The Tuscaloosa City Board of Education has approved a $128.2 million budget for fiscal 2015, with a general fund budget of $85.2 million.

The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education has approved a $170.3 million overall budget for fiscal 2015.

The board of directors for the DCH Health System has approved a $468 million budget for fiscal 2015. The system's employees could get 2 percent merit raises.

Timothy Ray Jones, Jr. is suspected of killing his five children in South Carolina and dumping the bodies in Camden, Ala. Authorities say Jones is being charged with child neglect and other charges are pending.

A Government Accountability Office Report says in 2010, 4 percent of Americans ages 65 to 74 still owed money of federal student loans, and the number of older Americans who have money taken out of their Social Security checks to pay on their student loan debt has increased about 500 percent from 2002 to 2013.

The Alabama Department of Public Health officials say they're investigating cases of a respiratory illness in children in Mobile and north Alabama. The virus is reportedly much like the common cold but can cause difficulty in breathing and severely aggravate asthma.

21-year-old Juwan Ashley was arrested early yesterday after police said he fired a BB fun at officers who responded to a call of shooting into an occupied apartment in the 1900 block of 48th St E. No one was injured, but Ashley was charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and four counts of reckless endangerment. His bond was set at $39,000.

Tonight, President Obama will outline his plan to combat militants in Syria and Iraq. He'll urge Congress to quickly give him the authority to arm moderate Syrian opposition forces. He is also looking for increased support for Iraqi security forces and military and diplomatic commitments from partners in Europe, the Middle East, and elsewhere.