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Daily News Digest – July 26, 2022

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Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, July 26.


1. Battle: Huntsville’s quality of life, research abilities lead to Space Command decision

  • Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle says he’s confident the U.S. Space Command is coming to the Rocket City, despite criticism about the selection process by Colorado officials.
  • “We feel very confident with it,” Battle said on Alabama Public Television’s Capitol Journal. “It’s one of those things. Colorado Springs — we understand their anguish over this — but we’re still going to be working with Colorado Springs. There are a couple of commands that we share with them and we’ll still be sharing with them when Space Command comes in.”
  • The U.S. Air Force’s 2021 announcement that it was relocating its Space Command headquarters from Colorado Springs to Huntsville sparked excitement in Alabama officials and resentment among those in Colorado. A subsequent U.S. Government Accountability Office report showed the decision was “consistent with the Air Force’s analysis” that the Huntsville location was the highest scoring option.
  • “It comes down to the quality of life,” Battle said. “It comes down to the cost of living. It comes to who has a better engineering base. We have more engineers per capita than anywhere else in the U.S. It comes down to who has the research park and is able to do the research and development on it.”
  • Read more from me HERE.



2. Data, map show migration patterns of young adults

  • There’s new data this week from the U.S. Census Bureau and Harvard University about how many people up to age 26 are staying in some Alabama cities and where those who leave go.
  • Nationally, nearly six in 10 young adults live within 10 miles of where they grew up, and eight in 10 live within 100 miles, according to the Census Bureau.
  • If they do move, the national average of how far young adults go after getting a job is 181 miles. For those leaving several Alabama cities, it was less.
  • The map also allows users to see where young people are arriving from when they move to an area.
  • Read more from Mollee Breland HERE.




3. Feds sue poultry producers over worker practices

  • The U.S. Justice Department has filed a lawsuit against some of the largest poultry producers in the U.S., including some in Alabama, over claims of longstanding deceptive and abusive practices for workers.
  • The suit, filed in federal court in Maryland on Monday, names Cargill, Sanderson Farms and Wayne Farms, along with a data consulting company known as Webber, Meng, Sahl and Co. and its president.
  • The Justice Department alleges the companies have been engaged in a multiyear conspiracy to exchange information about the wages and benefits of workers at poultry processing plants to drive down employee competition in the marketplace.
  • The government contends the data consulting firm helped to share the information about the workers’ compensation with the companies and their executives. By carrying out the scheme, officials allege, the companies were able to compete less intensely for workers and reduce the amount of money and benefits they had to offer their employees, suppressing competition for poultry processing workers across the board, according to court papers.
  • The defendants and unnamed co-conspirators in the lawsuit account for hiring about 90% of all chicken processing jobs in the nation.
  • Read more HERE.




4. Trump returning to Washington to deliver policy speech

  • Former President Donald Trump returns to Washington today for the first time since leaving office, delivering a policy speech before an allied think tank that has been crafting an agenda for a possible run for a second term.
  • Trump will address the America First Policy Institute’s two-day America First Agenda Summit as some advisers urge him to spend more time talking about his vision for the future and less time relitigating the 2020 election as he prepares to announce an expected 2024 White House campaign.
  • Trump’s appearance in Washington — his first trip back since Jan. 20, 2021, when President Joe Biden was sworn into office — comes as his potential 2024 rivals have been taking increasingly overt steps to challenge his status as the party’s standard-bearer. They include former Vice President Mike Pence, who has been touting his own “Freedom Agenda” in speeches that serve as an implicit contrast with Trump.
  • The institute is one of several Trump-allied organizations that have continued to push his polices in his absence, including America First Legal, dedicated to fighting Biden’s agenda through the court system, the Center for Renewing America and the Conservative Partnership Institute.
  • Read more from Jill Colvin HERE.



5. Top aide to Pence testifies before 1/6 grand jury

  • Marc Short, former chief of staff to former Vice President Mike Pence, has testified before a federal grand jury investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, a person familiar with the matter said Monday.
  • On CNN Monday evening, Short confirmed the appearance, saying, “I did receive a subpoena for the federal grand jury and I complied with that subpoena.”
  • Short was at the Capitol on the day of the siege and was with the vice president as he fled his post presiding over the Senate and hid from rioters who had stormed the building and called for his hanging.
  • It was not immediately clear what Short was asked during his grand jury appearance, but the Justice Department has been investigating wide-ranging efforts by allies of former President Donald Trump to undo the results of the 2020 presidential election, including through the creation of slates of fake electors in battleground states intended to subvert the vote count.
  • Read the full story HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Battle: Huntsville ‘confident’ Space Command is coming to Alabama


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New data shows migration patterns in young Alabama residents


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Feds sue poultry producers, alleging unfair worker practices


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump returning to Washington to deliver policy speech


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Top aide to Pence testifies before 1/6 grand jury


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 102-year-old WWII veteran from segregated mail unit honored


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – NFIB: Small businesses raising prices to combat increases in their costs


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Sweet Grown’ events focused on local products


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump v. DeSantis? Young conservatives debate GOP’s future


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Semiconductor bill unites Sanders, the right — in opposition


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Tuskegee syphilis exposé at 50: how a reporter broke the story


AL.COM – Amid record inflation, is Alabama ‘lagging behind’ other states in offering tax relief?


