• According to the US Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, 38,000 pounds of pork sausage is being recalled by Smithfield Packing Company because the meat may possibly contain small pieces of plastic, likely from gloves. The recalled products were produced on January 11, 2013 and were distributed in Washington D.C, and 11 states, including Alabama.

 

  • According to al.com, a group of minority shareholders of Greenetrack Inc. has filed a lawsuit against 5 Greenetrack directors and officers, citing misuse of funds. The suit claims management and directors used Greenetrack money for personal benefit and falsified shareholder records and income reports to the IRS.

 

  • The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama is kicking off its annual spring training series with two classes on Microsoft Excel for beginners on March 6th and a more advanced class on March 20th. Registration is required. For more information, call (205) 391-0559.

 

  • In state news, the Alabama Senate has approved legislation to allow posthumous pardons for the Scottsboro Boys. The bill now goes to the House, for what is predicted to be a similar vote.

 

  • Heavy snow is covering much of the Midwest, leaving as much as 17 inches in some places, shutting down airports, schools, and state legislatures. The storm is said to have hit Kansas especially hard and is expected to drop 3 to 9 inches in Iowa overnight.

 

  • In other news, US partnership with Japan will be a key talking point today as President Obama hosts the country's new prime minister to the White House.

 

  •  And the case of South African double-amputee Oscar Pistorius continues. The defense and prosecution have both completed their arguments in the bail hearing, with the magistrate soon to rule Pistorius can be freed before trial.

 

  • Remember former Bolingbrook, IL police officer Drew Peterson who just couldn't keep a wife? Well, yesterday, he was sentenced to 38 years in the killing of his third wife.

 

  • The head of the US Anti-Doping Agency is urging the Justice Department to join a lawsuit against Lance Armstrong, saying he committed fraud against the US Postal Service, which sponsored most of his teams.