The Sunrise News Sampler
- Yesterday, the 5-year-old Midland City boy that was being held hostage in a bunker by Jimmy Lee Dykes was rescued after authorities determined that the boy was in imminent danger. The bunker was raided, and the suspect was shot and killed.
- Tuscaloosa City Schools reports that Bryant High senior Marcus Nathan Hill has advanced to Finalist standing in the National Achievement Scholarship Program, for which over 160,000 students applied. 800 winners will be offered Achievement Scholarships.
- Eddie Ray Routh, the Iraq War veteran charged with gunning down former Navy SEAL and author Chris Kyle and his friend on a Texas shooting range, is on suicide watch at a county jail. Records show that Routh says he suffers from PTSD and had been taken to a mental hospital twice in recent months.
- Ricki Lake’s return to daytime television was short lived. According to “The Wrap,” “The Ricki Lake Show,” which premiered in September, will not continue into the 2013-2014 season.
- Yesterday, Governor Bentley announced that the state will fund 302 new road and bridge projects , including eleven in Tuscaloosa County, as part of the Alabama Transportation Rehabilitation and Improvement Program. Funding was also provided for projects in Greene County and Lamar County in West Central Alabama.
- In other local news, demolition of the former Armed Forces Reserve Center on 10th Avenue has begun. It was recommended last year that the site be turned into a green space, but the city council has not yet voted on a proposal.
- In other news, a new study by Texas A&M Transportation Institute says that traffic jams are costing people big money and lots of wasted time. Last year, Americans are said to have wasted an average of $818 per person and a cumulative total of 5.5 billion additional hours sitting in their vehicles because of traffic congestion.
- And in sports news, last night, Auburn High School five-star linebacker Reuben Foster said he will be attending the University of Alabama. He’d previously committed to Bama, then changed his mind in favor of Auburn, but changed his mind again amid Chizik’s dismissal.