The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to the Tuscaloosa News, Atlanta-based Chance Partners is seeking its fourth development in Tuscaloosa, with plans to put a mixed-use development at the former Tuscaloosa Chevrolet site. A similar request by Carter development company was rejected by the city.
- In state news, Democratic Representative John Rogers says he will introduce a bill in the Legislature to reinstate the Jefferson County 0.5 percent occupational tax and generate as much as $65 to $70 million, which he says will allow the county to escape from bankruptcy.
- If you like to frequent the mountains, your favorite cabin may no longer be available. Right now, helipcopters are being sent to help battle a wildfire in a resort area in eastern Tennessee’s Great Smokey Mountains National Park. The blaze has already destroyed more than 30 large rental cabins. No injuries have been reported.
- In entertainment news, Disney’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” dominated the box office in its second week, taking in an estimated $42.2 million, raising its overall domestic total to more than $145 million, reports MSN.
- According to our daily, a woman walking to her vehicle at University Mall was knocked to the ground Saturday afternoon and had her purse taken. She was transported to DCH Regional Medical Center, and the suspect is unknown.
- Attorney General Luther Strange requests Macon County Circuit Judge Tom Young Jr. to step aside from a case involving a raid at VictoryLand, as Strange says Young is prejudiced against the state’s evidence.
- Some Republican opposition is expected when President Obama nominates Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez as labor secretary, as he is said to have given incomplete testimony to the US Commission on Civil Rights in the lawsuit the Bush administration brought against the New Black Panther Party.
- Fox Sports reports that last night, the St. Louis Rams and free agent offensive tackle Jake Long agreed to terms on a deal.