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October 9, 2012

NJN/am for Tuesday, October 9

Good Tuesday morning to you…

Weather: A slight bit warmer. Sunny skies will return today, though things will start off with a little patchy fog here and there. Highs will struggle to reach 70, with lows tonight down into the upper 40s. More of the same tomorrow.

Runoff day today. Voters in Fultondale and Gardendale will choose city council members today in races where a winner wasn’t decided in the regular municipal elections. And in Trafford, voters there will finally decide the mayor’s race. We’ll have full results tonight online and in Wednesday’s North Jefferson News.

Bump gets bigger. Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is starting to see more reaction from his debate victory over president Obama last week, as more public-opinion polls survey voters after last Wednesday’s debate. Polls from Gallup now show the candidates ties at 47 percent each, erasing a five-point Obama lead prior to the debate. Pew Research shows a 12-point swing over its previous poll in mid-September, with Romney going from eight points behind to four ahead of Obama.

Sports: Texans go to 5-0. Arian Foster ran for 152 yards and a touchdown, and Houston intercepted the Jets’ Mark Sanchez on the final drive — is that Tim Tebow’s name we hear New York fans chanting? — as the Texans won 23-17 on Monday Night Football. Houston and Atlanta (yes, the Falcons) are the only remaining undefeated teams in the NFL… Baseball: The Cardinals leveled their National League Division Series at a game apiece with a 12-4 rout of the Nationals, thanks in part to two home runs by Carlos Beltran. In the AL, Chris Davis batted in two runs as his Orioles beat the Yankees 3-2 to tie that series at one game all… College football: Former assistant coach Jerry Sandusky will be sentenced today in Bellefonte, Pa. on his convictions for sex crimes against young boys during his tenure at Penn State. Sandusky, who issued a statement Monday defiantly denying the charges, will likely face sentences that will keep him in jail for the rest of his life,

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