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July 9, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, July 9

Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: Scattered showers. There’s a 30 percent chance that you will see a scattered shower or storm today, mainly after lunch. Highs will be in the middle 80s with lows tonight in the lower 70s. Rain chances will increase on Wednesday.

Egypt death toll increases. At least 51 people are now reported to have been killed early Monday, when army forces opened fire on supporters of deposed Egyptian president Muhammad Morsi. The attack lessens the chance that the dispute between Morsi’s supporters in the Muslim Brotherhood and their opponents can resolve their dispute through the political process.

Controversial Trayvon Martin evidence permitted. The judge in the George Zimmerman murder trial in Sanford, Fla. has reversed her earlier decision on whether she will allow the jury to hear that the victim had marijuana in his system when he died. Judge Debra Nelson ruled that Zimmerman’s lawyers could introduce testimony about Martin’s toxicology report, which might reflect on what led to the altercation between him and Zimmerman, who is on trial for shooting and killing Martin in February of last year.

Sports: Fain headed to the Tide. Another local high school softball player will be playing for the University of Alabama. Gardendale catcher Carrigan Fain has verbally committed to play for the 2012 NCAA champs, where she will join Mortimer Jordan grads Haylie McCleney and Danae Hays… Baseball: Better late than never. Atlanta and Miami went 14 innings last night before the Braves exploded for six runs in the top of the 14th to win 7-1. The Marlins had put out 24 straight Braves batters from the sixth through the 13th. Atlanta now sits atop the NL East standings with a five-game lead over Washington.

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