Vape shop owners fight proposed tax and Shelby County parks & rec makes a big change

Vape shop owners fight proposed tax and Shelby County parks & rec makes a big change

Happy Almost Friday! This is Jonathan Hardison with a look at some of the stories we're working on for you tonight.

Businesses fight proposed tax

Governor Bentley is proposing a change to raising taxes on e-cigarettes to match the one levied on traditional tobacco products, all in an effort to raise tax money to help solve the state's budget crisis. Tonight on FOX6 News at 9 we're talking to vapor shop owners and e-cig smokers about their fight against the new tax and why they say this tax could cost the state thousands of jobs.

Change in policy
 
And no matter where you live in our area, the odds are you've seen lightning during one of these pop-up storms this week. That lightning surge has convinced Shelby County Parks and Recreation officials to make a change in their policy in shutting down activities during storms. Tonight on FOX6 News at 10 we're talking to the National Weather Service about how they helped the parks department come up with this new plan and how many more people it may protect.

Watch that weather!
 
Speaking of lightning, are we finally done with this cycle of pop-up storms every afternoon? J-P's taking a fresh look at new model data and preparing a new forecast for our 90 minutes of news starting on FOX6 News at 9.

Those stories and more beginning at 9 on FOX6 News. I hope you'll watch us on air, online at MyFoxAl.com or in the WBRC News app by clicking "Live Newscasts."

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