It is Friday April 5, 2024.

After weeks of much ballyhoo and education the total eclipse of the sun is just days away. But the prospects of it being a big deal in the southeast are marginal at best.

42 million North Americans will be under the path of totality, Alabamians are not among that number. That track is farther to our west. What we will see will begin at 12:33 p.m. CDT and end at 3:20 p.m. CDT, with 89% coverage at its peak.

Additionally, extensive cloud cover is probable over West Alabama counties. Monday will be mostly cloudy with a few scattered showers possible.

If you want to view the solar eclipse in its totality it is recommended that the safest and least expensive viewing point is on your big screen television. Several networks will be covering the event extensively.

The Forecast:

Sunny, with a high near 68. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.

Mostly clear, with a low around 42. Northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 71. Northeast wind around 5 mph.
Saturday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 47. Calm wind becoming southeast around 5 mph after midnight.
Mostly sunny, with a high near 79. South wind 5 to 10 mph, with gusts as high as 20 mph.
Sunday Night
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 1am. Partly cloudy, with a low around 59.
A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly after 1pm. Partly sunny, with a high near 80.
Monday Night

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Topping the News:

Workers at the Mercedes Benz plant in Vance filed with the National Labor Relations Board for a vote to join the United Auto Workers this morning. The petition has the backing of most of the 6,000 workers at the plant.

"At Mercedes, at Hyundai, and at hundreds of other companies, Alabama workers have made billions of dollars for executives and shareholders, but we haven’t gotten our fair share. We’re going to turn things around with this vote. We’re going to end the Alabama discount.” according to MBUSI measurement machine operator Jeremy Kimbrell.

Pro-union Mercedes workers and the union have accused the company of union busting activities.

For details click: Tuscaloosa Mercedes Workers Petition to Vote on Joining Union (


The UAW and Gov. Ivey are trading barbs. Employees at Tuscaloosa County’s Mercedes plant are expected to ask for a union vote at any time. The Gov. has vowed to fight the organizing effort and told the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce it is a “looming threat” to the state’s economy. UAW President Shawn Fain claims Southern politicians “sense that things are changing.”

Alabama Secretary of Commerce Ellen McNair has publicly opposed the efforts. McNair even warned that “the days of Alabama being a premier destination for industry investment may be coming to an end.”

Major roadwork on Highway 43 North from Northside High School all the way up to the Fayette County line is underway. ALDOT Spokesman John McWilliams tells us every effort to mitigate traffic concerns during the last month of school is being made. The eight miles of work include paving, replacing guardrails and striping.

Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Perry, Pickens, Sumter, Tuscaloosa and Walker counties here is West Alabama are among those in the state included in U-S Small Business Administration Disaster Declaration.  Small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture, and most private nonprofit organizations with economic losses due to the drought that began in December last year are eligible for Economic Injury Disaster Loans.

Applicants may apply online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via the SBA’s secure website at and should apply under SBA declaration # 20063. Deadline to apply is July 1, 2024.

The 2024 Hurricane Season is expected to be a rough one according to information released by Colorado State University in its annual forecast.

Much warmer than normal waters in the Atlantic Basin, which includes the Gulf of Mexico, may bring more and stronger tropical activity to the Gulf Coast States.

For more details, click: 2024 Hurricane Season Outlook: What It Means for Alabama (

A dead male was reportedly found inside a partially submerged vehicle in a pond, according to the Walker County Sheriff's Office. They believe foul play was involved in his death. The vehicle was found just off Homestead Road in the community of Dogtown between Spring Hill and Carbon Hill.

See: Body Found in Walker County Pond, Police Suspect Foul Play (

Alabama’s potential for a statewide lottery is in limbo right now between two versions, one passed by the house, one with different wording in the senate. Greensboro Democrat Senator Bobby Singleton believes the only hope for a public vote is for a conference committee to work out the difference. Three members from each chamber will try to reach a compromise.



Topping the Sports News:

Alabama Head Basketball Coach Nate Oats has told Final Four media the Tide must play their best total game ever, on both ends of the court, to beat UConn tomorrow night in Phoenix. He believes a 120-118 shootout is in the Husky's.

The Tide is an 11 ½ point underdog. That is down by a half point from yesterday's line.


Good news for the Crimson Tide Basketball Team, often injured Latrell Wrightsell, Jr. has cleared medical protocol and is available to play tomorrow night.  The star shooter suffered a second concussion in the Sweet 16 game with Grand Canyon.


Coleman Coliseum doors will open at 7:00 tomorrow night for a free viewing of the Tide's Final Four game. Tide fans are encouraged to wear crimson and white and to bring their shakers. TBS will be doing cutaways from the Bama/UConn game, so bring your spirit.

South Carolina's Head basketball Coach Dawn Staley is getting criticized because she praises God during TV interviews and speaking appearances.

Staley is outspoken about her Christian faith and tweets regularly about God, the Bible and prayer, as the Deseret News reported.

Staley wrapped up a Wednesday interview by once again thanking God for his work in her life.

Social media critics claim she is offensive to atheists.

From UA Athletics: The No. 8 Alabama gymnastics team finished in first place Thursday at the Ann Arbor Regional semifinals, advancing to Saturday's regional final.

The Crimson Tide scored a 197.450, defeating Penn State (196.925), No. 9 Michigan (196.725) and Kent State (195.650). As the top two finishers in the first of two semifinal rounds, the Tide and the Nittany Lions both advance to Saturday's final.


From UA Athletics:  Alabama softball continues SEC play at home this weekend, welcoming Ole Miss for a three-game series at Rhoads Stadium starting today at 6:00pm Game two of the series will air live on the SEC Network tomorrow at 5:00pm.


Have a wonderful weekend and ROLL TIDE!!