WEST ALABAMA TUESDAY BRIEFING
It is Tuesday, June 27, 2023, and an already hot week will get even hotter beginning Thursday.
The 1987 Buster Poindexter hit song “Hot, Hot, Hot” describes the weather this week, especially Thursday as the NWSBMX has issued an Excessive Heat Watch from 9:00am until 9:00pm. Heat indices upwards of 112° will be possible creating dangerous conditions for anyone outdoors for any extended period on Thursday. High daytime heat indices in the 100s will remain through the weekend.
Today, an isolated shower or storm is possible across southwest of Demopolis in Marengo County. otherwise, mostly clear skies are expected with highs in the low to mid 90s.
Tonight, mostly clear. Lows in the upper 60s to low 70s. Tomorrow there is a chance for strong to severe thunderstorms.
Topping the News:
Tuscaloosa Legislators, Democrat Chris England and Republican Cynthia Almond, are on the committee that will begin work today at the State House to redraw Alabama's Congressional Districts map. Redistricting was ordered by the U-S Supreme Court which found Alabama's current district map in violation of the Voting Rights Act.
Some 30 maps that would create a 2nd majority minority district have already been presented to the committee. Lawmakers have until July 21 to draw and approve a new voting map.
Like police departments across the country, the University of Alabama is seeking new officers and they are willing to pay more to get them. A $65,200annual starting salary for persons with no prior experience and just over $71,000 for APOST certified officers is being offered. According to a press release, officers generally work four 10-hour shifts and three set days off each week.
Many sheriffs’ departments across the state received 50-60% less income in 2022 than previous years, because of the loss of pistol permit revenue. But new changes to the carry law will help put more money back in a department’s discretionary funds. Tuscaloosa County Sheriff Ron Abernathy credits local officials for not letting the revenue loss impact his office. The change will help other West Alabama Sheriffs significantly.
The Tuscaloosa City Council will consider a resolution tonight that will place a moratorium until the end of the year on any new licenses for bars, taverns and gastropubs in the city. The resolution comes after TPD Chief Brent Blankley expressed growing concern about how the proliferation of these establishments is creating stress on his undermanned police force and creating public safety issues.
LSU blasted Florida 18-4 to win the NCAA Baseball College World Series in Omaha last night. The championship game onslaught came a day after the Gators scored the most runs in Men's CWS history, 24-4, to set up last's title game.
Good news for new Alabama Baseball Coach Rob Vaughn. Third baseman Bryce Eblin entered the Transfer Portal on June 15th. He has now withdrawn from the portal and announced he will return to Alabama for his senior season. Eblin has started in 76 of the 104 games that he has played in at Alabama.
There is even more good news for Crimson Tide Baseball: Bama signee Kade Snell of Wallace Dothan has been named the national Junior College Division 1 position player of the year by Rawlings Sports and the American Baseball Coaches Association.
Keep up to date with the latest breaking news across West Alabama right here.
Have a great Tuesday and keep cool.