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May 12, 2014

NJN/am for Monday, May 12

Welcome to Monday and another work week...

Weather: Hit-or-miss showers. There's a 20 percent chance of scattered showers and thunderstorms today and tonight, with highs in the upper 80s and lows in the upper 60s. Tuesday will be much the same, except tat the rain chance will increase to 40 percent.

A familiar face. The new interim superintendent for Jefferson County Schools is Dr. Bobby Neighbors, who previously served as the head of the system from 2000 to 2003. During that time, he guided the county schools through the takeover period by the Alabama Board of Education because of financial irregularities. Neighbors was selected in a special meeting of the Jefferson County Board of Education on Friday afternoon, and will serve as the interim boss beginning today through June 30, by which time Board President Jennifer Parsons plans on having a permanent replacement in place. Neighbors will attend his first board meeting as superintendent Tuesday at 9 a.m., during another special called meeting.

Sports: We're done here. For the first time in at least a decade, there will be no local teams taking part in the AHSAA State Softball Championships in Montgomery this week. The closest that any team got was Mortimer Jordan, which bowed out Saturday afternoon after losing to Springville 9-6 in the Tuscaloosa regional tournament. That exit came despite a no-hitter thrown by pitcher Natalie Johnsey in a 4-0 elimination-game victory over Pleasant Grove. Gardendale and Fultondale each went two and out in the double-elimination bracket. And at the Troy regional, Corner won one game and lost two to end the season... College softball: Speaking of Mortimer Jordan, five graduates of that program will be playing in the NCAA playoffs starting this week, with four of them going likely against each other. Alabama was installed as the No. 2 seed overall, and will host 21st-ranked South Alabama in a regional tournament, which will include former Blue Devils Haylie McCleney and Danae Hays for the Tide, and Blair Johnson and Alyssa Linn of the Jaguars. No. 15 Auburn and former Jordan standout Morgan Estell will travel to a regional hosted by Minnesota. Four teams from the state of Alabama will play in the post-season, with UAB headed to a regional at Georgia, and 11 teams from the SEC are moving on... Football: Former Tide quarterback A.J. McCarron finally heard his name called in the NFL Draft, as he was chosen in the fifth round Saturday by Cincinnati. McCarron was chosen 164th overall.

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