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September 9, 2013

NJN/am for Monday, September 9

Welcome to Monday, where it’s okay to change your mind…

Weather: Some rain possible. There’s a 20 percent chance of scattered showers today; otherwise it will be mostly sunny with a high in the lower 90s. Rain chances decrease to 10 percent tonight with a low in the lower 70s. The rain moves out Tuesday.

Pinson buys old school. The Pinson City Council ended an executive session Friday by voting to purchase the old Rock School, a part of the community since the early 1920s, for $975,000. The sale is contingent on the current owners, Solid Rock Church, moving out; they are trying to purchase the site where New Covenant Church used to meet on Pinson Valley Parkway. Mayor Hoyt Sanders said that the sale also includes the Triangle Park property across the street from the school. The council was split on a 4-2 vote; councilman Robbie Roberts voted against, saying he wanted more time to look over the purchase to make sure the city could financially handle both it and the new Pinson Park project.

Obama sells his Syria plan. The president is scheduled to go to six interviews today — NBC, CBS, ABC, PBS, CNN and Fox News — to try to convince the American public to go along with his plan to conduct military action against Syria, in retaliation for chemical weapon attacks against its own people. Obama has said he would seek congressional authorization for the action, but he faces an uphill battle in both chambers of Congress. In the Senate, Rand Paul (R-Ky.) said on Fox News Sunday that he might stage a filibuster when the resolution comes up for a vote, while current vote counts in the House show that the resolution would likely face defeat — not just from opposition by the Republican majority, but a large contingent of Democrats as well.

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