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June 26, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
Cullman City Parks and Recreation

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



Traffic:



The Cullman City Street Department will have a crew painting curbs in the downtown area today; no expected delays in traffic.



Weather:



Today: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1 p.m. Mostly sunny, with a high near 92. Southwest wind around 10 mph.

Tonight: A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 5 to 10 mph.



Best bets for today and beyond:



Coffee With A Cop: Officers from the Cullman City Police Department with host a community event, Coffee With A Cop at 7 a.m. Wednesday, June 26, at Jack’s on Main Avenue in Cullman. Six to eight officers will be involved in the event. This is not for bringing complaints against officers, to contact the Cullman City Police Department with those concerns. This event is for discussing community issues and meeting local officers over a cup of coffee. For more information about Coffee With A Cop, or hosting an event, call 256-734-1434.



Company reunion: Grief Bros. plant will hold a reunion for former employees and their spouses, at noon Saturday, June 29, at the Dodge City Travel Center restaurant, dutch treat. Info: Howard Kent at 256-339-5030.



Alumni to hold concert, silent auction and carriage rides: Eva School will be have in concert, the Flashbacks Show Band, a multi-dimensional band playing hits from the '60s through modern day. They will appear from 7 to 9 p.m. Friday, July 12, in the school gymnasium, 20 School Road, Eva 35621. Tickets are $20 for liminted reserved seating; $15 general admission. Concessions will be available. All proceeds will benefit the Alumni courtyard at the school. Silent auction will take place at this time. Also, horse-and-carriage rides will be available from 6 to 8 p.m. July 12, at the school. Info: Shirley Arnett at 256-784-9489, text to 256-590-3567 or email to vtcplace5@icloud.com.



Trauma Prevention program for teens: Cullman Regional Medical Center in partnership with the Cullman County District Court Offices are offering the Trauma Prevention program for teens. The program, which is usually offered only to those area teen drivers who have received a minor traffic violation, is opening up the July 13 class to community teens who want to become better educated about the significance of safe driving.  

Since 2010, more than 300 participants have completed the half-day training class at Cullman Regional Medical Center. The program focuses on educating teenagers on responsible driving habits while reinforcing the consequences of irresponsible driving. CRMC is thankful to the numerous volunteers who have played a critical role in the success of this program offered to the Cullman community.

The next class will be offered at 8 a.m. Saturday, July 13. in CRMC’s Colonel Cullman Room in Professional Office Building 2 Community Education Center (1912 Alabama Highway 157, Cullman, AL 35058). You may register by calling 256-737-2600 by Friday, July 12. The cost of this class is $25 per person.



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. AWAITS LANDMARK VOTE ON GAY MARRIAGE

The Supreme Court is expected to issue decisions today on two laws that could give gay Americans marriage rights and the same benefits as married heterosexual couples.

2. ARCHBISHOP WISHES PEACEFUL ‘END’ FOR MANDELA

Lucas Aedwaba offered a prayer after visiting the 94-year-old anti-apartheid leader in a hospital, where he’s critically ill with a lung infection.

3. CHAOS WITH ABORTION VOTE AFTER FILIBUSTER

Screaming protesters prevented Texas Republicans from passing a restrictive abortion ban before a midnight deadline. 

4. WHAT SOUTHERN STATES PLAN AFTER VOTING RIGHTS DECISION

Some pledged to pass laws requiring voters to show photo IDs and others want to set earlier hours after the Supreme Court freed states from federal oversight.

5. ‘NYET’ ON TURNING OVER SNOWDEN

Putin acknowledges the NSA leaker is at a Moscow airport, and rejected U.S. pleas to extradite him.

6. DEMOCRATS HANG ON TO KERRY SEAT

Rep. Ed Markey defeated Republican Gabriel Gomez, and the state’s Democrats didn’t repeat the upset of three years ago when Republican Scott Brown succeeded Sen. Edward Kennedy.

7. AUSTRALIA PRIME MINISTER OUSTED

Predecessor Kevin Rudd defeated Julia Gillard in a party leadership ballot she called for after her authority was challenged

8. ‘KING OF COMMODITIES’ DIES

Marc Rich, a trader indicted on fraud and tax evasion charges, was pardoned by Bill Clinton at the end of his presidency. He died in Switzerland at 78.

9. TEXAS TO MAKE HISTORY

The nation’s busiest death penalty state plans to execute its 500th inmate tonight — a woman convicted of killing her neighbor with a candelabra in the 1990s.

10. IS PAULA DEEN TOAST?

The food diva is expected to speak on the “Today” show today, but experts say she has already damaged her reputation in the fallout from her admission of using racial slurs.