Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama's January unemployment rate soared to 7.8 percent. That's compared to December's rate of 6.5 percent. Alabama Industrial Relations Director Tom Surtees said January's figure represents 167,774 unemployed Alabamians. He said the state lost 40,700 jobs in January with most occurring in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. Wilcox County leads Alabama in unemployment for January with 19.5 percent, Chambers at 17.9 and Dallas at 17.3 percent. The
Geneva, Alabama – It's being called worst crime spree in Alabama's immediate history; 28 year old Michael Kenneth McLendon killed ten people in South Alabama during a one hour shooting spree covering two communities. Alabama Department of Public Safety Colonel J. Christopher Murphy says McLendon allegedly began by killing his 52 year old mother, Lisa White McLendon, leaving her body in a burning home.
Montgomery, Alabama – The next mayor of Montgomery will grapple with a disturbing trend sales tax revenues in the Capital City are down 11.3 percent for January.
This as neighboring Prattville reports a 70 percent increase in sales tax revenue collections.
Montgomery's sales tax revenue is down about $4 million from this time last year. Interim Mayor Charles Jingright has placed the city under a two percent budget cut for all departments that could free up about $3 million.
Montgomery, Alabama – The polls are open in Montgomery as residents pick the next mayor of the capital city. Election officials are hoping for a larger turnout, but if absentee ballots are any indication,that won't happen.
Montgomery Election Center officials say just shy of 490 absentee ballots were turned in by Friday. While Monday was the final day to turn absentee ballots in, the Montgomery Election Center says it will accept absentee ballots that arrive in the mail by noon today. In the last mayoral election, only 34 percent of registered voters cast ballots.
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