It’s Tuesday all over again, just like seven days ago…
Weather: Sum-sum-summertime. The typical midsummer weather pattern continues. Highs will be in the lower 90s and nighttime lows around 72 today and tomorrow, with a 20 percent chance of scattered storms. Storms chances increase Thursday and Friday, and highs will stay in the 89s.
Traffic: No closures or construction-related delays expected, says ALDOT.
Developing: Overnight mass shooting in Tuscaloosa. Details are still sketchy this morning, but an assailant opened fire at a bar in Downtown Tuscaloosa early Tuesday morning. The Tuscaloosa News reports the number of victims at 16, perhaps more, with four in critical condition. The shooting happened near the Copper Top bar in the Temerson Square area. The suspect was still at large as of 3 a.m. Tuscaloosa Police plan a press conference at about 10.
Gambling supporters get prison time. Motions by the defense for leniency went for naught, as a federal judge sentenced casino developer Ronnie Gilley to six years and eight months in prison. Gilley pled guilty to trying to bribe state legislators in return for votes favoring legalization of electronic bingo, part of a federal investigation in which State Sen. Scott Beason, R-Gardendale, wore a concealed recording device. Lobbyist Jarrod Massey and former Rep. Terry Spicer also received prison sentences. The targets of the investigation, including Victoryland owner Milton McGregor, were eventually acquitted on all charges.
Ellerbrock in charge. The new acting mayor of Kimberly is Bob Ellerbrock, the former mayor pro tem. Ellerbrock, who will run for mayor in the August election, was elected by a unanimous vote of his fellow city council members in a special meeting Monday night. The council also voted to send former mayor Craig Harris a registered letter at his last known address, demanding the return of a city-owned laptop computer, wireless broadband-access card, and several pieces of police-related equipment. Harris resigned Sunday, after moving away from the city.
Sports: The circus is in town. It’s the 2012 edition of Southeastern Conference Football Media Days, and after they’ve been grilled by more than a thousand credentialed media members, the coaches of new SEC members Texas A&M and Missouri may wonder what hit them. The three-day event gets underway this afternoon at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover. Auburn’s Gene Chizik has his say on Wednesday afternoon, and Alabama’s Nick Saban on Thursday; we’ll have full coverage both days…. Basketball: The U.S. men’s Olympic team fell behind Brazil early in an exhibition tune-up game in Washington, but rallied to win 80-69. LeBron James scored 30 points. The women’s team also won in the doubleheader…. Baseball: The Braves had the night off; they host the Giants tonight as they try to run their winning streak to eight games. Jair Jurrjens gets the start for Atlanta.