Good morning, and here goes another work week…
Weather: Hot stuff. We hit 87 degrees in Birmingham on Sunday, just two degrees off the record for the day, and today looks like a repeat. Highs will top out in the upper 80s, maybe even reaching 90, with lows in the middle 60s. Same for tomorrow; Wednesday will be a couple of degrees cooler. The next chance of rain rolls around on Thursday.
Traffic: No extra work in the Corridor X construction zone on I-65 has been announced by ALDOT for the next couple of days, so you have a clear shot into the city this morning.
If Milton McGregor can’t have electronic bingo…. Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange, who has long upheld the state’s position that so-called electronic bingo machines — many of which strongly resemble slot machines found at casinos in Mississippi or Nevada — are illegal. So why does the Poarch Band of Creek Indians have casinos in Atmore, Wetumpka and suburban Montgomery? Strange says they shouldn’t, and is asking the National Indian Gaming Commission to prohibit the Creeks from having them. In general, federal law permits Native American tribes to offer the same kinds of gambling allowed by other operators in a given state, unless the tribes have a compact with the state, which the Poarch Band doesn’t. Strange argues that the tribe’s machines “obscure the line” between bingo-style Class II machines and Class III slots. A spokesman for the tribe called Strange’s efforts an attack on their sovereign status.
Armed robber in custody at South Al. Campus police at the University of South Alabama have arrested a suspected armed robber and are looking for another, after the Mobile campus was placed on lockdown Sunday afternoon. Police said a student reported being robbed at gunpoint after inviting two men into his dorm room.
Sports: Bragg wins boys golf title. The Bragg Middle School team won the Jefferson County Schools Boys Golf Championship for the third time in four years on Thursday at Castle Pines Country Club. The Rockets team of Alex McGinty, Nick Marinakis, Clayton Chapman, and Brent Harris took the title, with Marinakis being named to the all-county team. Garret Johnson of North Jefferson Middle was the medalist for the tournament, scoring a 3-over-par 39 over nine holes…. Softball: The regular season is done for local AHSAA teams, with area tournament play starting tomorrow. Gardendale, Mortimer Jordan and Fultondale will each host their area tournaments, with Corner travelling to Haleyville and Hayden coming down to Jordan. Play tomorrow for most tournaments. We’ll have full schedules tomorrow morning.