WEST ALABAMA WEDNESDAY BRIEFING
For those of us confused about what day of the week it is after the long Independence Day holiday weekend, it is Wednesday, July 5, 2023. It is also a three-day work week for most of us. :-)
It may be a new month, but we pick up where we left off in June with strong to potentially severe thunderstorm activity in the forecast. The excessive heat is gone for now but there is a Marginal (1 in 5) Risk for strong to severe thunderstorms mainly between 1:00 and 7:00pm today. Threats include damaging winds up to 60 mph and up to quarter size hail. The storms will be widely scattered and not all areas will receive rain.
Highs today will be in the upper 80s to lower 90s. Lows in the lower to middle 70s.
Topping the News:
Republicans are now joining Democrats in criticizing Alabama Senior U-S Senator Tommy Tuberville for his nearly 5-month long hold on military promotions. Tuberville is delaying 250 promotions on flag rank officers because of the Pentagon’s policy of paying travel expenses for military personnel having an abortion. Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CBS This Morning that Tuberville’s actions are damaging the military and weakening leadership at a time of significant external threats. Other critics warn that Tuberville’s actions could lead to cutbacks in military spending in Alabama as well as possible base closures as retribution.
Alabamian Marine Police are warning about a TikTok Challenge that is injuring and killing boaters. participants are challenged to get in a boat going at a high rate of speed and then jump off feet first without a flotation device. 4 people have died and eight have been injured on Alabama waterways in the last six months attempting the challenge..
Inconsistencies in the awarding of licenses for medical cannabis in Alabama has put the whole process on hold while officials attempt to figure out why Tuscaloosa and some other areas of the state received no license awards. Officials point to potential problems in the way license applications were scored.
The Boys and Girls Club is returning to Northport for the first time in a quarter century. It will be dedicated at noon, a week from today on Hasson Center property on 12th Street. Officials say they already have a waiting list for children wanting to sign-up.
The Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama’s sixth annual Benchmarking Trip, presented by The University of Alabama, will take place in Raleigh, North Carolina, July 23-25. Since 2017, the Chamber has planned an annual Benchmarking Trip for West Alabama’s business leaders, elected officials and community members to visit another community with similar demographics to learn about its successes and bring those ideas back to West Alabama. The deadline to register is July 7.
Former Crimson Tide Basketball Star Brandon Miller makes his second start in the NBA's summer league tonight. It comes after a so-so first professional game Monday night in the California Classic. The Charlotte Hornets #2 pick in the NBA Draft accounted for 18 points, five rebounds and three assists but struggled with foul trouble and turned the ball over six times.
Have a wonderful Wednesday!