Dothan, Alabama – (AP) - A letter released by investigators shows the man blamed for last month's killing spree in south Alabama wanted people to pay for making him and his mother suffer. In the letter obtained by the Dothan Eagle, 28-year-old Michael McLendon wrote that he fatally shot his mother while she slept because she was sick, perhaps with lung cancer. He wrote that he killed her dogs, too, because she wanted to die with the animals. Authorities say McLendon fatally shot 10 people before killing
Montgomery, Alabama – Two area teachers are among four finalist being recognized for their hard work education area children.
Wetumpka High School's Virginia Vilardi and Yung Thi Bui-Kinser of Booker T. Washington magnet High School are being considered for the title of Alabama Teacher of the Year.
Kinser and Vilardi join representatives from the Hoover City and Calhoun County school systems in the bid for the title. The Alabama Teacher of the Year will be announced at an awards ceremony on may 13,2009.
Talladega, Alabama – (AP) - PETA is taking on what it describes as a new affront to animals: NASCAR fans doing the chicken dance. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals asked Guinness World Records Inc. on Monday to ignore an attempt to set a world record for the largest group chicken dance at the Talladega Superspeedway, site of the Aaron's 499 race on Sunday. The reason? KFC is the sponsor of the record attempt, and the animal rights group says the fast-food company is cruel to chickens.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate rose to 9 percent in March, which is the highest rate in more than 22 years. The last time Alabama hit 9.0 percent was in November 1986. The state Department of Industrial Relations says the March rate is up from 8.4 percent in February. It compares to a national rate of 8.5 percent. The March rate is more than double the 4.3 percent Alabama recorded a year ago. The March rate represents more than 193,000 unemployed Alabamians.