Alabama’s unemployment rate has once again fell, and now stands at 6%. This figure is down from 6.3% in October. The state is still slightly above the national average of 5.8%. Roughly 126,000 people remain unemployed in Alabama.
The US and Cuba announced a historic shift in relations between the two countries yesterday, setting the stage for a restoration of ties between the close neighbors. The talks coincided with negotiations for the release of American Alan Gross, who has been held in Cuba for the past five years. Gross was returned to US soil yesterday in exchange for 3 Cuban agents held by the US.
The father of Hiawayi Robinson has been arrested and charged with her murder. Hiawatha Robinson was booked in Mobile County Metro Jail earlier today. On top of the murder charge, Robinson will also be charged with sodomy. A press conference by the Mobile District Attorney’s office and the FBI will be held today at 4:00 PM where more information will be revealed.
A horrifying terrorist attack left at least 126 people dead on Tuesday in Pakistan. The attack occurred at a military run school in Peshewar. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack. Authorities say that over 100 of the victims were children between the ages of 12 and 16.
The omnibus appropriations bill recently passed by Congress contained a provision that has caused a big controversy in Washington. The bill rolled backed a key regulation from the Dodd-Frank bank reform legislation that prevented banks from using funds guaranteed by the federal government in risky investments. Essentially, the likelihood of further bailouts of big Wall Street banks just increased.
A 95 year old Saraland resident was killed Thursday after his trash fire got out of control. The victim’s identity has not yet been revealed by police. The accident occurred off Lincoln Street.
Wendy Holland has been found guilty of numerous crimes against children. Holland is connected to the alleged child sex ring that involved the family of missing teenage mother Britney Wood. The case involves numerous family members, with Holland being the aunt of Britney Wood.
Three players are in the running for this year’s Heisman trophy, and one of them is a member of the Alabama Crimson Tide. Amari Cooper will travel to New York for the trophy presentation, joining Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota, and Wisconsin running back Melvin Gordon. The award will be handed out Saturday night.
Championship weekend ended with few surprises, as most of the favored teams won their games. The playoff selection committee now has their hands full, as their are a couple of teams vying for that last playoff spot. By winning their conferences, Florida State, Alabama, and Oregon are virtually guaranteed a spot in college football’s first playoff.
The Saraland Spartans came up 5 points short in their quest for the 6A state title. Saraland lost to undefeated Clay-Chalkville 36-31 in a thrilling game that is not likely to be forgotten in the small Mobile County town. The Spartans finished their 5th varsity season with a record of 13-2.