The Sunrise News Sampler
- Alabama head coach Nick Saban is already thinking about what lies ahead for the Tide and says he wants his players to appreciate what they've accomplished, but they will face some challenges next season.
- In Tide-related entertainment news, the BCS title game's 15.1 television rating was up from last season, but the lopsided score kept viewership down. However, the 26.4 million viewers were up 9% from last year's Alabama blowout of LSU, 21-0.
- Last night, the Tuscaloosa City Council passed a resolution authorizing officials to open up an unsecured line of credit of up to $10 million with Regions Bank for up to 18 months, in anticipation of immediate needs, including the city's share of debris removal and its share of improvements on McFarland Boulevard, and funding infrastructure improvements in the tornado recovery zone, according to al.com.
- In state news, the Alabama NAACP is planning to rally at the Capitol in Montgomery Saturday to show its support of the Affordable Care Act.
- Today, members of the House and Senate Education Policy committees will hold a joint hearing to discuss keeping students and teachers safe in the event of a school shooting and preventing such incidents.
- Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has filled some key committee leadership vacancies before the 2013 legislatie session opens next month. Representative Mac McCutcheon, who recently became chairman of the House Rules Committee, was replaced by Representative Lynn Greer as chairman of the transportation committee.
- In other political news, Vice President Joe Biden is putting together proposals on curbing gun violence that he can take to President Obama by the end of this month. Today, he'll meet with gun-safety organizations and victims groups, and he'll meet with gun rights groups tomorrow.
- According to the Obama administration, when US troops exit Afghanistan at the end of 2014, no American soldiers may be left behind, despite the Pentagon's view that some troops need to stay to keep a lid on al-Qaida. However, White House deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes says residual troops are possible.