CULLMAN — Good morning, readers, this is what's happening in your county today:
Today: Areas of fog before 10am. Otherwise, sunny, with a high near 83. Calm wind becoming south around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Tonight: Mostly clear, with a low around 58. Calm wind.
Kindergarten registration: Hanceville Elementary will hold kindergarten registration April 30, in the school’s gym, 799 Commercial St. SE, Hanceville 35077, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 2 p.m. Entrance and parking on Bulldog Lane — follow sidewalk to gym. Child must turn five years of age on or before Sept. 1. Parents/guardians need to bring the following: Certified copy of birth certificate of each child; Social Security Card; up-to-date Immunization Card; and proof of residence. Students should accompany parents to kindergarten registration to complete vision and hearing screenings. Info: school office at 256-352-9196.
Therapeutic bowling night: Cullman Parks and Recreation’s Therapeutic program invites all individuals with disabilities and their immediate family (individual with disability must be present) to bowling night from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the cullman Bowling Center, 1710 Tally Ho St. SW, Cullman 35055. Cost is $4/bowler. Reserve lanes (required) by 4 p.m. day of: Hollie Guiterrez at 256-734-9157 or Rhonda Davis at 256-962-2208.
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. DEATH TOLL EXPECTED TO SOAR IN BANGLADESH
One estimate said as many as 1,400 may be found dead in the collapsed building as emergency workers dig toward the ground floor.
2. POWERFUL EXPLOSION IN SYRIA
The blast in the capital of Damascus killed 13 people and wounded dozens a day after Syria’s prime minister escaped an assassination attempt.
3. THE HIDDEN JOLT IN SNACK FOOD
Food makers have added caffeine to gum, potato chips and candy, prompting the FDA to investigate their safety.
4. FBI SEARCHES HOME OF MARATHON SUSPECTS’ IN-LAWS
Tamerlan Tsarnaev’s wife, Katharine Russell, has been staying at the Rhode Island home, where officials were seen carrying away a bag labeled “DNA samples.”
5. PASSING ON THE CROWN
Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands abdicated the throne today after 33 years, making her son, Willem-Alexander, the country’s first king since 1890.
6. JASON COLLINS SUPPORTED BY PRESIDENT, ATHLETES AFTER COMING OUT
Kobe Bryant tweeted he was proud of the 12-year NBA veteran and Obama called Collins after the player became the first active NBA athlete to say he was gay.
7. ABORTION DOCTOR’S MURDER TRIAL GOES TO JURY
Philadelphia prosecutors say Kermit Gosnell killed four babies because he didn’t know how to perform abortions; the defense says he helped poor women without access to medical care.
8. COMPETING PORTRAITS OF JACKSON EMERGE
Lawyers for the pop star’s mother call him a loving son and father, while an attorney for concert giant AEG Live said “no one, nobody, knew his deepest darkest secrets.”
9. GAMBLING FROM THE COUCH IN VEGAS
The first legal, real-money poker website in the United States is expected to go online this morning.
10. WHO THE TOP CONTENDERS FOR TONY AWARDS ARE
The British musicals “Kinky Boots,” with Cyndi Lauper’s music, and the Roald Dahl adaptation “Matilda” are locks for best musical nominations today.