Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A summary of action in the Alabama Legislature on Thursday, the 17th meeting day of the regular session: HOUSE -Vote failed to bring up for debate a bill to remove the state 4 percent sales tax from food purchases. -Members of Black Caucus used stalling tactics to prevent action on other bills to protest failure to bring up bill to remove the state sales tax from groceries. -Held a ceremony honoring members of the Butler High School in
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