The Sunrise News Sampler
- All the talk yesterday was National Signing Day, and Alabama is said to have signed a top-ranked class of 25 recruits. Coach Saban says that while it's safe to say that he likes the guys he got, it's hard to make predictions about where they will be two or three years from now.
- According to Tuscaloosa City Schools, a new course catalog for the 2013-2014 school year will be adopted for city schools at February board meeting. A catalog revisions/parent meeting will be held on February 12th from 5:30pm to 7pm in the Central High School Auditorium.
- In other local news, as of yesterday, former Alabama Chief Justice Chuck Malone is again working as a circuit judge in Tuscaloosa County, after being appointed by Governor Bentley to fill a vacancy.
- In state news, an Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would stiffen the requirements for abortion clinics in the state, requiring them to have wider hallways and to have a doctor available at the time of a procedure.
- In state news, Alabama House Democrats want to put an armed police officer in each of the public schools in Alabama, a measure which is said to be aimed at preventing incidents like the recent school shootings in Connecticut.
- In other political news, today, President Obama will meet with House Democrats and promote his second-term agenda. He met with Senate Democrats yesterday to talk about the economy, immigration, and gun control.
- In other educational news, the Center for American Progress will outline a plan today that would provide pre-kindergarten programs for 3- and 4-year olds nationwide within five years. For families with younger children, federal child care subsidies would increase, and the number of students in Early Head Start programs would double.
- In other news, while Superstorm Sandy recovery continues, New Englanders are preparing for a big snowstorm. forecasters say some areas could get up to 2 feet of snow, with the heaviest amounts forecast for Friday night into Saturday morning.
- And in entertainment news, Chris Brown went to court yesterday to face allegations he failed to complete his 2009 community labor sentence. The judge requested more information and scheduled another hearing for April 5th.