North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

August 1, 2013

NJN/am for Thursday, August 1

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— It’s Thursday, and those thunderstorms really helped us sleep — yeah, right…

Weather: Drying out. After heavy thunderstorms rumbled through the area late last night, they will finally move out this morning and give way to clearing skies. Highs will be in the upper 80s, with lows tonight in the upper 60s. Friday will be sunny and hot with highs near 90.

Together until the end. If you missed it yesterday, you really should take a look at the story of a couple who lived nearly all their lives in Tarrant, and were married 63 years before they both died within days of each other. It’s one of the most-read articles we’ve ever had at njeffersonnews.com, and you can read this touching story here.

A break on student loans. In a rare bipartisan move, the House of Representatives passed a bill that would link interest rates on certain student loans to the financial markets. The move comes after rates shot up to 6.8 percent because Congress failed to act before a recent deadline; now so-called Stafford loans will be at 3.9 percent for undergraduates. However, those rates will go up if the economy improves and interest rates on government securities rise as well.

 

Sports: A-Rod lifetime ban imminent. USA Today is reporting that Major League Baseball is about to hand out suspensions to several players for using performance-enhancing drugs, perhaps as early as today. But the biggest of those might be a lifetime ban from the game to be levied against Yankees slugger Alex Rodriguez, who has been linked to the Miami company Biogenesis more than any other. If Commissioner Bud Selig makes the move, it would be the first time a player has been kicked out of the game since Pete Rose, and the first time ever for using disallowed substances. In a separate report, ESPN is saying that their sources claim A-Rod is negotiating for a lesser suspension with MLB. Piblicly, Rod riguez’s attorney says they will fight any suspension or ban.