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October 29, 2013

NJN/am for Tuesday, October 29

Hello, Tuesday...

Weather: Great day. There will be some fog issues through the morning hours, but once that clears it will be a gorgeous day with highs around 80. Tonight will be mostly clear with lows in the upper 50s. Wednesday will be very nice as well..

Gardendale man found dead in East Lake. Birmingham Police continue to investigate the death of Benjamin Sloan, a 31-year-old man from Gardendale who was found dead inside an SUV on Sunday night. Police say that Sloan was found dead from a gunshot wound inside the SUV, which was sitting in the middle of the 300 block of 83rd Street North. No suspect has been named as of yet. If you have information relating to Sloan and his death, contact Crimestoppers at 254-7777.

Problems with ObamaCare promises. Two reports on Monday – one from NBC News, another from Fox News host Megyn Kelly – show that Obama Administration officials knew that millions of people would not be able to keep their current health insurance under ObamaCare, despite repeated promises by the president himself that they would be able to do so if they wished. NBC reports that four sources “deeply involved in the Affordable Care Act” that from 50 to 75 percent of those who purchase individual plans are getting cancellation notices from their current carriers because their plans don't meet the new law's minimum standards for coverage. In a separate report, Kelly produced a federal regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services in 2010 estimated that millions would be unable to keep their current coverage. The reports come as the administration continues to struggle with the healthcare.gov website's technical issues, which have made ot difficult for most users to enroll in plans through the ACA's exchanges.

Sports: Bosox on the brink. The Boston Red Sox are just one game away from winning the World Series, and they'll get the chance to win it on home turf at Fenway Park after a 3-1 win at St. Louis in Game 5 on Monday. John Lester gave up a run and four hits striking out seven Cardinal batters over 7-2/3 innings. David Ortiz continues on his tear through the Fall Classic, doubling in David Pedroia in the first inning and going 3-for-4 on the night; he's hitting a blistering 11-for-15 (.733) for the Series, nearly five times the batting average of the rest of the team. Game 6 is Wednesday night... High school football: Night moves. The tenth and last week of the regular season is often filled with last-minute schedule changes, as teams getting ready for the playoffs move Friday-night games to Thursday in order to scout an opponent on Friday. Such is the case with Fultondale at Parrish, which has been moved up to Thursday night. The Wildcats are stuck in a three-way tie for first place in Class 2A Region 6, and this week's games will help break that Byzantine tiebreaker which is based on the number of victories by teams that Fultondale, Ranburne and Walter Wellborn defeated in Class 2A or higher. Our other two local playoff-bound teams have their first round opponents set – Mortimer Jordan travels to No. 3 Muscle Shoals, while Pinson Valley hosts Hartselle.

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