G.K. Fountain Correctional Center in South Alabama. The cash-strapped department has already received $400,000, plus a guarantee of 25 percent royalties and a $300 bonus per acre on
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Mercedes-Benz will cut 200 jobs at its Vance plant by the end of the year, bringing the work force to about 2,800 people for 2010. Felyicia Jerald, spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, says the operational change comes as the company tries to match production with expected market conditions. The first reduction started in October 2008 when Mercedes offered its employees buyouts and early retirements. About 1,000 workers left during the next several months as a result of that reduction.
Birmingham, AL – (AP) - Congressman Artur Davis is targeting the church crowd and football fans with commercials for his Democratic campaign for governor. Davis' campaign said Monday it has started running its first broadcast commercial for next year's election. The ad is airing on urban and gospel stations in southeast Alabama. And it's in particularly heavy play during high school football broadcasts. The ad is aimed at telling the story of Davis' upbringing in Montgomery and his plans for addressing high school dropouts and
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Hurricane Ivan is recalled by weather experts as the most powerful storm to approach the Gulf of Mexico from the southeast when it took aim at the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts in September of 2004. It hit the rare Category 5 status three times. It killed nearly 100 people. With damages of more than $14 billion, it is still the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Yet as its fifth anniversary arrives Wednesday, many who survived its devastation say they feel it is now America's