Shelby County

Alabama Communities Still Cleaning up After Deadly Flooding

PELHAM Ala. (AP) — Alabama communities affected by last week’s flash flooding are still working to clean up the mess and address persistent drainage issues that seem to be getting worse. Emergency management officials have assessed damage to 250 homes near Birmingham in Shelby County. The city of Pelham earmarked $500,000 for storm cleanup and crews are making rounds to…

Man Killed in Head-On Crash on Highway in Hoover

HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — A 27-year-old man was killed in a head-on crash on an Alabama highway. Sergio Romero-Cruz of Birmingham died in the collision Saturday night. Alabama State Trooper Justin O’Neal said the wreck happened on Alabama 119 in Shelby County, a few miles (kilometers) southeast of Hoover. Authorities said that Romero-Cruz was driving a car that crossed the…

City Leader Wins House Seat of Member Who Quit to Join Trump

Courtesy of Russell Bedsole’s Facebook ALABASTER, Ala. (AP) – A Republican city leader from Shelby County has won the seat of an Alabama House member who quit to join the Trump administration. Alabaster City Council member Russell Bedsole won a special election for the House District 49 seat on Tuesday. Results from the secretary of state’s office show Bedsole defeated…

Alabama’s March Unemployment Rate Hits 3.5%

Unemployment Rate by County/Source: ADOL Alabama’s unemployment rate is now at 3.5%, that’s up from 2.7% in February. The Alabama Department of Labor says March’s rate represents just over 2.1 million employed persons in the state, which is down over 24,216 over the year. Sectors that saw monthly losses were seen in the education and health services, professional and business…

Alabama Unemployment Rises Slightly

Alabama’s unemployment rate is up slightly despite what officials are calling record employment in the state. The preliminary, seasonally adjusted jobless rate for April is 3.8%. That’s up one-tenth of a percent from March, but it’s still below the rate from a year before of 4.1%. The April rate represents 83,565 unemployed people in the state. But a news release…

HB 1 would restore the Voting Rights Act

Bill woud put Alabama elections back under Dept. of Justice review.

     A U.S. Supreme Court decision in 2013 did away with the requirement that the U.S. Justice Department approve any election law changes in Alabama and other mostly Southern States that had a history of preventing minority voters from casting ballots. Now the very first bill introduced in the newly Democratic majority U.S. House would restore that Voting Rights Act….