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September 30, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Monday, Sept. 30, 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 patch crews at these sites: 9th Ave. SE, 6th St. SE and Maynor Drive SE. Drivers should exercise caution when traveling in these areas.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 77. South wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: Patchy fog after 1 a.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 58. Calm wind.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Foot health seminar at CRMC: Cullman Regional Medical Center’s WomenFirst & SeniorChoice programs offer offer a lunch and learn seminar on foot health today, in CRMC’s Col. Cullman Room, 1912 AL Highway 157, POB 2, Cullman, AL 35058. Dr. Eric Fillinger of Fillinger Foot Clinic will provide program on surgical reconstructive issues. Registration begins at 11 a.m. followed by lunch and the seminar at 11:30. Cost is $5 for WomenFirst & SeniorChoice members and $8 for others.



Flu shot clinic: The Cullman County Health Department will hold a flu shot clinic from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. today, at the Wallace State Community College’s Wellness Center. Shots will be $5; Medicare is free-must bring Medicare card.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. today in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



USDRC meeting: The U.S. Disaster Relief Command meets at 6 p.m. today the last Monday of each month at Good Hope Town Hall, 134 Town Hall Drive, Cullman 35057. Volunteers are needed. Those interested are encouraged to attend. Info: J.W. Phillips 256-615-5644.



Small business Health Care law seminar: A Small Business Compliance Seminar will be held at the Chamber’s Charter Business room from 8 to 9:30 a.m. today, Sept. 30, free of charge. This seminar will focus on Small Business reporting requirements. No pre-registration required.

Learn the cost of penalties and how to avoid them. Get info on the model election requirements. If you own a small business you need to know your options.



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. AVOIDING THE BUDGET ABYSS

One lawmaker predicts that his fellow Republicans in the House will in the end avert a government shutdown by abandoning the effort to defund Obamacare.

2. CLINTON, GINGRICH BATTLE LED TO LONGEST SHUTDOWN

When the strong-willed pols faced off about two decades ago over Medicare and other issues, the government halted twice, and one shutdown lasted 21 days.

3.  HOW SYRIA INSPECTORS AIM TO GET THE JOB DONE

To make sure the regime scraps its chemical weapons, the teams say they may need to blow up missiles, smash empty shells and demolish machinery.

4. ISRAEL: BEWARE NEW IRAN LEADER’S ‘SMILEY CAMPAIGN’

“I will tell the truth in the face of the sweet talk” about Iran’s nuclear activities, Netanyahu says in advance of his meeting with Obama.

5. WHAT PLEDGE OBAMA MIGHT LIKE TO TAKE BACK

His promise that anyone who likes their current health plan can keep it under Obamacare has turned out to be an empty one.

6. ANOTHER TRIUMPH FOR BOOMING COMMERCIAL SPACE BUSINESS

A second U.S. private company proves that it is capable of delivering goods via an unmanned cargo ship to the International Space Station.

7. WHY AL-SHABAB SPARED MUSLIMS IN KENYA ATTACK

Papers believed to belong to the al-Qaida affiliate indicate it understands that indiscriminate attacks alienate other Muslims.

8. RUNAWAY SPENDING IN NYC JAILS

Experts are trying to figure out how the city spent $167,731 per inmate last year — nearly as much as it costs for four years of tuition at an Ivy League university.

9. ‘BREAKING BAD’ WRAPS UP AFTER FIVE SEASONS

AP Television Writer Frazier Moore says the series ended as it began: wicked, twisted and wildly creative.

10. PASS-HAPPY PEYTON MANNING ON RECORD ROLL

The Denver QB’s 16 touchdown passes are the most in the first month of a season, besting the mark of 14 set by two others.