The Sunrise News Sampler
- Tuscaloosa Police are searching for the suspect in the burglary of Duncan's Pharmacy on 69S last week. The suspect gained entry by force through the front door and took an undisclosed amount of prescription medicine. Information leading to an arrest will yield to a cash reward.
- According to our daily, the Northport City Council is considering a ban on fireworks inside city limits after January. The issue will be discussed at the council's next meeting on Monday, December 17th.
- In state news, the Alabama Interagency Council for Prevention of Elder Abuse is recommending legislation that is backed by Governor Bentley which will provide additional criminal penalties for the abuse, neglect and financial exploitation of older citizens.
- In state news, the National Weather Service has confirmed that storm damage in Birmingham was caused by a tornado around 4:45 yesterday morning.
- Yesterday, Governor Bentley participated in a ceremony at the Capitol to start Wreaths Across America, an effort by veterans and their families to kick off a week of activities honoring those who served in the military.
- Our prison system has changed a policy that required placing inmates who make a complaint into segregation while the issue is being investigated. This comes amid allegations that Department of Corrections employees had illegal sexual conduct with dozens of women at Tutwiler Prison.
- The battle continues between the White House and House Republicans over how to avoid the fiscal cliff. President Obama isn't budging from his position favoring higher taxes on wealthier individuals while House Republicans are demanding that the president provide specifics on spending cuts he would support.
- An international study says American students are still lagging behind many of their peers in Asia and Europe, but they are performing better than the global average.
- In unfortunate entertainment news, former Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash is being sued by a fourth accuser who claims that Clash had sex with him while the accuser was underage.