Today, Tuscaloosa City Schools' pre-K and Kindergarten students will participate in Read for the Record, a nationwide event to draw emphasis on early childhood literacy. This marks the eighth year city schools have participated in the event, and this year's goal is to have more than 2.5 million children reading the same book.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama is the only insurance company offering individual plans under the new health insurance marketplace website for most Alabama counties.

Worries are increasing that the impasse that caused the partial government shutdown could go on for weeks and get tangled in the debate over increasing the debt ceiling. In a meeting at the White House yesterday, both sides were still finger-pointing.

Prosecutors are confident they have enough evidence to convict former football star Aaron Hernandez, even without a star witness or murder weapon.

Students at Tuscaloosa City Schools will be admitted free to some Stillman College football games, including this weekend's game. High school students are asked to bring ID, and a parent or guardian must accompany students in kindergargen through eighth grade.