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October 9, 2013

NJN/am for Wednesday, October 9

Hello, Wednesday...

Weather: Just like yesterday, and the day before. It will be mostly sunny; today's high will reach the middle 70s, with lows tonight in the middle 50s. It will be slightly warmer on Thursday.

New head for the Fed. Federal Reserve vice chairman Janet Yellen has been chosen by President Obama to take over the top spot when current chairman Ben Bernanke's term expires soon. The move was expected by most analysts on Wall Street, and Yellen is expected to continue most of Bernanke's current monetary policies, including the continuation of so-called “quantitative easing” – increasing the monetary supply in order to help promote job creation, sometimes at the expense of inflation.

And our first contestant is... Dr. Chad Mathis, an orthopedic surgeon who lives in Indian Springs, is the first candidate to declare for the Republican primary in the Sixth Congressional District race. Mathis, originally from Indiana, is a first-time office-seeker ho aligns himself with the Tea Party movement. Mathis will run for the House seat being vacated by the retiring Spencer Bachus. No word yet from State Sen. Scott Beason of Gardendale, who ran against Bachus in the primary in 2012.

Sports: Juli-out. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones may be out for the rest of the season, sources within the organization have told both Fox Sports and ESPN. Jones, the former Alabama star, suffered a foot injury in Monday night's loss to the Jets that was not thought serious at first, but CT scans later showed problems. Head coach Mike Smith, though, said the reports were premature. Baseball: Red Sox advance. Boston came from behind with two runs in the seventh inning, as Shane Victorino beat out a grounder to shortstop that drove in the go-ahead run as they knocked off Pinson Vallley product Desmond Phillips' Tampa Bay Rays 3-1. The Sox take the Division Series three games to one, and await the winner of the Oakland-Detroit series, which will go to a fifth game after the Tigers beat the Athletics yesterday.

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