Student reporter Jeremy Boyd


The American Red Cross needs blood this summer. Officials said after the Fourth of July holiday season there is a serious blood shortage.

This is not just an Alabama issue. Over 17,000 fewer blood donations were given over the holiday week.

Alabama’s annual back-to-school tax- free weekend is slated to begin at midnight. The savings will run until midnight on Sunday. Although the state’s 4 percent sales tax is waived, local tax may still be included in certain areas.

The tax exemption is focused around back to school items, but everyone can partake.

Melissa Warnke is the communication manager for the Alabama Retail Association. She advises families to plan for the tax-free weekend.

State forestry officials are working to head off a rumor that Alabama is under a statewide burn ban.

The Alabama Department of Environmental Management said it has issued annual summertime restrictions on fires to clear vegetation. This applies to the state's 12 most urbanized counties. The agency said it has nothing to do with the current drought conditions.

Ron Gore is the head of the Air Division of ADEM. He said there is an environmental reason for the current summer restrictions.

(MONTGOMERY, AL)-- An Alabama Attorney will be the focus of a documentary on HBO. Bryan Stevenson is the Alabama attorney who founded the Equal Justice Initiative and he is the subject of two new films.

One is called “True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality” and it will premiere on HBO June 26. The documentary details Stevenson's work in the criminal justice system on behalf of poor and other incarcerated people.