The number of people in the US without health insurance has fallen significantly in recent months. According to the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index, about 15.9% of adults are currently uninsured. That is down from 17.1% in the final quarter of 2013. Most if drop is attributed to new signups under the Affordable Care Act.
For the second consecutive year, Rand Paul has won CPAC’s annual straw poll. Paul is considered a contender for the 2016 GOP nomination for President. Coming in second in the poll was Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who has become a darling of conservatives after his role in the government shut down last year.
A bill passed through the Alabama Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that would change gun laws in the state. The bill would allow citizens to carry loaded handguns in their vehicles without need of a permit. The bill passed through the Judiciary Committee on a 6-2 vote.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics released its February jobs report today, and the numbers were far more encouraging than the previous two months. The US economy added 175,000 jobs in the year’s shortest month. The unemployment rate ticked up slightly from 6.6% to 6.7%, but this is considered a positive sign as it means more people started looking for work.
The Crimean Parliament has unanimously voted to become a part of the Russian Federation. The request must be approved by Moscow, but if it is, a referendum will be held on March 16th. Crimean citizens would then vote on whether or not to remain Ukrainian, or become a part of Russia.
Spring is right around the corner, and for a lot of locals, that means its time to hit the river. Those looking to get their boat repaired or serviced before hitting the water have plenty of options locally, and today we’ll be spotlighting Fiber-Tech Boat Repair.
A single car crash led to the death of a Mobile man late last night. Police say 40 year old David James Garrett was killed when his vehicle left the roadway and struck a guardrail. They are not sure what caused the accident at this time.
The situation in Ukraine continues to deteriorate, as Russia has essentially taken control of the Crimea peninsula. The US has taken action after issuing stern warnings for days. The Obama administration has announced an aid package to the new Ukrainian government, and is also preparing economic sanctions against Russia that will be unveiled in a matter of days.
The 86th annual Academy Awards were held last night at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood. Ellen DeGeneres hosted the event, marking her second time around as host. In all there were 24 categories this year, with the film “Gravity” bringing home the most awards with 7.
In the suburbs, road signs are very important to businesses. Explosive Signs and Graphics has been providing this service, and many others, to local businesses for over 10 years. This Saraland business has become a vital part of the community.