By Robert Carter
North Jefferson News
Wednesday, Hump Day, you know the drill…
Weather: Warming slowly. Temperatures will still be on the chilly side, but no more frost or freezes for a little while. It will be sunny today with highs in the middle 50s, with nighttime lows in the lower 40s. Pretty much the same for Thursday.
New homes for veterans. A veterans group in Fultondale will get a new meeting place soon. Ground was broken for a new American Legion post Monday, which will replace the one destroyed by the April 2011 tornado. Meanwhile, Fultondale’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post has merged with a sister post in Brookside. The Fultondale post had declining membership over the past few years, and decided to combine with the Brookside post, which continues to thrive.
Bentley says no to health-care exchange, secession. The governor announced Tuesday that the state will still oppose the implementation of Obamacare by not setting up mandated state health care exchanges or expanding Medicaid. Bentley is joining with several other Southern states, including Texas and Louisiana, in continuing their resistance to the Affordable Care Act. However, Bentley said he would not support a petition on the White House website that calls for Alabama to peacefully secede from the Union. That petition, started by a Mobile man, has garnered the necessary 25,000 signatures within a month’s time to require an official response from the Obama administration, though there’s no idea what form that response will take. Texas and Louisiana petitions have also crossed that threshold; more than 30 other states have similar petitions on the website at http://petitions.whitehouse.gov.
Petraeus affair gets messier. Add another Military official, this one still on active duty, to the scandal involving former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus. This time it’s Gen. John Allen, the four-star Marine general who headed U.S. forces in Afghanistan and was nominated to become the supreme commander of NATO forces. The Petraeus investigation has revealed thousands of “inappropriate” email messages between Allen and Jill Kelley, the Tampa socialite who was on the receiving end of threatening email messages that turned out to be sent by Paula Broadwell, the mistress of Petraeus.
Sports: Blue Devils stop Wildcats. No, not Mortimer Jordan versus Hayden, but the biggest matchup so far of the new college basketball season, as ninth-ranked Duke stopped No. 3 Kentucky 75-68 in the Champions Classic in Atlanta. The Dukies held off a late rally attempt by the Cats… Baseball: Talk about your blockbuster trades. The Miami Marlins are shipping much of their starting roster north of the border. The Marlins are trading Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck, and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays, in exchange for Yunel Escobar, Henderson Alvarez, Jeff Mathis and four minor-league prospects. Major League Baseball must approve the deal first.