(WAFF) - Monday has arrived so let's make the best of it, Margo Gray here with your headlines.
A man is now facing D-U-I charges after a weekend wreck that sent a mother and her 8-month old to the hospital. The wreck happened on Old Mountain Fork Road in Madison County around Sunday afternoon. Rescue crews the woman and her baby trapped in the car, upside down in a creek. We'll have more on their conditions and this man's arrest on WAFF 48 News Today.
I don't want to bring it up but forecasters have confirmed that a weak tornado touched down during Friday night's severe thunderstorms in Ider. The weather service classified the tornado as an EF-1, with top wind speeds estimated at 105 mph. Thankfully, no serious injuries were reported.
Today, folks out in Jackson County can get more info about a proposed one cent sales tax increase. Muriel Bailey will break this one down for us at 5:30 & 6:30 this morning. The money is expected to help eliminate the county deficit, put resource officers in schools and more. A public hearing will be held at North Sand Mountain High School at 6 p.m.
Cigarette smokers won't be happy if Governor Robert Bentley gets his way. He wants a higher cigarette tax to help with raising for the state's ailing budget. Bentley's proposal would raise the tax on a pack from 42 cents to $1.25 Just to compare, Alabama's current rate is 20 cents lower than Tennessee, 26 cents lower than Mississippi, 92 cents lower than Florida and 5 cents higher than Georgia.
A retraction is never good, but the author of a Rolling Stone magazine article about an alleged rape on the University of Virginia campus is apologizing for failing to verify the victim's story. Rolling Stone posted an apology on their website and is officially retracting the story.