BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — State and local officials say they're hoping Jefferson County can begin attracting corporate investment and development after exiting its historic bankruptcy. Jefferson County Economic and Industrial Development Authority Director Ted VonCannon told AL.com he doesn't doubt that the county was never considered for certain projects because of its roughly $4 billion bankruptcy. The amount was trimmed by creditors, and was the largest governmental bankruptcy in U.S. history until Detroit filed one for $18 billion.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — Auburn University's Southeastern Raptor Center is offering some Iron Bowl history to raise money. The Opelika-Auburn News reports the center is conducting a live auction of the handcrafted lures and jesses that will be worn by the eagle Tiger VII during the pre-game flight at the Auburn and Alabama football game on Nov. 30. The jesses are cuffs worn around the eagle's ankles. The lures are what the eagle searches for during a flight around Auburn's stadium.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Colder weather is on the way to Alabama, and forecasters say things could turn wintry early next week. A blast of cold air is supposed to move across the state Saturday, bringing low temperatures in the 20s and 30s and highs in the 40s and 50s on Sunday. Forecasters say conditions will even be rough on the coast, with the possibility of gale-force winds around 40 mph and 7-foot waves The National Weather Service says the cool air will stick around, and there's a possibility of winter precipitation Monday through Wednesday in the northern counties.
The Alabama Supreme Court has changed some of the wording its recent ruling tossing out a lawsuit against the Alabama Accountability Act, but it didn't change the result.
On Sept. 20, the state's highest court blocked a lawsuit that members of the Alabama Education Association filed against four legislators to challenge the new law. Even though the legislators won, they asked the court to reconsider part of the ruling that said the Accountability Act appropriated public funds.
A Canadian executive is free on bond in Alabama, and his attorney predicts the case will be resolved positively once all the facts are provided.
Gregory Aziz, the chairman and CEO of National Steel Car Ltd. of Hamilton, Ontario, was released by a Colbert County judge on $1 million bond Thursday. Aziz posted $250,000 in cash and will forfeit the remainder if he fails to appear in court.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's unemployment rate has risen to 6.5 percent. The state Department of Labor announced two months' worth of unemployment figures Friday because the September numbers were delayed by the partial shutdown of the federal government in October. The department said the state's unemployment rate rose from 6.2 percent in August to 6.4 percent in September and 6.5 percent in October. The state had an increase in unemployment of more than 3,700 people from August to October.
Governor Robert Bentley has announced that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing Alabama with $1.8 million in grants help fund emergency housing initiatives.
Bentley says that the grants will "prevent homelessness by giving a helping hand to Alabamians at a time of critical need."
The money is being provided by the Emergency Solutions Grant program, which is administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The funding is meant to help agencies provide shelter, legal and health services and financial consulting.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Jefferson County commissioners have voted to approve the sale of $1.7 billion in sewer warrants to exit its historic bankruptcy. Chief U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Thomas Bennett for the Northern District of Alabama must approve of the county's bankruptcy exit plan and is presiding over a hearing that started Wednesday. Jefferson County's bankruptcy in November 2011 was the largest governmental bankruptcy in U.S. history until Detroit filed one this year for $18 billion. Part of it has been wiped out by creditors.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's parole board has approved of granting posthumous pardons in the infamous "Scottsboro Boys" rape case. The board made the decision during a Thursday morning hearing in Montgomery for three black men whose convictions were never overturned in a case that came to symbolize racial injustice in the Deep South in the 1930s. Nine black males were falsely accused of raping two white women on a train in northeast Alabama in 1931. The men were convicted by all-white juries, and all but the youngest defendant were sentenced to death.