Alabama

Alabama’s January Unemployment Rate at 6.2%

Governor Robert Bentley on Monday announced that Alabama’s preliminary, seasonally adjusted January 2016 unemployment rate is 6.2% “We remain committed to lowering Alabama’s unemployment rate, but we are even more committed to making sure that every Alabamian who wants a job has the opportunity to have one,” said Governor Robert Bentley. “We are making significant progress towards that goal.  This…

Grand Jury Clears Alabama Officer In Fatal Shooting

GADSDEN, Ala. (AP) – An Etowah County grand jury has cleared a police officer of wrongdoing in a deadly shooting that happened in January. The district attorney’s office in Gadsden announced Friday that grand jurors decided against any charging Rainbow City police officer Richard Roberts in the shooting death of Joshua Tate Fielding. Fielding was shot to death following a…

No. 16 Kentucky rolls Alabama 83-59 in SEC Tournament

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Jamal Murray scored 23 points, Alex Poythress made a career-best four 3-pointers and No. 16 Kentucky had an easy time in an 83-59 rout of Alabama on Friday night in the Southeastern Conference Tournament. Playing about 50 miles southeast of his Clarksville, Tennessee, home, Poythress put on an offensive show in his final SEC tournament with…

Alabama opens 2016 spring football practices

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (rolltide.com) – The University of Alabama football team began spring practice Friday afternoon with a two-hour workout in shorts and helmets on the Thomas-Drew Practice Fields. The Crimson Tide welcomed eight mid-year enrollees to the practice field including offensive lineman Charles Baldwin, linebacker Christian Bell, tight end Miller Forristall, quarterback Jalen Hurts, defensive back Shawn Jennings, offensive lineman…

Execution Dates Sought for Three Alabama Inmates

The state of Alabama is seeking execution dates for three death row inmates after carrying out its first lethal injection in more than two years. The attorney general’s office asked the Alabama Supreme Court to set execution dates for Robert Melson, Vernon Madison and Robert Bert Smith. Smith was convicted of the 1995 murder of a Huntsville convenience store clerk….

Alabama’s outside game upsets Mississippi 81-73

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Retin Obasohan scored 17 points, Riley Norris added 16 and 10th-seeded Alabama made 12 3-pointers to upset No. 7 seed Mississippi 81-73 Thursday night in the Southeastern Conference tournament. Needing to go deep this weekend to improve its NCAA Tournament prospects, Alabama (18-13) took an important first step behind impressive offense, especially from outside. Norris got…

State Appeals Circuit Judge’s Ruling Death Penalty Unconstitutional

Alabama’s attorney general is asking the state court of criminal appeals to vacate a judge’s ruling that declared Alabama’s death penalty sentencing system unconstitutional. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange said in a petition filed Thursday that Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge Tracie Todd doesn’t have the authority to prevent the state from seeking the death penalty against defendants who are…

AHSAA posthumously names Roderic Scott honorary Alabama All-Star

MONTGOMERY, Ala (ahsaa.com) —  Robert E. Lee High School senior guard Roderick “Rod” Scott of Montgomery has been selected as an honorary member of the 2016 AHSAA boys all-star basketball team, Alabama High School Athletic Directors & Coaches Association Director Alvin Briggs announced Wednesday. Scott, 17, a senior guard for the Generals, died March 4 from injuries sustained in an…

Cowboys bringing back LB Rolando McClain for 3rd season

IRVING, Texas (AP) – The Dallas Cowboys are bringing back middle linebacker Rolando McClain for a third season. The agency that represents McClain, Sports Trust Advisors, said in a tweet that the 26-year-old had agreed to a contract Wednesday, the first day of free agency. The deal is for one year at $5 million, according to a person with knowledge…

Alabama Prison Construction Bill Faces First Test

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley’s prison construction proposal is facing its first legislative test. Bentley is asking lawmakers to approve an $800 million bond issue to build four new prisons and close most existing facilities. Some members of the Senate Finance and Taxation Committee questioned aspects of the project during a public hearing Wednesday. Some lawmakers say they have concerns about…