Undated – U-S Congressman Robert Aderholt left for South Asia Wednesday. He'll survey the damage caused by late December tsunami. He says he's planning to visit some of the hardest-hit areas. Aderholt also will meet with Sri Lanka's prime minister and several parliament members. He says he and other congressmen are making the trip to conduct on-site damage assessments. Aderholt says they will then return to the U-S- to ask for more financial aid for affected regions. The group is scheduled to return Sunday.
Montgomery, AL – State Attorney General Troy King and State Auditor Beth Chapman are supporting Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh to become the next chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. King says he and Chapman are preparing to send a letter to the 350 members of the State Republican Executive Committee. The group will meet in Montgomery February 12th to elect a successor to Marty Connors. So far, Cavanaugh is the only announced candidate for the GOP chairmanship. If she wins it, she would be the first woman to hold the position.
Tuscaloosa, AL – The peak of the flu season is right around the corner. And with a shortage of doses across the U.S., not every person is able to get this sickness fighting vaccine. Alabama Public Radio's Bobby Puppione reports more residents in Alabama are receiving the flu vaccine this week.
"Tomorrow will be my oldest daughter's 38th birthday and I remember that 38 years ago today I was in the hospital because I had contacted the flu and it made me very, very weak."
Undated – Weather forecasters are wary of a weather system that's expected to start entering the state Wednesday night. Showers and thunderstorms are expected to become numerous late Wednesday and early Thursday as a strong cold front approaches the state. The bad weather is expected to enter northwest Alabama around six A-M Thursday and will cross the state for the following several hours. Heavy rainfall, large hail and strong wind gusts may be possible with this storm system.