Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:

Traffic:

The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew at Pansy St. NW and Lakeview Dr. NW. Some traffic delays may occur. Drivers are urged to use caution in these areas.

Weather:

Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Best bets:

Veterans benefits update seminar: A veterans benefits update will be given at 6 p.m. today at Morningside Assisted Living, 2021 Dahlke Dr. NE, Cullman 35058. Special guest speaker will be Tom Minetree of Huntsville. Free.

Stroke prevention and tips: Cullman Regional Medical Center will hold a stroke prevention seminar will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, at CRMC’s Col. Cullmann Room, with speaker, Paula Burks, RN, BSN.

This lunch-and-learn program is $5 for members of WomenFirst and SeniorChoice; $8 for all others. RSVP online at www.crmchospital.com or call 256-737-2600.

10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and stories that will be talked about today:

1. DIGGING OUT FROM OKLAHOMA TORNADO

Rescuers are nearly finished searching for victims, but most Moore residents are just starting to find out whether their homes were destroyed.

2. STAR WITNESS IN IRS HEARINGS NOT TALKING

Lois Lerner, who revealed the agency’s targeting of conservative groups, has said she will invoke the Fifth Amendment when called to testify before Congress today.

3. IMMIGRATION CLEARS ITS FIRST HURDLE

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted 13-5 to pass a key priority for Obama’s second term, creating a pathway to citizenship for millions.

4. WHAT JODI ARIAS SAID FROM PRISON

After begging a jury to let her live, Arias tells the AP that she didn’t get a fair trial and her lawyers should have called witnesses to support her claims that her boyfriend abused her.

5. BREAKTHROUGH IN BENGHAZI PROBE

The U.S. says it has ID’d five suspects in the deadly attack in Libya, though it doesn’t yet have enough evidence to try them.

6. ANTHONY WEINER LAUNCHES COMEBACK CAMPAIGN

The ex-congressman whose career imploded over raunchy tweets two years ago announced in a video that he’s running for New York City mayor.

7. NORTH KOREA SENDS SPECIAL ENVOY TO CHINA

The trip is the highest-profile visit by a North Korean official to China this year as Beijing is showing more frustration with Pyongyang over nuclear threats.

8. SUICIDE AT NOTRE DAME CATHEDRAL

A 78-year-old historian put a letter on the altar of the 850-year-old French monument, pulled out a gun and shot himself in the head.

9. WHAT THE NEW XBOX CAN DO

The console seamlessly switches back and forth between watching live TV, listening to music, watching a movie and browsing the Internet.

10. WHO WON ‘DANCING WITH THE STARS’

Country singer Kellie Pickler edged out Disney Channel star Zendaya and football pro Jacoby Jones.

 

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