• According to The Tuscaloosa News, the city's University of Alabama Strip Advisory Committee requested a15-minute extension for closing hours to prevent patrons from leaving the Strip's bars at the same time each night, which the City Council's Public Safety Committee approved, although they voiced little confidence that it would do much good.

 

  • Yesterday at a State House news conference, Republican legislators offered proposals to make Alabama public schools safer with measures including giving schools permission and more money to hire trained resource officers to provide security.

 

  • The FBI believes that someone knows who carried out the bombing at the Boston Marathon. So, authorities are continuining to appeal to the public to report anything they may have seen or heard, even before the attack.

 

  • CNN reports that one of the two bombs in the attacks used a pressure cooker and contained "improvised fragmentation." It is still unclear what type of bomb was used in the second explosion, who triggered the attack, and why.

 

  • In a recent episode of "Family Guy" that depicts mass deaths at the Boston Marathon has been pulled from Fox.com and Hulu.com, and Fox has no immediate plans to air it again.

 

  • AL.com reports that stadium security for the University of Alabama's A-Day Game is being discussed by campus leaders, as the bombings at the Boston Marathon have brought extra attention to security at athletics events across the country.

 

  • University of Alabama trustees approved a three-year deal yesterday that would be worth $3.85 million for Alabama defensive coordinator Kirby Smart. This is a pretty hefty raise for Smart. However, Head Coach Nick Saban's salary remained the same, with the exception of performance bonuses changing to reflect a four-team playoff that will start in two seasons.

 

  • The Alabama Senate has passed legislation to expand what nurse practitioners are allowed to do. The bill now goes to the House for consideration.