The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to officials at the University of Alabama, longtime Director of Athletics Mal Moore passed Saturday at Duke University Medical Center, where he had been hospitalized for a pulmonary condition. Funeral arrangements are pending.
- The traveling exhibit that tells the story of the origins, creation, and impact of the King James Bible will remain on display until Friday at the Tuscaloosa Public Library.
- This Thursday, the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center is offering a seminar to educate pastors, priests, and other church leaders about PTSD and depression.
- The Alabama Legislature begins the second half of its 2013 session tomorrow. While restructuring the Medicaid program is amongst a number of priorities, Governor Bentley says his first priority is passing balanced budgets.
- In other news across the state, next week, a $38.5 million project to upgrade lanes of I-20 will begin. The work will take about three months to complete and require detours along 10 miles between 459 and the 20/59 split near the Birmingham airport.
- An Associated Press review of federal court cases and government data and interviews with law enforcement officials suggests Mexican drug cartels are expanding their reach in the U.S. Some cartel agents are sent to live and work deep inside the United States to tighten the grip on the narcotics market and possibly expand into other criminal enterprises.
- Federal legislators are still working to resolve immigration reform issues. While a deal was reached last week for low-skilled workers to be allowed into the country and be paid fair wages, some lawmakers are not yet ready to agree to such a deal.
- The NCAA's Final Four is set with Louisville facing Wichita State next Saturday and Michigan taking on Syracuse, according to Fox Sports. The winners advance to the April 8th championship.