Top Headlines: Lawmakers may address gas tax, Shelby speaks on shutdown

Here’s where to buy your Roll Tide gear
Don’t want to jinx it, but some Alabama retailers are gearing up for a Crimson Tide victory in today’s National Championship game. National championship merchandise is arriving at retailers who will reopen after tonight’s game if Alabama is successful in its bid against Clemson. The game kicks off at 7 p.m. from Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, California. –

Lawmakers may address gas tax in March
Alabama lawmakers could debate a possible gasoline tax increase to fund road and bridge construction when they return to Montgomery in March. Citing congested and neglected roadways and crumbling bridges, legislative leaders said a gas tax measure to improve infrastructure will be a major topic of the 2019 session. – AP

Shelby sounds unpleased with government shutdown
U.S. Sen. Richard Shelby on Sunday said Republicans and Democrats are “at loggerheads” on the best way to end the ongoing 15-day government shutdown. However, he believes a settlement will be possible once both sides begin negotiating. Speaking to Maria Bartiromo on Fox News, Shelby said the impasse “could be settled in 24 hours if we could get together.” –

Jefferson Title Corp. going out of business this month
Birmingham-based Jefferson Title Corp. will be closing at the end of the month. The business, founded in 1967 by E. Leon Sanders, announced today that its last day of operation will be Thursday, Jan. 31. Sanders, the company’s chairman emeritus, said it is “a logical time to retire from the title industry and focus our energy and resources elsewhere.” –

Plot to elect Jones with Russian tactics stirs Dem anxiety
A secret effort to influence the 2017 Senate election in Alabama used tactics inspired by Russian disinformation teams, including the creation of fake accounts to deliver misleading messages on Facebook to hundreds of thousands of voters to help elect Democrat Doug Jones in the deeply red state. – Washington Post

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Police say man spent mom’s nursing home fund on cars, cruise
An Alabama man has been accused of plowing through nearly $200,000 reserved for his 90-year-old disabled mother’s assisted-living accommodations, splashing the cash on clothes, hotel stays, vehicles and even a cruise trip. A financial crimes detective told a Columbus, Georgia, city court that Vincent Wiggins, 51, of Phenix City had blown a $174,000 insurance check on the items. – Newsweek

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