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Daily News Digest – March 9, 2020

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1. Lawmakers want electronic monitoring of inmates off ADOC property

  • Alabama lawmakers are working on legislation to require some state inmates who work outside of Alabama Department of Corrections facilities to wear electronic monitoring devices.
  • Some legislators are asking questions about which inmates are allowed to work off ADOC grounds.
  • Under state law, the Alabama Department of Corrections can adopt rules for allowing inmates to leave prisons for work purposes. Senate Bill 120 by Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, and House Bill 151 by Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, change existing law to say that inmates convicted of violent offenses will be subject to electronic monitoring.
  • Both bills have been approved in committees, but changes are expected when they get to the Senate and House floors. The House version could get a vote Tuesday.
  • “We’re trying to work on some fiscal notes tied to that, the cost that it may be to the Department of Corrections,” Speaker of the House Mac McCutcheon, R-Monrovia, said Thursday. “And we’re  trying to pull together some data and information dealing with some of our work release facilities, what is the standard by which these individuals in the system go into work release, how many violent criminals would be in that system.”
  • Read more from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.



2. State may relocate 231 stretch

  • State transportation officials are considering whether to relocate a damaged highway that’s been closed since last month in north Alabama.
  • Crews shut down a section of U.S. 231 a few miles south of Huntsville about three weeks ago after cracks developed following heavy rains. Workers have tried to fix the road, but repairs are proving difficult.
  • News outlets reported that the Alabama Department of Transportation is now considering shifting the four-lane road slightly eastward rather than repairing the old highway, which is often busy with rush-hour commuters.
  • It’s unclear how long the project will take, but detours are adding travel time for commuters coming and going from Huntsville.
  • Somerville resident Megan Lane drives one of the detour routes daily for work and to drop her children off at elementary school. She now regularly leaves at least 20 minutes early in the morning and stays late at work to avoid the heaviest traffic.
  • State officials haven’t said how much the work might cost.
  • Story link.






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3. Bill would lift yoga ban

  • Alabama lawmakers might lift a decades-old ban on yoga in public schools, but the bill would keep the greeting “namaste” on the forbidden list.
  • The bill by Rep. Jeremy Gray, a Democratic legislator from Opelika, is on the proposed debate agenda Tuesday in the Alabama House of Representatives.
  • The bill says that local school systems can decide if they want to teach yoga, poses and stretches. However, the moves and exercises taught to students must have exclusively English names, according to the legislation. It would also prohibit the use of chanting, mantras and teaching the greeting “namaste.”
  • The Alabama Board of Education in 1993 voted to prohibit yoga, hypnosis and meditation in public school classrooms. The ban was pushed by conservative groups.
  • The yoga ban got new attention in 2018 when an old document circulated listing yoga — along with games like tag — among inappropriate activities in gym class.
  • Story link.


4. Virus closes sites around the world; stocks, oil prices sink

  • Anxiety over the new coronavirus epidemic sent global stock markets and oil prices plunging Monday and caused a cascading shutdown of sites and events ranging from the Sistine Chapel to Saudi schools to a Holocaust remembrance march.
  • While many of Beijing’s white collar workers returned to work as new cases of infection subsided in China, some 16 million people under a widespread lockdown in northern Italy struggled to figure out the new rules of their daily existence.
  • Global oil prices suffered their worst losses since the start of the 1991 Gulf War. In Saudi Arabia, shares of state oil giant Saudi Aramco dropped 10%, forcing a halt to trading of the company on Riyadh’s stock exchange.
  • Read more HERE.



