Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Mercedes-Benz will cut 200 jobs at its Vance plant by the end of the year, bringing the work force to about 2,800 people for 2010. Felyicia Jerald, spokeswoman for Mercedes-Benz U.S. International, says the operational change comes as the company tries to match production with expected market conditions. The first reduction started in October 2008 when Mercedes offered its employees buyouts and early retirements. About 1,000 workers left during the next several months as a result of that reduction.
Birmingham, AL – (AP) - Congressman Artur Davis is targeting the church crowd and football fans with commercials for his Democratic campaign for governor. Davis' campaign said Monday it has started running its first broadcast commercial for next year's election. The ad is airing on urban and gospel stations in southeast Alabama. And it's in particularly heavy play during high school football broadcasts. The ad is aimed at telling the story of Davis' upbringing in Montgomery and his plans for addressing high school dropouts and
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Hurricane Ivan is recalled by weather experts as the most powerful storm to approach the Gulf of Mexico from the southeast when it took aim at the Alabama and northwest Florida coasts in September of 2004. It hit the rare Category 5 status three times. It killed nearly 100 people. With damages of more than $14 billion, it is still the fifth costliest hurricane in U.S. history. Yet as its fifth anniversary arrives Wednesday, many who survived its devastation say they feel it is now America's
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The FBI's annual report on crime shows that Huntsville boasts the lowest murder rate and one of the lowest rates of property crime among the state's four largest cities. According to the report released Monday, Huntsville recorded 18 murders in 2007, putting the city's murder rate at 10.4 per 100,000 residents. Birmingham had the highest rate, with 36 murders per 100,000 residents. Mobile had 22 murders and Montgomery had 11.3 per 100,000 people.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Clean Fuels Coalition is holding workshops this week in north Alabama to promote biodiesel. The free three-hour workshops will be in Scottsboro on Tuesday, Madison on Wednesday and Jasper on Thursday to help educate Alabama citizens about the benefits of alternative fuels. The workshops also will give out information on grants and other financial incentive programs available to cities, schools and companies wanting to convert their vehicles to biodiesel.
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - Cuts are expected in the new state budgets that take effect Oct. 1. The question is: How much? Officials say the recession's continued impact on the state education budget will force a second year of across-the-board cuts. State Superintendent of Education Joe Morton is forecasting 6 percent. Teacher lobbyist Paul Hubbert says 4.5 to 5.5 percent. And two-year college leader Joan Davis is telling colleges to prepare for 8.5 percent to 10 percent. Acting State Finance Director Bill Newton has already warned
Montgomery, AL – (AP) - The Alabama Department of Public Health has announced two more swine flu deaths in the state. Health officials said Thursday that a resident of Bullock County and a resident of Macon County have died, raising the total to seven deaths from the virus in Alabama. One of the men was in his 40s and the other was in his 50s. Both died at a Montgomery hospital. Officials said the deaths serve as reminder of the need for everyone to take additional precautions because of the early onset