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Daily News Digest – March 22, 2022

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Alabama Orthopaedic Society

Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, March 22.


1. New ADN-Gray TV poll: Durant leads Britt, Brooks falls far behind

  • Mike Durant, the retired Army helicopter pilot of “Black Hawk Down” fame, leads a new poll of the Republican race for U.S. Senate, with former Business Council of Alabama President Katie Britt running a close second and Congressman Mo Brooks falling far behind.
  • The survey also tested head-to-head runoff scenarios between the top three candidates and the popularity of former President Donald Trump among Alabama Republicans as well as the potency of his endorsement.
  • Interesting results to say the least!
  • ADN Insiders get the first look at these poll numbers HERE.
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2. New Orleans police executive named chief in Montgomery

  • A longtime police executive from New Orleans will take over as police chief in Alabama’s capital city, Mayor Steven Reed’s office said Monday.
  • Darryl Albert, who has spent more than 30 years in law enforcement and held several key roles in the New Orleans Police Department, was selected following a search to succeed Ernest Finley, who resigned in June.
  • New Orleans police announced in January that Albert, who held the rank of captain, was moving from his leadership position with the department’s Special Operations Division to oversee the agency’s training academy. He also held positions in New Orleans including deputy chief of field operations, commander of the homicide division and the crime laboratory and deputy superintendent.
  • Albert is a member of organizations including the Fraternal Order of Police and the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.
  • Montgomery, the third-largest city in the state, said it considered almost 100 candidates before selecting Albert as chief, and the hiring process included a committee of community leaders that evaluated finalists.
  • Read more from the Montgomery Advertiser HERE.





A message from the

Alabama Orthopaedic Society

  • Is my surgeon skilled and competent? It’s a question that does not cross the minds of patients in the state of Alabama.
  • This confidence in surgeons is due to the fact that surgical residency training is monitored, standardized, and advanced through the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
  • Despite the fact that podiatric residency does not meet the minimum standards of every other surgical specialty, Senate Bill 101 seeks to give podiatric providers additional surgical privileges. This bill is not in the best interest of Alabamians.
  • Studies evaluating this scope extension have shown it leads to longer hospital stays, higher costs and higher complications from surgery.






3. Jackson makes history, GOP vows no ‘spectacle’

  • Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson pledged Monday to decide cases “without fear or favor” if the Senate confirms her historic nomination as the first Black woman on the high court.
  • Jackson, 51, thanked God and professed love for “our country and the Constitution” in a 12-minute statement to the Senate Judiciary Committee at the end of her first day of confirmation hearings, nearly four hours almost entirely consumed by remarks from the panel’s 22 members.
  • Republicans promised pointed questions over the coming two days, with a special focus on her record on criminal matters. Democrats were full of praise for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee.
  • “I have dedicated my career to ensuring that the words engraved on the front of the Supreme Court building — equal justice under law — are a reality and not just an ideal,” she declared.
  • Barring a significant misstep, Democrats who control the Senate by the slimmest of margins intend to wrap up her confirmation before Easter. She would be the third Black justice, after Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, as well as the first Black woman on the high court.
  • The committee’s senior Republican, Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa, promised Republicans would “ask tough questions about Jackson’s judicial philosophy,” without turning the hearings into a “spectacle.”
  • Read more HERE.



4. Pence distances himself from Trump as he eyes 2024 campaign

  • After years of being a subservient sidekick, former Vice President Pence is beginning to distance himself from former President Donald Trump as he takes increasingly overt steps toward a White House bid of his own.
  • Last month, Pence called out Trump by name, saying his former boss was “wrong” to insist that he had the power to unilaterally overturn the results of the 2020 election — a power vice presidents do not possess. In a separate speech before top Republican donors, Pence urged the GOP to move on from Trump’s 2020 grievances and declared “there is no room in this party for apologists” for Vladimir Putin after Trump praised the Russian leader’s maneuvering as “genius” before his brutal invasion of Ukraine.
  • The moves show how Pence, a former congressman and Indiana governor, is working to craft a political identity independent of his former boss. The strategy carries substantial risk in a party still dominated by Trump and his lie that the 2020 election was stolen. But if Pence successfully navigates this moment, it could offer a model for Republicans to benefit from their work with Trump without being tied to his most toxic behavior, which has consistently hurt the party with crucial suburban voters who often determine elections.
  • Read more HERE.



5. Ukraine retakes key Kyiv suburb; battle for Mariupol rages

  • Ukraine said it retook a strategically important suburb of Kyiv early Tuesday, as Russian forces squeezed other areas near the capital and their attack on the embattled southern port of Mariupol raged unabated.
  • Explosions and bursts of gunfire shook Kyiv, and black smoke rose from a spot in the north. Intensified artillery fire could be heard from the northwest, where Russia has sought to encircle and capture several suburban areas of the capital, a crucial target.
  • Residents sheltered at home or underground under a 35-hour curfew imposed by city authorities that runs to Wednesday morning.
  • Russian forces also pressed their siege of Mariupol after the southern port city’s defenders refused demands to surrender, with fleeing civilians describing relentless bombardments and corpses lying in the streets. But the Kremlin’s ground offensive in other parts of the country advanced slowly or not at all, knocked back by lethal hit-and-run attacks by the Ukrainians.
  • Early Tuesday, Ukrainian troops forced Russian forces out of the Kyiv suburb of Makariv after a fierce battle, Ukraine’s Defense Ministry said. The regained territory allowed Ukrainian forces to retake control of a key highway and block Russian troops from surrounding Kyiv from the northwest.
  • Still, the Defense Ministry said Russian forces were able to partially take other northwest suburbs, Bucha, Hostomel and Irpin, some of which had been under attack almost since Russia’s military invaded almost a month ago.
  • Read more HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New ADN-Gray TV poll: Durant leads Britt, Brooks falls far behind


