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April 11, 2014

NJN/am for Friday, April 11

Welcome to Friday and a nice weekend ahead...

Weather: Delightful. Sunny and warm today, Saturday and Sunday with highs in the upper 70s and nighttime lows in the middle 50s. Showers and thunderstorms start to roll in Sunday night and continue through Tuesday.

Accused killer in court. Charles Jordan, the Birmingham man charged with killing Patricia McCain of Morris and then stuffing her dead body into a plastic container, faces his first day in court this morning. Jordan will be in a preliminary hearing before Judge Shelley Watkins at 9 a.m.

Sibelius out. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sibelius, who presided over the troubled roll-out of the web site that's the core of the Affordable Care Act (better known as Obamacare), has stepped down. The New York Times reports that she submitted her resignation earlier this week, and today President Obama will announce her replacement. That's expected to be Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who currently heads the Office of Management and Budget. Sibelius came under sharp and prolonged criticism for the botched debut of Healthcare.gov.

Sports: Indians advance, Yellow Jackets don't. In high school baseball, Pinson Valley did what it took to get into the playoffs, beating Moody 17-7 and 6-0 in a doubleheader Thursday night. Hunter Davidson pitched a beauty in the night cap, allowing just two hits while striking out nine. The Indians will face Mortimer Jordan in the first round; the Blue Devils swept Curry 6-0 and 13-0 on Thursday. Elsewhere, Corner was eliminated from playoff contention when they lost the first game of a doubleheader to Dora; they needed to win both to move on to the post-season... Softball: Top-ranked Curry knocked Mortimer Jordan ace pitcher Bailey Murphy out of the circle midway through their game Thursday, as they notched a 7-3 win over the No. 4 Blue Devils. Kadie Justice struck out five in the complete-game win for Curry, who will host second-ranked Hayden on Monday in a game postponed from earlier in the season... Girls soccer: Alexa Kauffman and Brittany Adair each scored hat tricks as Gardendale blanked Moody 8-0.

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