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Woman set on fire is dead, detectives seeking capital murder charges

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The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 49 year old Deborah Diane Prater died early Tuesday morning. She's been hospitalized since Sunday with extensive burns. Her ex-boyfriend is accused of setting her on fire and may now face capital murder charges.

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A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.

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Commissioner Brown asks for end to vote challenge

Commissioner Brown asks for end to vote challenge Video included

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Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown stood with her attorneys and supporters.

Principal addresses several job openings at Minor High School Video included

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Students in Jefferson County return to school next week. Parents with kids at Minor High School wonder who will teach them and which classes they'll take. One emailed ABC 33/40 asking us to help get answers.The parent told ABC 33/40 through email, there are 20 vacancies on the staff and no counselors on the payroll Minor High. Principal Dr. JuntaAnnn acknowledged she is in a hiring blitz, but there's more to the story."Minor High School is a well-kept secret," said Dr.Annn.Dr.Annn is aware on...

Jefferson County Schools meal prices for 2014-15 school year

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A look at breakfast and lunch prices for Jefferson County Schools.

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  • Rebuilding continues in Bessemer for homes, park hit by tornado

    Rebuilding continues in Bessemer for homes, park hit by tornado

    Monday, July 28 2014 7:06 PM EDT2014-07-28 23:06:51 GMT
    Rebuilding efforts continue in Bessemer three months after a tornado hit central Alabama.Volunteers are now fixing houses that were destroyed to help families return home.More >>
    Rebuilding efforts continue in Bessemer three months after a tornado hit central Alabama.Volunteers are now fixing houses that were destroyed to help families return home.More >>
  • Update: Man arrested after woman doused with gasoline and burned

    Update: Man arrested after woman doused with gasoline and burned

    Monday, July 28 2014 5:57 PM EDT2014-07-28 21:57:16 GMT
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's department is looking for 48 year old Michael Kennedy. He's wanted on several charges after allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend on fire. Just after 2:30 this morning deputies respond to a report of a house fire in the 4400 block of Nellie Anderson Street. They arrived to find a 49 year old female victim with extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs. She was transported to the hospital and admitted to a burn unit in serious condition. Investigators...More >>
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's department is looking for 48 year old Michael Kennedy. He's wanted on several charges after allegedly setting his ex-girlfriend on fire. Just after 2:30 this morning deputies respond to a report of a house fire in the 4400 block of Nellie Anderson Street. They arrived to find a 49 year old female victim with extensive burns to her head, arms, upper body and legs. She was transported to the hospital and admitted to a burn unit in serious condition. Investigators...More >>
  • Update: Body found in bakery truck, no foul play involved

    Update: Body found in bakery truck, no foul play involved

    Monday, July 28 2014 11:28 AM EDT2014-07-28 15:28:15 GMT
    ABC 33/40 has confirmed that the body of 40 year old bakery employee Shane Landrip Caldwell was found in the truck. Police do not believe any foul play was involved.More >>
    ABC 33/40 has confirmed that the body of 40 year old bakery employee Shane Landrip Caldwell was found in the truck. Police do not believe any foul play was involved.More >>
  • Attorney "getting conflicting stories about absentee ballots" in contested JeffCo race

    Attorney "getting conflicting stories about absentee ballots" in contested JeffCo race

    Sunday, July 27 2014 7:08 PM EDT2014-07-27 23:08:43 GMT
    Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is expected to address the challenge to the District Two election results Monday. The contest was filed by one of her opponent's supporters. ABC 33/40 spoke with the attorney representing that supporter.More >>
    Jefferson County Commissioner Sandra Little Brown is expected to address the challenge to the District Two election results Monday. The contest was filed by one of her opponent's supporters. ABC 33/40 spoke with the attorney representing that supporter.More >>
  • A triple shooting leaves one person dead

    A triple shooting leaves one person dead

    Sunday, July 27 2014 11:51 AM EDT2014-07-27 15:51:55 GMT
    One person is dead and two others in juried in an early morning shooting in Ensley. Birmingham Police report incident occurred in the 1600 Block of Avenue I. Around 2:30 a.m. police were called to the location and found the victim lying face down in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Birmingham Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The name of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of relatives. Ther...More >>
    One person is dead and two others in juried in an early morning shooting in Ensley. Birmingham Police report incident occurred in the 1600 Block of Avenue I. Around 2:30 a.m. police were called to the location and found the victim lying face down in the street suffering from a gunshot wound to the back. Birmingham Fire and Rescue also responded to the scene and pronounced the victim deceased at the scene. The name of the victim has not yet been released pending notification of relatives. Ther...More >>
  • Shooting victim's wife and sons want answers concerning homicide investigation

