The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to Tuscaloosa Police, applications are now being accepted for the 5th class of the Tusaloosa Citizen's Academy, which will run from February 4th through March 25th. The academy is free, open to all residents of the City of Tuscaloosa and Tuscaloosa business owners. Applicants must be at least 21 years of age.
- In state news, VictoryLand owner Milton McGregor plans to reopen his gambing facility in Shorter before the end of the year.
- Native American tribal leaders are gathered in Washington today for the fourth White House Tribal Nations summit. Many are concerned that steady progress on their issues might be undermined if there are deep spending cuts made to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
- In sad news, Besse Cooper of Monroe, Georgia was listed as the world's oldest person. The 116-year-old died yesterday afternoon.
- In sports news, former Auburn offensive coordinator Gus Malzahn, who worked with the team during its national championship run in 2010, has been hired as its new head football coach.