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September 25, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, Sept. 25 , 2013

Early weather, traffic and community news

Staff Reports
The Cullman Times

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



Traffic:



Road closure reminder: The City of Cullman Sewer Department will have Mary Jane Drive NW and Rosemont Ave. NW closed between Rose St. NW and Maple Drive NW for sewer line reconstruction. This road will be open to local traffic only. The City of Cullman Water Department apologizes for this inconvenience, but it is necessary to perform this maintenance.



Workers to fix streets: The Cullman City Street Department will have an asphalt patch crew on 5th St. SE and 4th Ave. SE. Drivers should be cautious of workers when driving in these areas.



Weather:



Today: A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph.

Tonight: Areas of fog after 1 a.m. Otherwise, partly cloudy, with a low around 61. Calm wind.



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Construction at CCED: Currently, construction is taking place in the parking lot in front of the Cullman City Economic Development Agency building until about Sept. 27. There will be restricted access into the parking lot until construction is complete. Please bear with us. Problems have been discovered underground related to the old water treatment plant that must be repaired.



Flu shot clinics upcoming: The Cullman County Health Department will hold flu shot clinics from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sept. 27, in the back parking lot at the health department; and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 30, at the Wallace State Community College’s Wellness Center. Shots will be $5; Medicare is free-must bring Medicare card.



Have you made your reservations? A benefit dinner will be held at Lowcountry’s restaurant in Mountain Brook at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 14. Cost  is $75/person; proceeds go to St. Bernard Prep School. Reservations required; school office at 256-739-6682.



Get your football raffle tickets! The Pilot Club of Cullman is now selling chances to win two tickets to the Auburn vs. Ole Miss game, which will be Oct. 5, at the Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn. The chances are 1 for $5 or 5 for $20. Chances sold by Pilot Club members. Winner to be announced Friday, Sept. 27 (one winner gets both tickets). All proceeds to go to Pilots’ Brain-Related Disorders projects. Info: Beverly Wilkerson at 256-338-4754.



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. TROOPS BLAMED FOR HOSTAGE DEATHS

The terror group behind the Kenya attack says troops trying to end the siege used chemical weapons and carried out “a demolition” that buried 137 hostages in the rubble. The government denies the claims.

2. HOW IRAN’S PRESIDENT IS UNLIKE HIS PREDECESSOR

In a speech to the U.N., Rouhani acknowledges that the Holocaust happened — something Ahmadinejad could never bring himself to do.

3. GOP SENATOR FILIBUSTERS OBAMACARE

Texas’ Ted Cruz vows to speak against the president’s health care law until he’s “no longer able to stand.”

4. WHAT EX-POPE WROTE TO AN ATHEIST

Benedict, breaking his self-imposed silence to reply to a critic, denies covering up for sexually abusive priests.

5. HUNGER A GROWING PROBLEM IN SYRIA

With the world’s attention focused on the regime’s chemical weapons, relief organizations are warning of the risk of mass starvation across the country.

6. WHERE AN ADVENTURER IS SEEKING SUNKEN TREASURE

Undersea explorer Barry Clifford believes the wreck of the pirate ship Whydah off Cape Cod holds a mother lode of riches.

7. ‘GENIUS GRANTS’ AWARDED

Among this year’s recipients: A doctor who created a system to track patients in desperately poor Camden, N.J., and make sure they get the care they need after they leave the hospital.

8. ‘I FEEL SO MUCH SMARTER’

A 99-year-old Iowan who started school in a one-room school house, then left high school one credit shy of graduation in 1932, receives her diploma.

9. ASSESSED PRICE: $67,000. ASKING PRICE: $500,000

On the 20th anniversary of Nirvana’s final studio album, Kurt Cobain’s mother is putting his childhood home — complete with his mattress — up for sale.

10. AMERICAN SAILORS FORCE WINNER-TAKE-ALL FINALE

With the America’s Cup competition tied 8-8, a win by the USA over New Zealand would cap what’s being called one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.