• Relief agencies and volunteers have been helping out victims of the Christmas Day tornadoes that hit the state, and yesterday, Governor Bentley toured the Mobile area. The governor says it isn't clear yet whether Alabama will qualify for federal aid to help with recovery from the tornado outbreak and the officials are still gathering damage assessments from multiple counties. 

 

  • District Attorney Chris McCool, who is the chief state prosecutor for Fayette, Lamar, and Pickens counties, has switched from the Democratic to the Republican party, according to a statement from the Alabama GOP.

 

  • Dwindling hopes of avoiding the fiscal cliff now rest on an 11th-hour scramble involving a meeting at the White House today. Top members of Congress and President Obama say they still hold out slim hope for a limited fiscal deal before the new year, but the legislation has yet to materialize.

 

  • R&B singer Brandy has gotten engaged to music executive Ryan Press.