5. News Briefs


Alabama tornado victim’s family helps Tennesseans recover
  • BEAUREGARD, Ala. (AP) — The grandparents of the youngest victim of a deadly tornado in Alabama traveled to Tennessee to help those affected by severe storms that hit exactly one year after their family tragedy.
  • Armando “AJ” Hernandez Jr., 6, was torn from his father’s arms and found dead after a tornado ripped through the Beauregard, Alabama, community March 3, 2019. He was among 23 people killed in the severe weather.
  • On March 3, 2020, at least 24 people died in a tornado outbreak that ripped through middle Tennessee, including parts of Nashville. The storms injured dozens and left a trail of destruction.
  • When Bobby and Leanne Kidd saw the news, they understood what those families were going through.
  • “For the people in Beauregard and us, it was already a hard day,” Bobby Kidd told WTVM-TV ahead of a trip he and his wife took Friday to storm-ravaged Tennessee. “It affected us and hit us hard because we knew what they were going through.”
  • So, the couple decided to pack up a trailer full of supplies and head north.
  • “I don’t think there’s any other way we could honor our grandson’s name. A.J. would have wanted us to do this,” Leanne Kidd said.
  • The couple planned to give items they said storm victims would most need, based on their own experience. Toiletries, gift cards, money and food were at the top of the list for those who lost everything.
  • “So the best thing we can do is to give these people basic necessities,” Leanne Kidd said.
  • The couple was expected to lend a hand for two days, and said they also plan to return to Tennessee next month to offer more help.
Police: Armed man fatally shot by officers, woman found dead
  • MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A woman was found dead inside an Alabama home where an armed man was fatally shot by police after firing near officers who showed up at his house.
  • Montgomery police responded to the home Sunday and found a man outside shooting a gun, news outlets reported.
  • Officers told the man, who wasn’t immediately identified, to drop his weapon, but he refused to comply, said Montgomery police Sgt. David Hicks. Police shot the man and he was taken to a hospital where he was later pronounced dead.
  • Authorities searched the home and found a woman dead inside, according to news outlets. Her identity hasn’t been released.
Police: 1 killed in shooting at Alabama college
  • TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Police in Alabama said one person was killed in a shooting at a college campus.
  • The shooting happened overnight at Stillman College in Tuscaloosa, news outlets reported Monday.
  • A person of interest was located, Tuscaloosa Capt. Jack Kennedy said.
  • There was no danger to students or the surrounding community, police told news outlets.
Alabama man charged with snatching boy from apartment steps
  • MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama have charged a 21-year-old man with snatching a 1-year-old boy from the front steps of an apartment building Thursday morning.
  • Montgomery police booked Demarcus Leonard Snead into jail on a second-degree kidnapping charge, the department said in a statement.
  • A 34-year-old woman reported that she was walking down the steps from her apartment after 9 a.m. with two young children when Snead approached them, according to charging documents. Snead is accused of then grabbing the woman’s 1-year-old nephew, putting him into a car and driving away with the child, police said in the statement.
  • The woman told officers she followed Snead but stopped and called for help after she observed him driving dangerously, according to the police report. The woman told investigators she didn’t know Snead, and the man apparently didn’t have any relationship to the 1-year-old either, news outlets reported.
  • Smith released the boy unharmed and police arrested him a short time later, the agency’s statement said.
  • Authorities didn’t say why they think Snead took the child.
Bass fishing tournament expected to reel in tourism dollars
  • One of the world’s most popular fishing tournaments is expected to bring in millions of tourism dollars to Alabama.
  • The 50th Bassmaster Classic was underway on Lake Guntersville this weekend, WHNT-TV reported.
  • The three-day tournament is bringing in more than $30 million to Alabama, Guntersville Mayor Leigh Dollar said. Most, if not all, of the hotels in town are booked up, she said.
  • The event, known as the Super Bowl of bass fishing, draws tourists from around the globe. Hundreds of them braved the cold weather to watch 53 anglers take off from Civitan Park in Guntersville.
  • “We came down to see the three Canadians,” said Canadian Dave Flindall. “This is the first time three Canadians have been in the Bassmaster, so the sport is really growing in Canada, professional bass fishing, so it’s pretty amazing to come down and see all this.”
  • Indiana resident Fred Claar said he was impressed by Lake Guntersville and the friendliness of Alabamians.
  • “It seems like it’s just an awesome fishery,” Claar said. “Everybody down here has been nice. And it’s not crowded like you’d think it would be, and it’s just a good time down here.”
  • More than $1 million in prize money is being awarded at the tournament, including $300,000 for first place, according to the event’s website.





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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Virus closes sites around the world; stocks, oil prices sink


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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Cruise ship passengers to be quarantined at Georgia base


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Florida: 2 dead in the state who tested positive for virus


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Behind the scenes, scientists prep for COVID-19 vaccine test


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Civil rights: The road to Bloody Sunday began 30 miles away


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AL.COM  – Treatments from Alabama center might halt deadly coronavirus, but obstacles remain


AL.COM  – Senator Harris on Jones: ‘Please send him back, Alabama’


AL.COM  – Former Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden


AL.COM  – Contributor Rachel Bryars: Who is to blame for Alabama education?


