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Daily News Digest – January 19, 2021

Good morning.

I was so sorry to hear of the tragic death of Hannah Ford, who worked in Alabama politics these last four or five years and was a friendly face around the State House. My prayers are with her family & fiancé.

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, January 19.


1. Jittery district: Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire

  • The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment roughly a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns in an already jittery city.
  • The false alarm briefly interrupted the rehearsal for Wednesday’s inauguration ceremony, a quadrennial exercise in which stand-ins take the roles of Biden and other VIPs and the U.S. Marine Corps Band goes through its paces, including practicing “The Star-Spangled Banner” for Wednesday’s performance by Lady Gaga. Rehearsal resumed not long afterward, accompanied by frequent passes by a helicopter patrolling the skies over the Capitol.
  • Read more HERE.


2. It’s Election Day in HD33

  • Alabamians in House District 33 will elect a new representative today. That’s Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties.
  • Republican Ben Robbins and Democrat Fred Crum are vying to replace Rep. Ron Johnson, R-Sylacauga, who died last year. Johnson, first elected in 1978, was the longest-serving House member.
  • Robbins, an attorney from Sylacauga, ran against Johnson in 2018 and lost by about 200 votes.
  • Crum, also of Sylacauga, entered the race and was certified by the Alabama Secretary of State in November after the previous Democrat candidate,  Terra Foster, withdrew her name to become the director of the Alabama NAACP, The Anniston Star reported.
  • Story link.


3. Don’t look now, but Alabama’s COVID-19 numbers are looking better

  • The number of Alabamians hospitalized with COVID-19-related symptoms is decreasing slightly this week — 2,798 on Monday — after reaching a high of more than 3,084 last week, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health’s dashboard.
  • More than 1,400 new cases were reported Monday, a state holiday, but seven-day averages are trending down, according to BamaTracker.
  • Read more and see the latest charts HERE.



4. Biden to propose 8-year citizen path for immigrants

  • President-elect Joe Biden plans to unveil a sweeping immigration bill on day one of his administration, hoping to provide an eight-year path to citizenship for an estimated 11 million people living in the U.S. without legal status, a massive reversal from the Trump administration’s hard line immigration policies.
  • The legislation puts Biden on track to deliver on a major campaign promise important to Latino voters and other immigrant communities after four years of President Donald Trump’s restrictive policies and mass deportations. It provides one of the fastest pathways to citizenship for those living without legal status of any measure in recent years, but it fails to include the traditional trade-off of enhanced border security favored by many Republicans, making passage in a narrowly divided Congress in doubt.
  • Expected to run hundreds of pages, the bill is set to be introduced after Biden takes the oath of office Wednesday, according to a person familiar with the legislation and granted anonymity to discuss it.
  • Full story from Lisa Mascaro and Bill Barrow HERE.



5. Bama hoops enters Top 25

  • The last two years have seen Auburn basketball climb the rankings and compete with the best in the country. This year it seems to be Alabama’s turn.
  • The University of Alabama men’s basketball team shot from unranked to No. 18 in the Associated Press Top 25 after improving to 6-0 in the SEC with its seventh consecutive win.
  • The streak, which includes a victory over Tennessee, has coincided with a recharged John Petty Jr. The senior guard returned from a one-game suspension to average 15.7 points over the past six games, including 23 points in a 20-point blowout of Kentucky.
  • “You like for guys who decide to come back for their senior year to do great things,” Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats said. “Us being 6-0 and being in first place and (Petty) breaking the school record for 3s made — hopefully, he can play his way into first-round draft pick status and have a great senior year and get this program to where they envisioned it.”
  • Gonzaga and Baylor maintained their grip on the top two spots in the poll and Tennessee improved from 10th to 6th.
  • Meanwhile, Duke dropped out of the Top 25 after a consecutive 91 weeks.
  • Duke dropped to 5-3 overall and 3-1 in the ACC after losing to Virginia Tech last week.
  • Full poll and story HERE.




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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jittery district: Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after fire


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House District 33 election today


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State’s COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations begin trending down


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden to propose 8-year citizenship path for immigrants


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bama into AP Top 25; Duke falls out


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Heavily fortified statehouses around US see small protests


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Photos: Alabama Capitol complex barricaded in anticipation of protests


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What will a 50-50 Senate mean for Biden agenda?


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Latest Tuberville ‘gaffe’ wasn’t one at all


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Virus, homicides, drugs put strains on funeral homes


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – January 18, 2021


AL.COM – 1,430 new COVID-19 cases in Alabama; hospitalizations dip


AL.COM – Selma senator: Let locals decide on Edmund Pettus Bridge renaming


AL.COM – Pennsylvania woman suspected of stealing Nancy Pelosi’s laptop, planning to send it to Russia


AL.COM – NASA ‘hidden figure’ Shelby Jacobs answered MLK’s call to Alabama


AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Alabama’s Three Stooges. And Shemp.


