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, cold showers and opportunities to cool off in air-conditioned chapels and offices to thousands of inmates in lock-ups without central air-conditioning in a wide swath of the state under an excessive-heat warning. Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokesman Jeremy Desel says the policy was expanded statewide for the first time in the agency's history on 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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