- Associated Press - Thursday, February 20, 2014

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Gov. Robert Bentley is joining other state officials and representatives from the National Weather Service to promote Alabama’s tax-free weekend for purchasing severe weather preparedness supplies.

Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner and state Revenue Commissioner Julie Magee are slated to participate in the program Thursday at a home supplies store in Montgomery.

Alabama’s tax-free weekend for severe weather preparedness supplies begins Friday and ends Sunday night. The state is waiving its 4 percent sales tax and many cities and counties are lifting their local sales taxes.

Tax-free items include flashlights, first-aid kits, battery-powered or hand-cranked radios, plastic sheeting, batteries, duct tape, plywood, fire extinguishers, window film and coolers.