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Daily News Digest – December 10, 2019

Presented by

the Alabama Bicentennial Commission



Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, December 10.


1. New Sessions poll shows surge

  • A new poll conducted by the Jeff Sessions for Senate campaign has the former senator surging into a comfortable lead, more than 20 points ahead of his closest rival and six points away from avoiding a runoff.
  • A previous poll conducted in October by WPA Intelligence on behalf of Club for Growth, which supports Sessions, showed Sessions with 36% support a week before he announced his candidacy. The more recent data would suggest the former U.S. Attorney General’s support has grown in the month since.
  • While paid for by Sessions, it is the first serious poll to be taken after Secretary of State John Merrill’s exit from the race and may answer some questions as to where his support might ultimately go.
  • See the full survey results HERE.



2. ALFA celebrates success, talks issues

  • The Alabama Farmers Federation celebrated 200 years of Alabama agriculture at its annual conference in Montgomery over the last three days.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey was on hand and thanked the Federation for its support of the “Rebuild Alabama” infrastructure effort this past last session.
  • Tommy Tuberville, ALFA’s endorsed candidate for U.S. Senate, spoke to the more than 1,400 farmers in attendance saying he believed government should return to the “fundamentals of our country,” including a more prominent acknowledgement of God.
  • Federation staff was also kind enough to take some questions about policy issues heading into the 2020 legislative session. Among them: the effort to legalize medical marijuana, finding quality workers amid historically low unemployment, and infrastructure investment, including broadband.
  • Read more on what was said about these issues from Caroline Beck HERE.







A message from

the Alabama Bicentennial Commission

Come celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial on Saturday, December 14 th  in Downtown Montgomery!
The day will include family activities with exhibitors from all around the state participating in the Bicentennial parade, park dedication and festival, all showcasing Alabama’s communities and honoring her people.
  • 10 a.m. Alabama Bicentennial Parade – Dexter Ave
  • Noon: Alabama Bicentennial Park Dedication – State Capitol Steps
  • 1 p.m. Alabama Bicentennial Festival – Capitol Complex & Downtown Montgomery
  • 4 p.m.Alabama Bicentennial Concert and Finale Presentation – State Capitol Steps
For more information, visit .

3. Impeachment rolls on

  • Did you watch the impeachment hearing yesterday?
  • You could be forgiven if you got bored and gave up. I mean, just look at the Chairman and Ranking Member pictured above.
  • Unlike with the Intelligence Committee, which featured witnesses from in and around the diplomatic apparatus involved in the Ukraine affair, the Judiciary Committee’s hearings featured testimony from staff attorneys essentially trying to weave all those threads together to make the case for impeachment.
  • So, members of the committee were questioning their own staff. That’s a little awkward, as Alabama’s Rep. Martha Roby pointed out during her time.
  • “This is just bizarre. As a member of the House Judiciary Committee, I’m asking questions to staff as witnesses before us in an impeachment investigatory hearing? I mean, no disrespect to staff… but we have not and we will not hear from any fact witnesses.”
  • Democrats contend that the White House refuses to allow administration officials to testify before the committee.
  • News today is that Democrats are currently drawing up two articles of impeachment – one for abuse of power and one for obstruction of Congress. Those should be released sometime this morning.
  • Read more HERE.



4. Two officers on leave amid inmate’s death

  • The Alabama prison system announced Monday that it is investigating the use of force by officers following the recent death of an inmate and that an investigation is ongoing into the death of another prisoner in what has already been a violent year inside state prisons.
  • The Alabama Department of Corrections said it is investigating the alleged use of force that resulted in the death of an inmate at Ventress Correctional Facility. Fifty-five-year-old Michael Smith of Fairfield, died Dec. 5 after being removed from life support following a Nov. 30 incident at the prison.
  • The department released little information about the death, but said two officers were placed on mandatory leave afterward.
  • Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.



5. Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting

  • The Saudi gunman who killed three people at the Pensacola naval base had apparently gone on Twitter shortly before the shooting to blast U.S. support of Israel and accuse America of being anti-Muslim, a U.S. official said Sunday as the FBI confirmed it is operating on the assumption the attack was an act of terrorism.
  • Investigators are also trying to establish whether the killer, 2nd Lt. Mohammed Alshamrani, 21, of the Royal Saudi Air Force, acted alone or was part of a larger plot.
  • Alshamrani, who was killed by a sheriff’s deputy during the rampage at a classroom building Friday, was undergoing flight training at Pensacola, where members of foreign militaries routinely receive instruction.
  • “We are, as we do in most active-shooter investigations, work with the presumption that this was an act of terrorism,” said Rachel J. Rojas, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s office in Jacksonville.
  • Joshua Kaleb Watson, 23, of Enterprise, was one of the shooter’s victims.
  • Full story HERE.



