Three Birmingham men have been arrested following a month long investigation by the West Alabama Narcotics Task Force in the fight against the rising use of heroin. Agents have recovered over $52,000 in heroin, Xanax tablets, and over $4,000 in U.S. currency. All three men were placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail with pending bonds ranging from $15,000 to $1 million.

The Black Farmers and Agriculturalists Association, Inc. will be conducting several meetings in the state of Alabama and elsewhere, regarding (among other things) the several class action lawsuits between Black farmers, their heirs and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Many individuals are being paid a $50,000 settlement. However, even many more are being denied the settlement or are having their settlement held up due the probating of the estate of the deceased or incapacitated claimant.   More information is available here.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions has been named the lead Republican for the Senate minority on the House-Senate Budget Conference Committee. Sessions says he believes committee members will act in the best interest of the country and try to find common ground.

Ex-government systems analyst Edward Snowden says no spies got a hold of any secret U.S. documents when he fled to Hong Kong and then to Russia. He says he turned everything over to journalists and didn't keep any copies of the documents.

J.C. Penny has already announced it would be opening at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, the same time as Macy's, its rival.