January 8,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has ordered the release of an Alabama sheriff he locked up for purposely feeding inmates skimpy meals so he could make money off the jail kitchen. U.S. District Judge U.W. Clemon issued a brief order Thursday saying Morgan County Sheriff Greg Bartlett could be freed based on promises from his lawyer, who presented the court with a plan for improving the jailhouse meals. The sheriff's whereabouts weren't immediately clear. But Clemon
Jan.7,2009 – BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - The new year has arrived and that signals the start of the tax-filing season. The Internal Revenue Service Tuesday announced new steps to help financially strapped taxpayers meet their tax obligations. The agency is offering to waive late penalties, negotiate new payment plans and postpone asset seizures for delinquent taxpayers. Taxpayers can begin filing tax returns electronically on Jan. 16. To help explain the leniency program, the IRS has posted answers
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Parts of Alabama are dealing with flood waters because of heavy rainfall overnight. Flood warnings have been posted for small streams in Lawrence, DeKalb, Jackson, Madison, Limestone, Marshall, Cullman and Morgan counties. Flooding is also a concern for the Black Warrior and Tombigee rivers. Several counties report storm damage from Tuesday's severe weather. They include Calhoun, Shelby and St. Clair counties where possible funnel clouds damaged structures and snapped trees.
Plans are underway for a town hall meeting this evening in Selma. Organizers hope to receive input from residents in the Dallas County town about the most pressing issues facing them. State Senator Hank Sanders says he hopes to hear ideas on how to best use resources during these tough economic times.
Selma's town hall meeting will be held at the Dallas County Courthouse annex in the commission chambers beginning at 6 o'clock.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A survey of 109 businesses by the Alabama Retail Association finds that 57 percent saw a decrease in sales for November and December when compared to the same two months a year ago. Retail Association spokeswoman Nancy Dennis says 27 percent reported an increase and 16 percent reported sales stayed about the same. Dennis says increases were reported by most in the grocery, electronic and alcoholic beverages categories. Most of those in the clothing category reported a decline.
Montgomery, Alabama – Montgomery Police Chief Art Baylor says he is not planning to run for Mayor of Montgomery, instead, Baylor says he has been approached about a possible appointment as United States Marshall for the Middle District of Alabama. Baylor says that while he is happy with his current job, he is honored to be considered to receive an appointment by the President of the United States. Baylor has been chief of police since 2004, and he has more than 32 years of law enforcement experience.
Montgomery, Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - State government's tax collections for the first three months of the fiscal year are running nearly 6 percent behind the same months last year. The state Revenue Department reports that Alabama took in more than $2.1 billion in taxes for October, November and December. That's about $120 million less than the same months a year ago. Much of the drop is due to declines in sales taxes and corporate income taxes, which support public education.
Montgomery, Alabama – Hyundai Motors Manufacturing is struggling with declining sales. The Montgomery plant reports December 2008 sales were down over 48 percent in comparison with December 2007 figures.
In an attempt to boost sales, Hyundai is out with a new program aimed at encouraging people to buy Hyundai vehicles. It's called the Hyundai Assurance Program, and it basically allows people who are leasing or buying a Hyundai financed vehicles to return them - if they fall on hard economic times.
AUBURN, Ala. (AP) - Auburn has named Trooper Taylor assistant head coach in charge of wide receivers. Taylor was Oklahoma State's co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach last season. Auburn coach Gene Chizik says Taylor is familiar with the Southeastern Conference and is a tremendous recruiter.