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July 17, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, July 17

It’s Wednesday, and apparently you’re the only one who’s not at SEC Media Days today…

Weather: Showers are back. There’s a 40 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today; some storms may contain gusty winds. Highs will be in the lower 90s with nighttime lows in the lower 70s. The scattered storms continue Thursday.

Gardendale purchases new city hall site. The Gardendale City Council voted Monday to purchase land adjacent to the civic center to build the new seat of local government. The site includes a house which will be kept and rented out for parties and meetings. The new site replaced the city’s original plan to build City Hall in the new commercial project off Mt. Olive Road; the new developer requested that the entire site be available for business use instead.

“Glee” star died from drugs, booze. Cory Monteith, who was found dead in a Vancouver, British Columbia hotel last week, died from a combination of heroin and alcohol. That preliminary report comes from a provincial coroner, who said evidence of a drug overdose was found in the hotel room. Monteith, 31, had checked himself into rehab in April.

Sports: The circus is in town. The Southeastern Conference Media Days are in full swing again at the Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, with this morning expected to bring the most attention as Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Johnny Manziel of Texas A&M takes the stage. The sophomore will face some tough questions regarding his conduct since winning the award, especially concerning reports that he was asked to leave the Manning family passing camp last week. New Auburn coach Gus Malzahn faces the media for the first time this afternoon; we’ll be there with live reports on our Facebook page and the NJN website. Nick Saban joins the fray on Thursday.

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