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Daily News Digest – November 11, 2019

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Good morning and a blessed Veterans Day to you all.
It was 101 years ago today – on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 – that the guns fell silent in France amid the armistice of World War I. Now, this day marks a special time when we not only stop to be thankful for peace, but more importantly honor the ones who have fought to secure that peace: America’s veterans.
Thank you to all those who have served in uniform to protect this country from the enemies of freedom!
Here’s your Daily News for Monday, November 11.

1. Police call Blanchard blood evidence ‘life threatening’

  • Police say blood evidence in the car belonging to missing college student Aniah Blanchard shows she suffered a “life threatening injury.”
  • The 19-year old was last seen at a convenience store in Auburn. Ibraheem Yazeed, who police have arrested in the case, was also seen at the store.
  • Blanchard remains missing after disappearing October 23. Yazeed has been extradited back to Alabama after being arrested in Florida.
  • Read more HERE.
  • Also read more background on the case from the Advertiser’s Melissa Brown HERE.



2. Nikki Haley says Cabinet members pressured her to turn on Trump

  • President Donald Trump’s former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley alleges in her upcoming memoir that two administration officials who were ultimately pushed out by Trump once tried to get her to join them in opposing some of his policies.
  • In “With All Due Respect,” Haley said then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and then-White House chief of staff John Kelly told her that they were trying to “save the country.” Haley writes that she was “shocked” by the request, made during a closed-door meeting, and thought they were only trying to put their own imprint on his policies.
  • Trump fired Tillerson in March 2018. Later, Tillerson said the president was “undisciplined” and did not like to read briefing reports. Trump countered, calling Tillerson “dumb as a rock.”
  • Read more HERE.









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3. Veterans Day OpEds

  • A few Veterans Day-themed columns were submitted to Alabama Daily News for publication today.
  • The first is from Congressman Bradley Byrne, who says this day reminds him of his brother Dale, a veteran who passed away several years ago. His brother’s inspiration is what he uses to press for reforms at the Department of Veterans Affairs, he writes.
“Another project still in progress is our plan to give every veteran greater access to private medical care, a priority shared with the Trump Administration. Instead of forcing veterans into the broken VA system, I want every veteran to have a card so they can receive care from doctors, specialists, and hospitals right there in their own community.
“We still have a long way to go to make life better for our veterans. Right here in Alabama, there are still very serious problems with the Central Alabama VA system in Montgomery. Cleaning up the issues there must remain a top priority, while we also work to get more doctors into the VA system. It won’t be easy to clean up the problems, but it is a challenge we must meet.”
  • Read Byrne’s full op-ed HERE.
  • The second piece is from Cathy Milford, a military widow and supporter of U.S. Sen. Doug Jones who writes to thank Jones for backing legislation that would eliminated the so-called “Military Widow’s Tax.”
“An issue that many military widows face is the Military Widow’s Tax, which has impacted my family and me for over 26 years and continues to burden some 65,000 military widows across the country.
“Given Washington D.C.’s decades of inaction on this issue, it would be easy to believe our government has forgotten military widows or they just do not care. However, Senator Jones has courageously taken the lead to correct this egregious wrong. He, along with Senator Susan Collins, introduced the Military Widow’s Tax Elimination Act, which would restore a benefit that my husband paid for with his life, his service, and with monthly premiums.”
  • Her full piece HERE.


4. AP Top 25

  • LSU is an overwhelming No. 1 in The Associated Press college football poll after beating Alabama in a 1-2 matchup.
  • Ohio State was No. 2 with five first-place votes and Clemson was third with three first-place votes. Alabama fell two spots to No. 4.
  • No. 5 Georgia at No. 13 Auburn and No. 10 Oklahoma vs No. 12 Baylor are the premiere Top-15 match-ups this weekend.
  • See the full poll HERE.



In case you missed it, yesterday’s Weekend Digest from Caroline Beck was chock full of news. Here are the lead stories…
  • Visiting Alabama Saturday, President Donald Trump got the roaring applause that had eluded him at the World Series Washington, D.C. Read more about his visit to the Bama-LSU game HERE.
  • Trump was non-committal about who he might back – or attack – in the U.S. Senate race. He says he won’t campaign against Jeff Sessions, but will “see how it goes.” That story HERE.
  • Some Alabama lawmakers say they’re concerned about possible cuts to a parolee education program that officials have touted as an example of success. Sen. Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman, told ADN he’d been informed by Alabama Board of Pardons and Parole staff that a “significant scale back” was planned for LifeTech Transition Center in Thomasville. That story HERE.



