Morning Rush: Dec. 14, 2015

Good morning!

Today is Monday, Dec. 14, the 348th day of 2015. There are 17 days left in the year.

Here’s today’s Highlight in History:

Dec 14, 1911: Norwegian Roald Amundsen becomes the first explorer to reach the South Pole, beating his British rival, Robert Falcon Scott.
Amundsen, born in Borge, near Oslo, in 1872, was one of the great figures in polar exploration.
In 1897, he was first mate on a Belgian expedition that was the first ever to winter in the Antarctic.
In 1903, he guided the 47-ton sloop Gjöa through the Northwest Passage and around the Canadian coast, the first navigator to accomplish the treacherous journey.
Amundsen planned to be the first man to the North Pole, and he was about to embark in 1909 when he learned that the American Robert Peary had achieved the feat.

Here are your Morning Rush Headlines from News 3:

President Barack Obama is planning a series of events this week to try to allay concerns about his strategy for stopping the Islamic State group abroad and its sympathizers at home.

White House officials say Obama will visit the Pentagon and the National Counterterrorism Center as part of a push to further explain his terrorism-fighting strategy.

Law enforcement officials in Alabama are stressing preparedness in active-shooter situations.

Alabama Law Enforcement Agency leaders said about 67 percent of law enforcement officers in the state have been trained for active-shooter situations.

That number is up from the approximately 30 percent reported in early 2013.
The start of Georgia’s legislative session is weeks away, but supporters and opponents of a proposal to allow casinos in the state already are battling for lawmakers’ attention.

A study committee met three times this summer to hear testimony about the issue.

Supporters argue casinos could be taxed to provide funding for Georgia’s merit-based HOPE scholarship program.

They say Georgians already travel to casinos in neighboring states. Opponents say lawmakers should consider other options.

Here’s Kurt’s News 3 First Alert Forecast:

TODAY: Showers developing, ending and clearing late.  High: 69

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cooler.  Low: 45

TUESDAY:  Mostly sunny and warm.  High: 74


Have a great day!

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