• According to our daily, this will be the last weekend for Holidays on the River this season, but with ticket sales totaling over what the city had projected in its initial proposal, there is already talk about having the rink to return in the future.

 

  • In state news, US sales of Alabama-made vehicles grew 6% last year, with pent-up demand said to have been the driving force of the auto industry's continued recovery- which is expected to continue- according to Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for Edmunds.com.

 

  • In other news, the government will release official December data this morning, which economists surveyed by FactSet predict will show modest but steady hiring that added 155,000 jobs and unemployment remaining at 7.7%.

 

  • Rihanna has come under fire AGAIN for posting a picture on Instagram of what looks to be marijuana. Some of her followers liked the picture. Others spoke out in ridicule. And Rihanna later posted another message, saying, "I don't really give a *expletive*."