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Alabama's unemployment rate is holding steady.  State officials said the July jobless rate was 4.1 percent, mirroring June’s rate.

It is higher than the national unemployment rate of 3.9 percent; the Alabama Department of Labor says the number of people working is at a record high, citing more than 2.1 million people are now working in the state.

Shelby County has the state's lowest unemployment rate at 3.1 percent, followed by Cullman County at 3.5 percent.

Wilcox County had the highest unemployment rate at 11.2 percent. Clarke County followed at 9.1 percent.

   It’s been a deadly week on Central Alabama roadways. Three more people were killed over the last two days. On Wednesday, State Troopers say a pedestrian was hit by an SUV on U-S Highway 82 in Bullock County. It happened at around 11 pm approximately six miles east of Union Springs. The man was taken to a local hospital but died a short time later. He’s been identified as 39 year old Charles Demetrius Black of Union Springs. The driver of the vehicle was injured. State Troopers continue to investigate.

   

Mayor presents budget to city council

Aug 8, 2018
al.com

   For the first time, Montgomery’s proposed budget has reached 250 million dollars. That’s according to Mayor Todd Strange, who presented the budget, along with an address, at last night’s city council meeting. In discussing the 2019 general fund budget, the mayor trumpeted several accomplishments for Montgomery in the last year including the F-35 fighter jet coming to the city; tourism in the city setting new records; the Montgomery Internet Exchange’s continued growth; library improvements and employment gains.

Hyles Files - What I Did on My Summer Vacation

Aug 2, 2018

10 year old girl killed in auto accident

Aug 1, 2018

   State Troopers are investigating a deadly accident on Highway 231 that occurred yesterday afternoon in Montgomery County.  The wreck is reported to have taken place around 1:30 pm near the 99 mile marker, close to the intersection with Chapel Gray Loop. Troopers say a car ran off the road and struck a tree, killing a 10 year old passenger. The resident of Georgia has not been identified. She is said to have been unbuckled in the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver and two other passengers were injured. A cause of the crash has not been made available.

The Fourth Annual Nat King Cole Society Jazz Festival

Sunday, September 2 at the Riverwalk Amphitheater in Downtown Montgomery

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Sarah Hirshland will take over as CEO of the U.S. Olympic Committee starting Aug. 20. Her predecessor, Scott Blackmun, resigned earlier this year in part because of several sexual abuse scandals that have plagued Olympic sports, particularly in gymnastics.

As California's enormous wildfires continue to set records for the second year in a row, state lawmakers are scrambling to close gaps in state law that could help curb future fires, or make the difference between life and death once a blaze breaks out.

Former Trump White House staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman released excerpts of a recording on Thursday that she said corroborated her claim of being offered a job paying $15,000 a month in exchange for staying quiet about her time in the administration.

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Pop quiz: What's a word you use a hundred times a day — that doesn't show up in the dictionary?

Give up? Mhmm.

You got it! Mhmm is a small word that's often used unconsciously. But it can actually tell us a lot about language, bias and the transatlantic slave trade.

Once upon a time, English speakers didn't say "mhmm." But Africans did, according to Robert Thompson, an art history professor at Yale University who studies Africa's influence on the Americas.

As the 2018 midterms draw closer, President Trump continues to claim there is a "Red Wave!" brewing.

The problem is that concrete voting data shows a very different type of wave forming — one that's poised to give Democrats a comfortable majority in the House.

When Medicare in 2011 agreed to pay for a procedure to replace leaky heart valves by snaking a replacement through blood vessels, the goal was to offer relief to the tens of thousands of patients too frail to endure open-heart surgery, the gold standard.

To help ensure good results, federal officials limited Medicare payment only to hospitals that serve large numbers of cardiac patients.

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