• Yesterday, Governor Bentley announced $3.5 million would be provided for the continued rebuilding of areas in Tuscaloosa  that were devastated by the April 27 tornado. The county will also receive $1.6 million for sewer repairs and $300,000 for road work.

 

  • In other news across the state, police in Lawrence County have arrested 18-year-old Corinthian Carnell Gilchrist, a student at R.A. Hubbard School, for making threats against students and teachers at the school. The nature of the threats has not been released.

 

  • Members of the Senate and House foreign affiars committees will be questioning State Department officials today about the September 11th attack on the US consulate in Libya. Lawmakers want to know why security was grossly inadequate at the US diplomatic mission when militants stormed it.

 

  • Last night, Rhode Island native Olivia Culpo was crowned the new Miss Universe. The pageant aired live and was streamed to more than 100 countries.

 

  • In other news across the state, 35-year-old Laura Danford, a former municipal court magistrate in Autaugaville, has been sentenced to two years of probation for stealing money from the small town in Central Alabama. Danford had been sentenced to 54 months in prison, which was suspended before she was placed on probation.

 

  • The first Midwest snowstorm of the season is sweeping across several states, closing schools and making roads dangerous.  Forecasters are warning that heavy snowfall mixed with strong winds could create blizzard conditions this morning from Kansas to Wisconsin.

 

  • In entertainment news, Adelle was voted The Associated Press Entertainer of the Year. Previous winners include Lady Gaga, Betty White, and Stephen Colbert.