State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee

16th Street Baptist Church bombing

A former Ku Klux Klan member convicted in a church bombing that killed four black girls is up for parole in Alabama.

The state parole board has scheduled a hearing for Wednesday for 78-year-old Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr. Blanton won't attend the hearing, but opponents of his release are expected to address the board.

Lawyers for Alabama abortion providers have asked a federal judge to block new state laws that ban abortion clinics near schools as well as a commonly-used second trimester abortion procedure.

U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson scheduled a telephone conference on the request for a temporary restraining order. Unless blocked by federal court, the new laws will go into effect August 1.


State tax officials say some parents wrongly claimed tax credits under the new Alabama Accountability Act and are being asked to return it.

State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee and Deputy Commissioner Curtis Stewart say the department's review is ongoing and it's too early to say how many will be asked to return their refunds or pay additional taxes.


Alabama's Revenue Department slowed about 100,000 personal income tax refunds this year because of a new computer program designed to catch identity theft and tax fraud.

Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says identity theft has become such a problem that her department used the program to watch for fraud clues. That means some taxpayers have waited longer than normal for their tax refunds and will be paid 3 percent interest as required by state law.

Magee tells that she would rather pay interest to taxpayers than make payments to identity thieves.

Alabama vehicle owners can now pre-order new distinctive license plate designs online.

State Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee says motorists who want to help an organization acquire the necessary number of pre-sales for a distinctive license plate no longer have to go to their county tag office. The new process allows motorists to go a website ( ) and pre-order. The commissioner says the computer site will be easier and quicker for motorists.