It is Monday May 7, 2024. Today is National Nurses Day.

National Nurses Day, spotlights nurses’ vital role in our healthcare system. It kicks off National Nurses Week, which runs until May 12. This year's theme is "Nurses Make the Difference."

Nurses are the backbone of our healthcare and they have been at the center of the COVID19 pandemic. They not only have cared for patients with the deadly Coronavirus but in putting their lives in harm's way to help the ill, some of them paid the ultimate sacrifice themselves.

Nurses are true heroes and are caring and gifted people who often are the first point of care in hospitals and doctor's offices and play a crucial role in patient recovery.

They work long hours, often under stressful conditions, to provide care and comfort to those in need. Nurses Day is a way for everyone to express gratitude for nurses’ tireless efforts​​​​.

Thank you nurses for all you do!



The Forecast:

A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 10 mph.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind around 5 mph.
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 86. South wind 5 to 10 mph. with new rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tuesday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 70. South wind 5 to 10 mph.
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny, with a high near 90. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Wednesday Night
A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Increasing clouds, with a low around 70.
Showers and thunderstorms likely. Partly sunny, with a high near 85. Chance of precipitation is 70%.
Thursday Night

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Topping the News:
It was a violent weekend across West and Central Alabama with four shootings, three of them fatal.
In Tuscaloosa:
  1. 30-year-old Donavin Ryans was killed, and three others hurt during a shooting in 1300 block of 58th Street East around 1 a.m. Sunday morning. 22-year-old Gredrick Agnew was tracked down in Marengo County and is in jail on Capital Murder charges. He had been asked to leave the home and reportedly began shooting through the door.
  2. Two juveniles have been charged in the shooting of another at Rosedale Apartments Saturday. The victim and another male juvenile were reportedly fighting when a female juvenile pulled out a gun and fired wounding one of the males critically. The case is still under investigation and the Tuscaloosa Violent Crimes Unit has released no furth information due to the ages of the participants in the incident.
  3. Walker County Sheriff’s Deputies found a person shot inside a car that had crashed on Wolf Road in Parrish. Once they accessed the vehicle, they found that person had been shot. The victim was transported to the hospital but succumbed to their wounds.
  4. A mass shooting at a gas station in Birmingham left one dead and six wounded Saturday night.





Austin Patrick Hall, the man charged with the fatal shooting of Bibb County Sheriff’s Deputy Brad Johnson some two years ago will go on trial on September 23rd in Centreville. Hall is charged with three counts of Capital Murder and one count of attempted murder and one count of firing into an occupied vehicle. He could face the death penalty or life without parole for each Capital Murder charge.

The clock is ticking for the Alabama Senate to take a second vote on Gaming in the state. There are just three meeting days left in the 2024 legislative session.

The initiative that would allow the public to vote on a lottery and other gaming failed by one vote last week. That vote belonged to Sen. Pres. Pro-Tem Greg Albritton who switched sides after being pressured by the Poarch Creek Band of Indians, who run a casino in his senate district.

Greensboro Senate Minority Leader Bobby Singleton believes passing the bill is a win-win proposition. He told reporters the state will gain from passing the bill but is now losing hundreds of millions of dollars to illegal gambling.

Alabama U.S. Senators Katie Britt and Tommy Tuberville are backing legislation that would not allow college students who commit crimes while participating in campus protests from receiving student loan forgiveness.

“American college campuses shouldn’t be daycares,” Britt said in an emailed statement on Sunday, May 5. “When students disrupt campus learning environments by choosing to break the law, they should face real-world consequences. One of these consequences should certainly be that American taxpayers aren’t going to pick up their tab.”

On his Facebook account Tuberville posted, "You have the right to protest in this country, but you do not have the right to riot, takeover public spaces, or threaten other students. The Supreme Court has already ruled that Biden’s student loan scheme is unconstitutional. Taxpayers shouldn’t be forced to pay a cent towards other people’s loans – and they certainly shouldn’t pay the tuitions of these entitled criminals who are wreaking havoc on college campuses. We need law and order and common sense restored in this country.”

A $15,000 check from J.A. Grifols Foundation will help fund a home as a tribute to the former first lady of Alabama Football, Terry Sabin. The foundation is the philanthropic wing of the Talecris Plasma Donation Center. The Center uses donated plasma to create medications to treat people with blood related illnesses.

Habitat for Humanity Tuscaloosa Executive Director Ellen Potts calls it the largest donation for the Terry Saban house to date. Construction is expected to begin with an all-female work crew later this year.

The Bibb County Sheriff’s Department has a new deputy. Well at least a new K9 deputy.

According to a post by the sheriff's department, the 2-year-old Dutch Shepherd named Ari, is the first law enforcement canine since the retirement of the slain Deputy Brad Johnson’s canine.

K9 Ari and handler Deputy Brad Taylor recently completed certification training.

Topping Sports News:

The 17th ranked Alabama Baseball salvaged one game from the weekend series at #16 Mississippi State with a 10-5 Sunday win. The Crimson Tide is now 29-18 overall and 10-14 in Southeastern Conference play.

Bama travels to Troy for a 6:00pm Tuesday game for its final midweek contest of the 2024 season.

Alabama Softball continues to struggle to get hits and score. The Tide lost two of three to Auburn on the road over the weekend.

The weekend series helped acclimate Bama to the Jane Moore Stadium on the plains. That is where the Southeastern Conference Softball Tournament is being played this week.

Kentucky and Ole Miss open the tournament with a play-in game tomorrow. 9th seeded Bama faces 8 seed LSU at 10:00am Wednesday. 10 seed Auburn hosts 9 seed Georgia at 4:00 Wednesday afternoon.

Have a great Monday and ROLL TIDE!!

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