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June 13, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, June 13, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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

Traffic:

Roadside maintenance is being performed this morning on Graham St. SW in the city of Cullman. Vehicles traveling through that area should slow and proceed with caution as a portion of the street is blocked off.

Weather:

 Today: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 89. Heat index values as high as 99. West wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 65. West wind 5 to 10 mph becoming north in the evening.

Best bets:

Support your veterans — take a test drive! Eckenrod Ford, in partnership with Operation Gratitude, will hold a special fundraiser to help send much needed packages to our troops and military members. For every new vehicle that is test driven from today through Saturday, June 15, Ford will send a care package to a military servicemember in the driver’s name.

Test drives last about 7 to 10 minutes. Upon completion of the test drive, drivers will have the opportunity to write a personalized message to be included in the care package. These care packages include snacks, entertainment items, personal letters of appreciation, and many other needed items.

The dealership is located at 5255 Highway 157, Cullman 35058. Participants must be 18 or older with a valid drivers license.

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. GRIM NEW DEATH TOLL IN SYRIA

The UN says nearly 93,000 have been confirmed killed in the civil war, with the real number likely being far higher.

2. ERDOGAN CALLS PROTESTERS ‘TROUBLEMAKERS’

Turkey’s prime minister says he will rid Istanbul’s Taksim Square of them in 24 hours to end two weeks of riots.

3. NSA HEAD SAYS SPY PROGRAM STOPPED TERROR ATTACKS

Army Gen. Keith Alexander told Congress that the collection of millions of telephone and Internet records foiled a 2009 plot to bomb New York’s subways.

4. THOUSANDS FLEE RAGING COLORADO WILDFIRE

More than 9,000 were told to leave the Black Forest, where an 18-acre blaze had destroyed nearly 100 homes.

5. MORE BANGLADESH FACTORIES AT RISK AFTER COLLAPSE

A report obtained by the AP shows that garment factories are routinely built without engineers and aren’t designed to withstand the stress of heavy machinery.

6.. AFGHAN POLICE KILLED IN SUSPECTED INSIDER ATTACK

The six officers were found shot at their checkpoint and two other policemen were missing.

7.  10-YEAR-OLD GETS NEW LUNGS

Sarah Murnaghan was recovering from the surgery made possible by a judge’s controversial ruling that expanded her options for lifesaving surgery.

8. WHERE BABY BOOMERS AREN’T GOING

Rural America, which Census estimates show is losing population for the first time ever as boomers lose interest in retiring to far-flung places.

9. FIFTH FAILURE FOR CUBA SWIM

Australian endurance athlete Chloe McCardel lasted 11 hours in the Cuba to Florida swim before being undone by jellyfish stings.

10. WEATHER THREATENS HISTORIC US OPEN

The major is returning to the Merion course near Philadelphia for the first time in 32 years, but six inches of rain has soaked the region.

 

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