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May 13, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, May 13

Good Tuesday morning to you...

Weather: A few raindrops. We have a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms this afternoon, with highs in the upper 80s. Rain chances increase to 40 percent tonight with lows in the upper 60s. Wednesday brings showers and thunderstorms, some of which may be strong but probably not severe, with a high in the lower 80s.

Running the numbers. The first publicly-available poll by an independent third party for the Sixth District Congressional GOP primary election shows state Rep. Paul DeMarco as the current front-runner, with state Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale running second. According to the conservative website YellowhammerNews.com, the poll – conducted by Larry Powell of UAB for the Alabama Forestry Association – shows DeMarco favored by 24 percent of voters polled, with Beason at 17 percent and Dr. Chad Mathis third at 14 percent. Powell polled 401 likely Republican voters, with a 4.9-percent margin of error. Both DeMarco and Beason also showed high name identification numbers, likely stemming from the fact that they are the only two candidates in the race who currently hold elected office.

Sports: Staying in the hunt. Mortimer Jordan golfer Garrett Johnson is in a four-way tie for fifth place, and is two strokes behind the leaders in the AHSAA Class 5A State Boys Golf Championship, played at the Robert Trent Jones Capitol Hill course in Prattville. Johnson dropped a stroke with a bogey on the 18th hole, while the co-leaders each picked up two shots in the lst three holes. The second and final round gets under way later today.

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