The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to officials at the University of Alabama, the 2013 A-Day Spring Game will be April 20th, with a 2pm kickoff. The University has also already scheduled Homecoming for October 5th, when the Tide will host Georgia State. No other details about that game have been released.
- Yesterday, strong storms crossed the state, which prompted numerous school systems to delay opening as a precaution. Luckily, we were able to avoid serious damage, but 7,000, mostly in West Alabama, were left without power.
- Speaking of yesterday's storms, they're said to have claimed at least two lives in Georgia and Tennessee, caused by crashing trees. Tornadoes and dangerous winds are said to have destroyed Adairsville, Georgia, where no traces remain of roadside produce stands that are a common sight on back roads.
- In state news, a bill has been pre-filed in the Alabama House that would legalize the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes, such as helping cancer patients receiving chemotherapy and others suffering from severe pain.
- In other news across the state, police in Midland City are still in a standoff with a man who killed a school bus driver and took a 6-year-old boy hostage. The boy is said to have been able to receive medicine and watch TV. While negotiators continue to communicate with the captor, identified as Jimmy Lee Dykes, area residents are hailing the slain driver as a hero for trying to protect a bus full of children.
- In other news, the US Senate is expected to approve a measure allowing about $450 billion in new debt to be added to the federal ledger, in effort of keeping the government from defaulting on its debt in mid-February. The measure passed in the House last week.
- In entertainment news, Willow Smith is said to no longer be a part of the remake of "Annie," as she was 9 when the project began, but at 12, she's outgrown the role.
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