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May 9, 2014

NJN/am for Friday, May 9

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Weather: Messy. Showers and thunderstorms are on the way for today, likely reaching our area around lunchtime. Highs will top out around 80 with an 80 percent chance of rain today, then falling to the middle 60s tonight with a 70 percent rain chance. The showers taper off slowly on Saturday with highs near 80 again and a 50 percent chance of rain. Scattered showers and storms will continue through the weekend and all the way into Wednesday.

In the interim. The Jefferson County Board of Education did not appoint an interim superintendent in yesterday morning's meeting, but it will do so today. Not long after Thursday's meeting ended, the board issued an announcement that it will meet in special session today at 4 p.m. for the specific purpose of naming someone to temporarily take the reins on the state's second-largest school system. Board President Jennifer Parsons said after Thursday's meeting that the interim superintendent would likely come from outside the system. As always, we'll have coverage here at

Petelos taking leave for cancer treatment. Tony Petelos, the Jefferson County manager and former longtime mayor of Hoover, announced Thursday that he has been diagnosed with cancer, and will take an extended leave of absence starting in June. Petelos, who took the position running the county's day-to-day operations in 2011, left Hoover to help pull the county government through what was then the largest municipal bankruptcy procedure in U.S. history. Petelos didn't say what kind of cancer he has, or how well it can be treated.

Sports: Softball regionals begin. The next level of the AHSAA softball playoffs is scheduled to get underway Friday morning, but the biggest opponent all of the teams will face will be rain. Four local schools – Mortimer Jordan, Gardendale, Fultondale and Corner – remain in the playoff hunt, with fifth-ranked Jordan taking on No. 8 McAdory at 9:30 a.m. in Class 5A and Gardendale facing Hewitt-Trussvile at the same time in 6A, both at Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa. Fultondale doesn't play Lamar County until 5 p.m. Corner has to travel all the way to Troy to play in the South Central Regional there... Football: As expected by most, defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina was the first pick in Thursday's NFL Draft by the Houston Texans. Auburn tackle Greg Robinson was picked next by St. Louis, and Alabama linebacker C.J. Mosley went 17th by Baltimore, followed by safety Ha-Ha Clinton-Dix 21st by Green Bay. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel came right after Cinton-Dix, chosen by Cleveland. Auburn defensive end Dee Ford was 23rd by Kansas City. The draft continues today in New York.

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