— Good Wednesday morning to you. Here’s your morning update of what’s happening in Limestone County and beyond.
Today, sunny, with a high near 85. Calm wind becoming southwest around 5 mph. Tonight, clear, with a low around 58. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm.
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Trial set for Memon’s father
Dr. Iqbal Memon will stand trial this fall on felony charges of hindering prosecution.
WAFF-48 in Huntsville reported the trial of Memon, father of accused murderer Hammad Memon, would begin Sept. 10.
A trial date for Iqbal Memon’s wife, Safia Memon, has not been set. She was also charged with hindering prosecution after authorities allege she attempted to help Hammad Memon flee to Pakistan ahead of his June murder trial.
Iqbal Memon was charged because authorities believed he was not being truthful during a search of the family’s Madison home. He is a practicing pediatrician in Athens and Madison.
Hammad Memon is accused of shooting Discovery Middle School student Todd Brown in February 2010. A judge granted a motion to delay his trial earlier this month, enabling defense attorney Bruce Gardner more time to prepare an insanity defense.
Mammoth exhibit opens at Huntsville Rocket Center
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — The story of some of the largest mammals in history may be best told by a one-month-old baby.
"Mammoths and Mastodons: Titans of the Ice Age," an exhibit that brings to life the giants with tusks and long woolly hair that became extinct thousands of years ago, opens Saturday at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville and runs through Sept. 3.
The star of the exhibition is a replica of a 42,000-year-old intact baby female mammoth named Lyuba, which is the Russian word for "love." Lyuba, discovered in 2007 by a Siberian reindeer herder along the bank of the Yeribei River, is the most complete mammoth specimen ever found.
Alabama Medicaid chief proposes CFO, actuary
MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Alabama's Medicaid chief has proposed hiring a chief financial officer and actuary to keep track of spending in the agency that accounts for more than a third of the state's non-education budget.
The Montgomery Advertiser reports (http://on.mgmadv.com/LfvGr0 ) that Dr. Donald Williamson told a legislative panel on Tuesday that the hires would be part of a managed care system. Williamson heads a task force looking at ways to rein in costs for the $5.3 billion program.
Williamson tells the committee that the approach other states have taken to managed care by privatizing Medicaid management might not be a good model for Alabama.
Mississippi, Alabama to promote seat belt use
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The states of Mississippi and Alabama are partnering to promote sea belt use and driving safety.
The "Hands Across the Border Program" will involve law enforcement agencies in both states during the Memorial Day holiday period.
Highway safety officials will kick off the campaign Friday with a news conference at the Mississippi Welcome Center on Interstate 20-West in Lauderdale County. A second news conference will be held at the Alabama Welcome Center on Interstate 20-East.
A Child Passenger Safety Check will be held at both welcome centers along with the distribution of educational material on seat belt safety and child passenger safety.
U.S. stocks open lower as European leaders meet
NEW YORK (AP) — Stocks are opening lower on Wall Street as leaders of the 27 European Union countries gather in Brussels to debate how best to spur growth there.
Worries about whether European countries can avoid recession overshadowed encouraging news from the U.S. housing market.
The Dow Jones industrial average is down 82 points to 12,420. The Standard & Poor's 500 index is down 9 points to 1,308. The Nasdaq composite index slumped 26 points to 2,813.
Elephant and pig tapped to predict Euro 2012 games
WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Who's going to win the European Championship? Time to ask an elephant — or a pig.
Poland's answer to Paul the Octopus — the tentacled tipster who gained worldwide fame for his 2010 World Cup predictions — is Citta the elephant. Ukraine, however, will probably go for an enormous beer-loving pig — but there are big doubts about whether he can handle the media glare.
The parade of supposedly psychic animals comes as the two Eastern European nations gear up to co-host the continent's most prestigious soccer championship from June 8 to July 1.
The zoo in the southern Polish city of Krakow settled on a temperamental 33-year-old female pachyderm from India while Ukraine — where slices of hog fat are the national dish — is contemplating a happier destiny for a 2-year-old already named Psychic Pig.
The pig has a fondness for beer and fries and grunts in pleasure when he watches matches on television with his farmer owner, his publicist claimed Tuesday. But he still needs some PR training before he is presented to the public.
"We want to make sure he is calm — we don't want him to get scared," said Svitlana Bovkun, a spokeswoman for Kiev city administration.
VIRAL VIDEO OF THE DAY
If you haven’t visited Google’s homepage today, the search engine features an interactive doodle of a Moog synthesizer in honor of the 78th birthday of Robert Arthur "Bob" Moog. We found this YouTube clip displaying the capabilities of the doodle, though it’s more fun to try it yourself.