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January 23, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, January 23

It's Wednesday, let's all get over that mid-week hump...…

Weather: Clouds moving in. Temperatures should reach the middle 69s today, but we will see clouds entering our area this afternoon, and chances of rain overnight and on into Thursday. Lows tonight will be in the middle 40s with a 20 percent chance of rain.

A “perfect storm.” The Rev. Dr. Terry Greer was facing a number of personal and professional problems when police say he killed his wife and shot his daughter, according to the pastor’s defense attorney. Henry Lagman, a defense attorney from Shelby County, told the Associated Press that the former pastor at Gardendale-Mt. Vernon United Methodist Church was in “a very dark place” in his life when the shooting occurred on Jan. 10 at the church parsonage. Dr. Greer remains in UAB Hospital, where he was admitted after the incident for treatment of what police called multiple self-inflicted stab wounds; he now has pneumonia as well, Lagman said. When he is released from the hospital, Greer faces charges of murder and attempted murder, and will be held without bond.

Quieter afternoons for a while. Birmingham sports-radio titan Paul Finebaum won’t be heard on local airwaves for at least three months, according to multiple reports. Finebaum’s popular afternoon show was cancelled by WJOX Tuesday, after his contract with the station expired. The show was syndicated throughout the Southeast and also heard nationwide on SiriusXM satellite radio. Finebaum has a three-month no-compete clause, which means he will not be heard on his own show until April at the earliest. Where that will be remains a mystery; competitor 97.3 The Zone has publicly sought his services, but ESPN has also showed interest. Finebaum is scheduled as the featured speaker at the Greater Gardendale Chamber of Commerce banquet Thursday night, which sold out yesterday.

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