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Alabama’s latest unemployment numbers remain unchanged from this time last year. APR’s student reporter, Katie Willem, has more…

The newest jobless figures from the Alabama Department of Labor are for May. The State’s unemployment rate stands at 6.1 percent, which is unchanged compared to the month before, or May of 2015. 

The state is less than twenty-five thousand jobs away from having two million people at work around the state.  This is the highest number the state economy has supported in the last twenty years. 

The heat is on across Alabama and records are falling as unseasonably warm air blankets the region.

The National Weather Service says Montgomery broke a 43-year-old record by reaching 89 degrees. Birmingham topped in at 88 degrees on Tuesday, breaking the 4-year-old record by four degrees.

To the east, Anniston also set a new high temperature record at 84 degrees.

The Chairman of Alabama’s Senate Judiciary Committee says a drunken driving charge shouldn’t cost him his job.

State Senator Cam Ward says drinking alcohol and driving was a Huge mistake on his part.

The Alabaster Republican doesn’t believe he should quit either his senate seat or his industrial job with the city.  The reason is, Ward says he wasn’t working when he was stopped by police.

A Senate leader said earlier that he doesn't plan to strip Ward of the committee chairmanship.

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As the mercury rises to unseasonably high temperatures, the heat can cause problems for our pets!

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