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Alabama's second annual Severe Weather Preparedness Sales Tax Holiday will be held the last weekend in February. The state Revenue Department says the state will waive its four percent sales tax on items used to prepare homes and businesses for hurricanes and tornadoes. Some cities and counties will do the same from February 22nd through the 24th. Items covered by the sales tax holiday include batteries, battery-powered radios, flashlights, tarpaulins, duct tape, plywood, first aid kits and fuel containers costing up to $60 dollars per item. Also included are portable generators costing up to a thousand dollars each.
Fatal House Fire
Two children were killed and three adults were hurt in a late night house fire in Dothan. Fire officials said the injured adults were taken to Flowers Hospital in Dothan. The deadly fire erupted late Monday night at a residence off Highway 84 West. Houston County Coroner Robert Byrd said he pronounced two children, a boy and a girl, dead after midnight. Dothan Fire investigators are trying to determine how the fire started.
A Selma man accused of stealing more than 1,000 gallons of fuel from a business Opelika has been released from jail after posting bond. 32-year-old Joshua Smith of Selma was charged with first degree theft. Opelika police said Smith is accused of stealing the fuel from East Alabama Paving Company on December 8th. Authorities allege that Smith sold some of the stolen fuel.