A heat advisory in effect for Limestone County until 7 p.m. Mostly sunny late in the morning, then partly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Highs around 100. Light winds. Chance of rain 20 percent. Heat index readings around 105 in the afternoon. Mostly cloudy tonight with a 20 percent slight chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening. Lows in the lower 70s.
AROUND THE COUNTY
• City Council meeting Monday. Athens City Council will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 9, at the Athens Police Department on Hobbs Street. A work session begins at 4:30 p.m.
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5 THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW TODAY:
In Limestone County:
Ex-superintendent joins council race
Former school superintendent Dr. Wayne Reynolds joins the race for District 1 council seat against former police captain Marty Bruce.
Around the state:
First lady Michelle Obama to campaign in Birmingham
The first lady will appear at a private fundraising reception at the downtown Sheraton Hotel that starts at 3:30 p.m.
Folsom: Airbus plant in Mobile to transform state
The governor who recruited Mercedes-Benz to Alabama said the Airbus plant in Mobile could have the same transforming effect on the state that Alabama's first auto assembly plant had without creating a political backlash over the $158 million the state is paying to secure the plant.
Former Gov. Jim Folsom said the aerospace industry was already a major factor in the state's economy before Airbus announced it would build its first U.S. assembly plant in Mobile.
Boy killed by falling tombstone
A 6-foot-tall tombstone that weighed hundreds of pounds fell on and killed a 4-year-old boy who was posing for photos with family and friends at a historic cemetery in a Utah ski resort town, authorities said.
Lull in hot weather helps crews battle fires
Firefighters around the West on Friday were taking advantage of improving weather conditions to make strides against stubborn wildfires — even containment in some locales — that have destroyed homes, forced evacuations and scorched hundreds of thousands of acres of timber and brush.
They've scared up an 'Exorcist' for the stage
"We're not going to throw up all over the audience," noted actor Richard Chamberlain while on a recent rehearsal break at the Geffen Playhouse in LA's Westwood Village.