AL.COM – Biden may stop Keystone XL pipeline with executive order on first day in office


Montgomery Advertiser – Police investigating 2 shootings, each with one injury


Montgomery Advertiser – Volunteers bring MLK’s legacy of community action to King Hill on day of service


Montgomery Advertiser – Volunteers clean up around childhood home of Claudette Colvin in the King Hill community


Tuscaloosa News – BETTY SLOWE’S BLOG: Jan. 18, 2021 |100 years ago this week


Tuscaloosa News – LOOKING BACK | This week in West Alabama History: Jan. 18, 2021


Tuscaloosa News – Ribbon-cutting ceremony held for Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary


Decatur Daily – People enjoy day off celebrating King’s birthday


Decatur Daily – Denying bond, judge says Falkville man had ‘cache of firepower’ at Capitol riot


Decatur Daily – Decatur family: The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. began the slow march to racial justice


Times Daily – Musical benefit for George Lair scheduled for Saturday in Sheffield


Times Daily – COVID-19 alters MLK events in the Tri-County area


Times Daily – Florence man dies after boat capsizes on Pickwick Lake


Anniston Star – Volunteers gather for MLK weekend cleanup in Anniston


Anniston Star – ‘The dream he left us:’ MLK Day celebration goes on despite COVID (with video program)


Anniston Star – Volunteers gather for MLK weekend cleanup in Anniston


YellowHammer News – Alabama’s coronavirus numbers have started to go down


YellowHammer News – State Sen. Sanders-Fortier to introduce bill that would allow Selma residents to decide on renaming Edmund Pettus Bridge


YellowHammer News – State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris disputes report Alabama ‘last in the country’ on vaccine distribution — ‘We are not even close to last in the country’


Gadsden Times – Martin Luther King Jr. inspired Stevie Wonder’s ‘Happy Birthday.’ The hit helped create a national holiday


Gadsden Times – Turkey Leg Shack in Gadsden offers unique, intriguing new food experience


Gadsden Times – Questions asked, request made, at Gadsden Airport Authority meeting


Dothan Eagle – COVID-19 testing at Houston, Coffee health departments halted due to limited staffing


Dothan Eagle – Wiregrass COVID-19 related deaths mounting as seniors begin recieving vaccine


Dothan Eagle – Dothan School Board to announce new Superintendent Student Advisory Council


Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika man turns brewing hobby into ‘pandemic-proof’ downtown business


Opelika-Auburn News – Profit at Chinese state industry rises with virus recovery


Opelika-Auburn News – Movies in a Minute: “Promising Young Woman”


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – What’s causing slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Jefferson County?


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – ICU bed availability still a concern in Alabama


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Some are wearing two masks for more protection from COVID-19, health leaders weigh on if it works


WSFA Montgomery – Lawmaker planning bill to let Selma residents rename Edmund Pettus Bridge


WSFA Montgomery – WSFA officially donates old Delano Avenue facility to Mercy House


WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery joins nationwide initiative to mourn those lost to COVID-19


WAFF Huntsville – 500 people vaccinated, 300 had appointments at Madison Co. Health Dept.


WAFF Huntsville – Decatur boy back home; beats COVID related illness


WAFF Huntsville – Tanner resident arrested for illegal gambling operation


WKRG Mobile – Four people injured after multiple shootings in Monroe County


WKRG Mobile – Virtual forums scheduled in Pensacola to give input on next police chief


WKRG Mobile – New COVID variant in California tied to multiple outbreaks


WTVY Dothan – Enterprise councilwoman giving back on MLK Day


WTVY Dothan – Congressman Barry Moore connects with Wiregrass farmers


WTVY Dothan – MLK Day parade held in Dothan to keep King’s dream alive


WASHINGTON POST – House security chief said lawmaker wariness of military at Capitol drove his resistance to early request for National Guard


WASHINGTON POST – FBI probes possible connections between extremist groups at heart of Capitol violence


WASHINGTON POST – Melania Trump spends her last days in the White House focused on her future, while her husband rages about the past


NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Prepares Pardon Wave for Final Hours


NEW YORK TIMES – Pentagon Accelerates Efforts to Root Out Far-Right Extremism in the Ranks


NEW YORK TIMES – ‘I Let You Down’: Klete Keller’s Path From Olympics to Capitol Riot


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Trump Weighs Many Pardons on Final Day of Presidency


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Biden Rejects Trump’s Push to Lift Covid-19 Travel Restrictions


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stock Futures Rise Ahead of Yellen’s Testimony




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