The Sunrise News Sampler
13-year-old Destiny Schaetzle, who had been missing since July 27 was located late Friday afternoon. She and her sister will be placed in temporary custody of family and friends, based on unsafe living conditions at home.
At 1:00 today, the Tuscaloosa County School system will hold a convocation at Coleman Coliseum, celebrating the opening of school. The event will feature musical selections from county schools.
Alabama Department of Public Safety officials say state troopers will ride along with a commercial driver to crack down on unsafe drivers as part of the Ticketing Aggressive Cars and Trucks program.
Department of Tourism officials say this year’s Alabama Restaurant Week event starting August 15 will feature more than 200 restaurants in 53 cities offering lunch and dinner discounts.
Alabama Power says it’s cutting back on coal use at three generating plants due to federal environmental rules. About 60 jobs are reportedly being affected, but the company says cuts will come from transfers and attrition, not layoffs.
The Obama administration secretly sent young Latin Americans to Cuba to provoke political change. They are said to have worked undercover as HIV-prevention workers for a U.S. Agency for International Development program, but they were actually looking for young Cubans who could become political activists.
In other news, Dr. Kent Brantly has been treated for Ebola at Emory University Hospital since Saturday, and he is said to be getting better. Meanwhile, the other missionary stricken with the illness Nancy Writebol is expected to leave West Africa tomorrow to be treated at Emory as well.
Former “American Idol” Season 8 finalist Michael Johns passed away suddenly Friday from a blood clot in his ankle. He was only 35.
Janet Jackson is said to be in the studio, working on her first album in 6 years.