    Shooting victim's wife and sons want answers concerning homicide investigation

    Saturday, July 26 2014 6:11 PM EDT2014-07-26 22:11:45 GMT
    Family members grieve the loss of a 37-year-old man shot dead. Birmingham police are investigating. A family is asking questions as police hear conflicting stories.More >>
    Family members grieve the loss of a 37-year-old man shot dead. Birmingham police are investigating. A family is asking questions as police hear conflicting stories.
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  • Sheriff's Office needs help finding restaurant robbery suspects

    Sheriff's Office needs help finding restaurant robbery suspects

    Saturday, July 26 2014 5:50 PM EDT2014-07-26 21:50:03 GMT
    The Shelby County Sheriff's Office needs help finding two suspects in a barbeque restaurant robbery. Deputies say two masked men robbed the Full Moon BBQ on Highway 280 Friday.More >>
    The Shelby County Sheriff's Office needs help finding two suspects in a barbeque restaurant robbery. Deputies say two masked men robbed the Full Moon BBQ on Highway 280 Friday.More >>
  • Local company gives back to a disabled soldier

    Local company gives back to a disabled soldier

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:22 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:22:46 GMT
    A man who spent his life serving our country, was left with a debilitating condition. A group in Alabama heard his story and tonight, they're giving back. More >>
    A man who spent his life serving our country, was left with a debilitating condition. A group in Alabama heard his story and tonight, they're giving back. More >>
  • Birmingham man says penis mistakenly amputated during circumcision operation, files lawsuit

    Birmingham man says penis mistakenly amputated during circumcision operation, files lawsuit

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:50 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:50:51 GMT
    An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis.More >>
    An Alabama man who went to the hospital for a routine circumcision says doctors mistakenly amputated his penis.
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  • Homewood police: Woman allegedly assaulted, kidnapped Tuesday night

    Homewood police: Woman allegedly assaulted, kidnapped Tuesday night

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:49 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:49:52 GMT
    Police are investigating an alleged assault and kidnapping of a woman in Homewood Tuesday night.More >>
    Police are investigating an alleged assault and kidnapping of a woman in Homewood Tuesday night.
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  • Lawyer for doctors: Man's claims of botched circumcision, amputated penis are untrue

    Lawyer for doctors: Man's claims of botched circumcision, amputated penis are untrue

    Friday, July 25 2014 3:43 PM EDT2014-07-25 19:43:24 GMT
     Two doctors are denying claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision.More >>
     Two doctors are denying claims by an Alabama man who says his penis was amputated during what was supposed to be a routine circumcision.
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  • Antioch Baptist Church Plans Several Events to Honor Pastor Quinton Earl Hammond

    Birmingham Pastor Reaches Milestone

    Birmingham Pastor Reaches Milestone

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:50:40 GMT
    This is the 40th year of preaching for Dr. Quinton Earl Hammond. Thirty-four of those years were spent at Antioch Baptist Church.
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    This is the 40th year of preaching for Dr. Quinton Earl Hammond. Thirty-four of those years were spent at Antioch Baptist Church. Today, members wore black tee-shirts which boast how they feel about their beloved pastor. The shirts read, "We love our Pastor." Meanwhile, the Pastor of the church sports a tee-shirt that reads, "I love my church." Reverend Hammond's achievements are being celebrated at a black-tie Gala planned for August 8th 2014 at the Boutwell Auditorium in Birmingham. A s...More >>
  • Lane Closures Planned as Wire Rails are Installed, Asphalt Paving, Grading Work Done

    Lane Closures Planned as Wire Rails are Installed, Asphalt Paving, Grading Work Done