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jackson pledges to decide cases ‘without fear or favor’


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pence distances himself from Trump as he eyes 2024 campaign


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ukraine retakes key Kyiv suburb; battle for Mariupol rages


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Poll shows Ivey with strong approval, growing lead in primary field


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – White House: Biden to visit Poland on Europe trip this week


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Do the right thing’: How US, allies united to punish Putin


AL.COM – Mo Brooks wants to ‘fire’ Mitch McConnell, calls on rivals to join him


AL.COM – In Alabama, nearly 12,000 people are seeking substance use disorder treatment


AL.COM – Gambling bills among unfinished business for Alabama lawmakers at spring break


AL.COM – ‘Criminal justice system is broken’: Mobile mayor, police chief say backlog of cases contributing to recent crime spree


AL.COM – Household income on the rise in Alabama, but not in every county


Montgomery Advertiser – New Orleans police commander Darryl Albert named Montgomery police chief


Montgomery Advertiser – Head-on I-65 collision in Montgomery County claims life of Saraland man


Montgomery Advertiser – Business After Hours event Tuesday brings music, food and more to downtown venues


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Walker County mom still seeking justice for daughter killed by dogs in 2020


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Flash flooding possible Tuesday, drivers urged to stay off roads


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham prepares for severe weather on the heels of last week’s flash flooding


Tuscaloosa News – Theatre Tuscaloosa’s SecondStage brings its one-act play festival alive


Tuscaloosa News – Wind, hail, tornadoes and flash floods possible in Tuscaloosa, West Alabama on Tuesday


Tuscaloosa News – University of Alabama to hold memorial service for Autherine Lucy Foster


Times Daily – Company trying to assist in landfill leachate disposal issue


Times Daily – Dotson running for Lauderdale County sheriff


Times Daily – Tuscumbia’s branding proposal awaits public input


YellowHammer News – National Wildlife Federation Action Fund endorses Katie Britt for U.S. Senate


YellowHammer News – State Sen. Orr defends Numeracy Act — Tim James’ criticism is just a ‘red herring’


YellowHammer News – Mo Brooks to oppose Mitch McConnell as Senate majority leader — ‘It is time for conservatives to choose sides’


Gadsden Times – Gadsden Fire Department, Carver committee team up for fire safety event April 9


Gadsden Times – Sheriff’s office investigates Saturday shooting; Attalla man injured


Dothan Eagle – Ukraine refuses to surrender Mariupol; SCOTUS pick Jackson faces senators; Coach K’s last ride continues


Dothan Eagle – Russia-Ukraine war: Key things to know about the conflict


Opelika-Auburn News – $4M settlement deal reached in police death of Manuel Ellis


Opelika-Auburn News – Nevada governor seeks no prosecution in restaurant encounter


WSFA Montgomery – Project underway to build ‘Foot Soldiers Park’ in Selma


WSFA Montgomery – First Alert Weather Day: Severe storm risk for most late today and tonight


WSFA Montgomery – Walker County mom still seeking justice for daughter killed by dogs in 2020


WAFF Huntsville – Moulton city council members stand up for employee facing termination


WAFF Huntsville – AT&T Fiber line cut near Russellville Central Office


WAFF Huntsville – Secondary trauma impacting medical professionals and other people in ‘helping’ industries


WKRG Mobile – GOP prepares to play hard ball with Ketanji Brown Jackson


WKRG Mobile – Republicans ramp up support for candidates snubbed by Trump


WKRG Mobile – Former Decatur pastor faces additional sex crime charges in Tennessee


WTVY Dothan – Wiregrass man ejected in car crash on road to recovery


WTVY Dothan – Police: Dothan couple smoked illegal drugs in front of child


WTVY Dothan – Potentially deadly drug Fentanyl missing from Dothan Fire Department


WASHINGTON POST – Russia is bombing cities beyond recognition, Zelensky says as ground invasion stalls


WASHINGTON POST – Pitched battle in Mariupol intensifies, as war displaces millions across Ukraine


WASHINGTON POST – Jackson to face questions on Day 2 of Supreme Court confirmation hearings


NEW YORK TIMES – Ukraine Live Updates: Russia Struggles for Momentum; West Fears Next Step


NEW YORK TIMES – Biden warns the private sector that Russia is exploring options for cyberattacks.


NEW YORK TIMES – Alcohol-Related Deaths Spiked During the Pandemic, a Study Shows


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Evergrande Delays Results as Banks Seize $2 Billion at Unit


WALL STREET JOURNAL – U.S. Rethinks Uranium Supply for Nuclear Plants After Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Bond Yields Jump, Stock Futures Rise After Powell Says Fed Is Ready to Be More Aggressive



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