Brooks remarks on heightened terrorist alert; New bills pushed at lowering prescription drug abuse

Good Monday evening. Here are a few stories we're working on for WAFF 48 News at 10.

U.S. troops are on alert after a message from the head of al-Qaeda was intercepted, calling his followers to action. With a heightened terrorist alert still in place, Rep. Mo Brooks spoke to a group of his constituents in Hartselle tonight. WAFF 48's Charles Molineaux was on hand for that briefing. The congressman's thoughts on the situation are coming up.

We're also following three bills pushed by Governor Bentley aimed at lowering the abuse of prescription drugs in the state. Last year, Alabama had one of the highest rates of prescription painkillers sold in the country.

And there's a new medical trend across the country: more and more physicians are using "concierge medicine," in which their patients pay a yearly fee with no insurance required. WAFF 48's Sarah Navoy spoke to one patient who is definitely giving this new system a "thumbs down."

We hope you'll join us for WAFF 48 News at 10. See you then!

Mark Thornhill