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Daily News Digest – January 4, 2019

Good morning and Happy Friday!
Yesterday saw lots of education news . Today it’s the economy.
Here’s your Daily News for January 4.

1. Boom: job growth beats expectations.

  • The economy added 312,000 jobs in December.
  • That’s almost double what was expected, according to a hot-off-the-presses jobs report.
  • U.S. employers dramatically stepped up their hiring in an encouraging display of strength for an economy in the midst of a trade war, slowing global growth and a partial shutdown of the federal government.
  • The Labor Department said Friday that the unemployment rate rose slightly to 3.9 percent, but that reflected a surge in jobseekers— a positive for growth.
  • Average hourly pay improved 3.2 percent from a year ago.
  • The health care, food services, construction and manufacturing sectors were the primary contributors to last month’s hiring.
  • The strong job gains suggest that the struggling stock market has yet to depress expectations that the economy will expand for a 10th straight year.
  • The jolt in hiring offers a dose of reassurance after a tumultuous few months..
  • Read more here.


2. Airbus expanding.

  • Alabama’s aerospace industry got a boost Thursday as Airbus announced it would be expanding to build additional aircraft.
  • Airbus says it will build a new manufacturing facility at its Brookley campus in Mobile to fulfill orders for 120 new passenger aircraft from JetBlue Airways and the startup airline Moxy. Construction will begin later this month.
  • JetBlue and Moxy each ordered 60 of the A220-300 aircraft manufactured by Airbus.
  • The company already employs about 500 people in Mobile.
  • Read more here.


3. Gray buys Raycom; RSA takes all of CNHI.

  • Gray Television’s acquisition of Montgomery-based Raycom Media is now complete.
  • Raycom operates television stations in Montgomery (WSFA), Birmingham (WBRC), Huntsville (WAFF), and Columbus (WTVM). Those will now become Gray Television stations.
  • Pat LePlatney, who had been Raycom’s president and CEO, now becomes Gray’s president and co-CEO.
  • Here’s hoping the move doesn’t affect some of the great news staff those stations employ and those in the Raycom home office.
  • The Retirement Systems of Alabama had been a majority owner of Raycom. That’s no more with the sale now complete.
  • RSA has now become the sole owner of Community Newspaper Holdings, Inc., a company that operates more than 100 newspapers in 22 states.
  • RSA CEO David Bronner said the pension system has been involved with CNHI for decades and that it’s a good investment.



4. Bless the rains.

  • Heavy rains are causing flooding problems throughout Alabama.
  • Forecasters have issued flood watches and warnings for western, northern, and southeastern Alabama.
  • The National Weather Service says an additional 2 inches of rain could fall in spots by noon today.
  • The Black Warrior, Tombigbee and Sucarnoochee rivers in western Alabama are at flood levels;
  • The Tennessee River at Florence is near flood levels previously reached in 2011;
  • The Alabama River was overflowing into downtown Montgomery’s riverfront already this week;
  • And the Chattahoochee River in southeast Alabama is cresting as well.
  • Also flooding: my back yard.
  • It’s almost over, though. Bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow there’ll be sun.



5. News Briefs

Special tax vote might require approval
  • Some Montgomery leaders want to hold a special election to increase property taxes to raise money for local schools.
  • But, that might not be possible without approval from the Alabama Legislature.
  • The Montgomery Advertiser’s Krista Johnson spoke with State Superintendent Eric Mackey who explained that the previous authorization to hold a referendum expired after it was used in 1994.
  • So, add that to the list of things the Legislature will be dealing with this year.
  • Read her full story HERE.
Ivey touts Pre-K
  • Gov. Kay Ivey bragged on the state’s successful First Class Pre-K program in Mobile Thursday at the Early Childhood Education Conference.
  • She also signaled that she would ask the Legislature for more funding in the upcoming Regular Session.
  • There’s no better time to ask, really. First Class is having a bit of a moment right now, with studies showing its long-term benefits for kids and national stories highlighting its effectiveness.
  • Also, the Education Trust Fund looks to be pretty healthy this year.
  • Read the full story from John Sharp, who attend the event.
When keeping it real goes wrong
  • Michigan Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib made history Thursday when she was one of two Muslim women sworn into Congress.
  • Maybe it was all too much. At a reception last night, Tlaib ended a “thank you” speech by promising to impeach President Donald Trump in pretty explicit terms.
  • Paraphrasing a conversation she had with her son (wait for it), she told the crowd:
“’Look mama, you won. Bullies don’t win,’
“You’re right, they don’t. And we’re gonna go in and impeach the motherf*****”



