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.
A housing study projects that at current growth rates, the private student housing market in Tuscaloosa will outpace University of Alabama student demand by 2015.
The Tuscaloosa News reports that results of the study were shared with a city council committee Tuesday.
Consultant Joe Zanola told the committee that the current list of student housing bedrooms that are either planned or under construction "greatly exceeds" forecasts for enrollment growth at the University of Alabama.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A hearing for an Alabama county looking to exit one of the largest governmental bankruptcies in American history is scheduled for Wednesday. Jefferson County Commission President David Carrington said Tuesday that officials sold $1.7 billion of the county's refinanced sewer warrants in hopes of exiting the bankruptcy, which was originally valued at around $4 billion before part of it was wiped out by creditors. Chief U.S.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Montgomery County Commissioner Dimitri Polizos has won a runoff election to represent District 74 in the Alabama House of Representatives. Polizos won about 57 percent of votes over fellow Republican Charlotte Meadows in the election Tuesday. Meadows is the former president of the Montgomery County Board of Education. There was no Democratic candidate in the race. WSFA-TV reported 23 of 24 precincts reported results more than 3,747 of the district's roughly 23,000 registered voters cast ballots in the election.
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor is calling attention to an Alabama law that allows judges to impose death sentences after juries have voted to send defendants to prison for life.
Sotomayor and Justice Stephen Breyer were the only two justices who voted Monday to hear an appeal from a death row inmate who was convicted of killing a Montgomery, Ala., police officer. Sotomayor took the unusual step of issuing a dissent from the court's order rejecting the appeal of defendant Mario Woodward.