AL.COM  – Alabama airports scrubbing and sanitizing to stay ahead of coronavirus


AL.COM  – Columnist John Archibald: A week of Alabama political funerals


Montgomery Advertiser – Shooting suspect killed after exchanging gunfire with Montgomery police


Montgomery Advertiser – ‘We have to know this history’: Congressional leaders make annual pilgrimage to Alabama


Montgomery Advertiser – ‘Chaos, confusion and corruption’: Violence persists in Alabama’s prisons despite federal investigation


YellowHammer News – Leaders recognized during Minority Business Awards


YellowHammer News – Birmingham philanthropist receives 2020 A.G. Gaston Award for leading tomorrow’s business leaders


YellowHammer News – State Sen. Stutts: Medical marijuana commission ripe for corruption — Would be Scrushy, Siegelman CON board saga ‘on steroids’


Tuscaloosa News – Mental health bills advance in Alabama Legislature


Tuscaloosa News – Section woman faces murder charge after fatal stabbing


Tuscaloosa News – ‘A frustrated rebel’ Black teen arrested on bus 65 years ago


Decatur Daily – Mental health bills advancing in Legislature


Decatur Daily – Secure Sanctuaries: Places of worship prepare to defend against attacks


Decatur Daily – Judge delays Sheriff Blakely’s trial despite false COVID-19 claim


Times Daily – Mental health bills advancing in State House


Times Daily – Birmingham firm likely ag center contractor


Times Daily – Memphis Hospitality Hub shares ideas in Shoals


Anniston Star – Lawmakers want electronic monitoring of inmates in work program


Anniston Star – Mental health bills advancing in State House


Anniston Star – Hundreds arrive in Anniston for mountain bike race


Gadsden Times – Southside mayor won’t seek re-election


Gadsden Times – Cardinal Foundation accepting scholarship applications


Gadsden Times – JSU shares with GMS students about nursing


Dothan Eagle – Bill strengthening foster parents’ rights awaits action by governor


Dothan Eagle – Man dies in Saturday traffic accident


Dothan Eagle – Dothan officer dragged by vehicle operated by impaired driver


Troy Messenger – Troy University coronavirus task force considering contingency plans


Troy Messenger – Troy brothers charged with breaking, entering multiple vehicles


Troy Messenger – ‘Into Plein Air’ to bring outdoor art gathering to Troy on March 12


Andalusia Star News – 2 national retailers could come to Covington Mall


Andalusia Star News – City recognizes Palmore


Opelika-Auburn News – Gogue Center unveils busy 2020-21 slate


Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika seeks ideas for spending $1.25M in federal grants


Opelika-Auburn News – Scientist ties climate science to her faith


Daily Mountain Eagle – Councilman in custody after wife’s missing body found


Daily Mountain Eagle – Jail officers trained as Smith plans for accreditation


Daily Mountain Eagle – Fall City Road, Nauvoo Road set for bidding


Trussville Tribune – Trussville Beautification Board accepting ballots for annual beautification contest


Trussville Tribune – Trussville PD participate in Birmingham Bowl-a-Thon to benefit Spina Bifida Association of Alabama


Trussville Tribune – CRIME STOPPERS: Center Point man wanted by Gardendale PD on multiple drug charges


Sand Mountain Reporter – Man fatally stabbed in Albertville | Suspect identified, charged


Sand Mountain Reporter – Golden Rule Preschool donates to Second Chance


Sand Mountain Reporter – JSU A Cappella Choir to perform at Snead State


WSFA Montgomery – Woman involved in car accident on Annalue Dr. in Auburn dies from injuries


WSFA Montgomery – Publix places purchase limits on certain items amid Coronavirus concerns


WSFA Montgomery – Woman found dead; suspect dies after officer-involved shooting


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Mental health bills advancing in State House


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Lawmakers: Schools unfairly hurt by report cards’ treatment of non-English speakers


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Rapper’s entourage opens fire during concert at Bill Harris arena


WAFF Huntsville – Judge seals Limestone County Sheriff’s criminal case; sheriff remains hospitalized


WAFF Huntsville – Publix places purchase limits on certain items amid Coronavirus concerns


WAFF Huntsville – Stocks, oil prices plunge over global fight for crude production


WKRG Mobile – Mask-clad Chinese workers cautiously return to the office


WKRG Mobile – Viewers say Sam’s Club in Daphne limits bottled water, clorox wipes, and more to 2 per household


WKRG Mobile – Carnival Cruise Line responds to State Department’s advisory for citizens to not travel by cruise


WTVY Dothan – Niceville school closes due to Coronavirus concerns


WTVY Dothan – One dead in crash near Webb


WTVY Dothan – Four new presumptive positive tests in Georgia for coronavirus


WASHINGTON POST  – Panic grips world markets as coronavirus fear unleashes oil-price war


WASHINGTON POST  – With global economy in balance, the White House and Fed are at odds over how to help


WASHINGTON POST  – Columnist Fred Hiatt: Biden will pick a woman as his running mate. But who?


WASHINGTON POST  – Living without a living wage: At the ever-growing bottom of the American economy, a low-wage worker becomes a minimum-wage activist


NEW YORK TIMES  – For Trump, Coronavirus Proves to Be an Enemy He Can’t Tweet Away


NEW YORK TIMES  – Erik Prince Recruits Ex-Spies to Help Infiltrate Liberal Groups



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