Good morning for Monday, June 12, 2023. It might be advisable to keep an umbrella handy this week. Rain, heavy at times, along with thunderstorms are in the forecast into the weekend. Two to five inches of rainfall are possible through the week. There is little to no tornado threat, but flooding is possible.

Today partly sunny skies will give way to a 40% chance of showers overnight, mainly after midnight. But south of the I20/59 corridor there is a Marginal (1 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms today and tonight. The greatest threat is for damaging wind gusts and hail. High 82, low 65.

Tuesday, all of West Central Alabama is under a Slight (2 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms. It will be partly cloudy at times with a high near 82 but there is a 70% chance of showers and thunderstorms with 3/4s to an inch of new rainfall. The low Tuesday night will be near 67.

Wednesday, all of West Alabama will remain under a Slight (2 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms with damaging winds to 60mph and large hail possible. There is an 80% chance of rain with a high of 83. Wednesday night, showers are likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1am, then a chance of showers. Low will be around 65.

Thursday will bring a 50% chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1:00pm. Then a 20% chance of showers overnight.

Showers and thunderstorms are also in the forecast Friday - Sunday.

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Topping the News:

Heaven LaShea Ross would have been 31 years old today if she were still alive. The then 11yo disappeared from the school bus stop near Willow Brook Trailer Park in Northport on August 19, 2003. She was in the first few days of the 6th grade at Collins-Riverside Middle School. Her remains were found over 3-years later. More than three decades later there have been no further details released but the case remains active.

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The Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit continues to investigate an incident Saturday night where shots were fired at a party off at Englewood just Highway 69 South. Two vehicles were struck but no one was injured.

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A 20-billion-dollar state education budget passed in the just completed 2023 legislative session will give Alabama’s community college system a near 7% increase in funding. Tuscaloosa’s Shelton State is part of that system.

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Good news for students at all University of Alabama System campuses. The Board of Trustees has frozen tuition for the coming school year. Annual in-state tuition on the Tuscaloosa campus costs just over 11-thousand dollars with out-of-state tuition just above 31-thousand dollars.

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The trailblazers who helped integrate the University of Alabama on June 11, 1963, were honored Sunday during a 60th anniversary ceremony at the Capstone. The program was hosted by the University of Alabama's Black Alumni Association as part of a reunion ceremony. Former Alabama Governor George Wallace stood in front of two doors on the University of Alabama campus to block the admission of two black students, Vivian Malone and James Hood. The original doors were on display at the ceremony.

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In Sports:

A good season ended ignominiously for the Alabama Baseball team yesterday. The Tide was embarrassed 22-5 by Wake Forest. The Deamon Deacons' 22 runs ties the record for the most runs ever scored in a Super Regional. They move on the College Baseball World Series in Omaha. Alabama now awaits the selection of a new baseball coach in the wake of the firing of Brad Bohannon late in the season due to gambling allegations. many fans want interim coach Jason Jackson to get the job.

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The Birmingham Stallions won their fourth consecutive game yesterday defeating Houston 38-15 to secure a USFL playoff spot for the 2nd straight year. The 7 and 2 Stallions won the inaugural USFL Title last season.

 

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Stay dry and safe.

 

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