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March 31, 2014

NJN/am for Monday, March 31

Welcome to Monday, and Spring Break is over – unless you're a student in Jefferson County Schools, in which case you have today off, too...

Weather: Spring shows up a few days late. After some patchy frost overnight, things warm up nicely today with sunny skies and highs in the middle 70s. A few clouds will roll around tonight with lows around 50. More of the same Tuesday with highs in the upper 70s.

Calling off the dogs. Rescue and recovery crews at the site of the deadly mudslide in Washington state are giving their dogs a couple of days off, the Associated Press reports. If search dogs are overworked in cold, rainy conditions, they lose their ability to detect the scents of bodies still buried in the mud. The official death toll has risen to 21, with four more bodies recovered but not identified and at least 30 others missing.

Sports: Finally, four. The NCAA Men's Basketball Final Four are set and headed for AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, after the last two regional finals on Sunday. In the late game at Indianapolis, Kentucky beat Michigan 75-72 on a 3-pointer by Aaron Harrison with 2.6 seconds left. They will face Wisconsin in the national semifinal on Saturday. In the other game, Shabazz Napier led Uconn to a 60-54 victory over Michigan State; they will take on Florida in Saturday's other semifinal... Baseball: It was Opening Night – sort of, since two teams played already in Australia – for Major League Baseball, as San Diego knocked off the Los Angeles Dodgers 3-1. The official Opening Day is tomorrow, with the traditional beginning game in Cincinnati, as the Almighty and Abner Doubleday intended... High school bass fishing: Mortimer Jordan and Corner finished in the top seven teams at the Alabama Student Angler Bass Fishing Association's regional tournament on Smith Lake over the weekend. That finish qualifies both teams for the state tournament in May. Gardendale placed a two-person team in the top seven, with Laura Ann Foshee and Jon Hill catching five fish weighing 12.1 pounds for sixth place.

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