The price of oil tumbled today after OPEC decided against production cuts. Saudi Arabia rejected calls from poorer members of the group to cut production by up to 2 million barrels per day. Brent crude fell more than $6 a barrel to $71.25.
A grand jury decided against indicted officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of teenager Michael Brown. The decision in the Ferguson, Missouri case was announced last night in a lengthy press conference from St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch. Protests erupted nationwide, with fires and looting breaking out in Ferguson itself.
Alabama is facing a budget problem. The state needs to come up with around $700 million to sure up its finances. According to the Associated Press, Governor Robert Bentley is now considering tax increases to help fix the budget.
The status quo of college football did not change much this weekend, as only one top ten team went down. Arkansas’ blowout win over Ole Miss eliminated any hopes the Rebels had for competing for the SEC West title. For the top four teams, their mission remains the same, win out and they will make the playoffs.
Mobile will hold its annual lighting of the Christmas tree tonight in Bienville Square. The event begins at 5:00 PM, with the actual flipping of the switch to the Christmas tree lights occurring at around 6:10 PM.
After a few weeks of quiet, the situation in eastern Ukraine has begun to deteriorate once again. There have been reports of Russian military movement in the region. With both sides gearing up for a return to hostilities, Russia has seemingly made one of their demands known: a guarantee that Ukraine won’t join NATO.
After being left out of the top four in last week’s rankings, Alabama has stormed to the top spot in the latest edition of the playoff ratings. The Crimson Tide defeated previous #1 Mississippi State this past Saturday, impressing the committee enough to replace the Bulldogs at the top of the heap. With Auburn and a potential spot in the SEC Championship remaining, Alabama is in good shape to close the season in the top spot.
After a night of severe storms that caused damage in some parts of our area, cold weather returns tonight. Temperatures have been dropping throughout the day as a strong north wind brings in cold air. Lows are expected to dip into the lower 30s and upper 20s tonight.
Chaos reigned supreme yet again this Saturday as three teams in the top ten went down. Top ranked Mississippi State was toppled in Tuscaloosa, sixth ranked Arizona State was upset by Oregon State, and ninth ranked Auburn fell to Georgia. The losses closed the door on some teams playoff hopes, while reigniting others.
The Saraland Spartans defeated the Opelika Bulldogs Friday night to advance in the Alabama High School 6A playoffs. The Spartans needed overtime to beat the Bulldogs, winning by a final score of 27-21. Saraland advances to the quarter finals next weekend to face the Hillcrest Patriots of Tuscaloosa.