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Daily News Digest – June 30, 2022

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Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, June 30.


1. ALGOP to re-hear Hovey, Whatley arguments in SD-27 contest

  • The Alabama Republican Party will re-hear arguments from Senate District 27 candidate Jay Hovey on why he should be the party’s nominee on the November ballot, it said late Wednesday.
  • Hovey on Wednesday asked the ALGOP Candidate Committee to reconsider its June 25 decision to declare the race a tie after counting a previously invalidated provisional ballot.
  • Without that ballot, Hovey won the May 24 primary against three-term incumbent Sen. Tom Whatley by one vote.
  • “Election security and making sure that every vote is counted properly is of paramount importance to the Alabama Republican Party,” it said in a statement late Wednesday. “The ALGOP will release additional information once the committee has reached a decision.”
  • Read more HERE.



2. Official: 2 deputies wounded in shooting, manhunt underway

  • Law enforcement agencies were conducting a manhunt Wednesday evening after two deputies were shot and wounded, one of them critically, while chasing a suspect in Alabama, authorities said.
  • District Attorney Michael Jackson said the shooting happened in Bibb County as two deputies were chasing a suspect in a stolen vehicle. The man fired at the deputies, shooting both, he said. One of the deputies was critically wounded.
  • Jackson said the suspect has been identified as Austin Hall, 26. Hall should be considered armed and dangerous, he added. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency issued a Blue Alert, asking people to notify authorities if they see Hall.
  • Jackson said multiple law enforcement agencies were involved in the hunt for the suspect. Local television news outlets showed a heavy police presence in the county, located in central Alabama.
  • Read more HERE.



3. Libertarian party gains statewide ballot access 

  • For the first time since 2002, the Libertarian Party will have candidates on the November general election ballot.
  • Party Chairman Gavin Goodman, who is also running for Alabama’s U.S. House District 7, said more than 60 candidates, from Congress to county commissioner, are expected on the Nov. 8 ballot. Candidates will not be certified until Aug. 26, according to the Alabama Secretary of State’s office.
  • Per state law, to get on the ballot, the party needed to gather more than 50,000 signatures statewide. It ended up with more than 70,000.
  • To get there, the party recruited candidates.
  • “We started with 14, and knew it wasn’t enough,” Goodman said.
  • Defeating well-known Republican incumbents will be a challenge, Goodman acknowledges.
  • Read more from Mollee Breland and see the list of candidates HERE.



4. Realtors partner with ASU on real estate credits

  • The Alabama Association of REALTORS® is seeking to increase diversity in the industry by partnering with Alabama State University to offer students a “microcredential” in real estate.
  • No college education is required to get a salesperson or broker license in Alabama, but the Alabama Real Estate Commission does state on its website that an exam must be passed to obtain each license, and training courses are required both before and after receiving a real estate license.
  • The association said Wednesday that this is the first time a state REALTOR® organization and a Historically Black College/University have come together to build a program like this.
  • “The goal of the program is to equip students with a deep understanding of the real estate industry as a whole, empower students with the knowledge to pursue careers in real estate-related fields, and instill the importance of homeownership,” said Alabama REALTORS® Chief Executive Officer Jeremy Walker. “Together, we can work to increase diversity in real estate-related fields, promote minority homeownership, and help close the wealth gap in Alabama.”
  • Read more from Maddison Booth HERE.



5. Mom of U.S. veteran held in Ukraine speaks to son by phone

  • The mother of a U.S. military veteran who went missing after he traveled to help Ukraine in its fight against Russia has spoken with her son by telephone, the family said Wednesday.
  • Lois “Bunny” Drueke, of Tuscaloosa, answered a call from what appeared to be a Russian exchange and talked to son Alex Drueke on Tuesday for nearly 10 minutes in their first conversation since he and Andy Huynh, another Alabama veteran who traveled to Ukraine, were captured after a fight earlier this month in Ukraine.
  • Apparently at the prompting of his captors, Drueke said the people holding him were anxious to begin negotiations and that he had food, water and bedding, Bunny Drueke said in a statement released by her family.
  • “He sounded tired and stressed, and he was clearly reciting some things he had been made to practice or read, but it was wonderful to hear his voice and know he’s alive and alright,” she said.
  • Drueke said he hadn’t been in contact with Huynh for several days. The United States has said both men should be protected as prisoners of war under the Geneva Conventions.
  • Read more HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ALGOP to re-hear Hovey, Whatley arguments in SD27 contest


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Official: 2 deputies wounded in shooting, manhunt underway


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Libertarian party gains statewide ballot access 


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Realtors partner with ASU on real estate credits


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mom of U.S. veteran held in Ukraine speaks to son by phone


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jan. 6 panel subpoenas counsel who resisted Trump schemes


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – SD27: Party decision based on voter’s intent, not registration status


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama parolee accused in Guntersville triple slaying up for parole again in August


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – 1/6 Takeaways: Angry Trump, dire legal warnings and ketchup


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Justices side with doctors convicted in pain pill schemes


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US consumer confidence slumps to lowest level in 16 months


AL.COM – Is it illegal to help an Alabamian travel to get an abortion? AG’s office ‘reviewing the matter’


AL.COM – Alabama top court says local governments can’t pocket excess money from tax auctions


AL.COM – World Games should proceed without disruption despite COVID levels, health officer says


AL.COM – Wrong ballots given to voters in north Alabama legislature GOP primary


AL.COM – Alabama AG argues Roe v. Wade abortion ruling allows for transgender health care ban


AL.COM – How will Alabama prosecutors handle abortion cases in wake of Roe v. Wade ruling?


