An east Alabama sheriff says a teenager who described himself as a white supremacist made journal entries about a plot to bomb classmates three days after the Newtown school massacre. Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor said he believes the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary was a factor because the first date in the boy's journal describing the plan was December 17th: three days after the Connecticut killings. Authorities say 17-year-old Derek Shrout faces an attempted assault charge after authorities say he planned to use homemade explosives to attack fellow students at Russell County High School in Seale.
State investigators have brought their second one million dollar tax evasion case against an Alabama tobacco distibutor. The owners and operators of Northstar Wholesale in Birmingham have been indicted on 44 counts of willful tobacco tax evasion and 77 counts of second-degree possession of a forged instrument. State Attorney General Luther Strange and state Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says the men are accused of evading more than one million dollars in state tobacco taxes between 2007 and 2010.
Safety, convenience and driving down mail costs are a few of the reasons Alabama's Revenue Department is offering state tax refunds on a prepaid Visa debit card. Alabama taxpayers still have the option of getting their state refund via check or direct deposit. All three choices will appear on the state tax return. For more information go to www.revenue.alabama.gov/refundcard.
Give blood and see your favorite radio personalities Tuesday, January 8th for the 12th Annual Radio for Red Cross blood drive. Donors must be at least 17-years-old, weigh a 110 pounds or more and have a picture ID. The event will be held from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. inside the fellowship hall of Vaughn Park Church of Christ in Montgomery.