North Jefferson News, Gardendale, AL

September 25, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, September 25

By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News

— Hello, Wednesday...

Weather: Rain tapers off. We start the day with continuing light rain, perhaps getting heavier later in the day before eventually moving out. Highs will top out near 80 with a 30 percent chance of rain. Tonight will be partly cloudy with lows in the lower 60s, and Thursday will be mostly sunny with a high near 80.

Former Brookside chief had been hired by Morris. Dennis McCoy, who was indicted last week on seven charges including theft and ethics violations, had just been hired by the Morris Police Department last week as an officer. Chief Mike Nazarchyk told The North Jefferson News that McCoy was dismissed Tuesday, once they found out about the arrest.

Talking through the night. Technically, it's not a true filibuster since it will have to end later this morning, but Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has held the floor since Tuesday afternoon and through the night, in an effort to stave off defeat of a House bill that would remove funding from Obamacare. Cruz has had some help from several fellow Republicans, including Alabama's Jeff Sessions. The Senate will vote on whether to invoke cloture, which would allow an amendment by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) to strip the de-funding language from the bill. All of this may lead to a government shutdown as the Treasury hits its borrowing limit.

Sports: Fultondale gets some love. After an upset over eighth-ranked Walter Wellborn last week, the Wildcats have broken into the top 10 of the Alabama Sports Writers Association Class 2A rankings. In the poll released late Tuesday night, Fultondale was rated ninth. The Wildcats will host American Christian this Friday. Speaking of this week's prep football action, here's a reminder that Mortimer Jordan's game at John Carroll Catholic, originally scheduled for Friday, has been moved to Thursday in order to be shown on WABM-68 television... Baseball: Andrelton Simmons did it again for the Atlanta Braves, as his RBI single brought home the winning run in a 3-2 victory over Milwaukee.