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May 8, 2014

NJN/am for Thursday, May 8

Good Thursday morning to you...

Weather: Once more, and then... We have one more day of sunny skies and very warm temperatures, with highs in the upper 80s. Lows tonight will be in the middle 60s. There may be some patchy fog this morning and early Friday morning. Speaking of Friday, our streak of sunny days ends as we see scattered showers and thunderstorms begin in the morning. Highs will stay in the upper 70s. The chance of rain is 60 percent during the day and 50 percent Friday night. That forecast continues on into Saturday.

JefCoEd moves on — maybe. The Jefferson County Board of Education will hold a special meeting this morning — one required by state law to solicit input from the public about the coming year's budget — but action to appoint an interim superintendent for the system is also a distinct possibility at the meeting. President Jennifer Parsons said Tuesday that the board would appoint an interim leader, possibly at this meeting. Her remarks came after the board voted unanimously to remove Dr. Stephen Nowlin as superintendent after roughly 16 months in office; he remains employed by the system in a consulting role.

Synthetic drugs targeted in national sweep. So-called synthetic drugs such as “spice” were the focus of Project Synergy, a nationwide effort Wednesday to remove the drugs and those who deal in them from the streets. Here in Alabama, law enforcement agencies took action in 10 counties, including Jefferson and Shelby. No arrests are currently known to have taken place in north Jefferson County.

Sports: Draft Day. The National Football League begins its annual draft tonight at Radio City Music Hall in New York, and as usual, several names from Auburn and Alabama will feature prominently. For the Tigers, offensive tackle Greg Robinson is tabbed in many mock drafts as the second pick overall for the St. Louis Rams, with defensive end Dee Ford going in the late first round and running back Dee Ford in the late second to middle third. Look for Tide safety Ha-Ha Cinton-Dix to go in the middle of the first round, with linebacker C.J. Mosley shortly afterward (several mock drafts have Mosley ahead of Ha-Ha), offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio about the same time and quarterback A.J. McCarron in the late second or early third round. Look for defensive end Jadeveon Clowney of South Carolina to be the first pick overall by the Houston Texans.

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