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:50 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:50:03 GMT
    If you drive along Interstate 459, you might want to budget more travel time. Guard-rail, grading work and asphalt paving work is set to begin along the highway. Work on the north and southbound on I-459 in Hoover is set to begin this weekend. The inside lanes will be shut down from the Al 150 interchange to the U-S 31 interchange...Sunday through Tuesday nights, from 7 PM until 6 AM. Aldot plans to install cable rails to keep drivers from crossing over into oncoming traffic. A series of fa...More >>
    If you drive along Interstate 459, you might want to budget more travel time. Guard-rail, grading work and asphalt paving work is set to begin along the highway. Work on the north and southbound on I-459 in Hoover is set to begin this weekend. The inside lanes will be shut down from the Al 150 interchange to the U-S 31 interchange...Sunday through Tuesday nights, from 7 PM until 6 AM. Aldot plans to install cable rails to keep drivers from crossing over into oncoming traffic. A series of fa...More >>
  • Birmingham Protesters Join National Movement to Protest Federal Immigration Policies

    Birmingham Protesters Join National Movement to Protest Federal Immigration Policies

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:49:18 GMT
    Birmingham was one of 400 cities to have participated in what the group claims is the largest anti-amnesty nation-wide protest in history. The group calls themselves "Make Them Listen." They took to the streets expressing frustration with the federal government's stance on immigration. Using Facebook to get the word out, they staged a national day of protesting against immigration reform, amnesty and border surge. Car horns blared and beeped in response to the "no amnesty" and "no illegal i...More >>
    Birmingham was one of 400 cities to have participated in what the group claims is the largest anti-amnesty nation-wide protest in history. The group calls themselves "Make Them Listen." They took to the streets expressing frustration with the federal government's stance on immigration. Using Facebook to get the word out, they staged a national day of protesting against immigration reform, amnesty and border surge. Car horns blared and beeped in response to the "no amnesty" and "no illegal i...More >>
  • Single Mother's Empowerment Conference Honors and Inspires

    Single Mother's Empowerment Conference Honors and Inspires

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:48 AM EDT2014-07-25 14:48:43 GMT
    Women were informed, and inspired and networked with one-another at today's Single Mother's Empowerment Conference. ABC 33-40's Linda Mays, the conference Executive Director, kicked off the event. Then speakers and panelists moved into break-out sessions. ABC 33-40 anchor and reporter Brenda Ladun was a guest panelist, along with Ruby Felton, the Community-based Program Manager at the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, Melva Tate, owner of public relations firm Tate Associates, LL...More >>
    Women were informed, and inspired and networked with one-another at today's Single Mother's Empowerment Conference. ABC 33-40's Linda Mays, the conference Executive Director, kicked off the event. Then speakers and panelists moved into break-out sessions. ABC 33-40 anchor and reporter Brenda Ladun was a guest panelist, along with Ruby Felton, the Community-based Program Manager at the Exchange Club Child Abuse Prevention Center, Melva Tate, owner of public relations firm Tate Associates, LL...More >>
  • Samford "shoes" a nation

    Samford "shoes" a nation

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:23 AM EDT2014-07-25 12:23:40 GMT
    Samford is now the first university to "Shoe a Nation." More >>
    Samford is now the first university to "Shoe a Nation." More >>
  • Election fraud allegation in District 2 Commission Race

    Election fraud allegation in District 2 Commission Race

    Thursday, July 24 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-24 22:26:53 GMT
    The Jefferson County Commission District 2 race is not over. Earlier this week, the Jefferson County Election Commission declared incumbent Sandra Little-Brown to be the winner over challenger Sheila Smoot by just 26 votes. Now, a voter has filed a contest to the results.More >>
    The Jefferson County Commission District 2 race is not over. Earlier this week, the Jefferson County Election Commission declared incumbent Sandra Little-Brown to be the winner over challenger Sheila Smoot by just 26 votes. Now, a voter has filed a contest to the results. More >>
  • 2015 Regions Tradition dates announced

    2015 Regions Tradition dates announced

    Thursday, July 24 2014 5:10 PM EDT2014-07-24 21:10:54 GMT
    Regions Financial Corporation and the PGA's Champions Tour announced today that the 2015 Regions Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, will be played at Shoal Creek from May 13-17 next year.More >>
    Regions Financial Corporation and the PGA's Champions Tour announced today that the 2015 Regions Tradition, a major championship on the Champions Tour, will be played at Shoal Creek from May 13-17 next year.More >>
  • BJCC, Uptown seeking to become open container district in Birmingham

