Monday again, and here goes another work week….
Weather: Rain tapers off. The rain that moved through this weekend is starting to move out, though there is a 20 percent chance of scattered showers this afternoon and tonight. High today will be around 78, lows tonight near 60. Tuesday will be more of the same.
Traffic: No roadblocks scheduled for the Corridor X construction zone on I-65 today, but there is one scheduled for Tuesday, weather permitting. The rain over the weekend has also delayed the lane repaving project on I-20/59 southbound through Bessemer; that has been pushed back to Thursday.
Furious finish on Goat Hill. It’s the final day of the regular session of the State Legislature, and lawmakers still have to work on bills setting general and education budgets, tackle an occupational-tax plan to help Jefferson County get out of its financial hole, and debate revisions to the state’s immigration law. Most of the budgetary measures have large differences between House and Senate versions that need to be ironed out. After the regular session is done, there’s expected to be a special session later this week for the purpose of redrawing legislative district boundaries.
Sports: A familiar journey. Mortimer Jordan will make its ninth consecutive trip to the AHSAA High School Softball Tournament in Montgomery on Thursday, as it went undefeated at the North Central Regional in Vestavia Hills this weekend. Jordan was the only one of the five local teams to survive the regional, as Gardendale, Hayden and Corner each won their first game and then lost the next two, and Fultondale went two and out. The Blue Devils defeated No. 10 Albertville 10-5 in the finals; they previously beat second-ranked Moody (which Jordan beat in last year’s state title game) in the winner’s bracket finals. Jordan starts the defense of its Class 5A championship at 10:30 a.m. Thursday against unranked Spanish Fort…. College softball: Alabama, Auburn and UAB were all awarded bids to the NCAA tournament on Sunday. Bama, the No. 2 seed overall, will host a regional and play Tennessee-Martin in Friday’s opener. Georgia Tech and South Alabama are the other two teams at Tuscaloosa. UAB takes on Virginia Tech in the Knoxville Regional, and Auburn plays Houston in the Austin, Texas Regional.