Alabama's unemployment rate is at its lowest figure in nearly five years. According to the state Labor Department, the state's jobless rate in July fell to 6.3 percent. In June, it was 6.5 percent. The July unemployment rate represents about 135,000 people looking for work, that's down by 5,000 people from the previous month. Alabama's Black Belt regions remains saddled with high unemployment, Wilcox County at 16.3 percent; Perry County at 14.7 percent and Dallas County at 14.4 percent. Shelby County recorded the lowest unemployment rate at 4.2 percent.
Investigators have recovered the flight recorders from the wreckage of a UPS jet that crashed at Birmingham's airport, killing two pilots. National Transportation Safety Board spokesman Eric Weiss says the devices were found but declined to elaborate. Investigators had been combing the tail section of the plane, which is where the recorders are usually located. The two devices could hold key evidence about what happened as the jet was attempting to land in Birmingham early Wednesday. The plane slammed into a hillside just short of the runway.
Governor Bentley will throw out the first pitch during the opening ceremony of the Babe Ruth World Series in Andalusia. Bentley will participate in the opening ceremony to wrap up his visit to Andalusia today as he continues his Road to Economic Recovery Tour of the state.
Federal Aviation officials are searching for clues in the deadly crash of UPS cargo jet near the Birmingham airport. Officials said the pilot and co-pilot were killed. The incident happened before 6 a.m. as the A-300 Jetliner was preparing to land. Packages and debris scattered the grass field near the Birmingham-Shuttleworth International Airport.
An airport spokeswoman says the large UPS cargo plant that crashed went down in an open field just outside an airport in Birmingham. A spokeswoman for Birmingham's airport authority said there are no homes in the immediate area of the crash. A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman said the A-300 jetliner crashed this morning around 5 a.m.
Montgomery firefighters took about 30 minutes to put out a fire Tuesday morning at the Dreamland Barbeque restaurant. District Fire Chief Ronnie Bozeman said the fire started in the barbeque pit, but was contained to the smoke stack. There were no injuries.
Montgomery Police are investigating the city's 35th murder of the year. Emergency personnel were called to the 3400 block of Crescent Road at about 10:30 Sunday night where they found 19-year-old Dontavious McCall with a gunshot wound. He was taken to Baptist Medical Center South and later pronounced dead. No word on the circumstances surrounding the shooting and no arrests at this time. Police ask anyone with information on this homicide to call CrimeStoppers at 215-STOP, the Secret Witness Line at 262-4000 or the Montgomery Police Department at 625-2831.
Many Alabama sheriffs are seeking more young people ages 18 to 20 seeking permits to carry concealed handguns now that a state gun law makes it tougher to deny them. The Alabama Sheriff's Association's Executive Bobby Timmons said sheriffs could ignore a pistol permit application in the past if they thought someone was too immature to get one. But that changed under the new law that went into effect on August 1st.
The Montgomery Police Department unveiled the newest addition to its fleet Thursday. MPD will be replacing its Ford Crown Victoria sedans with 27 new Chevrolet Tahoes. Criminal Investigations Commander Bryan Jurkofsky said he believes MPD has made the best possible decision with these new vehicles. MPD will slowly phase the Crown Victoria sedans out over the next few years.