    BJCC, Uptown seeking to become open container district in Birmingham

    Thursday, July 24 2014 12:15 PM EDT2014-07-24 16:15:28 GMT
    The BJCC-Uptown District has applied to the City of Birmingham to become an open container district, according to city leaders.More >>
    The BJCC-Uptown District has applied to the City of Birmingham to become an open container district, according to city leaders.More >>
  • One injured in Ensley house fire

    One injured in Ensley house fire

    Thursday, July 24 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-07-24 11:42:39 GMT
    A house caught on fire last night in Ensley. Fire and rescue crews were called to a home on Pineview road around 9:00 p.m..More >>
    A house caught on fire last night in Ensley. Fire and rescue crews were called to a home on Pineview road around 9:00 p.m..More >>
  • Overnight house fire under investigation

    Overnight house fire under investigation

    Thursday, July 24 2014 4:15 AM EDT2014-07-24 08:15:55 GMT
    Birmingham fire officials are investigating a house fire on English Knoll Lane.More >>
    Birmingham fire officials are investigating a house fire on English Knoll Lane.
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  • Death investigation launched in McCalla after man finds decomposed body while bush-hogging property

    Death investigation launched in McCalla after man finds decomposed body while bush-hogging property

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:54 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:54:06 GMT
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has launched a death investigation after a man discovered a decomposed body while bush-hogging his property in McCalla Wednesday afternoon.More >>
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office has launched a death investigation after a man discovered a decomposed body while bush-hogging his property in McCalla Wednesday afternoon.More >>
  • Governor considering special session to fund economic development incentives

    Governor considering special session to fund economic development incentives

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:53 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:53:09 GMT
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley may call a special session in November to change funding for economic incentives. The money could start coming from the education budget.More >>
    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley may call a special session in November to change funding for economic incentives. The money could start coming from the education budget.More >>
  • Barber's artist skills on display

    Barber's artist skills on display

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:46 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:46:30 GMT
    It's called "Brushstrokes Between Cuts." And it's the first major art exhibition by local barber and artist Carter "Pooley" Moorer, Jr. The exhibition features 31 paintings that Moorer created during more than 60 years as a barber at Carter's Barbershop, his families barbershop in Ensley. Moorer's work is on display at The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute now through October 12th.According to his family, Moorer took only one art class when he was a freshman at Western Olin High School, which...More >>
    It's called "Brushstrokes Between Cuts." And it's the first major art exhibition by local barber and artist Carter "Pooley" Moorer, Jr. The exhibition features 31 paintings that Moorer created during more than 60 years as a barber at Carter's Barbershop, his families barbershop in Ensley. Moorer's work is on display at The Birmingham Civil Rights Institute now through October 12th.According to his family, Moorer took only one art class when he was a freshman at Western Olin High School, which...More >>
  • Jefferson Co. District 2 Race contested

    Jefferson Co. District 2 Race contested

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 9:43 PM EDT2014-07-24 01:43:48 GMT
    The election results may have been confirmed earlier this week, but the race to win Jefferson County's District 2 seat is not finished. ABC 33/40 has learned the election will be challenged. Someone has contested the election results.You may remember, only a small number of votes separated Shelia Smoot and Sandra Little Brown. The tight race was won by the incumbent.Brown tells ABC 33/40 Chairman Richard Mauk, with the Jefferson County Democratic Party was served the contest. We're told it ap...More >>
    The election results may have been confirmed earlier this week, but the race to win Jefferson County's District 2 seat is not finished. ABC 33/40 has learned the election will be challenged. Someone has contested the election results.You may remember, only a small number of votes separated Shelia Smoot and Sandra Little Brown. The tight race was won by the incumbent.Brown tells ABC 33/40 Chairman Richard Mauk, with the Jefferson County Democratic Party was served the contest. We're told it ap...More >>
  • Jefferson County way behind on road projects

