News Minute: Here is the latest Alabama news from The Associated Press at 5:40 p.m. CDT
CENTREVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A former Alabama bank president already sentenced to federal prison has now pleaded guilty on state charges for issuing fraudulent loans and using the money for himself. Al.com reports 57-year-old John Kevin Vann, of Tuscaloosa, pleaded Thursday to a charge of identity theft before Bibb County Circuit Judge Donald McMillan. District Attorney Michael Jackson says Vann, the former president of Trustmark National Bank, was given a five-year suspended sentence during the hearing.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Texas prison officials are offering cold water and cold showers to thousands of inmates in lock-ups without central air-conditioning in a wide swath of the state under an excessive-heat warning. The National Weather Service posted heat advisories and warnings from the New Mexico-Texas border eastward to parts of Alabama. Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, west Tennessee and parts of Kansas, Missouri and Kentucky were all under heat advisories or warnings Friday.
ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - The Limestone County sheriff is pushing for a hazardous duty pay increase for his staff. The Decatur Daily reports that Sheriff Mike Blakely is requesting an increase from $50 a month to $150 a month for each jailer and supervisor in the 2019 fiscal year. Chief Deputy Fred Sloss III told a budget hearing of the Limestone County Commission earlier this week that corrections officers have been spit on, had feces thrown on them and been injured breaking up fights between inmates.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Alabama's back-to-school state sales tax free weekend is underway and covers everything from clothes and shoes to computers and crayons. And that's not all. According to the Alabama Department of Revenue, the exemption also covers diapers. Al.com reports diapers are included under the clothing provision, which also covers belts, hats, jackets, pajamas, shoes and underwear. Local sales tax may still apply.
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