Hello, Monday, and off we go on another work week….
Weather: Maybe some thunderstorms. After a lovely, warm weekend, we are looking at the possibility of scattered thunderstorms this afternoon. Highs will reach the middle 80s today, with lows in the upper 50s tonight. Rain chances are 50 percent this afternoon, 30 percent tonight. Rain chances taper off Tuesday, with a high near 80.
Traffic: No problems through the Corridor X construction zone on I-65 today. But that work on I-20/59 outbound through Bessemer that ALDOT delayed to indefinite time this week? That time came last night at midnight. The section from the 18th St./19th St. exit to the Alabama Adventure Pkwy. Exit will be closed for about 35 days while the section is completely rebuilt. ALDOT suggests detouring by going south on I-65, then west on I-459.
Bentley signs revisions to immigration law. Despite objections from those who want the law repealed outright, Gov. Robert Bentley signed House Bill 658, which makes some changes to the original law sponsored by Gardendale State Sen. Scott Beason. Bentley himself had some qualms about the revisions, many of which were proposed by Beason; among Bentley’s issues were requirements that the immigration status of newly-enrolled schoolchildren will still be checked, and a public database of illegal immigrants who had transactions with law enforcement. The governor threatened a pocket veto, but couldn’t find support for the changes.
Bee Gees member dies. Robin Gibb, one of the Gibb brothers who made up the musical group The Bee Gees during the disco area, lost his long battle with cancer Sunday at age 62. He was the second star from that era to pass away in the last week, after the death of “disco queen” Donna Summer from cancer last Thursday.
Sports — Softball: There were a few tears shed after Mortimer Jordan’s loss in the championship game of the AHSAA Class 5A State Softball Tournament on Friday evening, but not as many as one would expect. Because despite the Blue Devils’ vaunted history and reputation, this was one Jordan team almost no one — not coaches, not players, not even the bluest of Devils fans — expected to be there at the very end for the sixth straight year. But they were, making a miracle run through the brackets yet again to get back to the title game, finally losing to Chelsea 11-1 in five innings. We’ll have much more about this in Wednesday’s edition of The North Jefferson News… Jordan even had something to do with the NCAA Softball Tuscaloosa Regional yesterday, as No. 2 Alabama defeated South Alabama 6-0 in the finals. Three freshmen who are former Blue Devils — infielder Danae Hays for the Tide, and outfielders Blair Johnson and Alyssa Linn for the Jaguars — played in the game, with Hays hitting an RBI single and stealing a base. Johnson and Linn were held without a hit, as Tide ace pitcher Jackie Traina gave up only two hits all day…. Horse racing: I’ll Have Another had another — win in the Triple Crown series, that is. He won Saturday’s running of the Preakness in much the same way he won the Kentucky Derby, charging in the home stretch to catch Bodemeister at the wire. I’ll Have Another now has a chance to be the first Triple Crown winner since Affirmed in 1978. The Alabama connection: Tiger Walk, owned by the founder of UnderArmour sports apparel and named for Auburn’s pre-game trek to the football stadium, finished eighth in the 11-horse field.