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Officials with the Occupational Health and Safety Administration say a second worker who was injured in the Colonial Pipeline explosion in late October has died.

OSHA says the worker died on Nov. 22 from injuries received during the explosion in Shelby County.

The federal agency says the worker's employer, Heflin-based L.E. Bell Construction, did contact OSHA to inform the administration of the death.

OSHA did not identify the worker.

Colonial officials say eight people on the nine-member crew that was working on the pipeline were employees of L.E Bell.

Alabama jobless rate jumps to 5.7 percent

Nov 18, 2016

Alabama's unemployment rate is on the rise, partly because more people are out looking for jobs.

The state said Friday that Alabama's unemployment rate jumped to 5.7 percent in October. That's three-tenths of a percent higher than September.

And while the state jobless rate is better than it was a year ago, Alabama still trails the nation. The U.S. unemployment rate dropped to 4.9 percent in October.

Company begins excavating pipeline after leak

Nov 3, 2016

A company says it is excavating the gasoline pipeline that exploded and erupted in flames in Alabama this week.

A statement from the Georgia-based Colonial Pipeline Co. today says "substantial progress" has been made since work began last night at the rural site southwest of Birmingham.

The company says the remaining small fire will be extinguished and draining operations will continue once preparations are finished.

Colonial Pipeline explosion kills one, injures others

Nov 1, 2016

A federal agency that regulates pipelines says contractors were working on repairs stemming from a September leak when gasoline ignited and spread fire to the Colonial pipeline in Alabama.

Colonial Pipeline executive Gerald Beck says a nine-man crew was using a track hoe to excavate the pipeline as part of preparation work so permanent repairs of the September leak could be made. Beck says the track hoe — a large piece of heavy equipment — struck the pipeline yesterday, causing the explosion.

Gas prices likely to increase due to pipeline explosion

Nov 1, 2016

Officials with the Colonial Pipeline say it has restarted one of its two main pipelines after an explosion in Alabama.  The Georgia-based company says that it restarted its Line 2, which transports diesel, jet fuel and other products around 11 this morning.

A Colonial Pipeline leak last month led to gas shortages and rising prices across the South.  Clay Ingram is the Public Relations manager for Triple A of Alabama.  He says the shutdown will likely affect prices at the pump…

A lawyer for former House Speaker Mike Hubbard says prosecutors are seeking a "ridiculously extreme" prison sentence after Hubbard's conviction on ethics charges.

Defense lawyer Bill Baxley says the 18-year sentence prosecutors want is absurd.  The attorney general's office, in a court filing this week, says they want Hubbard to spend five years in prison and another 13 on supervised probation.

Prosecutors are also asking for Hubbard to pay $1.6 million in fines and restitution.

Alabama's unemployment rate is down slightly to 6.1 percent.

Wage and salary employment increased by 16,500 jobs in April, with the largest number of jobs coming in the trade, transportation and utilities sector. The professional and business services sector added another 3,500 jobs.

The state's jobless rate remains well above the national rate of 5 percent, however.

Alabama unemployment is worst in Wilcox County at 12.8 percent. Shelby County has the state's lowest job rate at 4 percent.

Alabama Unemployment Number Released

Apr 15, 2016

Alabama’s unemployment hasn’t changed this month. APR student reporter Allison Mollenkamp has more… 

New labor statistics show that unemployment is still 6.2 percent.

This average represents a range from a low of four point six percent in Shelby County and a high of thirteen point nine percent in Wilcox County.

Alabama’s unemployment also remains higher than the national average of five percent.

This is despite job growth. Alabama added ten thousand, two hundred jobs last month. This is an improvement over the numbers from last month and last year.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley recently announced that he is suing the federal government over refugees settling in his state.

Governor Bentley argues the U.S. government hasn’t provided Alabama enough information about the refugees to be placed in the state. Bentley says he’s filing the lawsuit out of concern for the safety of Alabama’s residents.

Kristi Graunke is a senior supervising attorney with the Southern Poverty Law Center. She says the federal government takes their vetting process seriously.

    

Shelby County sits in the geographic center of Alabama.  It has been the fastest growing county in the state for the past four decades.  Shelby County has become a Mecca for suburbanites in the Hoover/Birmingham metropolitan area.

Shelby County has not always been a suburban enclave of Jefferson County.  While Governor Robert Bentley was growing up it was a rural county much like most of the counties in the state.  Shelby County was part of a four county center that was known as the home of the original Republicans in the state.

Gulf Coast officials are worried that their communities won't get their fair share of Alabama's $2.3 billion portion of the BP oil spill settlement.

Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft says members of the Gulf Coast Recovery Council have some unanswered questions about the settlement.

The plan would give the council control over $599 million, but about half of that spending would still require federal approval.

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A two-day bus tour to support the Voting Rights Act kicks off Tuesday morning in Jackson, Miss., and wraps up Wednesday afternoon in Montgomery, Ala.

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Gov. Robert Bentley has awarded the Shelby County Commission nearly $140,000 to fight drug trafficking.

The  money will be given to the Shelby County Drug Enforcement Task Force.

The task force performs undercover operations to bust meth labs, and helps investigate violent crimes.

The unit includes authorities from four law enforcement agencies and a prosecutor from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

Officials are particularly concerned about heroin trafficking in the county.

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The Supreme Court says it will consider eliminating the government's chief weapon against racial discrimination at polling places since the 1960s.

Acting three days after the election, the justices are agreeing Friday to hear a constitutional challenge to the part of the landmark Voting Rights Act that requires all or parts of 16 states with a history of discrimination in voting to get federal approval before making any changes in the way they hold elections.