The Sunrise News Sampler
Today, the House is expected to vote to ease the regulatory pressure imposed on banks and Wall Street as a result of the 2008 financial crisis. The bill would give U.S. banks until 2019 to ensure that their holdings of certain complex and risky securities don't put them in violation of a new rule designed to curb the kind of risk-taking that helped cause the crisis.
The newly elected Alabama Legislature begins its organizational session today, but the leadership will look much like the old Legislature with Mike Hubbard likely to be chosen as House speaker and Del Marsh as president pro tem. The session is expected to be complete tomorrow, and the regular session will begin March 3.
Sen. Gerald Allen of Tuscaloosa says he will introduce legislation in the upcoming session to allow loaded handguns in cars. He says people should have a right to keep a handgun in their car just as they do in their home and the move would bring Alabama in line with other Southern states.
Last night, Ohio State beat Oregon 42-20 to take home the NCAA Football Championship.
The Massachusetts doctor who beat the Ebola virus he contracted while working in Liberia is returning to West Africa. However, Dr. Rick Sacra is not scheduled to work with Ebola patients, even though he is now immune. He will treat patients with malaria and other chronic health issues.
This morning, a three-judge panel at the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals will hear Alabama's appeal after a federal judge dismissed a lawsuit brought by Attorney General Luther Strange against the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.
A wrongful death lawsuit has been brought against Terry Greer, the 55-year-old pastor who was found not guilty by reason of insanity in the killing of his wife Lisa, by his daughter 20-year-old Suzanna Greer. The suit names both her father and the North Alabama Conference of the United Methodist Church in the killing of her mother.
47-year-old Anita Brenett Watford was arrested last week after a grand jury indicted her for allegedly punching a 93-year-old woman in the faceat Glen Haven Health and Rehabilitation. Watford is scheduled to enter a plea in April 3.