Good morning, West Alabama! It is Wednesday July 10, 2024.

It seems with the weather we bounce from one big event to another these days. Where did those quiet summer days go? This week we have gone from heat advisories to the landfall of Hurricane Beryl in Texas, to tornadoes in the nation's mid-section caused by Beryl's remnants to scattered thunderstorms in the south that caused a ground stop at Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson Internation Airport Tuesday to cooler temperatures and dry weather for the next few days.

"It's always something," as the late Gilda Radner used to say as her Saturday Night Live character Roseanne Roseannadanna.

The Forecast:

Today
Sunny, with a high near 91. Calm wind becoming northwest around 5 mph in the morning.
Tonight
Mostly clear, with a low around 69. Calm wind.
Thursday
Sunny, with a high near 93. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Thursday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 71. Calm wind.
Friday
Sunny, with a high near 96. Calm wind becoming north around 5 mph.
Friday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 73.

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Topping the News:

There were 206 traffic crashes and 14 boating incidents across Alabama during the recent long Independence Day weekend. Nine of the crashes produced fatalities, including one in Tuscaloosa County.  There were also three downing fatalities according to ALEA. The agency will begin their Rural Road Safety Awareness Week next Monday.


 

A death investigation is underway in Walker County, but Jasper Police have not released any other details concerning the Tuesday incident.

The Jasper Police Department did say the incident happened on Brakefield Dairy Road.


 

Despite recent rain, Northern Tuscaloosa and Pickens Counties along with all of Lamar, Fayette and Walker counties are listed by the current U-S Drought Monitor as being in Moderate Drought. Southern Tuscaloosa and Pickens counties as well as the rest of West Alabama are Abnormally Dry.

The next Drought Monitor will be released tomorrow morning.


Six wildfires continue to burn across North Alabama. The Alabama Forestry Commission reports that all six are under control. The largest wildfire is more than 260 acres in Western Shelby County.


ALDOT has announced it will begin work to resurface, install guardrails and restripe a 12-mile portion of Alabama 216 in North Tuscaloosa County Monday. The $5.16 million project will run from the Alabama 215 junction to the Lock 17 Road in Brookwood. It should be completed by the end of the year.


Alabama State School Superintendent Dr. Eric Mackey has told the State Board of Education that a recent data breech of department computers did not impact retirement accounts or information from job applications.

The superintendent told the regular state board meeting that services have been restored, and additional cybersecurity protocols have been added to the system and a criminla investigation continues.

Mackey did offer advice to administrators, teachers, staff and parents of students to begin monitoring their credit reports.

Updates on the data breach can be found at alabamaachieves.org/databreach and any questions or comments can be directed to databreach@alsde.edu.


Many pharmacies can’t cover the high cost of some drugs because insurance payments do not adequately cover their upfront expense. The owner of Walker County based Carbon Hill Drugs, Dustin Beatty, tells news partner ABC 3340 that is leaving some customers without critical medications.

The companies that provide money to pharmacies for insurance providers do not allow pharmacies to tell customers their prescription cannot be filled because of its cost.



 

Topping the News:

Tickets to some Alabama home football games at Bryant-Denny Stadium are now on sale. Tickets are available for Bama Head Coack Kalen DeBoer's premiere against Western Kentucky on August 31st.

Tickets are also available for South Florida on September 7th, Missouri on October 26th, and Mercer on November 16th.


 

Have a wonderful Wednesday!!