• According to our daily, the Tuscaloosa City Council will use eminent domain to seize 17 parcels in Alberta owned by real estate businessman Lang Ray that will be used for the reconstruction of Fire Station No. 4 and the improvement of city streets.

 

  • Governor Bentley says Mobile, Pike, and surrounding counties have been approved for disaster assistance by way of the US Small Business Administration because of damage sustained in the Christmas Day outbreak of tornadoes.

 

  • The city of Cordova, which was hit by two tornadoes during the April 2011 outbreak is finally approved for federal money to demolish its severely damaged downtown area.

 

  • The approaching end to the Afghan war is the subject of a meeting today between President Obama and Afghan President Hamid Karzai. They'll discuss the future role of the US after the 2014 troop withdrawal date, as a proposal has been made to keep 6,000 to 15,000 US troops after 2014 to continue pursuing terrorists and training Afghan security forces.