It's Friday, and the race is on to get out of town...

Weather: Now THIS is spring! It will be a great getaway day for spring break, with sunny skies and highs in the lower 70s. Clouds roll in tonight with a low in the lower 50s. We'll see scattered showers and maybe some thunder on Saturday with highs again in the lower 70s and lows near 50. Rain ends Sunday afternoon with highs around 60 and lows back in the 30s. Spring break week will start off partly cloudy and a bit on the cool side.

Not what they wanted to hear. A group of parents from Fultondale has formed a group seeking to have their high school renovated or replaced sooner rather than later. But when three moms from Fultondale Cares confronted members of the Jefferson County Board of Education after Thursday night's regular session, they didn't get much good news. Board president Jennifer Parsons told the women that there was little they could do until negotiations with the yet-to-be-formed Gardendale City Schools are underway, which will determine where students in the Mt. Olive area will be going to school. We'll have a full report later today at njeffersonnews.com.

Carly's Law heads for governor's desk. A bill that would allow use an oil derived from the marijuana plant for medicinal purposes passed both chambers of the Alabama Legislature without a dissenting vote Thursday. The bill, named for a little girl from Inverness who suffers from seizures, would allow an oil called CBD to be dispensed through a study at UAB. The oil is said to relieve seizures and other problems for children who suffer from epilepsy and similar afflictions.

Sports: Softball showdown. Top-notch pitching and big hits were the order of the day, as third-ranked Hayden edged No. 6 Mortimer Jordan by a 3-2 score Thursday. Wildcats pitcher Sharley Miller struck out 10 batters and allowed three hits, while Jordan's Bailey Murphy fanned eight. Katie Parr hit a two-run homer for the Cats, while Shelby Maze knocked a solo shot for the Blue Devils... Soccer: Hat tricks all around at Gardendale, as Hunter Chapman had his second straight three-goal game in the Rockets' 3-0 win at Clay-Chalkville. On the girls' side, Alexa Kauffman had a hat trick and then some, scoring four straight goals as Gardendale blanked Clay 6-0... Baseball: Taylor Goodwin allowed just two hits and struck out seven for his fifth win, as Mortimer Jordan shut out Walker 5-0 in a Class 5A Area 12 game Thursday. Elsewhere, Gardendale made easy work of Carver in an area doubleheader, winning 10-0 in the first game and 21-2 in the second, both in five innings.

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