Good morning, West Alabama! It is Wednesday May 29, 2024.

This may be football country, but baseball and softball are getting all the attention right now. The Alabama Baseball Team is in Tallahassee, FL getting ready for tomorrow's beginning of the NCAA Regionals there. Meanwhile, the Bama Softball Team is in Oklahoma City OK preparing to do battle with UCLA in the first game of the 2024 Women's Softball College World Series.

The softball team gets the day started Thursday with an 11:00am first pitch against perineal West Coast powerhouse UCLA.

The baseball team opens their play in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional with Central Florida at 5:00pm.

But the team for Alabama getting the most national love is Birmingham Southern. When the Panthers begin play in the NCAA Division III College World Series at Eastlake, OH Friday they will be a team without a school. That is the day BSC closes its does forever due to financial mismanagement.

The weather for the three games

  • Bama Baseball: Mostly Sunny with a high of 93.
  • Bama Softball: Showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm before 1pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 78. 60% chance of rain.
  • BSC: Sunny with a high of 72.


The Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 89. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming north in the afternoon.

A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4am. Increasing clouds, with a low around 65. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 80. East wind around 5 mph.
Thursday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 64. East wind around 5 mph.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 82. East wind around 5 mph.
Friday Night
A 20 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 66.
The Weekend

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The power is back on for all residents of east Tuscaloosa and West Bibb County where Monday’s severe storms left considerable damage. At the peak of the outages 10,000 of the total 80,000 outages in North Alabama were in those two counties.

Debris cleanup continues in both counties as hundreds of trees were toppled by 70mph winds.


36-year-old Tuscaloosa resident Brett Abrams has been accused of being responsible for his involvement in a gunfight at Tuscaloosa's Brookhaven Apartments earlier this month.

Abrams, who was also wounded, was reported by investigators to be the initial aggressor in the shooting which severely wounded a 23-year-old man at the apartments complex that has been the location of several shootings.

Ashiyah Smith has been missing in the Sumter County Town of York since Sunday afternoon around 3:30 PM. She is 18 years old and pregnant and was last seen wearing gray tights and a black T-shirt with Crocs. Smith is 5 foot - 5 inches tall and weighs around 160 lbs. Call York police at 205-372-1854 if you have information.

The United Mine Workers have filed additional grievances against Mercedes. They claim unfair labor practices in the run up to the May 13-17 vote was the hiring by the company of anti-union consultants to conduct mandatory meetings with employees. The union wants the recent vote overturned and a re-vote ordered by the union friendly National Labor Relations Board.

The vacation driving season is here, and the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency is intensifying traffic rule enforcement. ALEA investigated more than 31,000 crashes in 2023. 560 people died in those accidents. ALEA Senior Trooper Brandon Bailey cautions motorists that traffic laws exist to encourage safety. Bailey says a growing number of crashes are the result of distracted driving from people on their cellphones and texting while driving.

The Transportation Safety Administration (TSA) is reminding those flying on their vacation to not leave a firearm in their luggage. The agency says 39 firearms have already been discovered in carry-on luggage at Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport so far this year.

Topping Sports News:

The Alabama Softball team is in Oklahoma City preparing for tomorrow morning’s first College World Series game against UCLA. The Tide was not predicted to make it to the tournament. First pitch is 11am.

Alabama Baseball begins play in the NCAA Tallahassee Regional tomorrow evening. The Tide takes of 40-win Central Florida at 5:00pm.

The entire nation seems to be Birmingham Southern Baseball fans as the Panthers begin Division III World Series play on Friday, the same day BSC ceases to exist. The squad has received donation on a GoFundMe account to help pay for the team's travel expenses. So far, the $100,000 goal has been exceeded by $4,000.

Have a wonder Wednesday and ROLL TIDE, Go Panthers.

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