The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to AL.com, Nathan Wilkins said in a letter to Tuscaloosa County Circuit Judge Brad Almond that he has no memory of the July night in which he shot into The Copper Top bar downtown. Wilkins also says he was prescribed medication that made him suicidal. He is requesting a new attorney and to undergo a psychiatric evaluation at Taylor Hardin, in hopes of having a fair trial.
- According to Tuscaloosa Police, 43-year-old Fredrick Price has been arrested and placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail on a total bond of $181,000. This is a result of a Christmas Day domestic violence call, where Price's victim was an 11-year-old boy, that led to an investigation in which Price was arrested for rape, sexual abuse, and sodomy of a 15-year-old girl.
- In state news, the House delegation split among party lines as all six Republicans voted against fiscal cliff legislation in Washington, and the state's lone Democrat voted for it. Critics say the measure adds to the deficit while supporters say extending tax cuts to the middle class was the right thing to do.
- In other news across the state, remember former professor Amy Bishop Anderson, who fatally shot three colleagues at the University of Alabama in Huntsville? Well, she's appealing her conviction and life sentence for capital murder and has been notified by the Alabama Criminal Court of Appeals that her appellant's brief is due by January 28th.
- For the first time since the massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the students will be returning to class today but at a refurbished school in a nearby town.
- In other news, the 113th Congress will be sworn in today at noon. The speaker of the Republican-controlled House will also be chosen.
- A leading insurance company says natural disasters cost the industry $65 billion last year and that Superstorm Sandy accounted for nearly 40% of the total.
- In sports news, Baltimore linebacker Ray Lewis says he will retire after the playoffs.