The Sunrise News Sampler
Though the winter storm that hit the Northeast U.S. was much less severe than anticipated, at least 30,000 homes and businesses are without electricity as more than 2 feet of snow came to some areas.
Loretta Lynch, President Obama's pick for attorney general, faces questioning by the Senate today as she seeks to become the first black woman to hold the nation's top law enforcement job.
A federal judge has issued a second ruling blocking Alabama's gay marriage ban. A preliminary injunction was issued to block Attorney General Luther Strange and other state officials from enforcing the ban.
According to our daily, three pieces of land have been announced as potential sites for the new Holt High School. The include the school's current location, an undeveloped parcel of land near Jack Warner Parkway (which in the proposed route of the future eastern bypass), and an undeveloped parcel near University Boulevard East and Cottondale Creek. The sites are now being examined to see if they're suitable for construction. If not, three other sites will be selected.
Marissa Alexander has been released on house arrest after serving three years in prison and facing 60 more for firing a warning shot while fighting off an allegedly abusive husband.
Prosecutors have promised a thorough investigation into the shooting death of 17-year-old Jessica Hernandez of Denver, who was said to have been driving a stolen car when she struck an officer. However, a passenger in the car says the teen lost control and was unconscious after she was shot, which was before one of them was hit by the vehicle.
Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Kim Thomas resigned Tuesday and will retire. Gov. Bentley says Col. Jefferson S. Dunn will take over the job when he retires from the U.S. Air Force in March.
The government says it's finding more guns in carry-on bags at U.S. airports. Over 2200 weapons were discovered during safety screenings last year, which is 22 percent more than in 2013.
The Tuscaloosa County Board of Education has approved the calendar for the 2015-16 school year, with students beginning classes on Aug. 13 and being released for summer on May 26.