Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate jumped to 9.8 percent for May. The April rate had been 9.0 percent. The state Department of Industrial Relations says May's figure represents nearly 209,000 unemployed people. Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said Friday the nation is still gripped in a serious recession and Alabama is not immune from its effects. Counties with the lowest unemployment were Shelby at 6.6 percent, Madison at 6.9 percent, and Coffee at 7.4 percent. The
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – (AP) - A federal appeals court has ruled against former HealthSouth CEO Richard Scrushy's challenge to a $445 million settlement in 2006 between the health rehabilitation company and some of its investors. A three-judge panel of the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday denied Scrushy's claim that the settlement should have left open the possibility of HealthSouth paying his legal bills or reimbusing him for anything he is ordered to pay investors.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police say more arrests are probable in the weekend death of a Montgomery teenager.
25 year old Peter Mungro and 17 year old Marvin Gaston are charged with capital murder in the death of 19 year old Terrance Ponder.
Ponder was fatally wounded Saturday night when he and the driver of the vehicle in which he rode were engaged in a shootout with occupants of another vehicle traveling on the Boulevard near Narrow Lane road late Saturday night.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - About 3,500 students are in the Birmingham area this week to compete in the 2009 National Forensic League's speech and debate tournament. Students at the weeklong event are expected to debate about controversial issues, from politics to current events.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Officials say city inspectors have ticketed 85 people in the first eight days of enforcing a new Montgomery ordinance against parking cars in the front yard. The $50 fines can be appealed but photos of the violations are kept on file and will be shown to municipal court judges who hear contested cases. Montgomery officials said the goal is not to raise revenue but to discourage people from parking in front yards. City Councilman Charles Smith sponsored the ordinance and said
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama has been ranked second in a national study on gun deaths per capita. The five states topping the list were Louisiana, Alabama, Alaska, Mississippi and Nevada, according to the Violence Policy Center. The study looked at states with high gun ownership coupled with what it called weak gun laws. In states that fit that definition, gun death rates far exceed the national rate of 10.32 per 100,000 residents, according to data from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery police are investigating the capital city's latest homicide.
19 year old Terrance Ponder is dead after being shot in his head and back. Police believe Ponder and another teenaged man were shot during a shootout that happened while the victims and the suspects were driving on the West South Boulevard Saturday night.