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Governor Robert Bentley has released his tax and budget proposals ahead of next week's special session on a budget shortfall.

Bentley spokeswoman Jennifer Ardis says the state is at a critical point, and must either make cuts to state services or find new revenue.

The governor is seeking a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. He is also seeking to raise the business privilege tax on larger businesses while giving smaller ones a tax cut.

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Agriculture experts are predicting a bountiful year for northern Alabama's cotton crop. Heavy rain this week forced some farmers to delay harvesting another week or two. However, planters say the fall rain has been welcome after a scorching summer that featured consistent heat and little rain. Eric Schavey, regional extension agent for northwest Alabama, predicts a solid cotton crop this year. He said less rain over the coming days would be more beneficial to the cotton crops. More rain could lead to boll rot, some of which he's seen in some plants.

100 Words: The Farm Families Of Vermont

Jul 2, 2012

100 Words is a series in which photographers describe their work, in their own words. Skye Chalmers has been a professional photographer for 20 years. Born "in a drafty farmhouse" in Weston, Vt., he writes, he still lives in the state "with his superwoman and their redheaded twin toddlers."