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Daily News Digest – November 12, 2021

Good morning and Happy Friday!

Here’s your Daily News for November 12.


1. Scenes from Birmingham’s Veterans Day parade

  • A red, white and blue procession billed as the nation’s longest-running Veterans Day parade rolled once again Thursday despite dousing rain and gusty winds after taking a year off because of the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Reduced to an online-only event in 2020 because of COVID-19 safety precautions, the National Veterans Day Parade stretched through downtown Birmingham in a traditional format that included military units, ROTC groups, floats, veterans organizations, high school bands and lots of waving flags.
  • Thousands turned out for a parade in Mobile despite overcast skies, and Huntsville’s parade stepped off earlier than planned because of the chance of storms. In Montgomery, officials dedicated a World War I memorial at Union Station.
  • Read more and see photos from the Veterans Day parade HERE.


2. Biden bill includes sweetener for union-made EVs

  • President Joe Biden and Democrats in Congress are looking to give U.S. automakers with union employees the inside track on the burgeoning electric vehicle market, triggering vocal opposition from foreign trade partners and Republicans who worry that manufacturers in their home states will be placed at a competitive disadvantage.
  • The $1.85 trillion spending package that Democrats are laboring to pass through Congress includes an array of programs designed to curb global warming and slash U.S. emissions. It includes incentives to hasten the transition to electric vehicles, which represent a small but rapidly growing share of the market.
  • If enacted, the bill would provide a $7,500 tax credit for consumers who buy electric vehicles through 2026. The base credit goes up by $4,500 if the vehicle is made at a U.S. plant that operates under a union-negotiated collective bargaining agreement.
  • The union friendly add-on is raising hackles internationally and inside the U.S., testing the Democratic Party’s commitment to a labor-friendly approach that Biden has made central to his political brand.
  • Republican lawmakers portray it as payback for a major Democratic benefactor, the United Auto Workers, which spent about $1.25 million in support of federal candidates in the 2020 elections, more than 99% for Democratic candidates.
  • The Mercedes-Benz, Honda, Hyundai, and Mazda-Toyota auto manufacturing facilities in Alabama are each non-union. Mercedes has announced it will begin producing electric SUVs at its Vance facility next year. The state is also competing to land Toyota’s planned $1.29 billion electric battery plant.
  • Read more HERE.


3. Heavy burden for consumers as holidays near: Soaring prices

  • A worsening surge of inflation for such bedrock necessities as food, rent, autos and heating oil is setting Americans up for a financially difficult Thanksgiving and holiday shopping season.
  • Prices for U.S. consumers jumped 6.2% in October compared with a year earlier, leaving families facing their highest inflation rate since 1990.
  • Inflation is eroding the strong gains in wages and salaries that have flowed to America’s workers in recent months, creating a political threat to the Biden administration and congressional Democrats and intensifying pressure on the Federal Reserve as it considers how fast to withdraw its efforts to boost the economy.
  • Fueling the spike in prices has been robust consumer demand, which has run into persistent supply shortages from COVID-related factory shutdowns in China, Vietnam and other overseas manufacturers. America’s employers, facing worker shortages, have also been handing out sizable pay raises, and many of them have raised prices to offset those higher labor costs.
  • The accelerating price increases have fallen disproportionately on lower-earning households, which spend a significant portion of their incomes on food, rent, and gas. Food banks are struggling to assist the needy, with beef, egg and peanut butter prices jumping. Millions of households that are planning year-end travel, Thanksgiving dinners and holiday gift-giving will be forced to pay much more this year.
  • Americans are now spending 15% more on goods than before the pandemic.
  • Read more HERE.


4. Alabama boy named world’s most premature infant to survive

  • An Alabama boy who weighed less than a pound at birth after his mother went into labor at only 21 weeks and one day of gestation has been certified as the world’s most premature baby to survive.
  • Guinness World Records and UAB Hospital announced Wednesday that Curtis Means, who weighed only 14.8 ounces at birth, set the new record. Born 132 days premature on July 5, 2020 with a twin who didn’t survive, Curtis is now healthy and 16 months old.
  • Dr. Brian Sims, who was the attending physician, said statistics show that children born so young have virtually no chance of survival, but Curtis beat the odds.
  • “We typically advise for compassionate care in situations of such extremely preterm births,” Sims said in a statement from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, which operates the hospital. “This allows the parents to hold their babies and cherish what little time they may have together.”
  • Instead, Curtis grew stronger and stronger and was discharged after 275 days in the hospital. He needed help from therapists to begin using his mouth and eating.
  • “Being able to finally take Curtis home and surprise my older children with their younger brother is a moment I will always remember,” mother Michelle Butler of rural Eutaw, Alabama, said.
  • Full story HERE.



5. Football Saturday

  • It’s week 11 of the college football season and many games have conference, bowl and playoff implications.
  • The day starts off early in both Auburn and Tuscaloosa as the Tide and Tigers each have the dreaded 11:00 kickoff.
  • No. 16 Auburn welcomes a Mississippi State team that has proven to be dangerous this season. Bo Nix and the Tigers will try to get back to their winning ways after a disappointing outing at Texas A&M. Read more about that game HERE.
  • No. 3 Alabama hosts New Mexico State for a palate cleanser before the final stretch of games against Arkansas and Auburn.
  • In other SEC action, No. 1 Georgia visits Tennessee, No. 11 Texas A&M visits No. 12 Ole Miss and Florida will try to get by Samford.
  • Troy hosts No. 24 Louisiana Lafayette in a big Sun Belt Conference showdown. That game is at 3:30 on ESPN+.
  • UAB plays at Marshall at 3:30 on CBS Sports Network.
  • South Alabama plays at Appalachian State at 2:30 on ESPN+.
  • Jacksonville State travels to Lamar, Alabama State plays at Mississippi Valley State, and Alabama A&M plays at Texas Southern.