5. News Briefs

SPLC employees seek to unionize

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Employees of the watchdog organization, the Southern Poverty Law Center, are filing for union representation.
  • A supermajority of employees has requested representation by the Washington-Baltimore News Guild, Local 32035 of The News Guild-Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO, the union announced this week.
  • “We ask SPLC’s senior leaders to respect the desire of its dedicated employees to form a union and have a say in what the future of the Center looks like,” the organizing committee said in a statement.
  • “Current leadership has committed itself to the task of changing SPLC’s workplace culture. Collective bargaining ensures workers the opportunity to play a leading role in this transformation.”
  • The move comes after upheaval that saw the departure of longtime leaders and the announcement of a review of workplace culture.
  • The organizing committee says it wants to form a strong union that lays a “foundation for a legacy of equal rights, respect and dignity for all workers, regardless of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and national origin.”
  • In a letter to staff, Lecia Brooks, the SPLC’s chief workplace transformation officer, said that management received the petition but suggested the group will wait on a formal vote to recognize the union.
  • Brooks wrote they “welcome an open election process” by employees on the decision to form a union.
  • The letter noted that the SPLC has “a long history of partnering with unions in our legal work.”

Mobile could become state’s 2nd-largest city with annexation

  • MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — Mobile’s mayor is proposing to annex 13,000 residents into the city.
  • The proposal — if it happens — would make the south Alabama city the second-largest in Alabama, reported.
  • Mobile, with a population just under 190,000, is currently the fourth-largest city in Alabama behind Birmingham, Huntsville and Montgomery.
  • But there has been opposition to the idea among Mobile city council members.
  • At a recent meeting, council member C.J. Small showed a Power Point presentation of photographs from around his district illustrating dilapidated buildings, potholes in roads, and parks in poor condition.
  • “This is what I get phone calls about,” Small said. “Streets and sidewalks that have been left, for years, in distress. A (swimming) pool full of water with mosquitoes. Trash overflowing. And we are talking about expanding Mobile? We need to take care of our home first.”
  • Discussion on the city council has also split along racial lines with the council’s three black members voicing the most concerns about the annexation.
  • Under the proposal, the annexation of three separate corridors west of the city’s limits would change the city’s demographics from 50% black and 45.5% white to 48.8%, black and 46.7% white.
  • But Council President Levon Manzie said the issue wasn’t about a shift in the city’s racial demographics. Manzie and some other council members say it comes down to finances — and whether millions of dollars in city resources should be spent on providing services to people living west of the city limits.
  • In a 6-1 vote, the council decided to wait before deciding whether to authorize a special election for voters outside the city limits on whether to annex into the city. The waiting period will allow the administration to return back with more information about how the annexation would affect the city’s finances.

