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July 23, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Early weather and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Weather:



Today: A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Southwest wind around 5 mph.

Tonight: A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1 a.m. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 72. Southwest wind 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable in the evening.



Best bets for today:



Final concert tonight: The Cullman City Parks and Recreation Department’s Coca Cola Summer Concerts series are underway at 6:30 p.m. today at Heritage Park. Seating not provided, but space is available for chairs which patrons may bring to event. Info: McGukin Civic Center at 256-734-9157 or email to ablaxton@cullmanrecreation.org.



ARSEA: The Cullman Chapter of the Alabama Retired State Employees’ Association will meet at 10 a.m. at Cullman County POB, 402 Arnold St. NE, Cullman 35055. Guest will be Jennifer Smith with CRMC Hospice Services. SEIB Wellness Screenings will be available at 9:30 a.m. Blue Cross/Blue Shield cards with group nos.: 13,000; 30,000; 14,000; 81,000 and 61,000 will be able to participate.



Community forum on Broadband connectivity: The Alabama Cooperative Extension System offices of Cullman and Winston County would like to invite you to a community forum to discuss Broadband Internet Connectivity concerns in the more rural areas with few and/or poor connectivity options. This event will be held at the Bernice Hilton Walker Building at Traders and Farmers Bank in Double Springs, just off Highway 278 on Main Street. The meeting will be from 10:30 a.m. to noon today.

The goal of this forum is to engage individuals and exchange ideas about how increased access to broadband technologies would change your community, weigh the cost and benefits of those changes, and engage others to develop broadband adoption strategies. Please call the Cullman County Extension office at 256-737-9386 to reserve your spot at the table for discussion and the light lunch to be served at the end of the meeting.



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. WAITING FOR FIRST LOOK AT NEW PRINCE

Prince William and the Duchess of Cambridge were to leave a London hospital today with the heir third in line to the British throne.

2. SYRIA, NSA FUNDING BEFORE HOUSE

Tea party conservatives and liberal Democrats considering a defense bill today want to limit aid for U.S. surveillance programs and Syrian rebels.

3. THE FIRST MLB STAR TO FALL IN DRUG PROBE

Milwaukee’s Ryan Braun was suspended for the season while drug investigations continue into Alex Rodriguez and more than a dozen other players.

4. NOSE DIVE ON NYC RUNWAY

Two LaGuardia Airport  runways remained closed today after a Southwest Airlines jet’s front landing gear collapsed, injuring 10.

5. WHAT THE POPE TRAVELED IN

Francis abandoned the popemobile for an open-air vehicle that let him interact with Rio’s crowds.

6. FAMILY SAYS MORSI ‘KIDNAPPED’ BY MILITARY

Six people died in the latest protests between supporters and opponents of the ousted Egyptian leader, who has been out of sight for nearly three weeks.

7. KOREA’S ROCKET RACE

The AP’s Foster Klug reports an eight-month standstill at a North Korean site signals Pyongyang is slowing development of long-range rockets.

8. HOW STUDENTS ARE PAYING FOR SCHOOL

A report out today says grants and scholarships are paying most college bills, not parents.

9. PLACING ROYAL BABY BETS

About 50,000 bets were placed before Kate gave birth, with most of the money on George or James for a boy.

10. COP-TURNED-ACTOR DENNIS FARINA DEAD AT 69

The ex-Chicago police officer played a mob boss in “Get Shorty” and a New York detective for years on “Law & Order.”