Tuscaloosa News reports that investigators are seeking help in the Sunday night shooting death of 28-year-old Demetrius Strother outside his apartment on Kicker Road between Veterans Memorial Parkway and Hargrove Road. Strother's death is said to be the 10th homicide investigated by the homicide unit this year.

According to our daily, a proposed $13 million Home2 Suites by Hilton downtown hotel cleared three key hurdles last night when the city's Planning and Zoning Commission recommended the project proceed.

Good news for the state, Alabama had the second lowest unemployment rate in the Southeast in July at 6.3 percent, coming second only to Virginia's rate of 5.7 percent

Governor Bentley spoke out about the Alabama Accountability Act yesterday after the Southern Poverty Law Center filed a federal court suit seeking to block the law. Bentley says it is designed to help students in all public schools.

More than 300 people in 37 states have been infected with salmonella, linked to a hatchery in eastern New Mexico that sells live baby poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores.

Jennifer Lopez is said to be close to signing a deal with "American Idol," although her boyfriend has already said she'll be returning to the show.