The Sunrise News Sampler
- Thursday at 3pm, the University of Alabama will host a "Celebration of Life" at Coleman Coliseum in memory of former Crimson Tide Director of Athletics Mal Moore. More details will be announced as they're finalized.
- According to city officials, Tuscaloosa City and County schools were asked to partner with the City of Tuscaloosa Environmental Services Department and Yellow Pages to collect phonebooks for recycling for a share of $4,000 in cash prizes. More than 25,000 phonebooks were collected, equaling 31,000 pounds tht will be kept out of landfills.
- Upon returning from spring break, this morning, the Alabama House Ways and Means-Education Committee has scheduled a public hearing on the state education budget.
- Contractors are fighting over a bill awaiting a vote Thursday in a state Senate committee that would allow a government entity to pick a construction manager and agree on a maximum price for a project, which would allow the construction of public buildings without a traditional bidding process.
- This morning, the US Commerce Department will release February numbers on factory orders, and automakers will announce their sales figures for March. This will give a fresh read on the manufacturing sector.
- The stock market is off to a slow start this month with shares edging lower yesterday on signs that the manufacturing sector has cooled. The Dow dropped a little less than 6 points, the S&P 500 backed down 7 points, and the Nasdaq fell 28.
- North Korea says it will restart a nuclear reactor that can make one bomb's worth of plutonium a year and continues to threaten the US with nuclear attack, which is seen as an effort to force policy changes and increase domestic loyalty to leader Kim Jong Un.
- MSN reports that Justin Bieber pranked TMZ yesterday, tweeting that he'd be taking all fan phone calls on an 800 number, which just happened to be TMZ's tip line.
- Fox Sports reports that Kevin Ware is optimistic concerning his injury and maintains hope that he'll be able to play basketball again.