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.
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