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Alabama Mosque Burglar Struck in Virginia and Arizona

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

This past March, three separate Alabama mosques were burglarized. Investigators quickly determined that these three events were likely carried out by the same suspect. Now, new evidence appears to link these incidents with a number of similar burglaries throughout the country. On March 10, two Alabama mosques, one in Gadsden and the other in Anniston, were targeted by a burglar. In both instances, there was no sign of vandalism or destruction of property that might have indicated that prejudice played a role. In fact, the only thing the burglar stole was cash. “There is no evidence that these crimes are hate crime related,” a representative from the Gadsden Police said in a statement to the Associated Press. Four days later, a third burglary occurred at a mosque in Tuscaloosa. Again, there was no destruction or vandalism, and cash from...

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The Average Alabama Home Price Has Only Risen a Tiny Bit In the Past 10 Years

Posted by on May 23, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

According to a 24/7 Wall Street report on the cost of homeownership across the nation, the median price of a home in Alabama has only increased 2.5% in the past 10 years, amounting to $143,500. This growth is quite low considering other states and represents the 18th lowest rate of price growth throughout the nation. In fact, this price is the 44th lowest in the country. So why, in a growing economy, have the house prices stayed relatively the same in Alabama? The answer requires a look back at the housing market in 2007, right before it crashed. Mortgage prices were rising exponentially until the market crashed in 2011, bringing the average home sale price in the country down a whopping 31%, from $219,000 to $150,500. Since then, there have been rapid improvements made in the state of the...

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Alabama Couple Enlists Scuba Diver to Help Find Missing Engagement Ring

Posted by on May 9, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

A diamond’s value is measured by the 4Cs: cut, carat, clarity, and color. But for Alabama bride Brooke Leavins, her new $5,000 sparkler was priceless. That’s why she and her husband Steven never gave up hope after Brooke accidentally flung the ring into a river a few weeks ago. The Leavins were out on their pontoon boat on the Coosa River when Brooke took her ring off to apply sunscreen. She had the diamond pinched between two fingers, but when a bug flew nearby she instinctively reached out to swat the bug — and the ring went flying out of her grip. She had only had the one-of-a-kind ring, which was her engagement ring and wedding band soldered together, since March. As a dutiful new husband, Steven immediately dove in after the engagement ring, but couldn’t find it in...

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Study Names Alabama Most Stressed State in the Union

Posted by on May 5, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Americans are reportedly more stressed than ever before. In fact, a new survey conducted by the American Psychological Association shows the first statistically significant increase in levels of stress since the review was first launched 10 years ago. And according to a 2017 WalletHub study, some states are more stressed out than others. Analysts looked at 33 different indicators of stress — including work hours, job security, credit score, divorce rate, overall public health, and more — in the nation’s 50 states and the District of Columbia. The results show that Alabama holds the number one spot as the most-stressed state in the union. According to the findings, Alabama has the second-lowest credit scores and the fourth-highest percentage of adults in poor or fair health. In addition, Alabama has the sixth-highest population of those who live below the poverty...

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Bloomberg Report Casts Dark Shadow on Alabama’s Burgeoning Auto Industry

Posted by on Apr 11, 2017 in Featured News | 0 comments

Last year, new vehicle sales increased for the sixth consecutive year, setting a new record of 17.5 million car purchases. And although the state of Alabama has impressed many with its rapidly growing auto parts manufacturing sector, a recent Bloomberg report has cast doubt on the methods “New Detroit” has used to get those extraordinary results. According to Bloomberg Businessweek, the Alabama auto parts industry currently employs about 26,000 workers. While some would like to believe that the growing auto parts sectors in Alabama, Georgia, and Mississippi represent a much-needed revitalization in American manufacturing work, Bloomberg insists that these factories provide little to no training, poor pay, and an unsafe environment for employees. The profile offers detailed information into workplace accidents that took place at some of the South’s auto parts manufacturing plants. The safety of southern car factories...

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