News Briefs

Montgomery factory plans $25 million expansion, will hire 51

  • Hager Companies, a family-owned business that builds and ships commercial hinges is expanding its operations at its Montgomery plant.
  • The St. Louis-based company already employs 240 people in the area, but the modernization/expansion should create as many as 51 new jobs.
  • The expansion includes a warehouse and logistics facility.
  • Read the full story from the Montgomery Advertiser’s Brad Harper HERE.

SEC promotes Charlie Hussey to deputy commissioner

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The Southeastern Conference has promoted Charlie Hussey to deputy commissioner.
  • Commissioner Greg Sankey announced the promotion on Monday, elevating Hussey from associate commissioner for Network Relations and Chief Operating Officer.
  • Hussey assumed the role of Chief Operating Officer in February 2017, directing and managing the day-to-day operations of the SEC headquarters. He’ll continue those duties.
  • Hussey will continue to serve as the SEC’s primary liaison with ESPN and the SEC Network for all television and sponsorship matters. A 1999 Mississippi graduate, Hussey has been with the SEC in various capacities since 2000.

11 treated after chemical reaction causes problems at plant

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Medical workers treated nearly a dozen people and firefighters evacuated a building Monday after a chemical reaction caused injuries inside a manufacturing plant.
  • The Montgomery Fire Department said the incident happened after chemicals became mixed accidentally at Kinpak, a plastic fabrication facility.
  • Eleven people were affected, and three were sent to hospitals for inhalation injuries that weren’t life-threatening.
  • Fire Capt. Jason Cupps told WSFA-TV crews were working to ventilate the building and will be on the scene for several hours. The public wasn’t at risk, but officials asked people to stay away from the area to give firefighters room to work.
  • Photos released by fire officials showed crews outside the building in protective gear.


