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New Jobless Numbers, Gearing up for Ole Miss

Alabama's unemployment rate is looking a little rosier compared to the same time last year. The latest numbers of six point two percent are slightly higher than the six point five percent we had at the time last year. However, the August jobless rate is unchanged from unchanged from July’s numbers. Alabama’s unemployment numbers are still well above the U.S. unemployment rate of just over five percent. Wage and salary employment increased only slightly in August by 900 jobs. Unemployment is lowest in Shelby County at four point seven percent. Wilcox County is worst at sixteen percent.

Alabama kicks off the SEC portion of their schedule tomorrow night when the second-ranked Crimson Tide hosts fifteenth ranked Ole Miss. The Rebels upset Alabama twenty-three-to-seventeen a year ago. Coach Nick Saban says containing Rebels quarterback Chad Kelly, the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer, Jim Kelly is vital to his team coming away with a win…

“He has run the ball a few times and he is a very effective runner. When they bring the next quarterback in, Number Two (DeVante Kincade), they’ve done a little more of that. That doesn’t mean they won’t do it with Chad Kelly. He has done it some. Maybe not quite as much as Bo Wallace did it a year ago. But throwing the ball, executing their offense, he has done a fantastic job.”

In two games, Kelly has more than five-hundred and fifty yards and six touchdowns through the air. He’s also scored two rushing touchdowns. Kickoff is set for eight-twenty on ESPN.

Alabama’s coastline and waterways will be getting a makeover this weekend. The Alabama Coastal Cleanup will happen in Mobile and Baldwin counties at various coastal and inland sites starting tomorrow. Angela Underwood is the event planner for the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resource. She says they always expect a lot of people to volunteer.

“This is the twenty-eighth year of the annual Alabama Coastal Cleanup and it is actually part of the international larger coastal cleanup which occurs the third Saturday of September every year in Alabama it’s the largest single volunteer event through the year.”

Volunteers should be prepared to work outside in the sun. That means you should bring some sunscreen, a hat, and gloves for protection. To get involved go to Alabama-Coastal-Cleanup dot com.

Public school students in Alabama will be officially taught about evolution and climate change next year. The State School Board is ordering the change. The new standards say students are required to understand the principles of evolution. However, evolution will be treated as a theory and not as fact. The panel says it’s not much of a change since public schools have been teaching evolutionary theory for years. Cilimate change will also be taught, but students will not be required to believe in that or the theory of evolution. They'll just learn about the science behind both topics.

Pat Duggins is news director for Alabama Public Radio.
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