    Jefferson County way behind on road projects

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:30 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:30:20 GMT
    Road repaying got put on a back burner when Jefferson County was in bankruptcy. That's history. Commissioners say money, staff and equipment is available now to get the job done. Trouble is, it's not being done. And the commission wants to know why. County manager Tony Petelos says the funds still aren't there. Commissioner Jimmie Stephens says he was told the county had the personnel to get the job done, upuntil a month ago. The county's roads director had said to expect between 120 and 20...More >>
    Road repaying got put on a back burner when Jefferson County was in bankruptcy. That's history. Commissioners say money, staff and equipment is available now to get the job done. Trouble is, it's not being done. And the commission wants to know why. County manager Tony Petelos says the funds still aren't there. Commissioner Jimmie Stephens says he was told the county had the personnel to get the job done, upuntil a month ago. The county's roads director had said to expect between 120 and 20...More >>
  • Clinical Trial at UAB tests drug to treat preeclampsia, may offer alternative to early delivery

    Clinical Trial at UAB tests drug to treat preeclampsia, may offer alternative to early delivery

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:02 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:02:54 GMT
    Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. The only cure is to deliver the baby early. A clinical trial is underway at University of Alabama at Birmingham and other medical facilities across the country that may provide another answer.More >>
    Preeclampsia is one of the most dangerous problems that can develop in a pregnancy. The only cure is to deliver the baby early. A clinical trial is underway at University of Alabama at Birmingham and other medical facilities across the country that may provide another answer.More >>
  • Tenant evicted after landlord finds marijuana in the flower bed

    Tenant evicted after landlord finds marijuana in the flower bed

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:37 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:37:04 GMT
    Jefferson County deputies took two burglary suspects into custody in Quinton on Tuesday.Authorities responded to a call of a burglary in progress. The caller also identified the former tenant of the home as the person breaking windows and damaging the home. Deputies say Jesse Smith, 35 of Graysville and Shanaee Dean, 31 of Adamsville are accused damaging and burglarizing a home in the 7200 block of Greer Road. The owner of the property was notified and sent her son to check on the property. ...More >>
    Jefferson County deputies took two burglary suspects into custody in Quinton on Tuesday.Authorities responded to a call of a burglary in progress. The caller also identified the former tenant of the home as the person breaking windows and damaging the home. Deputies say Jesse Smith, 35 of Graysville and Shanaee Dean, 31 of Adamsville are accused damaging and burglarizing a home in the 7200 block of Greer Road. The owner of the property was notified and sent her son to check on the property. ...More >>
  • Burglar season in Center Point: Homeowner uses game-hunting camera to catch 2 suspected thieves

    Burglar season in Center Point: Homeowner uses game-hunting camera to catch 2 suspected thieves

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:35:00 GMT
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A Center Point who had his home burglarized earlier this month couldn't have put his game-hunting camera to good use any sooner than he did because he was about to be robbed again the very next day.More >>
    Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. A Center Point who had his home burglarized earlier this month couldn't have put his game-hunting camera to good use any sooner than he did because he was about to be robbed again the very next day.
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  • Board members extend contract for Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools

    Board members extend contract for Superintendent of Birmingham City Schools

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:59 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:59:49 GMT
    Parents all over are getting their child's 'back to school' list together. Classes in Birmingham start August 14, 2014. The school board is also getting ready. Board members checked off a big item during the last board meeting.More >>
    Parents all over are getting their child's 'back to school' list together. Classes in Birmingham start August 14, 2014. The school board is also getting ready. Board members checked off a big item during the last board meeting.More >>
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  • Woman set on fire is dead, detectives seeking capital murder charges

    Woman set on fire is dead, detectives seeking capital murder charges

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-07-29 14:49:53 GMT
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 49 year old Deborah Diane Prater died early Tuesday morning. She's been hospitalized since Sunday with extensive burns. Her ex-boyfriend is accused of setting her on fire and may now face capital murder charges.More >>
    The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says 49 year old Deborah Diane Prater died early Tuesday morning. She's been hospitalized since Sunday with extensive burns. Her ex-boyfriend is accused of setting her on fire and may now face capital murder charges.More >>
  • Homewood City Council denies hotel an extension to continue operating

    Homewood City Council denies hotel an extension to continue operating

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:11:45 GMT
    A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.More >>
    A Homewood hotel plagued by problems must close by the end of the week. City leaders considered an extension for America's Best Value Inn and Suites, but denied the request.More >>
  • Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday

    Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend Starts Friday

    Tuesday, July 29 2014 9:11 AM EDT2014-07-29 13:11:23 GMT
    Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it.More >>
    Alabama's Tax-Free Weekend will kick off this Friday and end on Sunday. During that time, shoppers can purchase school supplies, clothing and computers without paying the state's sales tax on it.More >>