The Sunrise News Sampler
- Alabama athletic director Mal Moor has been hospitalized with pulmonary problems and was scheduled to be admitted to Duke University Medical Center last night for tests.
- According to officials at the University of Alabama, its School of Law is ranked 21st in the nation and its School of Library and Information Studies is ranked 18th in the 2014 edition of U.S. News and World Report's annual "Best Graduate Schools" publication.
- Following a temporary block by Montgomery County Circuit Judge Charles Price, the Alabama Supreme Court has cleared the way for Governor Bentley to sign a bill to provide tax credits to some parents who send their children to private school.
- The Alabama Film Office reports that 31 tv, movie, and video productions were done in the state in 2012, with $33.5 million spent. That's up from $22 million in 2011, and those productions are said to have provided more than 3,000 jobs.
- After being selected yesterday, Pope Francis is beginning his first full day as the leader of the Catholic Church. He says he'll call on retired Pope Benedict and celebrate an inaugural Mass in the Sistine Chapel.
- A gun control bill is expected to be approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee along party lines today, but the bill is expected to be tough to get through the full Senate.
- Honda is recalling nearly 250,000 vehicles worldwide, including 183,000 in the U.S., for brakes that can suddenly kick in even when the driver isn't braking. No crashes have been reported as a result of the problem. The vehicles were produced from March 2004 through May 2006.
- More than 1 in 3 U.S. cities are being hit hard by an aging population and weakened local economies and are essentially diying off. Census figures show that young adults have been leaving metropolitan areas to look for jobs and build their families elsewhere, and without new immigrants, the population in many of those areas would have been flat or shrunk.
- Viewership appears to have stalled for "American Idol" while it grows by leaps and bounds for "The Voice."