According to our daily, Tuesday, the Tuscaloosa City Board of Education approved the first proposal of a new school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year, which recommends 5 days set aside for half-days of afternoon professional development training. The current proposed calendar won't be up for final approval until the board's next meeting later this month.

Gulf beach authorities say Tropical Storm Andrea has forced them to rescue more than a dozen swimmers. Authorities say red flags are likely to fly at beaches until the storm system leaves the Gulf area.

Today, the U.S. Senate is expected to make an effort to pass legislation to keep interest rates on subsidized Staffort student loans from spiking. The bill will need 60 votes to pass.

Just 9 months after giving birth to their second child, the former "Real Housewives of Atlanta" star Kim Zolciak is expecting another child with husband Kroy Biermann.