A leading national credit rating agency ranks Alabama third in the nation in terms of credit card delinquency.
TransUnion ranks Alabama's credit card delinquency rates lower than only Mississippi and West Virginia.
The state's third-quarter rate of 1.04 percent is higher than the national average of .75 percent.
Three dozen states saw an increase in delinquency rates, while rates dropped in nine states and the District of Columbia.
Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.
Commissioners in bankrupt Jefferson County have delayed a decision on whether to close its charity hospital serving the poor.
Commission President David Carrington recessed a meeting indefinitely Tuesday after chaos erupted in the packed commission chamber.
Demonstrators yelling and singing civil rights protest songs prevented members from discussing the future of Cooper Green Mercy Hospital.
The hospital is costing the county millions of dollars annually, and supporters of the shutdown say the county can't afford it.