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Daily News – April 27, 2021

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Alabama Trucking Association



Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, April 27.


1. Marking ten years

  • With lowered flags and somber ceremonies, Alabama will pause today to mark the 10th anniversary of a horrific tornado outbreak that killed more than 250 people statewide, caused billions in damage and reshaped entire communities.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey issued an order for flags statewide to be lowered to half-staff and proclaimed a “Day of Remembrance” for a “horrible event that has impacted the state of Alabama forever.”
  • In Tuscaloosa, where dozens were killed and entire neighborhoods were demolished, three new memorial plaques will be dedicated during ceremonies to honor victims and recall the horrors of April 27, 2011. The University of Alabama will toll its 25-bell carillon, Denny Chimes, 53 times to honor each of the people who died in the city.
  • Tornadoes plowed across the Eastern U.S. over four days, killing more than 320 people in six states and causing an estimated $12 billion in damage. Thousands were injured in hardest-hit Alabama, and thousands of homes, businesses, churches and other structures were destroyed. Cleanup costs exceeded $100 million in Tuscaloosa alone.
  • To help document the outbreak, the National Weather Service created an extensive online archive with details about the more than 60 twisters that hit Alabama.
  • Read more about how people are remembering April 27 from Jay Reeves HERE.




2. Alabama will retain 7 congressional seats

  • Alabama will maintain seven congressional seats under new census numbers released Monday instead of losing a seat as state officials had feared.
  • The outcome is a relief to officials worried that Alabama’s population growth would not be enough to maintain its seats in the U.S. House. A drop to six seats would have decreased Alabama’s influence in Washington and kicked off a particularly difficult redistricting process.
  • The census figures show that Alabama’s population grew by about 5% since 2010 to a little over 5 million residents in 2020. Alabama’s population growth trailed the U.S. as a whole, which grew 7.4%.
  • The state has a resident population of 5,024,279, up from 4,779,736 in 2010. That is an increase of 5.1%. Alabama slipped from the 23rd most populous state, to the 24th.
  • The Alabama population number used for reapportionment, which includes federal employees living overseas, is 5,030,053.
  • “This data reveals what we’ve known all along – Alabama is a great state to call home, and many are choosing to do so. I am extremely pleased that we will keep all seven of our current seats in the U.S. House to provide valued and needed voices to advocate for our state and our people for the next 10 years,” Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.






A message from the

Alabama Trucking Association

Veteran LB3 truck driver Nathan Heflin of Lineville was recently named Alabama’s Professional Truck Driver of the Year for an exceptional driving career and a dedication to safety excellence.
Heflin has driven for LB3 for five years and successfully logged nearly 2-million safe driving miles in 15 years. LB3 officials say Heflin has emerged as a leader who consistently sets the example with a commitment to details and professionalism. For that effort, he’s earned LB3’s 4- and 5-year safe driving awards and was recently selected as its top driver.








3. U.S. growth slows: takeaways from the census

  • The first batch of once-every-decade data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows a United States that is growing less quickly but still seeing its population shift to the South and the West.
  • The data released Monday was relatively basic — containing national and state-level population figures and details of how they affect states’ representation in Congress. Still, it contained some surprises and pointed to some consequential trends.
  • Read more about takeaways from the census HERE.



4. Aid approved for 8 Alabama counties from March storms

  • President Joe Biden has approved federal disaster aid for eight Alabama counties where tornadoes and strong winds caused damage over two days in March, the White House said Monday.
  • Biden approved assistance that can include grants for repair and temporary housing; loans for property losses; and other aid to individuals and businesses that were affected on March 25 and 26 in Bibb, Calhoun, Clay, Hale, Jefferson, Perry, Randolph, and Shelby counties.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey said she had requested the assistance, which supplements state and local aid.
  • Five people were killed when nearly a dozen tornadoes hit areas including Ohatchee, Helena and Hale County last month. Storms continued into Georgia, where the city of Newnan southwest of Atlanta had major damage.
  • Story link.


5. Inside Alabama Politics

A new edition of Inside Alabama Politics is out today.
In today’s issue:
  • Senate 2022 update
  • Census: By the skin of our teeth
  • When will the election be?
  • More on Merrill
  • Let’s talk about earmarks
  • What’s next on prisons
  • Legislative math: Medical Marijuana and gambling
  • Ed Henry is back and he has a PAC
  • New podcast
  • RIP Bud Skinner
  • Potpourri
ADN Insiders can read these stories and more HERE.
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A message from


  • More than 800 training and education leaders from across the country met virtually this month for an Alabama-hosted conference on how to prepare America’s workforce for the future.
  • The 2021 Alabama Interstate Talent Development Convening brought together experts from 41 states and Washington, D.C. to share talent development strategies.
  • Watch and read more HERE.








ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama recalls 2011 tornado outbreak that killed hundreds


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pain, loss linger a decade after tornadoes


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Census shows Alabama will maintain 7 congressional seats


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Aid approved for 8 Alabama counties from March storms


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What’s behind the growth slump? Takeaways from census data


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – J&J COVID vaccinations resume


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bill would remove barriers, costs for local school projects, but contractors aren’t on board


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama tourism weathered pandemic better than most states


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – April 26, 2021


AL.COM – Alabama to keep all 7 congressional districts, Census announces


AL.COM – Gov. Kay Ivey proclaims ‘Day of Remembrance’ to mark 10-year anniversary of tornado outbreak


AL.COM – Several more Alabama school districts drop mask rules


AL.COM – Blue Origin formally protests NASA’s pick of SpaceX for lunar lander


AL.COM – 1958 Alabama NAACP Supreme Court ruling may protect Koch-backed group


AL.COM – UAB named one of America’s best employers for diversity by Forbes


AL.COM – Alabama man convicted of brutal murder when he was 14 to learn Tuesday if he gets chance at parole


Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama will hold onto congressional seats after 2020 census; population tops 5 million


Montgomery Advertiser – Tuesday runoff will decide next Montgomery City Council member


Montgomery Advertiser – Child critically injured, woman hospitalized after early morning shooting


Decatur Daily – Eastbound lane of Eighth Street Southwest to be rerouted Tuesday near Aquadome


Times Daily – Transportation department opening bids Friday for U.S. Highway 72 resurfacing project


Times Daily – Rogers High School principal Jamie Burks dies from COVID-19


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Health officials urge public to be ‘accountable to fellow citizens’ and get vaccinated against COVID-19


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – ‘To know Ky was to love Ky’: Community celebrates 7-year-old boy fatally shot in mom’s car in Hickory


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Police searching for suspect after fatal crash in Homewood


Tuscaloosa News – PHOTOS: Interstate Arches Painted Crimson


Tuscaloosa News – California, Ohio men die in two-vehicle crash Saturday night in Sumter County


Tuscaloosa News – Investigators say argument led to fatal shooting in Tuscaloosa


YellowHammer News – Alabama to retain all seven U.S. House seats following 2020 Census


YellowHammer News – Palmer: Biden administration needs to acknowledge border crisis, work with Congress to solve it


YellowHammer News – Katie Boyd Britt named to Alabama Wildlife Federation board of directors


Gadsden Times – Gadsden Museum of Art to host several news shows starting May 4


Gadsden Times – Chase ends in crash, arrest in connection with drugs found in vehicle


Gadsden Times – ‘Divine connection’: Smith, Benson honored as Big Brothers Big Sisters Male Match of Year


Dothan Eagle – Biden expanding summer food program for 34M schoolchildren


Dothan Eagle – First census data on House seats being released on Monday


Dothan Eagle – Analysis: A reckoning on racism? Not for many leaders of GOP


Opelika-Auburn News – Biden’s first 100 days: Where he stands on key promises


Opelika-Auburn News – Leaked recording of Iran’s top diplomat offers blunt talk


Opelika-Auburn News – ‘Nomadland’ wins best picture at a social distanced Oscars


WSFA Montgomery – Auburn University warns of ‘suspicious’ man offering females rides


WSFA Montgomery – Alabama won’t lose any seats in Congress after 2020 census


WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery woman crowned Mrs. Alabama United States 2021


WAFF Huntsville – Workforce development program training young adults to strengthen community


WAFF Huntsville – Alabama population 100,000 people greater than predicted in Census


WAFF Huntsville – Monday is Confederate Memorial Day, and people are divided


WKRG Mobile – FDA may consider ban on menthol cigarettes as response to citizen petition


WKRG Mobile – Citronelle Police: Woman arrested, accused of letting teens drink at house party


WKRG Mobile – CDC: More than 5M have skipped second dose of coronavirus vaccine


WTVY Dothan – Four tornadoes confirmed during Saturday severe weather event


WTVY Dothan – Okaloosa County Sheriff’s Office arrests man for kidnapping


WTVY Dothan – Jackson County Sheriff’s Office deputy saves injured alligator


WASHINGTON POST – The refugee cap the Biden administration touted — then ditched — is back on the table


WASHINGTON POST – New census numbers shift political power south to Republican strongholds


WASHINGTON POST – Cash payments spread from Congress to Stockton to Brazil — but notion of ‘universal basic income’ far from reality


NEW YORK TIMES – Covid-19 Live Updates: Crisis in India Deepens as Countries Pledge Aid


NEW YORK TIMES – Biden Seeks $80 Billion to Beef Up I.R.S. Audits of High-Earners


NEW YORK TIMES – After Failures to Curb Sexual Assault, a Move Toward a Major Shift in Military Law


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Archegos Losses Top $10 Billion as UBS, Nomura Add to Damage


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Apple’s Privacy Changes Are Poised to Boost Its Ad Products


WALL STREET JOURNAL – HSBC’s Profit Jumps as Global Economy Recovers




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