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Alabama independents fighting to exclude prescription revenue from gross receipt calculations

Approximately 530 Alabama independent drug store owners are seeking relief of as much as $5,000 per store per year in business license fees by excluding prescription sales from gross receipts, according to a report published Friday by the Alabama Media Group. State legislation has been introduced to that end, but is opposed by local municipalities looking at stark revenue reductions. "Cities like Montgomery and Mobile claim the hit would be excessive," the report noted. "In Mobile, city officials estimate that computing a store's gross sales by including prescription medicine has brought in an average of $465,000 annually for the past five years." (AL.com)

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Nubian Heritage unveils aluminum-free 24-hour deodorants

The new deodorants are free of parabens, petroleum, phthalates, silicones, propylene glycol and triclosan, and the certified organic Shea butter they contain was sourced from 14 women’s co-ops in northern Ghana as part of the brand ’s Community Commerce business model.