The Sunrise News Sampler
Tuscaloosa City and County Schools have both implemented a 2 hour delay this morning as have Pickens, Fayette, and Greene County school systems. Bibb County Schools have a 3 hour delay, while Hale and Lamar County Schools will open at 10am. Walker County Schools will open at 11:30.
A federal judge in Texas has temporarily blocked President Obama's executive action on immigration, giving a coalition of 26 states time to pursue a lawsuit that aims to permanently stop the orders, which could spare as many as five million people who are in the U.S. illegally from deportation. A White House statement promises an appeal and notes that the U.S. Supreme Court and Congress have said federal officials can set priorities in enforcing immigration laws.
Fat Tuesday is in full effect, kicked off by balls and partying followed by parades and festivities that won't end until midnight. Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson plays up the city's claim as the birthplace of Mardi Gras in the United States. Both Mobile and New Orleans stake claim to the origination, and the long-running rivalry is good-natured.
Today, Attorney General Eric Holder plans to release data showing a 6 percent drop in the number of federal drug trafficking prosecutions in the year that ended last September. The percentage of drug cases in which prosecutors pursued mandatory minimum sentences also dropped from nearly 64 to 51. Critics have said the mandatory minimums are too harsh.
A fundraising page has been created for former Madison policeman Eric Parker, who was fired and arrested after assaulting an Indian man. Parker was responding to a call from a neighbor about suspicious behavior, and video from a dashboard camera shows him slamming the man to the ground. The victim has undergone spinal surgery and remains partially paralyzed.
Attorney for Bobby Brown, Christopher Brown released a statement yesterday stating that there is no truth to reports that Bobbi Kristina's family plans to remove her from life support this week. He provided no further details on her condition.