Huntsville Hospital, urgent care centers merge

  • HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Huntsville Hospital Health System and Urgent Team Care & Walk-In Centers are forming a partnership to create a network of urgent care and family care centers in North Alabama.
  • reports beginning Dec. 2, Urgent Team Walk-In Urgent Care locations in Decatur, Florence, Huntsville, Muscle Shoals, and Madison will be rebranded as Huntsville Hospital Urgent Care centers. All of the centers will be open seven days a week and provide treatment for injuries, illnesses and conditions that are urgent, but non-life threatening. Walk-ins are welcome or patients may schedule a same-day or next-day visit online.
  • Huntsville Hospital Health System Chief Operating Officer Jeff Samz called it an “exciting initiative.” He says the partnership will help fill the gap in consumer and employer health demand.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Police: Missing Alabama teen suffered life-threatening wound
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – In memoir, Haley alleges disloyalty among some on Trump team
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Cathy Milford: Honoring Veterans and Remembering Military Families
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Bradley Byrne: Fighting for those who fought for us
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – AP Top 25: LSU landslide No. 1; Minnesota jumps into top 10
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump noncommittal on backing Jeff Sessions for Senate
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – ‘Baby Trump’ balloon slashed at Alabama appearance
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Possible changes to parolee education facility concern lawmakers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Mobile could become state’s 2nd-largest city with annexation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Weekend Digest – November 10, 2019
AL.COM  – Alabama ISIS bride: ‘Everyone deserves a second chance,’ asks to return to US with son
AL.COM  – Gen Z is changing the look, feel of small-business Alabama
AL.COM  – Contributor Rachel Bryars: Woke ‘call-out culture’ won’t help Alabama solve its problems
AL.COM  – Intense racial polarization remains‘ elephant in the room’ over Alabama annexations
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS  – Merrill: ‘We are still going full-bore, 100% toward’ GOP nomination, U.S. Senate seat … for now.
Montgomery Advertiser – Veterans Day free food: 100-plus restaurants have deals for vets, active military Monday
Montgomery Advertiser – ‘Trump baby’ balloon slashed at Alabama-LSU game protest
Montgomery Advertiser – President Trump cheered overwhelmingly at Alabama-LSU game
YellowHammer News – Alabama teenagers discover new job opportunities at Worlds of Work
YellowHammer News – University of Alabama to lead project to help reduce infant mortality rates in Alabama
YellowHammer News – U.S. Sens. Doug Jones, Joe Manchin visit Alabama National Carbon Capture Center
Dothan Eagle – GOVERNMENT OVERSIGHT: Honeysuckle Road corridor project details coming soon
Dothan Eagle – Local authorities searching for shooting suspect
Dothan Eagle – Jackson County native Milton Mooneyham views Battle of the Bulge up close
Tuscaloosa News – Decatur group partner to provide free learning opportunities
Tuscaloosa News – Georgia dancer doesn’t need to see to follow her dreams
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa to hold Veterans Day program
Decatur Daily – Hartselle man honors soldiers killed in 1970 helicopter crash
Decatur Daily – Medical marijuana commission finalizing 2020 bill
Decatur Daily – Athens files federal lawsuit over opioid crisis
Times Daily – International students flocking to UNA
Times Daily – State treasurer calls Alabama’s 529 fund a smart choice
Times Daily – Snow, lows in teens in forecast this week
Gadsden Times – Operation Christmas Child drop-off sites will be open Nov. 18-25
Gadsden Times – International Education Week on tap at GSCC
Gadsden Times – ECSO implements body scanner at jail
Anniston Star – Access to guns often turns domestic violence deadly
Anniston Star – JSU dining plan comes amidst rising education costs, greater focus on student amenities
Anniston Star – ‘A gem of Alabama’: Hikers, campers enjoy fall at Cheaha State Park
Troy Messenger – Two-vehicle collision leaves one dead
Troy Messenger – Brundidge home destroyed in fire
Troy Messenger – County races set as qualifying deadline passes
Opelika-Auburn News – Body found in Auburn believed deceased from natural causes
Opelika-Auburn News – Injury during battle provides new opportunity
Opelika-Auburn News – Air Force veteran left one passion for another
Daily Mountain Eagle – Grinston to be honored at Monday’s Veterans Day Parade
Daily Mountain Eagle – Dora dedicates Veterans Monument
Daily Mountain Eagle – Veterans mark holiday at Carbon Hill ceremony
Trussville Tribune – Trussville native wins Emmy award for work on television news documentary
Trussville Tribune – Jefferson County deputies investigating 2 shootings in Brighton
Trussville Tribune – 2019 Trussville Christmas Parade float information
Athens News Courier – Salon owner looks to help white parents with black hair care
Athens News Courier – In memoir, Haley alleges some on Trump team urged resistance
Athens News Courier – Watergate redux? Trump impeachment inquiry heads for live TV
Sand Mountain Reporter – Veterans Affairs aids nation’s soldiers
Sand Mountain Reporter – College News: Snead State Vice President completes Fellowship Program
Sand Mountain Reporter – College News: Snead State student leads motivational workshop
WSFA Montgomery – Mayor-elect Steven Reed celebrates inauguration a few days early
WSFA Montgomery – Suspect in Aniah Blanchard disappearance appears before Lee County judge
WSFA Montgomery – Coroner: Man’s body discovered in Auburn shed
Fox 6 Birmingham – Local photographer takes pride in ‘Portraits of Honor’
Fox 6 Birmingham – 2 shootings in Brighton Sunday morning
Fox 6 Birmingham – Coroner: Man’s body discovered in Auburn shed
WAFF Huntsville – Attorney representing family of Dana Fletcher wants answers, transparency
WAFF Huntsville – A bill legalizing medical marijuana to be introduced next session
WAFF Huntsville – Beth Holloway joins search for Aniah Blanchard
WKRG Mobile – Congressman Matt Gaetz to speak at Navarre Veterans Day ceremony
WKRG Mobile – Tuscaloosa man who slashed ‘Baby Trump’ raises over $31K online for legal bills
WKRG Mobile – Florida state trooper saves teenager from burning home
WTVY Dothan – Father of black woman killed by white Texas officer dies
WTVY Dothan – NPF parade more than floats and pageant queens to one parade goer
WTVY Dothan – Two-year-old suffers accidental self-inflicted gunshot wound
WASHINGTON POST  – Republicans attempt to move impeachment inquiry away from Trump
WASHINGTON POST  – America’s billionaires take center stage in national politics, colliding with populist Democrats
WASHINGTON POST  – Contributor Liam Brennan: How Veterans Affairs denies care to many of the people it’s supposed to serve
NEW YORK TIMES  – In Seeking to Join Suit Over Subpoena Power, Mulvaney Goes Up Against the President
NEW YORK TIMES  – Interior Chief’s Lobbying Past Has Challenged the Agency’s Ethics Referees

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