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July 24, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, July 24

It’s Wednesday, and would you like to borrow a mop?…

Weather: One more wet day. We have to endure one more day of showers and thunderstorms before getting some relief. Today’s high will reach the upper 80s with tonight’s low around 70, with a 60 percent chance of showers and storms, mainly in the afternoon. Skies will finally clear on Thursday.

Another sentencing in Kimberly gambling probe. Robert Taylor, shown in court documents to be the central figure in the federal undercover investigation of illegal gambling and public corruption in Kimberly, was sentenced to six months in prison in a sealed hearing Tuesday. Taylor will also serve six months of home confinement, followed by two years of probation. The hearing in U.S. District Court in Birmingham took all day, as Taylor’s attorneys presented several character witnesses and dozens of letters supporting him. The last defendant to be sentenced, Christopher Adam McGraw, will learn his fate in the next few weeks, though a specific date has not been set.

“I’m deeply flawed.” That admission came from former Congressman Anthony Weiner, D-N.Y., after a woman revealed to website TheDirty.com that he had sent her sexually explicit photos and messages months after he was forced to resign for another similar incident. Weiner said the latest revelations would not force him to drop out of the race for mayor of New York City, despite calls from The New York Times and others for Weiner to step aside.

Sports: Faster! Faster! The Big 12 Conference, where much of college football’s trend toward hurry-up offensive play has taken place, announced during its annual Media Days in Dallas that it will add an eighth official to its crews in conference games only, whose primary duty will be to spot the ball as quickly as possible after the previous play is whistled dead. The conference’s coaches had supported an eighth official, according to ESPN.com, but with the task of monitoring substitutions instead… Baseball: Kris Medlen’s probable last start before being sent back to the bullpen was less than auspicious, as the Braves lost a 4-1 decision to the Mets Tuesday night. Atlanta maintains a seven-game lead for first place in the National League East.

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