A good Tuesday morning to you….
Weather: Rain moves out. After another round of storms overnight, the rough stuff finally moves out of the area by lunchtime and sunny skies move in. Today’s high will be around 80, with tonight’s low in the lower 60s. A warming trend begins Wednesday as the skies clear, with a high in the upper 80s. Warm and sunny is the trend through Sunday.
Traffic: Just the normal traffic issues in the Corridor X construction zone on I-65. The paving project that has closed I-20/59 in Bessemer continues; the detour is south on I-65 through downtown, then west on I-459.
They seem to recall... A big election in Wisconsin today could be a harbinger for how things will go in the presidential election in November. The state’s voters will turnout for a rare recall election, deciding whether to turn Republican Gov. Scott Walker out of office early and replace him with Democratic Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett. The lieutenant governor and four GOP state senators are also up for recall. The election stems from Walker’s efforts to battle teachers’ and other public-sector unions. Wisconsin has historically voted Democrat in the last couple of decades, but tensions are running high in this election, and the result could be a barometer for the general election in five months.
Siegelman, Scrushy appeals denied. The U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals by former Gov. Don Siegelman and Richard Scrushy, founder of HealthSouth, on Monday. The two men were convicted of bribery, fraud, conspiracy and obstruction of justice over Scrushy’s contribution to Siegelman’s effort to get a state lottery, in exchange for a seat on a state health board. Siegelman will now face a federal judge for resentencing, and could face nearly six years in prison. Scrushy has already served much of his sentence, and is in a halfway house in Texas.
Sports: Sooner pitcher shuts down Tide. Alabama’s softball team must now win two straight games against Oklahoma to win the Women’s College World Series, after OU pitcher Keilani Roberts shut down the Tide bats in a 4-1 victory in the first game of a best-of-three series. The Sooners scored twice in the fifth and twice again in the sixth. It wasn’t the best night for Bama second baseman Danae Hays — the Mortimer Jordan grad committed two errors on consecutive plays in the sixth, though one was off a deflection by pitcher Jackie Traina on a line drive. Game two is tonight in Oklahoma City… Hockey: The Los Angeles Kings are a game away from being crowned the kings of the NHL and new owners of the Stanley Cup, after they took Game three of the finals series with a 4-0 win over the New Jersey Devils. Justin Williams and Anze Kopitar each had a goal and an assist, and Jonathan Quick had 22 saves in goal for the Kings. Game four is Wednesday (7 p.m., NBC Sports Network)…. Basketball: Oklahoma City took a 3-2 lead in the NBA Western Conference Finals with a 108-103 win at San Antonio. Kevin Durant led the Thunder with 27 points; the Spurs’ Manu Ginobli got his starting position back and led the game with 34 points.