AL.COM – Federal judge in Alabama dismisses Joe Nathan James Jr.’s request for stay of execution


AL.COM – Alabama candidate who lost GOP election contest over wrongly assigned voters starts write-in campaign


AL.COM – Alabama Hyundai supplier child labor report investigated by state labor department, other agencies


AL.COM – Shelby looks back on ‘a good run’ during ‘farewell tour’ appearance


AL.COM – $5.5 million steel fabrication facility coming to Fayette, to hire 70


AL.COM – Back to school 2022: Here are the highest-paid principals in Alabama


Montgomery Advertiser – Man pleads guilty in 2016 high profile Prattville murder case


Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery County’s COVID cases fall 11.1%; Alabama cases up 4.3%


Montgomery Advertiser – Man charged after shooting handgun in popular Prattville park


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Police investigating after teenager shot in Birmingham


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham Police Chief speaks out on exhibition driving after pedestrian death over the weekend


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Police: Homicide investigation after man found shot on sidewalk near Norwood Blvd.


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa County’s COVID cases fall 12.2%; Alabama cases up 4.3%


Tuscaloosa News – Chicago will celebrate 55 years of gold with Tuscaloosa concert


Tuscaloosa News – Take note students, parents: Classes begin Aug. 10 in Tuscaloosa city, county schools


Decatur Daily – Haleyville man dies in Lawrence County wreck


Decatur Daily – Work-release inmates helping fill holes in tight labor market


Decatur Daily – All Rise: Hartselle girl elected governor of Girls State; delegate to Girls Nation


Times Daily – Tuscumbia Schools app is updated, ready for use


Times Daily – Shoals unemployment rises to 3.6% in June


Times Daily – Florida duo could be part of scammers group


Anniston Star – Federal, local law enforcement discuss violent crime prevention


YellowHammer News – 13-year-old Alena Analeigh, future UAB med student, details academic journey


YellowHammer News – Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle: ‘We feel very confident’ U.S. Space Command is still coming to Redstone Arsenal


Gadsden Times – Reception on tap on First Friday for two new exhibits at Gadsden Museum of Art


Gadsden Times – Gadsden mayor Q&A: Seven candidates seek city’s top office


Gadsden Times – Etowah County property valuations are out, and most are up; some taxpayers are concerned


Dothan Eagle – 2 killed, 5 hurt in LA park shooting; pope set for historic apology; US heat records fall


Dothan Eagle – Barrage of gunfire at LA park leaves 2 dead, 6 wounded


Dothan Eagle – Russia says it wants to end Ukraine’s `unacceptable regime’


Opelika-Auburn News – Trump returning to Washington to deliver policy speech


Opelika-Auburn News – Widespread condemnation of Myanmar’s execution of prisoners


Opelika-Auburn News – GOP warms to far-right gubernatorial nominee in Pennsylvania


WSFA Montgomery – National Peach Month brings attention to Chilton County’s favorite crop


WSFA Montgomery – Drone video shows progress on Montgomery whitewater park construction


WSFA Montgomery – Businesses may consider mask policies as COVID-19 cases increase


WAFF Huntsville – AP source: Top aide to Pence testifies before 1/6 grand jury


WAFF Huntsville – Families of captured Alabamians in Ukraine speak out after deaths of Americans


WAFF Huntsville – Lawrence county man arrested with abuse of a child


WKRG Mobile – Some rugby league players in Australia refuse pride jersey


WKRG Mobile – 102-year-old WWII veteran from segregated mail unit honored


WKRG Mobile – US bakes in extreme heat as federal climate action flops


WTVY Dothan – Senator Jimmy Holley honored as building will bear his name


WTVY Dothan – 40 students take on Geneva’s first “Junior Police Academy”


WTVY Dothan – Gov. Ivey awards grants to assist domestic violence victims in south, east Alabama


WASHINGTON POST – Biden poised for big wins in Congress


WASHINGTON POST – Gunmaker’s Super Bowl stunt sheds light on marketing of ‘America’s rifle’


WASHINGTON POST – U.S. shark mania began with this attack more than a century ago


NEW YORK TIMES – Ukraine Live Updates: E.U. Agrees to Sweeping Curbs on Energy Use to Counter Moscow’s Leverage


NEW YORK TIMES – Brittney Griner’s lawyers argue for leniency as she makes her case in a Russian court.


NEW YORK TIMES – Kyiv Nightlife Comes Back Amid Urge for Contact. ‘This Is the Cure.’


WALL STREET JOURNAL – General Motors’ Income Tumbles 40% on China Loss, Parts Shortages


WALL STREET JOURNAL – After Fed Raises Interest Rates Wednesday, Investors to Look for Clues About What’s Next


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Low-Cost Cities With Strong Economies Remain Attractive as Housing Market Slows




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