The Sunrise News Sampler
- According to Tuscaloosa Police, four suspects were arrested in the Thursday night robbery of the Lucky Dollar Food Mart on Crescent Ridge Rd. Two of the suspects are juveniles, but they will all be charged as adults and were placed in the Tuscaloosa County Jail, each pending a $120,000 bond.
- According to our daily, a community meeting will be held at the Northport City Hall from 5pm to 7pm tomorrow for residents to give input on the possible widening and improvement of MLK Jr. Boulevard, and in other road work news, Northport City leaders are also considering expanding Mitt Lary Road to three or four lanes.
- Meanwhile, much of the Holt community damaged by the April 27th tornado remains the same, almost two years later, as homes purchased by the Alabama Department of Transportation appear to have been abandoned or neglected. Residents believe this is a strategy to pressure some home owners to sell their homes to make way for the proposed eastern bypass.
- The IRS estimates 440,000 Alabamians will wait until April to file their tax returns.
- Both houses of the Alabama Legislature will begin work on a bill in two weeks that could move Medicaid to a for-profit, managed care model.
- A new plan is in place between South Korea and the United States to counter any limited attack by the North, amid continuing threats. However, a separate plan for full-blown war already exists.
- In other news, our federal government is trying to bring Arab countries into efforts to restart peace negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians that broke down more than four years ago. Israel says the issue of settlements can be addressed in negotiations.
- Today, we should get more information on the winning Powerball ticket sold in New Jersey for Saturday's $338.3 million drawing.
- "The Croods" took the domestic box office, with a $44.7 million debut weekend.