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April 24, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, April 24

It’s Wednesday, halfway through another week…

Weather: Unsettled. Showers and thunderstorms are forecast throughout the day, mostly from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. High temperatures will top out near 70 early, but fall throughout the day and will dip to the middle 40s by tonight. Sunny skies will return Thursday with highs near 70.

Beefing up security. A bill has been introduced in the Alabama legislature that would borrow $50 million to upgrade security in public schools. The proposal from Rep. Allen Treadaway, R-Morris, would give $10 million of that directly to school systems, with the remaining $40 million available for specific schools through grant applications. The money would go to retrofit older schools with more secure entrances and classroom doors, among other measures.

We tweeted what? An erroneous post on the main Twitter account of the Associated Press sent a brief scare into stock markets Tuesday. The tweet said that there were explosions at the White House, and that President Obama had been injured. The tweet was quickly corrected and the account closed, but not before markets spiked downward for two or three minutes.

Boston confessions. The Boston Globe says that the surviving brother of the two accused of bombing the finish of the Boston Marathon has confessed to the crime, according to a “senior law enforcement official.” The report claims that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev admitted the crimes on Sunday, before he had been given his Miranda warning, which means the ability to admit the confessions in court proceedings will be difficult at best. Tsarnaev continues to recover from gunshot wounds at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital.

Sports: Wildcats do it again. For the second time this season, Hayden’s fourth-ranked softball team has shut out their neighbors to the south. On Tuesday they did it on the road at No. 6 Mortimer Jordan, winning by a 4-0 score to all but wrap up top seed in the Class 5A Area 12 tournament next week. The Wildcats scored three times in the fifth inning, taking advantage of some defensive lapses by the Blue Devils. Hayden pitcher Caitlin Kirkland struck out eight while scattering four hits. Elsewhere, No. 6 (4A) corner dropped a pair of 6-0 losses to top-ranked teams in a tri-series. They lost to Scottsboro, the No. 1 team in Class 5A, as well as Pisgah, tops in 3A… Auburn: The oaks at Toomer’s Corner came down Tuesday, victims of the infamous poisoning by Alabama fan Harvey Updyke. Crews had removed the trees shortly after lunch, preserving the remains to be sold as souvenirs.

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