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April 1, 2014

NJN/am for Tuesday, April 1

Good Tuesday morning to you – and yes, it's April Fools' Day...

Weather: Maybe a sprinkle. We could possibly see just a few raindrops this morning, but skies will clear this afternoon with a high in the upper 70s. Clear skies tonight with lows in the lower 50s. Wednesday will be sunny with highs near 80.

Jockeying for position. The seven Republican candidates for the U.S. House of Representatives Sixth District seat squared off in a televised debate Monday night, with each trying to differentiate himself from the others as best as he could within the 30 seconds allotted for responses. State Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale and Rep. Paul DeMarco of Homewood, the only ones currently holding elected offices, touted their experience in the state legislature. Others, such as businessmen Will Brooke and Tom Vignuelle plus physician Chad Mathis, cited their lack of previous political experience as a virtue. The debate was held at Samford University; the group will meet again later in April in a debate at Hoover High School.

Deadline day. Monday was the last day for people to sign up for health insurance or else face penalties under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. But crashes at the HealthCare.gov website kept many from doing so, a problem that has plague the program from the outset. The Obama Administration claimed that they would meet their latest goal of six million registered, although how many of those have actually paid for health insurance through the program remains unknown.

Sports: Hornets prevail. Haley Glasscox drove in two runs on a first-inning double, but it was Morgan Armstrong's RBI single in the sixth inning that brought in what proved to be the winning run for Locust Fork, as they defeated host J.B. Pennington 5-3 in softball action Monday. Macy Wilks and Jamie Gail Hudson split the pitching duties for the Hornets, and struck out four hitters each.

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