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April 4, 2014

NJN/am for Friday, April 4

It's not starting out to be a very good Friday...

Weather: TORNADO WATCH in effect. The National Weather Service has issued the tornado watch for Jefferson and Blount Counties until 10 a.m. A line of storms which has produced several tornadoes and severe thunderstorms to our west is expected to arrive locally at about 9 a.m. Strong storms, gusty winds and lightning are expected with the squall line. After it passes later this afternoon, skies will clear out and temperatures will fall, with lows tonight in the middle 40s. Saturday will see clouds gather again in advance of another front, with highs in the lower 60s. Showers return Saturday night with lows in the upper 40s. Sunday will see more storms, sometimes strong, with highs in the lower 60s.

Land deal ends road-paving conflict in Pinson subdivision. The Pinson City Council approved a settlement between the city and Salisbury Development Company, which resolves a longstanding problem with the company failing to finish paving of streets in the Aspen Ridge subdivision. The city will now finish the job in the parts within city limits, and will work with other residents to set up a referendum to annex the rest into the city so that paving can begin there. In return, the developer will give the city a 30-acre parcel of land that's adjacent to the Pinson Valley Youth Association complex. Mayor Hoyt Sanders said the land is valued at about $100,000, which is approximately what it will cost the city to finish the paving. There are no immediate plans for the property.

From the home office in Wahoo, Nebraska: Top 10 Things To After Retirement. David Letterman, the longest-running late-night talk show host in American television history, announced on his show Thursday that he will retire from his CBS show sometime in 2015 when his current contract ends. Letterman, who began on NBC in 1982 in a time slot following his childhood idol Johnny Carson, moved to CBS in 1993 after being passed over as Carson's replacement in favor of Jay Leno, who himself retired two months ago. Between the two shows, Letterman will have surpassed Carson's run by two years when the final show comes next year.

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