Election to be certified, Birmingham tire safety, Iron Bowl prep

Nov 24, 2014

A state board today will certify results from the Nov. 4 election and determine which races are headed to recounts. The State Elections Canvassing Board meets at 2 p.m. in the Alabama Capitol. A recount is expected in a north Alabama legislative race where a veteran senator is facing possible defeat. Roger Bedford of Russellville trailed Republican Larry Stutts by just 66 votes in unofficial returns. Alabama law requires an automatic recount if the margin of victory is less than .5 percent. State law requires a recount to begin within 72 hours of election results being certified. However, that would fall on Thanksgiving. Officials with the Alabama Secretary of State's office said they anticipate the recounts to occur on the following Monday. Triple-A Alabama says a lot of motorists are hitting the road today for Thanksgiving. If you’re one of them, a new safety report says Birmingham ranks second in the nation for worn out tires. Just over one in five vehicles has worn down tires. Only Baltimore has a higher percentage. Rubber Manufacturers Association spokesman Dan Zielinski says Birmingham drivers also need to keep their tires inflated properly. “Because as your tires become more underinflated, you use more gas. And to make you think about that, if you were riding a bicycle on underinflated tires, think how hard your legs have to work to get you where you want to. A car’s no different, except when the car tires are low, your car needs to burn more gas to get you where you want to go.” Zielinski also says motorists should remember to have a spare tire in case of a blow-out. Iron Bowl week is underway for the Alabama Crimson Tide and the Auburn Tigers. The big message coming from last Saturday’s homecoming game against Western Carolina may be focus and injuries for Alabama. The team had a slow start which allowed the Catamounts to do something no other opposing team has does this season. They made a touchdown on an opening drive during an Alabama home game. The Tide came back to win forty eight to fourteen. But, head coach Nick Saban didn’t sound happy when asked about maintaining team focus. “I obviously don’t have the answer to the question, so it’s more difficult than what I can figure out. We were flat as a pancake when we went out there today, so I didn’t do a very good job.” Amari Cooper, ArDarius Stewart, and AShawn Robinson were among about a half dozen players who left the field with injuries. Alabama faces Auburn this Saturday. We had production assistance from WVUA-TV