Topping the headlines this morning is news of a woman who tried to run her car through security barriers at both the Capitol and the White House yesterday afternoon. Thirty-four-year-old Miriam Carey, who was shot to death by police after a high-speed chase, is said to have suffered from post-partum depression. The one-year-old toddler in her car during the incident was not harmed.

Police are investigating reports of shots fired near West Circle in Northport yesterday afternoon, according to our daily. So far, no other information has been released.

Assistant strength and conditioning coach Corey Harris has been placed on administrative leave for lending money to suspended Tide defensive back Ha Ha Clinton-Dix. Harris is also said to have had a connection to a sports agent.

Hurricane and tropical storm watches have been posted from southeast Louisiana to Florida. Tropical Storm Karen threatens to become the first named tropical system to menace the United States this year.

Alabama gymnastics coach Sarah Patterson was honored with the dedication of the Sara Patterson Champions Plaza, which recognizes all sports at the university and includes busts of each coach to win an NCAA championship.

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard recently transferred nearly $18,000 from his campaign fund to the Alabama treasury. Hubbard, who is trying to raise money for a re-election campaign, said he made the transfer because he wanted to be extra careful with how he handled the money he originally got from a political action committee he operated.

Lawmakers say the partial government shutdown that started Tuesday seems to be quickly merging with a more critical showdown over the nation's expiring line of credit.. Meanwhile, House Republicans are keeping up a drive to open certain agencies and programs on a piecemeal basis, and lawmakers could vote on legislation today that would authorize back pay for the 800,000 government workers on furlough.