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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey recommends a one-year delay on holding back of third grade readers


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Longest-running Veterans Day parade resumes after COVID halt


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Plethora of polls shows tightening Senate race


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jo Bonner named president at South Alabama


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – EXPLAINER: Why US inflation is so high, and when it may ease


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Scenes from Birmingham’s Veterans Day parade


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden bill includes sweetener for union-made electric vehicles


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama boy named world’s most premature infant to survive


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Heavy burden for consumers as holidays near: Soaring prices


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – No. 16 Auburn, Mississippi State seek return to winning ways


AL.COM – Shrugs and intrigue: Alabama reacts to billions of dollars it will get in federal infrastructure package


AL.COM – Alabama attorney general asks judge to take Dothan killer off death row


AL.COM – UAB doctor: COVID vaccine preferable to natural immunity for children


AL.COM – Aluminum shortage delays Alabama commercial license plate production


AL.COM – Structure for Africatown museum that will tell story of slave ship Clotilda, arrives Friday


AL.COM – Carnival to resume Mobile cruises on March 5


AL.COM – What’s so important about third grade reading? Here’s why Alabama thinks these skills matter.


Montgomery Advertiser – Veterans Day observances include newly unveiled bronze statue to memorialize WWI soldiers


Montgomery Advertiser – Family and lawyer hold press conference for man who was shot by police


Montgomery Advertiser – Man says he was handcuffed when MPD officer shot him multiple times; city disputes account


Decatur Daily – Ambulance response times: Rolled calls complicate enforcement as First Response misses quarterly standards


Decatur Daily – Veterans: Salute them not just on Veterans Day, but every day


Decatur Daily – Commission on state’s pandemic response recommends legislation


Times Daily – Angel Tree program expected to serve 900 kids in the Shoals


Times Daily – Local leaders wait for tips to benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters


Anniston Star – Veterans event being held at Democratic Party office


Anniston Star – Rich history of Peerless spans well over a century


Anniston Star – Anniston salutes veterans in park ceremony


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Cahaba Brewing Co. doing more than raising a glass for Veterans


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – FEMA crews evaluating flooding damage across Jefferson County


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Worker shortage could affect holiday shopping plans


Tuscaloosa News – PHOTOS: Veterans Day Observance In Tuscaloosa


Tuscaloosa News – Olympic gold medalist, Auburn gymnast Suni Lee says she was pepper sprayed in racist attack


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa police investigate at least 18 overnight vehicle break-Ins


YellowHammer News – Palmer questions cost of ‘Build Back Better’ legislation, says spending would take nation to ‘brink of bankruptcy’


YellowHammer News – Alabama Retail Association rolls out endorsements of statewide candidates


YellowHammer News – Mo Brooks campaign co-chair Stan Mcdonald slams ‘bogus, piece-of-crap poll’ showing Britt leading U.S. Senate race


Gadsden Times – Gadsden to receive $255k for renovations to Black Creek Trails


Gadsden Times – Guyton: Plant opponents fear competition for employees


Gadsden Times – Patriots Association honors Hall of Honor members at annual Patriots Day Program


Dothan Eagle – Reservoir dries up as Syria experiences one of its driest years ever


Dothan Eagle – Death threats, tweets jolt GOP infrastructure supporters


Dothan Eagle – U.S. teacher of immigrant kids lands $1 million prize


Opelika-Auburn News – Democrats sell infrastructure bill, push for Biden backup


Opelika-Auburn News – Cambodia dismisses US sanctions as ‘politically motivated’


Opelika-Auburn News – The ultimate garage & estate sale guide for this weekend


WSFA Montgomery – Worker shortage could affect holiday shopping plans


WSFA Montgomery – Dothan murderer has been taken off death row


WSFA Montgomery – Phenix City veteran, artist designed Google Veterans Day Doodle


WAFF Huntsville – Decatur woman finds letter to Veteran from President Truman after World War II


WAFF Huntsville – Shooting investigation underway in Huntsville


WAFF Huntsville – Traffic Delays on Highway 72, Wall Triana due to car accident


WKRG Mobile – NASA, SpaceX send 4 more astronauts to International Space Station


WKRG Mobile – Auburn gymnast, Olympian Suni Lee attacked with pepper spray in California


WKRG Mobile – Pope offers hope to poor in visit to namesake’s Assisi home


WTVY Dothan – Geneva honors veterans with tribute


WTVY Dothan – Geneva honors veterans with tribute


WTVY Dothan – Vivian B Adams cementing their legacy in the Ozark community


WASHINGTON POST – The strong winds of climate change have failed to move the opinions of many Americans


WASHINGTON POST – Deadline looms for the U.N. climate summit. Can negotiators reach a deal?


WASHINGTON POST – Appeals court temporarily bars release of Trump White House records to House Jan. 6 committee


NEW YORK TIMES – COP26 Live Updates: In Final Hours, Climate Talks Focus on Money


NEW YORK TIMES – Migrants in Peril, and Raw Emotions, in a Volatile European Border Standoff


NEW YORK TIMES – Ocasio-Cortez Isn’t Wavering. Are New Yorkers on Her Side?


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Traders Rush to Stock-Options Bets on Tesla and Amazon


WALL STREET JOURNAL – COP26 Talks Enter Final Scheduled Day With Deal Still Elusive


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Surging Inflation Poses New Challenge to Biden’s $2 Trillion Spending Plan




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