Alabama's public school students are taking part in a new physical fitness assessment this year, replacing a series of tests that had not been updated since their parents were in school.
Citing a need to refocus on the fitness of the state's children, the new Alabama Physical Fitness Assessment rolled out this fall in public schools. The tests are required for all students in grades 2 through 12 and replace the old President's Challenge Fitness Test, which was adopted in 1984.
Authorities on Wednesday were hoping to get a clearer picture of the damage done by storms in Alabama as daylight revealed the extent of the destruction.
In Mobile's downtown area, a school, church and several homes were damaged by a likely tornado on Christmas Day before the storm system that brought twisters to many places in the South moved to other parts of the state.
Despite the damage in Mobile, fire officials said they completed a door-to-door search and found two people who needed to go to shelters, but no injuries.
Editor's note: Mobile County Emergency Management says damage assessment crews will head out Wednesday morning to learn the extent of the toll from the violent weather that hit near Mobile on Christmas evening.
1. European aircraft manufacturer Airbus announces it will build commercial aircraft in Mobile. 2 ) Republican Roy Moore is elected chief justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, nine years after he was removed from the same office. Meanwhile, Republican Twinkle Andress Cavanaugh defeated incumbent Public Service Commission President Lucy Baxley. 3) Three people, including two former Auburn football players, are killed and three people injured at a pool party near the university's campus.
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — San Diego sacked Greg McElroy 11 times, ruining the New York Jets quarterback's first NFL start, and Philip Rivers threw two touchdown passes in the Chargers' 27-17 victory Sunday. McElroy, the third-stringer who was starting for the benched Mark Sanchez, moved the offense for the Jets (6-9) early but faced pressure all game. With a chance to get New York back into it with less than 5 minutes remaining, McElroy was sacked by Shaun Phillips and lost the ball. Phillips recovered and San Diego sealed the win.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Forecasters are warning of a high risk of severe weather in parts of Alabama on Christmas Day. The National Weather Service said in a report Monday morning that a powerful low pressure system will sweep across Alabama, bringing the risk of twisters -- some of them possibly strong tornadoes. The weather service's Mobile office projects that southwest Alabama will at a substantial risk of severe weather on Christmas Day. A special weather statement states there's a risk of these storms producing tornadoes during the day, with some strong tornadoes possible.
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — So if you want to take in the BCS National Championship Game between Notre Dame and Alabama, it'll only cost you $950, plus some fees. That's the lowest price listed on StubHub, a leading online ticket exchange. It's actually lower than a few weeks ago, and less than the average get-in price for the last two championship games involving Alabama and Auburn. Of course, that price is just for standing-room only. It'll take another $50 to get actual seats in the end zone of the upper levels. From there, prices skyrocket. Want to sit close to midfield?
Merchants in Alabama says it's looking like robust Christmas shopping season so far and they're hoping procrastinating shoppers will make the season even merrier.
At the Robert Moore & Co. Christmas Town in Mobile, general manager Larry Heard says he's seeing a trend of last-minute shoppers.
A spokeswoman for the Alabama Retail Association, Nancy Dennis, said her organization is estimating that $9 billion will be spent by shoppers in Alabama during November and December. She said a 4 percent growth in sales is expected from 2011.