The alert info has always been displayed within the Snort > Alerts tab. But requires excessive searching to find the info that corresponds with a blocked IP. Whereas, on the BLOCKED tab, it used to specifically show the ALERT DESCRIPTION that corresponds with each blocked IP. More straight forward.
No - I've not yet confirmed that the blocked IPs are expiring within the interval I've configured. I've been having to clear and reset snort blocks constantly to keep snort running so it's been somewhat of a moving target.
Wish the latest snort was more stable. Though I'm sure most of my issues are already being addressed for subsequent release.