Don’t forget UAB



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Sessions poll shows surge among GOP field
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Saudi gunman tweeted against US before naval base shooting
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Navy, families recount heroics of fallen sailors in shooting
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Farmers Federation talks politics and policy at annual convention
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democrats poised to unveil 2 impeachment articles vs. Trump
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Two officers on leave amid investigation into inmate’s death
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bill would shorten county school board members’ terms
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Austal christens future USS Mobile
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Roby honored with service to agriculture award
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – UAB faces No. 20 Appalachian State in New Orleans Bowl
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – December 9, 2019
AL.COM  – 2 Alabama inmate deaths probed; ADOC commissioner vows to ‘mitigate’ prison violence
AL.COM  – HudsonAlpha scientists cited as top researchers
AL.COM   – Huntsville rents rise as city keeps growing
AL.COM  – Drag queens blast Tommy Tuberville for Facebook post
AL.COM  – Birmingham remembers 3 young lives cut short after deadly weekend
AL.COM  – Gov. Ivey orders flags lowered to honor fallen Huntsville police officer
AL.COM  – City of Pensacola suffers cyber attack
AL.COM  – Birmingham’s littlest angels: Parents of slain children mourn 5-year-old’s slaying
AL.COM  – Alabama woman’s trip to Florida strip club sparks constitutional battle
AL.COM  – Roy Johnson: How many babies must die before deadly choices end?
AL.COM  – Contributor Phil Williams: For whom the bridge tolls
Montgomery Advertiser – Chemical reaction at Montgomery fabrication facility sends three to a hospital
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama prisoner dies, two guards on leave after ‘use of force’ incident
Montgomery Advertiser – Police identify two men who died after car hit a building near Maxwell Air Force Base
YellowHammer News – Tuberville: ‘We replaced God with metal detectors’ in American schools
YellowHammer News – Byrne center-stage at Trump’s White House education roundtable
YellowHammer News – Alabama Farmers Federation elects leaders during 98th annual meeting
Dothan Eagle – Judgment delayed in Ashford teachers’ case
Dothan Eagle – Walmart pulls Christmas sweater that mixed Santa with cocaine
Dothan Eagle – Investigation ongoing after barrage of Barbour County gunfire
Tuscaloosa News – State dismisses murder charge for lack of evidence
Tuscaloosa News – Two charged in connection with fatal shooting
Tuscaloosa News – 11 treated after chemical reaction causes problems at plant
Decatur Daily – Supreme Court leaves Kentucky’s ultrasound law in place
Decatur Daily – Athens council cuts library funding amid concerns over its financial management
Decatur Daily – Morgan sheriff: Danville residents charged with trafficking in meth
Times Daily – NACOLG partnering with Florence, UNA on Pine Street study
Times Daily – Man dies in Lauderdale County house fire
Times Daily – Forecast: snow but little accumulation
Gadsden Times – Sansom Avenue standoff ends without injury
Gadsden Times – Track closure Wednesday to impact Alabama 77 traffic
Gadsden Times – Committees donate funds for Southside marching band to travel for bicentennial parade
Anniston Star – Man implicated in ‘Hive vs. Predator’ video sends case to grand jury
Anniston Star – Cleburne commission takes charge of 911 service
Anniston Star – Jacksonville council schedules hearing for Brother’s Bar license revocation
Troy Messenger – Wilkerson family suing to see police body cam footage
Troy Messenger – County welcomes pipe company
Troy Messenger – Local programs receive grants from state arts agency
Andalusia Star News – Attorney General Steve Marshall Leads Multi-State Coalition in Support of Trump Administration Reforms of Endangered Species Act
Andalusia Star News – OSHA fines Dollar Tree $312,000
Andalusia Star News – Barn burns in Opp
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika Middle School’s Tricia Skelton was in New York over Thanksgiving break to be awarded for her work as a history and English teacher….
Opelika-Auburn News – County approves $55.3M budget for 2020
Opelika-Auburn News – Tuberville criticizes ‘drag queens’ in Opelika parade; Facebook reacts
Daily Mountain Eagle – Hills retiring from Jasper jewelry career
Daily Mountain Eagle – Quinton man arrested for distribution
Daily Mountain Eagle – Branch, former Cordova Council member, dies
Trussville Tribune – VIDEO: Center Point High School principal visits site where Aniah Blanchard’s body was found
Trussville Tribune – Shooting in Hoover sends one man to hospital with gunshot wound to face
Trussville Tribune – Military wife edits photo to include deployed husband for Christmas cards
Athens News Courier – City Council cuts public library funding by $30,000
Athens News Courier – Golden snubs and surprises, including little ‘Cats’ love
Athens News Courier – Athens officer taken to hospital after exposure to paint fumes
Sand Mountain Reporter – Quality Hearing to host live nativity Friday
Sand Mountain Reporter – Peoples Independent Bank, Boaz Parks and Recreation awarded by ARPA
Sand Mountain Reporter – White van syndrome | Social media stokes fears over suspicious men in white vans
WSFA Montgomery – Former patient testifies she developed drug dependency under Montgomery doctor’s care
WSFA Montgomery – Son of officer Billy Clardy III to become Albertville police officer
WSFA Montgomery – Attorney says every circumstance points to death penalty for Huntsville officer’s accused killer
Fox 6 Birmingham – 2 charged in weekend homicide at Tuscaloosa apartment complex
Fox 6 Birmingham – Zoning Board to discuss property in Bluff Park
Fox 6 Birmingham – A violent weekend in Birmingham
WAFF Huntsville – County jails need help housing inmates, association says
WAFF Huntsville – Attorney says every circumstance points to death penalty for Huntsville officer’s accused killer
WAFF Huntsville – 67.5 grams of meth seized in Morgan County trafficking bust, deputies say
WKRG Mobile – Merriam-Webster declares ‘they’ its 2019 word of the year
WKRG Mobile – Auburn probes halt on student housing projects
WKRG Mobile – Daphne terrorist the subject of new podcast
WTVY Dothan – Parents of man killed in Pensacola terror attack talk about their pain and pride
WTVY Dothan – Man becomes combative with police after arrest
WTVY Dothan – Preventing porch pirates this holiday season.
WASHINGTON POST  – Democrats expected to unveil articles of impeachment against Trump, focusing on abuse of power, obstruction of CongresS
WASHINGTON POST  – GOP opposition appears to fizzle as plan advances to create Space Force, parental leave for federal workers
NEW YORK TIMES  – Barr and Durham Publicly Disagree With Horowitz Report on Russia Inquiry
NEW YORK TIMES  – Church’s Nativity Scene Puts Jesus, Mary and Joseph in Cages

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