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

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
-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