AL.COM – Public meetings tonight and Thursday on latest I-10 Mobile River Bridge and Bayway plan


AL.COM – Supporting students: What’s next for school mental health in Alabama, U.S.


AL.COM – New Alabama school counselor role ‘important’ for improving schools, student mental health


AL.COM – Full stop ahead? Baldwin County voters ‘panicking’ over rapid growth


AL.COM – FTC sues Walmart for facilitating fraud, costing consumers ‘hundreds of millions of dollars’


Montgomery Advertiser – Mom of Tuscaloosa veteran held in Ukraine speaks to son by phone


Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama attorney general uses Dobbs decision to defend transgender medicine ban


Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery Public Schools says goodbye to Superintendent Dr. Ann Roy Moore


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Vigil held for Bibb Co. deputies injured in shooting


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham Police investigating shooting involving juvenile in Kingston


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Critical Missing Person Investigation issued for Birmingham man


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa motel loses business license over crime, public health concerns


Tuscaloosa News – Two sheriff’s deputies shot during pursuit in Bibb County, district attorney says


Tuscaloosa News – Mom of Tuscaloosa veteran held in Ukraine speaks to son by phone


Decatur Daily – Spirit of America festival brings fun, fireworks


Decatur Daily – Board terminates Hazlewood principal’s contract


Decatur Daily – Newly appointed Athens councilman recommended by predecessor


Times Daily – Impaired driving is focus of ALEA campaign


Times Daily – Heritage Christian University seeks accreditation for graduate theology program


Times Daily – Cherokee landfill hauling off 2 tankers of leachate a day


Anniston Star – Legal fireworks come with cautions, limitations


YellowHammer News – AG Marshall uses SCOTUS abortion decision in court fight to allow ban on transgender treatments for minors


YellowHammer News – Hovey requests ALGOP reverse decision on tying vote; Whatley pushes for coin toss


YellowHammer News – University of Alabama program preps pre-med students for rural health care careers


Gadsden Times – Vestavia Hills shooting rekindles church security concerns


Gadsden Times – Mom of Tuscaloosa veteran held in Ukraine speaks to son by phone


Gadsden Times – Alabama attorney general uses Dobbs decision to defend transgender medicine ban


Dothan Eagle – Biden boosts US troop presence in Europe; primary results in 7 states; R. Kelly sentencing today


Dothan Eagle – Lawyer who left Jan. 6 panel seeking Missouri US Senate seat


Dothan Eagle – NATO calls Russia its ‘most significant and direct threat’


Opelika-Auburn News – Poland completes Belarus border wall to keep migrants out


Opelika-Auburn News – Marcos takes helm in Philippines, silent on father’s abuses


Opelika-Auburn News – New Zealand designates Proud Boys a terrorist organization


WSFA Montgomery – Lakegoers urged to keep Lake Martin clean


WSFA Montgomery – State troopers urge safe driving this holiday weekend


WSFA Montgomery – Vigil held for 12-year-old fatally shot in Montgomery


WAFF Huntsville – Vina man charged with attempted murder after shooting girlfriend


WAFF Huntsville – DA: 2 Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies shot; ‘massive’ manhunt underway for suspect


WAFF Huntsville – New information surfaces on suspended Decatur doctor


WKRG Mobile – Climate concerns grow as US helps Europe replace Russian gas


WKRG Mobile – Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas has a lot to celebrate


WKRG Mobile – Migrants in Texas trailer tragedy died seeking better lives


WTVY Dothan – Watch: No answers months after Dothan officer involved shooting


WTVY Dothan – DA: 2 Bibb County Sheriff’s deputies shot; ‘massive’ manhunt underway for suspect


WTVY Dothan – $52M expansion announced for Montgomery FedEx facility


WASHINGTON POST – Antiabortion lawmakers want to block patients from crossing state lines


WASHINGTON POST – They don’t agree on abortion. Can their relationship survive post-Roe?


WASHINGTON POST – You scheduled an abortion. Planned Parenthood’s website could tell Facebook.


NEW YORK TIMES – After Worst Start in 50 Years, Some See More Pain Ahead for Stock Market


NEW YORK TIMES – As Dockworkers Near Contract’s End, Many Others Have a Stake


NEW YORK TIMES – Patient and Confident, Putin Shifts Out of Wartime Crisis Mode


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stock Futures Drop Ahead of Fed’s Favored Inflation Gauge


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Xi Jinping Visits Hong Kong to Mark Anniversary, Cap Crushing of Dissent


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Russian Troops Withdraw From Ukraine’s Snake Island




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