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jobs report: U.S. employers added a stellar 312,000 jobs in December
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Airbus to build additional aircraft on US Gulf Coast
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama pension fund now sole owner of local newspaper chain
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Heavy rains causing flooding problems in Alabama
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Roy Moore says he was duped into appearing on comedy show
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – January 3, 2019
AL.COM – Ivey, legislative leaders to meet next week on transportation plan
AL.COM – Tax refunds could be delayed by long government shutdown
AL.COM – What to expect when Alabama Legislature reports to work next week
AL.COM – Alabama AG Steve Marshall: Build Trump’s border wall
AL.COM – Ivey touts Alabama’s nationally-recognized Pre-K program at conference
AL.COM – Alabama sheriff pleads guilty to federal tax charge
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Today was big for Nick Saban — and Alabama
AL.COM – Retirement Systems of Alabama buys newspaper chain
AL.COM – How Tarana Burke founded the “Me Too” movement in Selma, Alabama
AL.COM – ’He was loved’: Single father of 2 killed in ‘random’ Birmingham shooting
AL.COM – Mobile facing Mardi Gras portable toilet sticker shock
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery legislators await committee slots before session
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – State leaders unsure if county can hold special election to raise property taxes
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Millbrook officer shoots, kills suspect
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery Fire Chief cancels retirement, will continue as top firefighter
DOTHAN EAGLE – Hurricane Michael recovery efforts progress in Jackson County but rebuilding projects remain
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Martha Roby pledges to ‘continue to fight for the issues that impact Alabamians’ in 116th Congress
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Mo Brooks sworn in for fifth term in U.S. House of Representatives
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Gary Palmer ‘eager’ as third term begins
DOTHAN EAGLE – Dothan Planning Commission member indicted on theft charges
DOTHAN EAGLE – Questions aplenty for family of man found in Lake Eufaula
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama basketball takes aim at snapping losing streak to Kentucky
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Alabama women’s basketball rallies to win SEC opener
DECATUR DAILY – Group to pay for refuge electricity so shutdown doesn’t stop Festival of Cranes
DECATUR DAILY – Flu season hitting schools, hospital
DECATUR DAILY – Mental health center, DAV team to help veterans
DECATUR DAILY – Bags of powder found in homicide victim’s car
DECATUR DAILY – Kirby to introduce resolution to eliminate Decatur’s police jurisdiction
TIMES DAILY – Colbert Commission considering lawn monument policy
TIMES DAILY – Sheffield mayor hopes Outback rumors are untrue
TIMES DAILY – Park Place gas fumes linked to fuel spill
TIMES DAILY – Responders: Homes must have proper addresses
TROY MESSENGER – Missing Troy man found safe
THE ANNISTON STAR – Jacksonville church’s history to be library topic
THE ANNISTON STAR – Filters expected to produce better water for many Cleburne County residents
THE ANNISTON STAR – Security firm, MDA don’t reach McClellan deal
THE ANNISTON STAR – Immigration check system shuts down, but Alabama employers may not care
GADSDEN TIMES – One dead, two hurt in shooting near Attalla
GADSDEN TIMES – Day 13: New Congress, same old impasse over Trump’s wall
GADSDEN TIMES – Duck Springs home lost in New Year’s Eve fire
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Should Mike Hubbard Boulevard be renamed
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – ALDI to host hiring event on Friday
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Judge upholds charges against ex-Auburn Coach Chuck Person
CULLMAN TIMES – City eyes renovation, paving projects
CULLMAN TIMES – Arrests, incidents reports for Jan. 3, 2019
CULLMAN TIMES – Catching a break: Good Hope grad earns top honor for electrical lineman training
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Chess Club for K-12 kicks off soon at Pelham library
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Knightingales prepare for upcoming performances
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Dr. Lewis Brooks sworn in as new superintendent of Shelby County Schools
THE MADISON RECORD – Spectators vote for Christmas Card Lane favorites
THE MADISON RECORD – Repticon returning to Huntsville this weekend
THE MADISON RECORD – Girl Scout Cookie season kicks off for 2019
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – YouTube channel spotlights Walker County musicians
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Students recognized for high ACT scores
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – County, city schools fare well on school report cards
NEW YORK TIMES – Democrats Lay Out Their Agenda as Shutdown Fight Casts Shadow
NEW YORK TIMES – McConnell Faces Pressure From Republicans to Stop Avoiding Shutdown Fight
NEW YORK TIMES – As Trump Holds Firm on Shutdown, He Never Mentions One Group: Federal Workers
WASHINGTON POST – House Democrats vote to reopen government and deny Trump wall money, defying veto threat
WASHINGTON POST – Federal appeals court sends Maryland to mediation in long-running case involving historically black schools
WASHINGTON POST – ‘It was pandemonium’: Fireworks on train cause panic at Gallery Place Metro station
USA TODAY – North Korea warns US to stop ‘meddling’ in its affairs with South Korea
USA TODAY – 3 children killed in Texas; suspect in custody
USA TODAY – Detroit congresswoman uses Koran for swearing-in ceremony
POLITICO – McConnell keeps his head down as shutdown drags on
POLITICO – Pelosi invites Trump to give State of the Union on Jan. 29
POLITICO – House retains chaplain who survived earlier, messy fight

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