A bevy of ideas on increasing the safety of students and teachers was shared today at a joint legislative hearing. Alabama Homeland Security Director Spencer Collier said that reality shows can't stop the problem, but it can be minimized and mitigated. He says his department is using multiple strategies. He adds the public also needs to be educated on what they can do, during an active shooter scenario. Collier referenced the run, escape, hide or fight protection plan. Lawmakers are accepting suggestions from individuals and organizations via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Internal Revenue Service has announced that it will begin processing tax returns at the end of the month. The slight delay is due to the new fiscal cliff legislation and some tax law changes. IRS spokesman Dan Boone says the majority of households in the U.S. can begin filing on January 30th. A limited number of taxpayers, like those claiming residential energy credits, depreciation of property or general business credits will have to wait until late February or March to file. A full list of those having to postpone filing is available at the service's website, www.irs.gov.
Charter Bus Accident
Montgomery police say a charter bus carrying University of Alabama cheerleaders was involved in a wreck that left one person with life-threatening injuries. The crash happened about 10:20 last night on the Southern Boulevard at Interstate 65. Police say no one on the bus was hurt, but a passenger in a pickup suffered life-threatening injuries.
An animal advocacy group made a stop in Montgomery today. Representatives from PETA, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals displayed a human meat package outside a local restaurant to promote a vegan lifestyle.