Top Headlines: Saban Center plans announced, Tornadoes possible today

Plans for Tuscaloosa’s Saban Center announced
The Sabans are getting ready to leave another mark on Tuscaloosa beyond championships. Alabama Coach Nick Saban and his wife Terry Sunday were on hand to announce The Saban Center, a project to create a learning center on the Black Warrior River that brings together the Children’s Hands-On Museum, Tuscaloosa Public Library and Tuscaloosa Children’s Theater. –

Keep a weather eye: Some parts of state could see twisters today
A weather system moving across the country will create the chance for severe storms including tornadoes across the Deep South on Monday, the National Weather Service said. Forecasters said more than 2.5 million people live in an area that faced an enhanced risk from twisters stretching from Louisiana through southern Mississippi into western Alabama. The area includes the cities of Baton Rouge, Louisiana; Jackson, Mississippi; and Tuscaloosa, Alabama. – AP

Main Street Alabama tries out retail incubator in two cities
Two reconditioned shipping containers are serving as retail incubators this holiday season in two Alabama cities. Main Street Alabama is working with Heflin, in Cleburne County, and Wetumpka, in Elmore County, to open Small Box Shop retail incubators in their downtown areas. –

Fewer students are going to college. Is that good or bad?
This fall, there were nearly 250,000 fewer students enrolled in college than a year ago, according to new numbers out Monday from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center, which tracks college enrollment by student. “That’s a lot of students that we’re losing,” says Doug Shapiro, who leads the research center at the Clearinghouse. – NPR

Jones reintroduces legislation to stop predatory unsolicited loans
U.S. Senators Doug Jones (D-Ala.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), and Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) have reintroduced bipartisan legislation—the Unsolicited Loan Act —that would halt the predatory practice of mailing high-interest loans to consumers in the form of “live” checks. Often times, when consumers receive these checks in the mail they believe them to be from their bank or another trusted financial institution and are unaware the check is a high-interest loan. – AL Political Reporter

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