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Daily News Digest – December 2, 2021

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Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, December 2.


1. SCOTUS hears arguments on abortion restrictions

  • In the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday signaled they would allow states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and may even overturn the nationwide right that has existed for nearly 50 years.
  • With hundreds of demonstrators outside chanting for and against, the justices led arguments that could decide the fate of the court’s historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe.
  • The outcome probably won’t be known until next June. But after nearly two hours of arguments, all six conservative justices, including three appointed by former President Donald Trump, indicated they would uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
  • At the very least, such a decision would undermine Roe and Casey, which allow states to regulate but not ban abortion up until the point of fetal viability, at roughly 24 weeks.
  • Read the full story from Washington HERE.
  • Read more about what the justices themselves had to say during oral arguments HERE.


2. McCarty won’t seek reelection to state school board

  • State Board of Education member Cynthia McCarty will not seek reelection, she announced Wednesday.
  • McCarty, R-Anniston, has represented District 6 since 2015, serving one year as the board’s vice president and another as president pro tem.
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with educators throughout the state and am proud of the strides the board has made, but it is time to pass the torch,” McCarty said in a press release.
  • Under the new state board district map recently passed by the Legislature this month, District 6 loses Morgan and DeKalb counties but picks up Etowah and most of Talladega counties.
  • According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s campaign finance filing reports, no one has registered a new campaign for District 6, or any other school board district yet. McCarty is also the only board member to announce her retirement from the board. The 2022 qualifying deadline is Jan. 28.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.



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3. Police: FedEx packages found in woods at second Alabama site

  • Nearly two dozen FedEx packages have been found dumped in woods along a rural road in an Alabama town about 75 miles from a ravine where hundreds of undelivered FedEx parcels previously were discovered, police said Wednesday.
  • Police in the town of Jemison said in a statement on social media that about 20 packages destined for locations on nine different roads were discovered.
  • “We are in the process of contacting officials with Fed Ex so that they can investigate this situation and contact their customers,” police said.
  • It wasn’t clear how long the items had been on the roadside or whether there was any link to an earlier discovery in Blount County near Hayden, where Sheriff Mark Moon said a FedEx Ground driver dumped packages into a ravine in the woods at least six times.
  • Moon said Tuesday that there are about 450 victims after hundreds of packages were discovered dumped last month.
  • Read more HERE.


4. Ivey honors Alabama’s first Black poet laureate

  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recognized the state’s first Black poet laureate, a creative writing teacher who delves into inequality and the difficulty of being Black in America, on Wednesday in the same building where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy 160 years ago.
  • Standing in the white-domed Capitol, the Republican Ivey presented Ashley M. Jones with a commendation for the honor, bestowed earlier this year by the Alabama Writers Cooperative for a four-year term that begins in January.
  • “Everyone in this room, and I would add folks around the country, are proud of you for being honored with this well-deserved, historic recognition,” Ivey told Jones during a ceremony.
  • As poet laureate, Jones will advocate for poetry and writing in general during lectures and appearances at schools, libraries and other institutions. “I am committed to making space for all of us who write,” she said.
  • Read more from Jay Reeves HERE.



5. Parnell: Reflecting on 100 years of Alabama Farmers Federation

  • This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
  • Federation President Jimmy Parnell contributes an op-ed today reflecting on the centennial milestone and finding some similarities between the issues 100 years ago and those of today.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“In 1921, Alabama farmers united to provide a voice in public policy for the rural families often ignored by politicians. These men and women joined forces to improve profitability in an economic system where they felt powerless. They came together to improve the quality of life for their children and neighbors.
“Pursuit of this mission has never been more important than it is today.
“Across our country, voices for faith, family and freedom are scorned by celebrities and even our own government. The livelihoods of farmers, businesses and entire communities are threatened by increasing taxation, regulation and inflation. Families fear for their children’s future in a world plagued by anger, selfishness and moral decay.”
  • Read Parnell’s full op-ed HERE.




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  • There is nothing more important to the Alabama Workforce Council, and to Alabama’s economy, than the success of our K-12 students.
  • Over the last year, the Alabama Workforce Council has made progress working alongside the Alabama State Board of Education and Alabama State Department of Education to improve outcomes for our students.





ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Justices signal they’ll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What they said: remarks by 9 justices indicate how they lean on abortion


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – McCarty not running for reelection to state school board


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama gunfire: Suspect, deputy killed; another deputy hurt


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Police: FedEx packages found in woods at second Alabama site


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey honors state’s first Black poet laureate


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Parnell: Reflecting on 100 years of the Alabama Farmers Federation


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – APT Capitol Journal host Don Daily to retire; ADN’s Todd Stacy to take over as host in January


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Drive Electric Alabama’ campaign promotes EVs


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Confederate group opposing suit over Tuskegee monument site


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Powell’s warning: Fed to tighten credit faster than expected


AL.COM – ‘We can be the largest city in Alabama’: Mobile mayor renews annexation talks at State of City


AL.COM – More FedEx packages dumped on Alabama roadside: 20 or more found in Jemison


AL.COM – Columnist Roy Johnson: As JCCEO heaves its likely final breaths, harvest its heart, start the autopsy


AL.COM – Jefferson County Judge Tracie Todd presents defense in ethics trial


AL.COM – Is a fourth stimulus check arriving in 2022?


AL.COM – Alabama woman hopes $2.1 million Walmart shoplifting lawsuit ‘makes a difference’ for others


Montgomery Advertiser – It’s over: New era dawns on MPS as state board of education intervention ends


Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery 18-year-old identified as victim in city’s latest fatal shooting


Montgomery Advertiser – Prattville police say woman charged in ‘bizarre’ unprovoked stabbings


Decatur Daily – New law to infuse billions for Alabama infrastructure


Decatur Daily – Coburn capital murder case delayed due to defendant’s health


Decatur Daily – Meeting to support R.A. Hubbard school set for Thursday night


Times Daily – 2 COVID-19 vaccination clinics set for Thursday in Sheffield


Times Daily – Tuscumbia rings in Christmas parade season


Times Daily – UNA alumnae to speak at commencement ceremonies


Anniston Star – McCarty not running for reelection to state school board


Anniston Star – Piedmont police investigate shooting at inn


Anniston Star – Anniston man killed in motorcycle crash Monday


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Supply chain issues, worker shortages leading to continued shipping delays locally


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Omicron variant and holiday travel


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Christmas Town USA shines this year after COVID kept many visitors away


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa City Schools honors teachers during 10th annual Apple Awards


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre returns with holiday-themed ‘Elf the Musical Junior’


YellowHammer News – Tuberville: Amazon Bessemer workers prefer to keep wages rather than pay dues to ‘union bosses’


YellowHammer News – AG Marshall scores legal victory as federal judge blocks Biden’s health care worker vaccine edict


Gadsden Times – JSU students optimistic, with some concerns, about Rodriguez hire


Gadsden Times – Exhibit honoring Rosa Parks on display at Gadsden Public Library


Gadsden Times – Louisiana judge blocks nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers


Dothan Eagle – UN migration agency: COVID has ‘radically altered’ mobility


Dothan Eagle – Abortion rights at stake in historic Supreme Court arguments


Dothan Eagle – China lashes out at Abe over former leader’s Taiwan warning


Opelika-Auburn News – Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity


Opelika-Auburn News – UN migration agency: COVID has ‘radically altered’ mobility


Opelika-Auburn News – US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain


WSFA Montgomery – Singers, marchers celebrate Rosa Parks Day in Montgomery


WSFA Montgomery – New Montgomery artwork honors Rosa Parks


WSFA Montgomery – ALEA investigates 7 traffic deaths over Thanksgiving holidays


WAFF Huntsville – North Courtland flood mitigation project preventing flooding that forces people out of their homes


WAFF Huntsville – DA: Chief deputy shot, former deputy and suspect dead in Wilcox County


WAFF Huntsville – $60 million construction project in Madison County


WKRG Mobile – Report: Israel failed to probe shootings at Gaza protests


WKRG Mobile – Law enforcement agencies post tributes to fallen Wilcox County deputy


WKRG Mobile – Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions


WTVY Dothan – Man tells judge he is guilty of 61 porn charges


WTVY Dothan – Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center hands out deserving awards


WTVY Dothan – SpectraCare holds open house for Henry County facilities


WASHINGTON POST – ‘We are pulling out all the stops’: White House details strategies to combat delta, omicron variants


WASHINGTON POST – Utah hospitals suspend vaccine requirement after court blocks federal mandate


WASHINGTON POST – Michigan school shooting prosecutor suggests she will charge parents


NEW YORK TIMES – Covid Live Updates: Biden to Announce New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.


NEW YORK TIMES – Omicron Could Knock a Fragile Economic Recovery Off Track


NEW YORK TIMES – After Michigan Killings, Students Praised Shooter Drills. But Do They Really Work?


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Biden to Toughen Testing for International Travelers to Slow Omicron


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stock Futures Rise After Omicron-Driven Selloff


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Glaxo’s Covid-19 Antibody Drug Found to Be Effective Against Omicron



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