Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment has gone into double digits and is at its highest mark in 25 years. The state Department of Industrial Relations reported Friday that Alabama's rate rose to 10.1 percent for June. The rate had been 9.8 percent in May. Alabama's rate for June was higher than the national measure of 9.5 percent. The last time Alabama had unemployment as high as 10.1 percent was May, June and July of 1984. State Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Alabama's
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – (AP) - Republicans have picked up another seat in the Alabama House. Republican businessman Phil Williams defeated Democrat Jenny Askins in a special election for the House District 6 seat in Madison County on Tuesday. Williams carried 60 percent of the vote and will replace Democratic Rep. Sue Schmitz. She was automatically removed from office after being convicted on federal fraud charges earlier this year. It was the GOP's second legislative victory of the summer in
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Birmingham police are investigating the shooting death of a man who robbed a store and then exchanged gunfire with a store clerk. Police said the robber suffered multiple gunshot wounds and died at the scene outside Vineyard Food Market. Police Sgt. Johnny Williams Jr. said shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday a man with a gun robbed the store and that a clerk followed him outside where they started shooting at each other.
Camden, Ala. – (AP) - Wilcox County sheriff's deputies have found a missing Montgomery woman who has Alzheimers. Police say 70-year-old Frances Baker was found in Camden on Tuesday walking through a neighborhood. She was last seen leaving her residence on Wares Ferry Road in Montgomery about 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Her white 2000 Pontiac Montana van was found in a ditch. Montgomery police said she was taken to a hospital for possible dehydration. ---
Birmingham,Alabama – (AP) - The deadline has arrived for Alabama cities and counties to notify the state if they plan to participate in exempting shoppers from sales taxes on back-to-school purchase made from Aug. 7-9. Despite the recession, most Birmingham-area governments will participate. The holiday, enacted in 2006 to coincide with the beginning of school, exempts shoppers from the state's 4 percent sales tax and cities and counties also may exempt their local sales taxes.
Montgomery,Alabama – (AP) - State Agriculture Commissioner Ron Sparks is unveiling a major part of his platform in his Democratic campaign for governor. Sparks' campaign says he will announce plans Thursday morning to guarantee advanced education for every child, reduce taxes, increase funding for Medicaid and education, create a disaster relief fund for agriculture, and eliminate illegal gambling in Alabama. Sparks' announcement is scheduled for his Montgomery campaign headquarters at 11 a.m.