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June 19, 2013

The Times' Morning Update for Wednesday, June 19, 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: Partly sunny, with a high near 89. Calm wind becoming northeast around 5 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 64. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming calm.



Best bets for today:



CERA to meet: The Cullman Educators Retiree Association will meet at 11 a.m. today at the Benedictine Sisters Conference Center, 916 Convent Road, Cullman 35055. Chad Witcher will present a program on adoption. Those who’d like to make reservations to eat, may contact Peggy McClendon at 256-747-2460.



Looking ahead:



Summer at Hurricane Creek Park: The Park is now offering group rates for their First Time Rock Climbing program. This rock climbing program allows first-time or experienced climbers the opportunity to climb under professional guide, John Wesley McCrary. Group rates are available for youth groups, summer camps, business retreats, company picnics, Boy and Girl Scouts, and other groups. Time slots are available throughout the week. This program is also offered to the public on Saturday mornings at 10 a.m. for just $25; call ahead to register.

A wilderness survival course is also available to learn and test skills of fire making, finding water, and more. The class is also offered on Sunday afternoons and a reservation is required in advance.

For more information, contact Hurricane Creek Park at 256-734-2125 or email to rocjoc8@yahoo.com.



Photo fundraiser: Cullman Health Care will hold a photo fundraiser for families June 22, 2013 at the facility at 1607 Main Ave. NE, Cullman 35055. The family will receive a free 10x13 photo; sitting fee is $10. All proceeds go to the residents’ activities fund.

To purchase and schedule a sitting, contact Michelle Lynn or Amanda Treptau at 256-734-8745.



Sign language classes: Cullman County Schools will offer free sign language classes Tuesdays and Thursdays for five weeks beginning June 18. Times will be from 8 to 10 a.m., 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 3 p.m. Classes to be held at the Child Development Center, 17600 Highway 31 N, Cullman 35058.

To enroll, contact the center at 256-739-0486.



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. OBAMA TO PUSH NUCLEAR CUTS

A senior administration official says Obama will propose reduce the U.S. and Russian stockpiles by up to one-third at a speech in Berlin.

2. TALIBAN STRIKE ON US TROOPS AFTER PEACE TALK AGREEMENT

Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai also suspended talks with the U.S. on a new security deal in protest of the Taliban peace talks.

3. IMMIGRATION OVERHAUL SUPPORTERS TOUT BUDGET REPORT

The Congressional Budget Office says the overhaul could shrink the federal deficit by some $900 billion over two decades.

4. NSA OFFERS JUSTIFICATION FOR SPYING

Officials at a rare open hearing on intelligence say an attack on the New York Stock Exchange was foiled by the agency’s surveillance programs.

5.  INVESTORS SEEK ANSWERS FROM THE FED

They’re looking for clarity from chairman Ben Bernanke today on whether long-term interest rates will be kept at record lows.

6. OHIO WOMAN SAYS SHE WAS ENSLAVED, MENACED BY SNAKES

Authorities charged three people with forced labor, but their attorneys say the mentally impaired woman is lying and was taken in as a favor.

7. CHRYSLER BACKTRACKS ON JEEP RECALL

The automaker abruptly agreed to recall 1.5 million Jeeps the government says can cause deadly fires.

8. WRITER ON AFGHAN GENERAL DIES IN CAR CRASH

Michael Hastings, whose report on Army Gen. Stanley McChrystal’s criticism of the Obama administration led to the general’s resignation, was 33.

9. HOW FATTENING IS A FRAPPUCCINO

Starbucks says it will post calorie counts for all its food and drinks nationwide next week.

10.  HEAT STAY ALIVE

LeBron James scored 18 of his 32 points after the third quarter as Miami survived to defeat San Antonio 103-100 in overtime. Game 7 is Thursday night.