North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 3, 2014

NJN/am for Thursday, April 3

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Good Thursday morning to you...

Weather: Storms on the way. Today will be partly sunny with highs near 80. But tonight, we will see a cold front move in with showers and thunderstorms, a few of which may possibly be severe in the overnight hours. Lows will be in the middle 60s. The rain should end by lunchtime Friday, but it will be breezy with temperatures starting in the middle 70s and falling through the afternoon.

Another tragedy for Fort Hood. The sprawling post near Killeen, Texas that's home to the U.S. Army III Corps was rocked by another mass shooting Wednesday. A 34-year-old soldier went on a shooting spree outside his unit headquarters, then moved to another nearby unit command, shooting more than a dozen people with a .45 caliber pistol. According to Lt. Gen. Mark Milley, the suspect killed three people, then shot and killed himself when confronted by a military policewoman. The general also said the suspect had been treated for a brain-trauma injury suffered in Iran, and was also being treated for post-traumatic stress disorder. A nearby hospital reported that 16 people were treated for wounds, and at least three remained in critical condition. Terrorism has not been completely ruled out as a cause, Milley said, but it isn't likely.

Sports: Rebound. Mortimer Jordan, the fifth-ranked team in Class 5A softball, was back in winning form Wednesday as they beat No. 4 Hartselle 2-0 in eight innings. It was a classic pitchers duel that was scoreless after seven innings, with the Blue Devils finally scoring when pitcher Bailey Murphy led off the eighth with a double, and scored when Brooke Hill hit into an error. Brittany Collier drove home an insurance run. Murphy struck out 13 batters and allowed three hits and no walks, while Hartselle's two pitchers combined for 12 K's... ASWA rankings: Things stayed the same on the softball side of this week's statewide top-10 polls, with Hayden ranked second and Jordan fifth again this week in Class 5A. Curry remains atop the class. On the baseball side, Pinson Valley dropped out in Class 5A, but Jordan made the list for the first time this season, ranked eighth. The Devils have won 13 of their last 14 games, after sweeping Hayden in a doubleheader on Tuesday.