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November 6, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, November 6

It's Wednesday, let's look around — we think that camel is gone for good...

Weather: Rain after midnight. Clouds will start to roll in today, giving way to rain overnight. Highs will be in the lower 70s with lows in the lower 50s and a 70 percent chance of rain. The precip will taper off on Thursday, giving way to cooler temps with highs only in the lower 60s.

Rocky road. It may sound like a modern-day version of Ernest T. Bass from “The Andy Griffith Show,” but a real-life rock-thrower is in the Jefferson County Jail on $400,000 bond, after Gardendale Police arrested the 71-year-old man for throwing rocks at oncoming cars on Sunday. Charles Bobby Minyard was arrested on four felony counts of throwing objects or missiles into occupied vehicles. No one in the hit cars was injured, though several were covered with broken glass. A police spokesman said at least a dozen cars were involved, so additional charges may be forthcoming.

Byrne notice. Bradley Byrne won the Republican primary runoff for Alabama's First District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday. The former state senator beat out challenger Dean Young, 52.5 percent to 47.5 percent. Byrne will face Democratic challenger Burton LeFlore on Dec. 17 in a special general election for the seat vacated by Jo Bonner. Elsewhere, Gov. Chris Christie (R) easily won re-election, while former Clinton Administration aide Terry McAuliffe (D) won a narrow victory over Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) in the Virginia governor's race, and Bill de Blasio became the first Democrat in two decades to be elected mayor of New York City.

Sports: Collarbone double-check. Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers confirmed Tuesday that the injury he suffered in Monday night's game with Chicago is indeed a broken collarbone, but that he expects to be back on the field before the season ends. Rodgers suffered the break when he came down hard in the first quarter... College football: Nagging rumors. The seemingly constant drumbeat that Nick Saban might leave the Crimson Tide to coach at the University of Texas just won't go away, especially after the Associated Press reported that agent Jimmy Sexton told Longhorn regents that their school was the only one he would consider leaving Alabama for. The report also said that Saban considered himself to be under “special pressure” at the Capstone because of his success there... Poker: Last man standing. Ryan “The Beast” Reiss, a poker professional originally from Michigan, won the golden bracelet and more than $8.4 million in cash as he prevailed in the main event of the 2013 World Series of Poker. Reiss' ace-king hole cards on the final hand held up, as runner-up Jay Farber was all-in needing a five to pair his jack-five (another jack would have given Reiss a straight), but a river-card four ended Farber's hopes. Reiss, 23, is the fifth winner in his 20s in the last five years.

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