Statewide

Alabama's Unemployment Rates Remains at 6 Percent

Alabama Department of Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington announced today that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted June unemployment rate is 6.0%, unchanged from May’s revised rate of 6.0%, and below June 2015’s rate of 6.1%. June’s rate represents 130,349 unemployed persons, compared to 132,019 in… continue reading ›

Alabama Snack Foods Company Announces Merger

Two well-known snack food companies are merging. Utz quality foods of Hanover, Pennsylvania is buying Birmingham, Alabama based Golden Enterprises, Inc., which is the owner of the popular Golden Flake brand snack chips. Golden Enterprises CEO Mark McCutcheon says the… continue reading ›

Candidates Vie for Mike Hubbard's House Seat

Four Republicans are running for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard's legislative seat. The Alabama Republican Party announced Friday that Jay Conner, Joe Lovvorn, Brett Smith and Sandy Toomer had qualified to run for the Lee County House seat. No Democrats… continue reading ›

State College Merger Postponed

Officials say the proposed merger of three two-year colleges in eastern Alabama is being postponed indefinitely. According to the Opelika-Auburn News, the decision was announced Thursday during a conference call for workers at Southern Union State Community College, Chattahoochee Valley… continue reading ›

Bentley Not Going to GOP Convention

In a different year, Republican Alabama Governor Robert Bentley would have packed his bags and be on his way to Cleveland for next week's Republican National Convention. Bentley endorsed John Kasich as "the only grownup in the room" early in… continue reading ›

Alabama Coal Executive Dies

The chairman and chief executive of the Birmingham-based Drummond Co. Inc., Garry Neil Drummond, has died. A statement issued by the coal company says Drummond died Wednesday in Birmingham. He was 78. The cause of death wasn't disclosed. Drummond's father… continue reading ›

Alabama Anti-Abortion Laws Blocked

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of new Alabama abortion restrictions banning clinics near schools and outlawing a common second trimester abortion procedure. U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson on Wednesday issued an order to delay… continue reading ›

Lawyer Pleads Guilty in Alabama Sorority Scam

A South Carolina lawyer has pleaded guilty to bank fraud in a scam involving a $14 million sorority house at the University of Alabama. Prosecutors say 39-year-old Jennifer Elizabeth Meehan of Sandy Springs, South Carolina, pleaded guilty Tuesday to submitting… continue reading ›

Alabama Ranks #3 in Fire Deaths

Fifty-Five Alabamians have died in fires so far in 2016, continuing the state's reputation as one of the worst in the nation. The latest death came in Montgomery County when a 17-year-old boy was critically injured last week. He died… continue reading ›