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May 10, 2013

NJN/am for Friday, May 10

It’s Friday, and not a moment too soon…

Weather: Wet. The rain has already started to our west, and will move into metro Birmingham later this morning. Highs will top out in the lower 70s. Rain becomes more scattered tonight, with lows in the lower 60s. Scattered showers and storms continue Saturday, but clear out by Sunday with highs staying in the lower 70s.

No help coming soon for Fultondale schools. Jefferson County Schools Superintendent Dr. Stephen Nowlin says there simply isn’t money available right now for a replacement for Fultondale High School. Nowlin, who replaced Phil Hammonds early this year, made the comments in the second part of a series of stories from an exclusive interview with The North Jefferson News.

Bottoms up. It is now legal to brew your own beer in Alabama. Gov. Robert Bentley signed a bill passed by the state legislature weeks ago, which makes the state the last in the nation to permit residents to make their own beer and wine. There’s a limit of 15 gallons per quarter, and if you live in a dry city or county, it’s still prohibited.

Sports: Playoff trail continues — maybe. The AHSAA softball and baseball playoffs resume today, but the weather radar is making things look rather iffy. Four local teams — Fultondale, Locust Fork, Hayden and Gardendale — take part in the North Central Softball Regional at Munny Sokol Park in Tuscaloosa, while Corner plays in the South Central Regional in Troy. In baseball, Pinson Valley begins its Class 5A state semifinal best-of-three series tonight at Hartselle, with a doubleheader scheduled to begin at 5. We’ll have updates throughout the day on our Facebook page.

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