CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 81. North wind around 5 mph.
Tonight: A slight chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 60. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm. Chance of precipitation is 20 percent.
Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning.
Saturday night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Calm wind.
Sunday: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 87. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday night: A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 68.
Senior shindig canceled: The annual Commission On Aging picnic in the park for area seniors, called Senior Shindig scheduled for today at Sportsman Lake Park has been canceled due to predicted rain and thunderstorms.
Cullman County senior centers will resume normal hours on Friday, therefore anyone planning to attend the Shindig can enjoy a picnic inside on Friday at any of the following senior centers: Brushy Pond, Colony, Cullman, Hanceville, Holly Pond, West Point. Info: Commission On Aging office at 256-734-1241.
Jam session: The Town of South Vinemont will hold a jam session at 6 p.m. today in the Cary C. Montgomery Scout Center, 88 Ridgeway St., Cullman 35058. Info: Vinemont Town Hall at 256-737-5411.
Rummage sale: Cullman High School’s dance line will hold a yard sale at 6 a.m. today and at 7 a.m. Saturday, at Cullman Cultured Marble, 3544 Alabama 157, Cullman 35058. All proceeds to benefit the dance line.
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. U.S. INTELLIGENCE OFFICIAL TAKES UNUSUAL STAND
James Clapper offers some new details of how the government collects information on telephone and Internet use after disclosure of two secret surveillance programs.
2. STAKES HIGH FOR WORLD LEADERS
Obama and China’s president are retreating to a sprawling desert estate in California for talks on issues including cybersecurity and North Korea’s nuclear threats.
3. HOW EUROPE MAY OVERCOME FEARS OF ARMING SYRIAN REBELS
France is exploring gadgetry that tracks the movement of anti-aircraft missiles or shuts them down from a distance.
4. IRS CONTRADICTED BY FIELD OFFICES
Two agents working in the agency’s Cincinnati office say higher-ups in Washington directed the targeting of conservative political groups when they applied for tax-exempt status.
5. ANDREA ZIPPING UP EAST COAST
The tropical storm heading toward Georgia and the Carolinas promises sloppy commutes and waterlogged vacation getaways this weekend.
6. WHAT’S HOLDING UP KOREAS TALKS
The rivals trade counterproposals over where to meet for talks Sunday, as mutual interest in mending abysmal ties clash with mistrust.
7. CLIMATE TENUOUS FOR JOBS REPORT
It comes at a time of anxiety over the U.S. economy and whether the Fed will soon scale back its extraordinary support.
8. FALLOUNT MOUNTING OVER BUILDING COLLAPSE
Philadelphia officials begin inspecting hundreds of demolition sites, the first of what could be several lawsuits has been filed and a criminal investigation appears to be underway.
9. HOW ARIZONA SHERIFF’S REVERSAL MAY AFFECT PEERS
Joe Arpaio, who led the way for local police across the country to take up immigration enforcement, is reconsidering his crackdowns.
10. SPURS PLAY TO STRENGTHS IN GAME 1
San Antonio sticks to winning NBA Finals formula of good defense and a little luck on offense to beat the Heat 92-88 and wrestle back home-court advantage.