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August 20, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Aug. 20, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

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

Traffic:

Traffic may be delayed due to curbing on Swafford Road, patch crew on Industrial Park on Golf Course Road.

Weather:

Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. Southeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.

Best bets for today and beyond:

City Board of Education: The Cullman City Board of Education will meet at 6 p.m. today in the City Board of Education board room, 301 1st St. NE, Cullman 35055.

Midway community dance: The Midway Community Center will hold a dance at 7 p.m. today featuring the Baileyton Boys. Admission is $4; all proceeds go to upkeep of community center, 164 Midway Road, Union Grove 35175.

Shoebox ministry planning meet: The Operation Christmas Child-Shoebox Ministry meeting will be at 6 p.m. today, at East Side Baptist Church, 1111 3rd St. SE, Cullman 35055. OCC information kits may be picked at that time.

For more information, contact Judy Taylor at 256-739-0505.

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. WHOSE RELEASE COULD FURTHER ROIL EGYPT

A court ruling means that Mubarak might be freed from jail. He was widely hated for abuses and repression during his years as president.

2. OBAMA PUSHES WALL STREET REFORM — AGAIN

His latest prodding comes three years after he signed a sweeping overhaul of financial rules. Execution of the law is way behind schedule.

3. ‘AN UNPRECEDENTED INFLUX OF REFUGEES’

The exodus of 30,000 Syrians into Iraq to escape the civil war in their homeland is creating desperate conditions.

4. SUPERSTORM TASK FORCE FINISHES ITS WORK

The group’s recommendations focus on a simple warning: coastal communities need to start planning now for future storms in an age of climate change and rising sea levels.

5. HOW NSA REPORTER SAYS HE’LL RETALIATE

“I’m going to publish many more things about England,” vows Glenn Greenwald, writer of stories based on leaked documents, after his partner is detained for hours at a London airport.

6. UNEMPLOYMENT UP IN MOST STATES IN JULY

The U. S. Labor Department says unemployment rose in 28 states — a sign the job market may be losing momentum.

7. AL-JAZEERA AMERICA HOPING TO WOO US VIEWERS

The news channel, which debuts Tuesday, says it will offer a bolder-but-less-opinionated alternative to other networks.

8. CALL IT ‘GRAVESITE NIGHT’ AT THE BALLPARK

The Lehigh Valley, Pa., IronPigs are giving fans a chance to win a free funeral — complete with casket, flowers and headstone.

9. ACTOR UNHURT AFTER CAR CATCHES FIRE

Passers-by quickly help 87-year-old Dick Van Dyke from his flaming Jaguar along a Los Angeles freeway.

10. A-ROD’S LAWYER DECLINES MLB’S CHALLENGE

The attorney rejects a call to waive his client’s confidentiality and release the evidence that triggered Rodriguez’s 211-game drug suspension.

 

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