The Sunrise News Sampler
U.S. troops fighting Ebola in West Africa are preparing to return. Only 100 of the 2,800 troops sent to the region will remain there after the end of April. President Obama is expected to give more details on the withdrawal and outline future steps against the epidemic later today.
More and more Alabama probate courts are selling wedding licenses to same-sex couples. At least 19 of the state's 67 counties were allowing the marriages by yesterday afternoon.
Phyllis Odom has been chosen to fill the Tuscaloosa City Council District 1 seat that has been vacant since the December death of her husband, Councilman Burrell Odom. The qualifying window for the special election closed Tuesday with Odom as the only candidate to qualify.
In the wake of inaccurate reports to the media concerning the Bobbi Kristina Brown, her father Bobby Brown has issued a new statement, saying that "this is a criminal investigation and that the integrity of the process requires silence" hinting that previous reports have received information from unreliable sources. Brown also says that the family's prayers are being answered.
Today, Vice President Biden and Attorney General Eric Holder will award 22 people with the Medal of Valor, the nation's highest honor for public safety officers who risk their own safety to save or protect others.
Intelligence officials say the U.S. bombing campaign in Iraq and Syria isn't slowing the pace of foreign fighters flocking to join extremist groups. An estimated 20,000 people have traveled to the region to join the Islamic State and other groups, with 3,400 of them coming from Western countries.
A state agriculture panel says it has a plan that could create as many as 58,000 new jobs in Alabama by having a more cooperative relationship between business and government.
Former University of Alabama professor Charles Horton is accused of having made roughly $378,000 by requiring students buy his book through his company. Horton has been indicted on ethics charges.
Alabama running back Tyren Jones has been suspended indefinitely. Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the suspension Tuesday, saying it was "for conduct not to the standard of the Alabama football program."