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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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If you arrived at Beto O'Rourke's recent town hall meeting in San Antonio even 40 minutes ahead of time, you were out of luck. All 650 seats were already taken.

It was one sign that the El Paso Democratic congressman has set Texas Democrats on fire this year, as he takes on Republican Sen. Ted Cruz's re-election bid.

Texas Democrats have been wandering in the electoral wilderness for two decades — 1994 was the last time they won a statewide race — but at O'Rourke's events they have been showing up in droves. Often, it's standing room only.

Well, it's safe to say Netflix giveth and Netflix taketh away.

Only a week after the Grand Takething that was Insatiable, the streamer brings along To All The Boys I've Loved Before, a fizzy and endlessly charming adaptation of Jenny Han's YA romantic comedy novel.

Enter The Legend: 'Dragon' Turns 45

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When the seminal martial arts film Enter the Dragon premiered in August 1973 — 45 years ago this weekend — it was exactly what Bruce Lee had been waiting for: A starring role in a Hollywood production.

In a move it said was to address the large cost of entering a career in medicine, New York University's School of Medicine said Thursday that it will offer full scholarships to all current and future students in its doctor of medicine program.

NYU said it was the "only top 10-ranked" medical school in the U.S. to offer such a generous package.

Health officials have determined that a type of bacteria found in food left at unsafe temperatures is the cause of an outbreak of gastrointestinal illness that struck 647 people who ate last month at a Chipotle Mexican Grill restaurant in Ohio.

Between July 26 and July 30, customers of a Chipotle restaurant in Powell, Ohio, just north of Columbus, complained of food poisoning and diarrhea after eating tacos and burrito bowls there.

Despite falling short on quarterly earnings expectations, Canadian-based Canopy Growth, the world's highest valued marijuana stock, skyrocketed on Wednesday after the maker of Corona beer invested $5 billion Canadian, which is nearly $4 billion U.S.

The giant injection of cash from Constellation Brands is the largest strategic investment in the cannabis market to date, and comes at a time when alcohol companies are making large ventures into the industry.

Even in a strong economy, many Americans live paycheck to paycheck. Forty percent don't have $400 to cover an emergency expense, such as a car repair. And many working-class people turn to payday loans or other costly ways to borrow money. But more companies are stepping in to help their workers with a much cheaper way to get some emergency cash.

Startup companies that offer better options for workers are partnering with all kinds of businesses — from giants like Walmart to little fried chicken restaurants.

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Dr. Jodi Jackson has worked for years to address infant mortality in Kansas. Often, that means she is treating newborns in a high-tech neonatal intensive care unit with sophisticated equipment whirring and beeping. That is exactly the wrong place for an infant like Lili.

Lili's mother, Victoria, used heroin for the first two-thirds of her pregnancy and hated herself for it. (NPR is using her first name only, because she has used illegal drugs.)

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