Montgomery, Alabama – National Weather Service Forecaster says several counties are on the watch for some difficult weather today including Montgomery, Macon,Wilcox, Barbour,Bullock, Butler,Crenshaw,Lowndes, Lee,and Pike Counties.
A tornado watch is in effect for those areas until 2:00 p.m. today. All of the counties included in the watch are:
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A proposed constitutional amendment to expand, tax and regulate electronic gambling across Alabama has won approval from a state Senate committee. The Senate Tourism and Marketing Committee voted 4-1 Wednesday for the "Sweet Home Alabama" legislation sponsored by Democratic Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery. Committee Chairman Bobby Singleton says he expects the Senate to take up the bill in a week or two. The bill originally provided for electronic gambling in nine
Montgomery, Alabama – This first day of April is ushering in some higher prices being paid by smokers. The federal government is imposing its largest ever increase in taxes on tobacco products.
Beginning today, the per-pack federal tax on tobacco products jumps from 39 cents to $1.01. Funds generated from the increase will finance a major expansion of health insurance for children nationwide.
Birmingham, Alabama – (AP) - A Birmingham group is calling on state officials to strengthen laws against teachers who have inappropriate relationships with students. The group, called Citizens for Better Schools, held a news conference outside the State Department of Education headquarters in Montgomery on Monday. Executive director Ronald Jackson said the organization was contacted two weeks ago by a mother whose 17-year-old son had an inappropriate relationship with his 38-year-old Advanced Placement history teacher.
Montgomery, Alabama – (AP) - Flood advisories remain in effect in parts of Alabama as rivers and creeks continue to swell with runoff from heavy rainfall. National Weather Service meteorologists posted flood warnings Sunday for the Perdido and Styx rivers affecting Baldwin and Escambia counties. Other waterways under a flood warning include the Alabama River affecting Monroe and Wilcox counties; the Conecuh River flowing through Covington and Crenshaw counties; the Tombigbee River affecting Choctaw, Monroe and Clarke counties.
Warrior, Alabama – (AP) - Alabama Marine Police say a Jefferson County man is presumed to have drowned after his canoe capsized in a branch of the Black Warrior River at Warrior. Recovery efforts resumed Monday after the flooded waterway receded to a manageable level. Authorities said 42-year-old Timothy Sigafoose of Trafford and his 7-year-old son were putting a canoe in the water when it overturned Friday night. 19-year-old Derek Creel of Warrior who was called a "good
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Forecasters say a cold front moving into Alabama likely will bring strong storms and the possibility of tornadoes. Forecasters say the main threats Wednesday are heavy rainfall, damaging winds and flooding, but isolated tornadoes are possible. Meteorologists in Mobile say strong southerly winds could generate a high risk of rip currents along area beaches. The system is expected spawn additional storms Thursday through Saturday.