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April 24, 2014

The Times' Morning Update for Thursday, April 24, 2014

Early traffic, weather and community news for your day

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, take a look at what’s going on today:



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department will close Johnson St. SW today, from Wren Ave. SW to Waddell Ave., to include Lee Lane. Also, a patch crew will be working on Longbrook Dr. NE; some interference with traffic is expected.



Weather:



Today: Mostly sunny, with a high near 81. Southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming southwest in the afternoon.



Tonight: Showers and thunderstorms likely, mainly after 1am. Partly cloudy during the early evening, then becoming cloudy, with a low around 59. South wind 5 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70 percent.



Best bets for today:



Welti’s kindergarten registration: Welti Elementary School is now enrolling students (five years of age on or before Sept. 2, 2014) for the next school year. Registration will be from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and from noon to 2:30 p.m. today at the school.

Parents/guardians must bring a blue slip (health dept. immunization card), child’s Social Security Card, and a certified copy of the child’s birth certificate.



Earth Week events at Cullman EC: Cullman Electric Cooperative is hosting free community events the week of April 21-25 to celebrate Earth Day.

Today, from 6-7 p.m., Cullman EC is hosting a free energy efficiency seminar for the public, with guest speakers, demonstrations, DVDs and printed materials with hundreds of energy savings tips.

Today and Friday, bring your broken or unused small electronics to Cullman EC's office on Eva Road for recycling.

For more information on any of these program, contact Cullman Electric Cooperative at 256-737-3268.



Lunch-and-learn: Eric Fillinger, MD, of Fillinger Foot Clinic will present a seminar of foot care and treatments, at 11:30 a.m. today, at Cullman Regional Medical Center’s Col. Cullmann Room. Cost is $5/WomenFirst and SeniorChoice members; $8 all others. Reservations required at www.crmchospital.com or at 256-737-2600.



Relay For Life meetings: A meeting for those participating or interested in participating in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life of Cullman County will be held at noon and 5:30 p.m., on Thursday, April 24, in the Fellowship Hall at First Baptist Church of Cullman. Relay For Life of Cullman County will be May 2-3 at Cullman County Fairgrounds. Info: Helen Allen at 256-709-4019 or visit www.relayforlife.org/cullmanal.



Adult Diabetes Support Group: This group will meet at 6 p.m. in the CRMC Community Education Center’s Ave Maria Room in POB II. Info: Diabetes Care Center at 256-737-2025.



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



Ribbon cutting/open house: The Cullman County Economic Development and Cullman County Industrial Development Authority will hold a ribbon cutting and open house of the new building at 325 2nd St. SE, Cullman 35055, from 2 to 4 p.m.



OA: Overeaters Anonymous will meet at 4:45 p.m. in the Carriage House at Grace Episcopal Church, 305 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Info: 724-376-2124 or 256-352-1143.



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. OBAMA TO PUTIN: MORE SANCTIONS ‘TEED UP’

The president accuses Russia of failing to meet its commitments toward easing the crisis in Ukraine.

2. HOW THE FDA WANTS TO REGULATE E-CIGARETTES

The government wants to ban the sale of the popular tobacco devices to minors and require health warning labels on their packaging.

3. FCC VEERING FROM INTERNET NEUTRALITY

The federal agency will propose new rules allowing content companies to pay Internet service providers for faster delivery of videos and other content to people’s homes.

4. WHAT VERMONT IS FIRST TO DO

The Green Mountain State legislature passes bill requiring genetically modified foods to be identified; governor says he plans to sign it.

5. CLASSES RESUME AT KOREAN SCHOOL WHOSE STUDENTS DIED IN FERRY DISASTER

The campus is dotted with photos of lost teachers and pupils in the accident that killed 159 people so far.

6. DETAILS EMERGE OF ALLEGED CHLORINE GAS ATTACKS IN SYRIA

Witnesses tell the AP of dozens of cases of choking, fainting and other ills from inhaling fumes from hand grenades and helicopter-dropped “barrel bombs.”

7. SOURCES: TALIBAN WANT TO RELEASE U.S. SOLDIER HELD FOR 5 YEARS

Critics of the government’s efforts to secure the sergeant’s freedom say bureaucratic confusion is stalling a deal with his captors.

8. SAFE INVESTMENTS ARE YEAR’S TOP PERFORMERS SO FAR

Investors are shying away from risk and sticking to havens such as utilities, Treasurys, and gold.

9. (BABY GOT) BACK IN THE SADDLE

Wranglers have been investing in bigger horses to accommodate the bigger tourists wanting to ride and get closer to the West that was.

10. WHO’S NOW A MARRIED WOMAN

Oscar-winning actress Jodie Foster wed girlfriend Alexandra Hedison, 44-year-old photographer from Los Angeles, over the weekend.