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January 28, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, January 28

It's Monday again, let's crank out another work week....

Weather: Warmer. Clouds will fade away today and temperatures will be on the warm side for this time of year, with today’s high reaching the middle 60s and lows tonight in the middle 50s. Tuesday will be sunny with a high around 74. We could see some severe weather on Wednesday,

Deadly fire in Brazil. At least 230 people are reported dead in a fire at a nightclub in Santa Maria, Brazil. The Associated Press reports that the blaze may have been started by pyrotechnics set off by a band, and that patrons may have been stopped from escaping by security staff who wanted bar tabs to be paid off. Only one exit was available, authorities said, and responding firefighters had a hard time getting through because of bodies pressed against the doors from inside. The fire is very similar in nature to one in 2003 at a club in Rhode Island, in which pyrotechnics caught the ceiling on fire and spread quickly, killing 100.

Warrior considers sales-tax hike. Mayor Johnny Ragland and the city council discussed raising the city sales tax at their meeting last Thursday night. The proposal would hike the tax to four percent, making the overall rate 10 percent, falling in line with most other cities and towns in the area — Kimberly and Trafford remain at three percent. No action was taken on the raise, just a discussion; Ragland says they want to hear from residents first.

Sports: Blue Devils, Wildcats prevail. Mortimer Jordan’s boys and Hayden’s girls each took their respective county basketball tournament championships over the weekend. The Devils used a 17-2 run in the third quarter to take down Corner 57-35 in the Jefferson County Schools small-school division championship Friday at Hueytown. Mark Louis was named the tournament MVP. And in the Blount County Tournament at Cleveland, the Wildcats beat Locust Fork in Friday’s semifinals, then Routed Susan Moore 48-27 in Saturday’s championship. Freshman guard Grayson Taylor had 19 points and 11 rebounds, and took home MVP honors as well… Prep wrestling: Class 5A powerhouse Arab ran away with the Mortimer Jordan Invitational on Saturday, well clear of runner-up Thompson and third-place Southside-Gadsden. Pinson Valley overtook the host team for fourth place with a strong final round.

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