Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A state Senate committee has approved legislation that would give cities and counties the authority to remove their local sales taxes on groceries. The Senate Governmental Affairs Committee voted 5-1 Tuesday for the bill by Republican Sen. Arthur Orr of Decatur. Orr's bill now goes to the Senate. Orr said city councils and county commissions currently don't have the authority to exempt groceries from their local sales taxes.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Three weeks into spring, its feeling a lot like winter. National Weather Service meteorologists have posted freeze watches and warnings through early Tuesday) morning for dozens of counties statewide. Some areas could see readings plummet into the upper 20s to lower 30s. So, you will definitely need those coats and scarves. Subfreezing temps also mean farmers and gardeners should protect crops and flowers already showing off spring blooms.
Natchez, Mississippi – (AP) - A movie about Bonnie and Clyde, the 1930s outlaw couple notorious for their bank robberies and violent crimes, is slated for filming in Natchez in late May. Hilary Duff, best known for starring in the Disney Channel show "Lizzie McGuire" and the movie "Cheaper By the Dozen," has been cast as Bonnie Parker and Kevin Zegers, known for his role in Oscar-nominated "Transamerica," has been cast as Clyde Barrow. Cypress Moon Productions, of Sheffield, Alabama, is producing
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.
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) - A state Senate committee has delayed action for one week on a bill that would tax and regulate electronic bingo gambling in nine Alabama counties. Committee Chairman Bobby Singleton of Greensboro said the bill's sponsor, Sen. Quinton Ross of Montgomery, is working on changes and didn't want the committee to vote Wednesday. Singleton said the committee plans to vote next Wednesday. A similar bill by Rep. Marcel Black of Tuscumbia won approval