Wednesday, and welcome to Hump Day again….
Weather: Warming up. The rain has finally moved out for a few days, and now we’ve settled into a typical summertime pattern, with highs in the middle to upper 80s and nighttime lows in the middle 60s. This pattern continues all the way to Sunday, when another storm system moves in. You may see a bit of patchy fog this morning.
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.
Walker wins big. The effort to unseat Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election went down to a major defeat Tuesday. The Republican defeated his Democratic challenger, Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barnett, 53 percent to 46 percent. All the other GOP officeholders on the recall ballot also kept their seats. The recall effort was prompted by Walker’s efforts to halt union representation in public-sector jobs.
Search begins for Hammonds replacement. Jefferson County Schools begin their effort to hire a replacement for their retiring superintendent this week, and the organization in charge of that search will hold two meetings in Gardendale to get input. The meetings — one for comment from public officials and leaders, the other for the general public — will be held by the Alabama Association of School Boards at Gardendale High’s library a week from today. Both meetings will be open to the public.
Sports: One game for all the marbles. Alabama’s softball team came back from their Women’s College World Series finals loss Monday with an 8-6 victory over Oklahoma on Tuesday night. Jackie Traina and Amanda Locke each hit bases-loaded doubles with two to pile up an early 8-1 lead, then held on as the Sooners mounted a rally in the bottom of the seventh that included a three-run homer by Jessica Shults. The Crimson Tide and Sooners will play the deciding game of the best-of-three series tonight in Oklahoma City, first pitch at 7 p.m. on ESPN2… Basketball: The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 lead in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Finals series with a 94-90 win at Miami. Kevin Garnett had 26 points and 11 rebounds, and Paul Pierce added 19 with a key 3-pointer in the final minute for Boston. LeBron James led all scorers with 30 for the Heat…. Baseball: Tim Hudson threw a five-hit complete-game shutout, and Dan Uggla went 4-for-5 with two homers as the Braves blanked the Marlins 11-0 in Miami.