The Sunrise News Sampler
- At 6:30 this evening, BamaCarry will host a meeting at the Northport Civic Center to give attendees the opportunity to ask state senators and legislators questions as well as voice concerns about carrying weapons in an open forum. Tonight's forum is free and open to the public.
- In other local news, yesterday, following the annual MLK Unity Day March, the Mildred Westervelt Warner Transportation Museum officially opened a traveling exhibit from the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute entitled "Selma to Montgomery: A March for the Right to Vote," which features photography by Spider Martin, who was known for documenting Bloody Sunday.
- In state news, State Representative Paul Demarco has pre-filed legislation what would require the state auditor to keep a searchable public database listing any piece of personal property owned by the state and valued at $500 or more, which he says is a bid to make government more accountable.
- Governor Bentley plans a news conference to detail a plan for "increasing efficiency" among state-level law enforcement agencies. He plans to sign an executive order creating the position of Senior Law Enforcement Adviser.
- In other news, a string of car bomb attacks in and around Baghdad has killed at least 17 people and wounded dozens.
- US government officials say three Americans were killed in last week's hostage standoff in Algeria, and seven Americans made it out safely. The militants had offered to release 2 of the killed in exchange for the freedom of two prominent terror suspects in jail in the US, which our government outright rejected.
- Today, President Obama begins his first day of work in his second term and will quickly confront three fiscal deadlines that demand cooperation with Congress, including raising the debt ceiling, which the House scheduled for a vote tomorrow.
- The AP reports that the crowd for the inauguration was smaller than that for the President's first term, but the crowds were still large, excited, and filled with celebrities.