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July 11, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, July 11

It’s Thursday — row, row, row your boat…

Weather: More of the same. After an overnight period of heavy rain, we maintain the chance for additional showers and storms today with highs in the middle 80s. Rain chances should end tonight with lows in the lower 70s. Chance of rain is 50 percent today, 20 percent tonight.

One killed in Pinson crash. Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies say that a car driven by Evelyn Todd of Oneonta ran through a red light at the intersection of Center Point Road and Sweeney Hollow Road, and was hit by a tractor trailer Wednesday morning. Todd died on the scene. The truck driver was not injured.

Hayden woman sentenced for embezzlement. Frances Duckworth was sentenced to 27 months in prison Wednesday as a result of a plea deal in federal court. The Hayden woman admitted to skimming more than $200,000 off deposits at Cadence Bank in Warrior, where she was the head teller, over a three-year span. She will have to repay that money, and also pay that same amount as a forfeiture to the government.

Randy Travis in critical condition. The country singer suffered a stroke yesterday and was put into surgery to relieve pressure on his brain, according to his publicist. It’s the latest health setback for Travis, 54, who had been treated for a respiratory infection that led to congestive heart failure earlier this week. He remains in intensive care in a Plano, Texas hospital this morning.

Sports: Big hit for Big Papi. Davis Ortiz set a new record for most hits by a designated hitter in a career Wednesday when he smacked a double in the second inning as Boston beat Seattle 11-4. Ortiz also hit a two-run homer, his 19th homer of the season. Meanwhile, Miami broke a five-game skid as they beat Atlanta 6-2. Giancarlo Stanton’s two-run double in the bottom of the first was the big hit for the Marlins.

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