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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.
To help explain the leniency program, the IRS has posted answers

Montgomery, Alabama – Listen now to some of the stories making headlines in the WVAS newsroom.

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
Flooding is also a concern for the Black Warrior and Tombigee
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.

Selma, Alabama –

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
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.

january 7,2009 –

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.

January 5,2009 – The Montgomery City Council meets tonight, no doubt declining sales tax revenues will be on the minds of Council members.

Sales tax collections in the capital city for November 2008 were down 14 percent from November 2007 figures. The decline in sales tax revenue means the city will have less to spend on city government functions.

City Council President Charles Jinright has been sworn in as interim mayor. Jinright says that budget adjustments are likely.