The Sunrise News Sampler
- While April is Child Abuse Prevention Month, it is also Autism Awareness Month, and tomorrow morning, a Walk for Autism will be held at the Tuscaloosa Magnet School at 8am. Also, a Sickle Cell Walk-a-thon will be held at Bowers Park from 8am to 9am, Tigerfest is going on at Stillman College, the Druid Arts Festival will be held at Government Plaza from 11am until 6pm, and the Sky Lantern Festival at Sokol Park will be from 6 to 8:30 tomorrow evening.
- Yesterday, Tuscaloosa City Councilman Lee Garrison announced his candidacy for the office of Chair of the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education in August's municipal election. Garrison has been most known for his efforts in downtown revitalization and riverfront development.
- While other states are working to curb gun violence, yesterday, our Senate voted in favor of a bill to ease some of our gun restrictions. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.
- Some State employees and vendors who do business with the state are being notified that hackers infiltrated a state computer and got into their personal information on January 16th. How may people were affected has not been released.
- The federal government will released jobless figures for March this morning, and unemployment decreased slightly to 7.6 from 7.7 percent.
- Tthe death toll from a new bird flu strain is now up to 6 in China. Those contracting the virus are believed to have had direct contact with infected fowl.
- Auburn athletic director Jay Jacobs says the school is reviewing allegations of rules violations in the football program during its 2010 national championship season, although they're not believed to be credible. Some former players say they received or were offered money from coaches.
- Noted film critic Roger Ebert died of cancer yesterday at the age of 70.