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Daily News Digest – December 16, 2021

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Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, December 16.


1. Plan for I-10 bridge across Mobile River resurrected

  • Officials on the Alabama coast have resurrected a plan to build a massive Interstate 10 bridge across the Mobile River and expand the highway across Mobile Bay, voting Wednesday to push the project ahead without the large tolls that doomed the plan two years ago.
  • Toll prices would be limited to $2.50, down from as much as $6 under the previous plan, and a free route across the heavily traveled northern end of Mobile Bay would still be available through Wallace Tunnel and existing roads
  • Officials in both Mobile and Baldwin County approved a framework for the project, which they said is vital to easing congestion and improving safety along the heavily traveled east-west route linking Jacksonville, Florida, with Los Angeles.
  • Instead of work lasting 25 years or longer, the new plan would reduce the construction period to about five years.
  • Read more HERE.


2. Looming deadline on inmate housing law raising concerns

  • A law that goes into effect Jan. 1 says state inmates returning to custody for technical parole violations can be housed at county jails that have volunteered to take them, rather than lingering in other county jails that don’t want to house them.
  • But so far, the jails willing to take the inmates haven’t been selected, concerning some county and state leaders about what will happen to the transfers commonly referred to as “dunks.”
  • “I don’t know what’s going to happen on Jan. 1,” Association of County Commissions of Alabama Director Sonny Brasfield told Alabama Daily News. “The things that were supposed to happen by Jan. 1 haven’t happened.”
  • The Alabama Department of Corrections is the lead agency charged with finding the willing jails and said it is working to meet the New Year’s Day deadline.
  • Read more from Mary Sell HERE.




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3. Memorial dedicated at Alabama girls home to 8 crash victims

  • A new memorial with shiny metal columns and a cross now stands on a hill overlooking the Alabama girls home linked to eight children who died in a horrific van crash that killed 10 earlier this year.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey was among the officials in attendance Tuesday as the memorial was dedicated at the Tallapoosa County Girl’s Ranch. The director of the home, Candice Gulley, was the driver and sole survivor of a ranch van that was involved in a traffic pileup as remnants of a tropical storm crossed the Southeast on June 19.
  • Four girls who lived at the ranch were killed, along with two of Gulley’s children and two of her nephews. A Tennessee man and his daughter died in a separate vehicle in the multiple-vehicle crash, which is now the subject of a lawsuit.
  • Read more HERE.


4. Senate sends Biden bipartisan defense bill

  • Congress sent President Joe Biden a $768.2 billion defense bill on Wednesday that makes landmark changes to the way the military handles sexual assaults, keeps women out of the draft and lays the groundwork for a new war memorial on the National Mall.
  • The annual bill, which has passed both the House and Senate every year for decades without fail, nevertheless was delayed in the Senate by various disputes, including a separate effort to halt goods produced by forced Uyghur labor in China from entering the U.S. That measure also is now headed toward final approval and Biden’s desk.
  • The evenly divided Senate approved the defense bill Wednesday on a robust 88-11 bipartisan vote.
  • Alabama Sens. Richard Shelby and Tommy Tuberville voted in favor of the National Defense Authorization Act, lauding the provisions that benefit the state’s military installations and defense contractors.
  • Tuberville was among a group of senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee that took up the issue of how sexual assault is adjudicated in the military.
  • Read more HERE.


5. Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill

  • President Joe Biden and Sen. Joe Manchin are said to be sharply divided over Democrats’ huge social and environment bill, with the holdout senator pushing to erase the measure’s extended child tax credit, as leaders’ hopes of passing the legislation before Christmas appear to be fading away.
  • The rocky status of their talks, described only on condition of anonymity by a person familiar with them, was among several indications that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer faces a struggle to even begin debate on the massive measure before the holiday. Schumer, D-N.Y., has set a goal for passage of the 10-year, roughly $2 trillion measure by Christmas, in hopes of finally concluding his party’s eight months of infighting over the package.
  • Many Democrats consider the expanded child tax credit the bill’s chief weapon in their effort to reduce child poverty, and one of the provisions most responsible for largely unifying Democrats behind the legislation.
  • Manchin told reporters that assertions he wants to strip the child tax credit provisions were “a lot of bad rumors,” adding that he’s “always been for child tax credits.” Asked if he backed one of the bill’s child tax credit improvements — monthly checks sent to millions of families — he said, “I’m not negotiating with any of you.”
  • Read more HERE.



A message from AARP Alabama

  • To make sure that Alabama’s people and communities reap the benefits of high- speed internet expansion, more work needs to be done to ensure that all residents have the tools and skills they need to take maximum advantage of these services.
  • Read AARP Alabama’s full op-ed HERE.





ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Plan for I-10 bridge across Mobile River resurrected


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Looming deadline on inmate housing law raising concerns


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Memorial dedicated at Alabama girls home to 8 crash victims


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate sends Biden big defense bill


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden, Manchin sharply divided over $2T Dem bill


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Shoals lawmakers bringing bills to change prison early release law


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Innovation Commission shares recommendations


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hubbard asks to address court about apology, calls


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congress sends Biden $2.5T debt limit hike, avoiding default


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Data indicate omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron


AL.COM – Officials unveil framework for $2.1 billion I-10 project with $2.50 toll


AL.COM – JFK assassination: 1,500 documents released by National Archives


AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith: To hold Biden accountable, prosecute Bannon and Meadows for contempt of Congress


AL.COM – Cullman parents demand action on racism after school board president’s son chants ‘kill all the n—rs’


AL.COM – Cop’s death moves Alabama lawmakers to restrict use of ‘good time’ to shorten prison sentences


AL.COM – Hobby Lobby raises minimum wage to $18.50 an hour


Montgomery Advertiser – One day in Alabama: How the COVID-19 pandemic changed lives across the state


Montgomery Advertiser – One and 100: Lauren Martin, sheriff’s office worker


Montgomery Advertiser – One and 100: Bruce Pearl, Auburn University basketball coach


Decatur Daily – New rules set requirements for ambulance service operations


Decatur Daily – Decatur man sentenced to life without parole for murder of his cousin


Decatur Daily – Commission approves purchase of land for Morgan County Rescue Squad


Times Daily – Council president’s son takes over parks and rec


Times Daily – 1 dead following Wednesday afternoon shooting in Rogersville


Times Daily – SEDA pledges $400K to Remote Shoals


Anniston Star – Hobson City hears of solid funding plan to restore old school


Anniston Star – Police mingle with public over coffee and doughnuts


Anniston Star – City and county leaders on board for ecotourism


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – How supply chain issues are impacting the holidays


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – “It’s a different type of grief”- Funeral home manager talks about impact gun violence is having on families


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – JCSO Detective: “A major relief“ after capturing suspect in Vestavia Hills church shooting.


Tuscaloosa News – One and 100: Greg Byrne, University of Alabama athletic director


Tuscaloosa News – One and 100: Nick Saban, Alabama football coach


Tuscaloosa News – Looking back at 2000 tornado: December storms familiar in Tuscaloosa


YellowHammer News – Shelby, Tuberville laud U.S. Senate passage of FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act


YellowHammer News – Mobile, Eastern Shore MPOs offer framework for new I-10 Mobile Bay bridge — Toll ‘not to exceed $2.50’ on the table


YellowHammer News – Alabama congressional delegation votes 8-1 against $2.5T debt ceiling increase; Sewell votes in favor


Gadsden Times – One and 100: James and Sabrina Graves, boys basketball coach and a physician


Gadsden Times – Swingin’ Medallions to perform benefit concert for HSPRAC


Gadsden Times – Freedom Riders: A dangerous journey on the road to equal rights


Dothan Eagle – Tennessee names deputy director as new court system leader


Dothan Eagle – EU hopes to avoid Ukraine war with talks, sanctions threat


Dothan Eagle – Asian stocks higher after Fed accelerates stimulus pullback


Opelika-Auburn News – Fights, drugs, racial tension: ’70s spelled trouble for NBA


Opelika-Auburn News – Elizabeth Holmes’ dramatic trial set for final face-off


Opelika-Auburn News – Tennessee to increase pay for correctional officers


WSFA Montgomery – Pedestrian struck, killed by vehicle in Montgomery


WSFA Montgomery – Man killed in crash with Tuskegee police car Monday night


WSFA Montgomery – Professionals offer advice ahead of tax season


WAFF Huntsville – Morgan County joins nationwide effort in attempt to classify 911 operators as first responders


WAFF Huntsville – Company that hired convicted sex offender now required to show proof of background checks


WAFF Huntsville – 4 charged with drug trafficking after authorities seize nearly 9 pounds of cocaine


WKRG Mobile – In Kashmir, closed mosque belies India’s religious freedom


WKRG Mobile – Defense set to make case Maxwell is taking fall for Epstein


WKRG Mobile – Towns in mourning while digging out from deadly tornadoes


WTVY Dothan – Suspect arrested after allegedly stabbing Chipley woman


WTVY Dothan – EXPLAINER: Charges for suspect in the murder of Kamarie Holland


WTVY Dothan – A longtime Dothan landmark will now be lighting up the sky


WASHINGTON POST – Role as Trump’s gatekeeper puts Meadows in legal jeopardy — and at odds with Trump


WASHINGTON POST – Meadows referral creates new legal, political challenge for Garland and DOJ


WASHINGTON POST – Democrats’ $2 trillion spending plan in political peril as talks between Biden, Manchin appear to hit snag


NEW YORK TIMES – Meadows and the Band of Loyalists: How They Fought to Keep Trump in Power


NEW YORK TIMES – Fox News Hosts Take the Offensive About Texts to Meadows


NEW YORK TIMES – Fed Shifts to Inflation Battle, Winding Down Pandemic Support


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Fed Officials Project Three Interest Rate Rises in 2022 and Accelerate Stimulus Wind-Down


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stocks Close Higher as Investors Welcome Fed Decision


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Democrats’ $2 Trillion Package Stalls as Manchin Talks Make Little Headway



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