North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

April 2, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, April 2

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Hello, Tuesday…

Weather: Wet again. Temperatures will be a little cooler today than yesterday, and a front moves in later that will bring rain over the next three days. Highs today will be in the middle 60s with lows tonight in the lower 40s, with a 20 percent chance of rain after midnight. Temperatures stay in the middle 60s on Wednesday, with more rain after lunchtime.

Beason, business group at odds. A new gun-rights bill being sponsored by State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, is facing opposition from the influential Business Council of Alabama. Beason’s bill, which we reported about in this story back in February, would put into state law the right for gun owners to carry their weapons in numerous public places, and make concealed-carry permits less discretionary for sheriff who issue them. The BCA opposes the portion of the bill that would prohibit employers from allowing employees to have guns in their vehicles in workplace parking lots. SB 286 is expected to be one of the major pieces of legislation in the second half of the current session.

Sports: Marathon women. With fifth-ranked Hayden and Holly Pond deadlocked at 2-2 in the bottom of the 11th inning, Wildcat softball coach John Simmons tried something a little different. With two runners on base, he sent freshman pinch hitter Abby White to the plate, where she promptly smacked a single that brought home Caitlin Kirkland with the winning run. Elsewhere, Locust Fork fell to Ashville 5-2… Boys soccer: Hunter Middleton scored a goal and assisted on his teams other three scores, as Pinson Valley shut out Moody 4-0 on Monday to secure another Class 5A Section 6 championship. Josh Almandarez scored twice in the second half… Major League Baseball: It was Opening Day across the nation yesterday, and the Atlanta Braves broke out the big sticks as they began the season with a 7-5 win over the Phillies at Turner Field. Freddie Freeman, Dan Uggla and Justin Upton each hit homers for the Braves.