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July 29, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, July 29, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department will have a patch crew working on 3rd St. SW. Some minor traffic delays in this area.



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. Calm wind.



Best bets for today and beyond:



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 9:30 a.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



USDRC to meet: The U.S. Disaster Relief Command will meet at 6 p.m. at Good Hope Town Hall, 134 Town Hall Drive, Cullman 35057. Volunteers are needed. Those interested are encouraged to attend.



New property tax law: The Alabama Department of Revenue recently announced a new law that applies to all property owners who were age 65 or older or totally and permanently disabled as of October 1, 2012.

If you’ve never requested an over 65 or disability homestead exemption—or if you were ineligible in 2012 after previously being eligible—you must submit your exemption request to the Cullman County Revenue Commissioner to claim your applicable 2013 exemption. The deadline for filing is July 31, 2013.

For persons 65 or older, you will need your 2011 federal and state income tax returns in addition to your proof of age.

The Cullman County Revenue Commission is mailing letters to area residents who may qualify for the new exemption based on their exemption claims prior to 2012. Watch your mail for more information. If you have never filed an exemption based on these conditions, or if you have any other questions, contact the Revenue Commission office at 256-775-4776 for additional details.



10 Things to Know for Today

By The Associated Press

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

1. MIDEAST NEGOTIATORS HEAD TO US

Israeli and Palestinian officials will meet in Washington today after Israel approved the release of 104 Palestinian prisoners.

2. ITALY TOUR BUS CRASH KILLS 38

Police said the bus filled with Italian pilgrims smashed into several cars in heavy traffic and plunged into a ravine.

3. CHARGES OF SPYING ON JOURNALIST DENIED

New Zealand officials denied a report that said U.S. surveillance agencies joined in tracking phone records of a McClatchy freelancer working in Afghanistan.

4. DRIVER CHARGED IN SPAIN TRAIN CRASH

Francisco Jose Garzon Arno, charged with 79 counts of homicide, has said the brakes didn’t work when he tried to slow the speeding train before a curve.

5. DOZENS KILLED IN BAGHAD BOMBINGS

A wave of car bombs in and around Baghdad killed at least 47 during morning rush hour in the latest coordinated insurgent attack.

6. WHITEY BULGER DEFENSE BEGINS

But lawyers haven’t said whether the 83-year-old charged with 19 killings and racketeering in Boston will take the stand himself.

7. HUGE HEIST ON THE RIVIERA

A haul of $53 million worth of diamonds and other jewels were stolen from a Cannes hotel featured in the Hitchcock film “To Catch a Thief.”

8. FLOSSIE HEADS TO BIG ISLAND

The weakened tropical storm is still expected to bring 18-foot-high waves, flooding and high winds to Hawaii.

9. THE INTELLIGENCE OF FARM ANIMALS

Rights advocates say that pigs, chickens and cows may be as smart and sociable as dogs, hoping to boost the ranks of vegetarians in the U.S.

10. WHAT PENN STATE KNEW ABOUT ABUSE SCANDAL

The university’s former president, vice president and athletic director appear today at a preliminary hearing on charges they tried to cover up charges against Jerry Sandusky.