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July 30, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, July 30

Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: Rain returns. We’ll have hot temperatures today with increasing clouds, with highs in the lower 90s. Scattered showers and storms move in this evening with a low in the lower 70s and a 30 percent chance of rain. Storm chances will increase on Wednesday.

A ground-breaking, and then some. It’s an event many in Gardendale thought might never really happen, as tonight officials will break ground on the redevelopment of the Northgate Village shopping center on Fieldstown Road at Odum Road. The centerpiece of that redevelopment will be a Publix supermarket, which was announced more than three years ago. A T.J. Maxx store will also open next to the existing Hobby Lobby. Tonight’s festivities begin at 6:30 p.m.

James Spann’s new bosses. Sinclair Broadcast Group has agreed to buy a group of television stations from Albritton Communications, including the cluster of three stations in Birmingham, Anniston and Tuscaloosa that are collectively operated as ABC 33/40. Sinclair already owns two Birmingham stations, WABM My68 and WTTO CW 21, and will likely be forced to sell those stations under federal regulations that prohibit one owner from having too much of the audience in a given market. Albritton is selling its television stations in seven markets in order to focus on The Politico, a Washington, D.C.-based newspaper and website.

Another train wreck in Europe. Two Swiss trains crashed into each other Monday, injuring dozens of passengers and trapping the driver of one of the trains, at a station about 30 miles from the capital of Bern. The incident comes just days after a Spanish passenger train derailed when it ran off a curve at excessive speed, killing 79.

Sports: Meet the press. Gardendale hosts the second day of Metro Birmingham High School Football Media Days today, with coaches and four north Jefferson teams scheduled to meet with media this morning. The two-day event will see more than five dozen teams talk about their upcoming season. We’ll have coverage later today… Softball: Corner High School has a new head softball coach. Tony Echols, who was an assistant at Fairview High, will take over the position left vacant by Aaron James, who moved to Bob Jones in Madison. Echols will also be an assistant coach in football and boys’ basketball.

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