News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. CDT
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's jobless rate has dipped to a record-low 3.7 percent as more workers continue joining the workforce. The state unemployment rate announced Friday for February is one-tenth of a percent worse than the national rate. But it's down from the February 2018 rate of 4 percent. A statement from Alabama Labor Secretary Fitzgerald Washington says the state has broken record lows for unemployment for nine months in a row.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A chase that began on a university campus in Alabama ended with a police shooting near downtown Huntsville. News outlets report a police chase began about 4 a.m. Friday at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, which is closed for spring break. The chase ended at an intersection where officers shot the driver of the car, who is now hospitalized. Another person may have been wounded and was taken to a hospital.
ATMORE, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Department of Corrections says a hunger strike by inmates protesting solitary confinement has ended after authorities shut off the water to their prison cells. Corrections spokesman Bob Horton told the Montgomery Advertiser on Thursday that the water was shut off so that Holman medical staff could monitor the inmates' water intake. He said the strike ended late Thursday. The eight prison inmates began refusing food on Monday, saying they were unjustly placed in solitary confinement.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Senate has voted to repeal Common Core educational standards by 2021. Senators voted 23-7 for the bill Thursday. It now moves to the Alabama House of Representatives. Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh, who sponsored the repeal, said state test scores have failed to improve since the state adopted the Common Core standards.
Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.