The Sunrise News Sampler
Yesterday, following a 90-minute deliberation, a jury found Tracey Grissom guilty of murdering her ex-husband in May 2012. Grissom says she acted in self-defense, although prosecutors contend she was looking to cash in on a $103,000 life insurance policy. Grissom will be sentenced on Sept. 2 and faces 10 years to life in prison.
A judge has dismissed a lawsuit from payday lenders who challenged regulations requiring a central database to track payday loans, ruling that the State Banking Department did not exceed its authority in ordering a $500 cap on payday loans and a database.
The World Health Organization is declaring the Ebola outbreak in West Africa an international public health emergency. Doctors Without Borders says making “statements won’t save lives.”
For a third time, General Motors is recalling five makes of SUVs for a power window switch problem that could result in a fire. However, the necessary parts to fix the problem won’t be ready until at least October.
For the first time at the University of Alabama, traditionally white sororities are beginning membership recruitment with a handful of black members. The campus was engulfed in controversy last fall following reports some white groups rejected blacks because of race. Rush ends August 16.
Police in Montgomery are investigating the abandonment of a 5-month-old baby who was found sitting in a car seat near a church. The baby was found unharmed yesterday afternoon and is now in the custody of the Department of Human Resources.
The U.S. military has dropped food and water supplies to tens of thousands of Iraq religious minorities surrounded by militants in the northern part of the country. President Obama said the aid was to prevent a possible genocide.
55-year-old Theodore Wafer has been found guilty of killing 19-year-old Renisha McBride, who was banging on his front door after crashing her car last November. Wafer faces up to life in prison.