• Yesterday, 19-year-old Laranden Dewayne Perry was arrested and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Rico Barnes, following a shooting near West End Park, according to Tuscaloosa County Metro Homicide Unit Commander Captain Loyd Baker. The shooting is under investigation.

 

  • In state news, federal prosecutors and law enforcement officials have warned Alabama residents to carefully watch for identity theft as tax filing season begins. Nine people have been arrested in recent days in identity theft cases in the Middle District of Alabama involving millions of dollars.

 

  • In other news, a survey finds that economists are predicting another month of steady job growth but no change in the unemployment rate for January.

 

  • And in entertainment news, just days before her Super Bowl performance, Beyonce admitted yesterday that she did lip-sync when she performed the national anthem on Inauguration Day, saying she's a perfectionist and wanted her performance for the president to be a memorable one. She added that she's proud of her performance.