The Sunrise News Sampler
According to officials at the University of Alabama, enrollment is at an all time high with 34,852 students enrolled this fall. This includes almost 6500 freshmen, close to 1800 of which with a 4.0 or higher high school GPA, and an average ACT score for the class at 25.8, the highest in UA history.
Alabama House Minority Leader Craig Ford says the Accountability Act has failed and is asking lawmakers to reallocate $40 million meant for tax credits instead to expand the Alabama Math, Science, and Technology Initiative.
The U.S. Conference of Mayors is proposing a 10-point plan to end racism and discrimination in America. A blueprint released yesterday includes speaking out against bias, reducing poverty and working to reduce disparities between whites, blacks and Hispanics in prison sentencing.
One Las Vegas mother is resting after delivering a healthy set of quintuplets. Evonne Derrico and her husband Deon already had 4 children before this delivery.
According to AL.com, the human remains of found by hunters last Saturday have been identified as Antonio Williams, who was last seen in Tuscaloosa on July 17. His suspected killer Alexius Foster was previously charged in the case and remains incarcerated.
In other local news, 24-year-old Felipe Flores is said to have been shot and killed Wednesday night for laughing at his housemate. Twenty-seven-year old Juan Ramirez was arrested and booked in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on charges of murder and resisting arrest, pending a $81,000 bond.
A report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorites says Alabama's cuts to K-12 education are the nation's second worst since the recession began.
A new tropical depression threatening to bring flooding to parts of eastern Mexico is expected to strengthen to a tropical storm later today.
And in entertainment news, after 30 years, Charlie Sheen has obtained his high school diploma after being just a few points short in 1983.