Good morning, and happy Thursday...
Weather: Washing the car today will not guarantee a rain shower, as is often the case. Look for heat today clear skies today, with highs in the 90s and lows at 68 degrees. Look for a possible return of precipitation by the weekend.
Traffic: There will possibly still be surveying work done today on I-59 from around milepost 145 to 148. That's north of the Deerfoot Pkwy. exit in Trussville. Watch for lane closures.
Moving on: A panel is searching for candidates for the next Jefferson County Schools superintendent, as Dr. Phil Hammonds is retiring when his contract expires in February. Members of the panel have been gathering comments this week in order to refine their search.
Inmate killed: An Alabama Department of Corrections inmate was killed Wednesday when he was struck by a vehicle on I-10 near Loxley. Kenric Isiah Turner, 32, died at the scene. Another inmate, Kelvin Dejan Jordan, 37, was injured.
Major cutbacks at The Birmingham News: Advance Publications told workers at the newspaper which would be offered jobs with the new operating company, and which would not when the News goes to a three-days-a-week print publishing schedule at the end of September. In the newsroom alone, at least 60 of the 105 staffers will be let go. There were similar cuts at Advance newspapers in Huntsville, Mobile and New Orleans, which will also reduce their print schedules. New Orleans will become the largest city in North America without a daily newspaper; Birmingham will rank just behind it.
Sports: Matt Cain of the San Francisco Giants pitched the second perfect game of the 2012 Major League Baseball season, as he retired all 27 Houston Astros batters in a 10-0 win late Wednesday night. It was the 22nd perfect game in MLB history.... Basketball: Game 2 of the NBA Finlas series tips off tonight (8 p.m., ABC 33/40) between the Miami Heat and the Oklahoma City Thunder. The homestanding Thunder lead the best-of-seven series 1-0.