Good morning West Alabama. It is Tuesday June 25, 2024.

The college baseball season is over, and Tennessee is the national champion after winning the NCAA Baseball College World Series 6-5 over Texas A&M last night. The Vols took the last two games of the three game championship series to win their first baseball national championship ever.

No doubt, UT and A&M were the two best teams in the best baseball conference in the country. And once again the Southeastern Conference proved it is the best baseball collegiate conference in the land.


There was also another champion crowned last night. The Florida Panther's did just enough to beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 and win their first Stanley Cup in the National Hoskey League.

It's pretty nice to get a hockey title south of the Mason-Dixon Line.


The Forecast:

Sunny and hot, with a high near 100. Calm wind.

Partly cloudy, with a low around 75. Calm wind.
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly sunny and hot, with a high near 99. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Wednesday Night
A 40 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 73. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly sunny, with a high near 94. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the afternoon.
Thursday Night

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Topping the News:

50-year-old Stacy Lee Drake, the man charged with the May 14th killing of Russell Andrews at the Alcoholics Anonymous facility on Warner Parkway and murdering three people in Oklahoma has made his first court appearance in Arkansas. Because he does not have a court appointed attorney yet, the judge entered a not guilty plea.

Drake was captured in Morrilton, Arkansas last Thursday.  Aside from the murder charges in Alabama and Arkansas, Drake was also wanted on other felony warrants in several jurisdictions, including ones charging him with aggravated robbery and carjacking. He has an extensive violent criminal history.

Drake will remain in the Conway County Arkansas Detention Facility.


Former Alabama and Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Line Isaiah Buggs has surrendered his business license to run King’s Hookah Lounge on Greensboro Avenue. His move comes as the Tuscaloosa City Council was set to resend the license for the facility that had prompted numerous police responses.

Buggs also faces animal cruelty and domestic violence charges in separate incidents. Adding to his woes, the Chiefs have cut him from the team.


Patrick Braxton had been prevented from become the duly elected first black mayor of the tiny Hale County Town of Newbern by the white leadership. But a settlement reached in federal court of a lawsuit he filed has opened the door for him assuming office in the town of 133, which is 80% black. Braxton’s suit alleged the white leadership held a secret election so whites could remain in control.


Overcrowding in the temporary Tuscaloosa County Jail is prompting the Tuscaloosa County Sheriff’s Office to work out a deal with Pickens County to house some prisoners.

The temporary facility will house female inmates and low-level offenders until a new state-of-the-art jail is constructed.


A growing number of cyber-attacks are taking place against schools and individual students across the country and here in Alabama. Student information and academic records have been accessed in numerous school systems.

Monday, the Tuscaloosa County School Board reached an agreement with an outside agency to learn more about how cyber security equipment is used. Superintendent Dr. Keri Johnson tells news partner ABC3340 the agreement is part of an ongoing process to finding ways to safeguard online information.

According to the federal government, academic and special education records are the most common type of information breached.


The Warner Transportation Museum on Warner parkway will permanently close soon to make way for a new location for the Kentuck Arts Center. Kentuck will move into and upgrade the historic Queen City Pool House, which has housed the Transportation Museum for 13 years.

The October Kentuck Arts Festival will be held at Tuscaloosa's Snow Hinton Park in October after years in Northport.



Topping Sports News:

Once again, the Southeastern Conference has ruled in Omaha at the Baseball College World Series. For the sixth time since 1997 and third time in the last four years there was an all-SEC final. It led to UT edging Texas A&M 6-5 to win the Vol's first baseball national title.


There was a rarity in Major League Baseball last night. No, it wasn't the Braves losing to St. Louis, Atlanta losses are becoming way too common these days. The Philadelphia Phillies recorded an incredibly rare 1-3-5 triple play, the first since 1929 and third in MLB history.


Brent Venables will guide the Oklahoma Sooners into the SEC next season. OU extended their head coach's contract and gave him a slight raise.

It is summer vacation season, but Townsquare Media is going nowhere. Your daily morning news briefing will continue to update you on West Alabama News Sports and Weather to keep you in-the-know.

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