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May 7, 2014

NJN/am for Wednesday, May 7

It's Wednesday, and we hope it's not wild (unless you like it that way)...

Weather: At the risk of repeating ourselves... Still another day of sunny skies and very warm temperatures, with highs in the middle 80s. Lows tonight will be near 60. Thursday will be much the same, but clouds start to roll in Thursday night, and we'll see scattered showers and thunderstorms starting Friday afternoon.

Nowlin is out – sort of. Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Stephen Nowlin is stepping down, but will still work as an “administrative officer” – basically, a consultant – for the system for the next 14 months. He will continue to draw his same monthly salary during that time, and then he'll be given a lump-sum buyout of just over $219,000 – equal to the salary for the remaining 12 months on his contract. The amendment to his contract was approved unanimously by the board of education in a special meeting Tuesday afternoon. Board President Jennifer Parsons said they will appoint an interim superintendent, perhaps as early as a previously-schduled meeting Thursday morning.

Gunman turns himself in. The suspect in the shooting of an off-duty police officer at his Pinson home surrendered at the Jefferson County Jail on Tuesday afternoon. Andre Morgan is charged with attempted murder and shooting into an occupied dwelling, and is jailed in lieu of $175,000 bond. Morgan had been at large ever since the incident Monday evening, in which investigators believe he shot the officer in a dispute over Morgan's estranged wife.

Sports: An emotional MVP. The fact that Oklahoma City Thunder guard Kevin Durant averaged 32 points and 74. rebounds per game was almost an afterthought by the time he was done with his acceptance speech Tuesday for the NBA's most valuable player award. Durant tearfully thanked Wanda Pratt, the single mom who raised him and his brother and who convinced him to stay with basketball in high school, even though college and AAU teams weren't giving him any looks.

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