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Daily News Digest – November 14, 2019

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the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, November 14.

1. Hyundai expansion to have 1,200-job impact

  • The jewel of the Alabama River Region’s economic development crown is getting bigger.
  • Hyundai Motor Manufacturing of Alabama announced Wednesday it will expand its Montgomery facility with a $410 million assembly line that will create 200 jobs. The new line will build the Santa Cruz, a pick-up style sport utility vehicle aimed to be popular with younger drivers.
  • While 200 jobs would be added directly at Hyundai, supplier plants in the surrounding area are expected to employ an additional 1,000 workers, bringing the total job impact to 1,200.
  • Alabama has about 40,000 automotive manufacturing jobs, which ranks fifth nationally. That’s before this announcement and before the giant Toyota-Mazda Huntsville plant goes online.
  • Full story w/ pictures from the announcement HERE.

2. Battle lines harden in impeachment hearing

  • With historic impeachment hearings underway, Democrats and Republicans are hardening their arguments over the actions of President Donald Trump as they set out to win over a deeply polarized American public.
  • Democrats say Wednesday’s extraordinary public session in the House revealed a striking account of Trump abusing his office by pressing the newly elected president of Ukraine for political investigations of rival Democrats, all while holding up needed military aid. “Bribery,” they said, and “extortion.”
  • Republicans counter that the hearing showed none of that. They say the two seasoned diplomats at the witness table had, at best, secondhand accounts of Trump’s July 25 call that’s central to the impeachment inquiry. There was no pressure on the young Ukraine leader, they argue, and eventually the aid flowed, though only after Congress intervened.
  • The question becomes how many Americans are tuning in and whether or not they are persuaded by anything they are seeing play out on television.
  • Unlike in the Nixon and Clinton impeachment investigations, viewers can now turn to their favorite partisan channels or websites to get commentary and analysis reinforcing their pre-held beliefs.
  • Instead of live-tweeting the hearings, Trump kept his schedule, including meetings with the president of Turkey. But the White House did use his massive Twitter following to propagate Republican talking points from the hearing and later posted a video of Trump speaking from the Rose Garden and calling the investigation a “scam.”
  • Read more HERE.







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3. Leaders will meet to discuss future of LifeTech

  • Last week, ADN reported that some lawmakers were concerned about possible changes to the LifeTech Transition Center in Thomasville, an education and training facility for state parolees.
  • They had been informed that a “significant scale back” was planned amid the restructured Board of Pardons and Paroles evaluating various programs.
  • Now, ADN’s Mary Sell and Caroline Beck report that several state officials plan to meet with Gov. Kay Ivey to discuss plans for the facility.
  • Pardons and Paroles Executive Director Charlie Graddick, Alabama Community College System Chancellor Jimmy Baker and Thomasville Mayor Sheldon Day all plan to meet with the governor soon, her office confirmed.
  • Full story HERE.



4. Crowell appointed Probate Judge

  • When Steven Reed was elected Mayor of Montgomery, he left big shoes to fill at the Probate Judge’s office, to say nothing of a plum public position.
  • The state constitution gives the responsibility for filling such vacancies to the governor, and Gov. Kay Ivey yesterday appointed Gen. Ed Crowell as Montgomery County Probate Judge.
  • Crowell also ran for mayor in a crowded field, but fell short of making the runoff.
  • Ivey pointed to Crowell’s record of service in making the appointment. He served 35 years in the Air Force, retiring as a Brigadier General.
  • Full story HERE.


5. An IAP update

  • One of the top stories in the last two issues of Inside Alabama Politics has been the growing speculation that a high ranking state lawmaker would soon be hired on for a prominent job within the Alabama Community College System.
  • It went well beyond speculation, really, to the point that folks were making plans to fill his shoes at the committee and district level.
  • Now, those plans will have to wait as new information suggests no move will actually take place.
  • Sorry to be cryptic, but this is one of those IAP paid subscription stories, and subscribers can read the update HERE.



News Briefs

Group stops search for Aniah Blanchard

  • AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — A Texas-based nonprofit that works to find missing people across the country has called off its search for Aniah Blanchard.
  • Destinie Duvall of Texas EquuSearch tells WRBL-TV the horse-mounted search group is heading home after using “every resource available” to search for the 19-year-old Blanchard in Auburn, Alabama.
  • She was last seen on Oct. 23 at an Auburn gas station. Her damaged car was later found abandoned.
  • Twenty-nine-year-old Ibraheem Yazeed has been arrested and charged with first-degree kidnapping.
  • Read more HERE.

Mother of missing Florida girl charged; human remains found

  • DEMOPOLIS, Ala. (AP) — Police searching for a 5-year-old Florida girl who was reported missing last week by her mother found human remains in rural Alabama, authorities said Tuesday.
  • Taylor Rose Williams’ mother, who said her daughter disappeared from home overnight, was later charged with child neglect and giving false information to investigators, according to investigators.
  • The remains were located in a wooded area between two towns in Marengo County, located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) west of Montgomery, police said.
  • Read more HERE.

Alabama sheriff pleads not guilty to indictment

  • ATHENS, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says he is innocent of ethics violations and theft.
  • News outlets report Limestone County Sheriff Mike Blakely pleaded not guilty during a hearing Tuesday.
  • Blakely is free on bond and remains in office after being arrested in August on charges that include accusations of taking thousands of dollars from campaign and law enforcement accounts.
  • The plea came days after Circuit Judge Pride Tompkins refused to dismiss an indictment against the longtime sheriff. The Decatur Daily reports that the defense argued in court papers that the state’s ethics law is unconstitutionally vague, but the judge disagreed.
  • The 69-year-old Blakely has been sheriff of the north Alabama county since 1983. Any felony conviction would automatically strip him of office.

Police: Broom-wielding clerk fights off Alabama thief

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Police say a convenience store clerk used a broom to fight off a knife-wielding man trying to steal from a cash register.
  • Birmingham police Sgt. Johnny Williams told news outlets they’re still searching for the suspect, who is accused of entering a store early Monday and approaching the counter as if he was going to make a purchase. Williams says that’s when the suspect pulled a knife and tried to jump behind the counter. Security camera video shows the man trying to get into the register drawer before the clerk scrambles around the corner with a broom, swatting at him until he runs away.
  • Police say nobody was injured, but the suspect was able to grab a few items.
  • They’re asking anyone with information to come forward.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hyundai expansion adds assembly line, 200 jobs
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State leaders will meet to discuss future of LifeTech
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey appoints Ed Crowell as Montgomery County Probate Judge
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mother of missing Florida girl charged after human remains found
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Group stops search for Aniah Blanchard
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Battle lines harden as Trump impeachment inquiry goes public
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Stinging’ from BP settlement split, lawmaker files oil revenue bill
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State Rep. Will Dismukes Endorses Jessica Taylor for AL-2 Race
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS –Coleman up on TV, radio with first campaign ad
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – November 13, 2019
AL.COM – Hyundai to build Santa Cruz at Montgomery plant, add hundreds of jobs.
AL.COM – Austal highlights veterans apprenticeship program during Ivey visit
AL.COM – Ex-Alabama lawmaker on stepbrother’s execution: ‘The system is broken’
AL.COM – Under questioning from Terri Sewell, key impeachment witnesses say Giuliani’s role ‘not normal’
AL.COM – CNBC spotlights Alabama’s ‘Rocket City’ as Space Command HQ still in limbo
AL.COM – Ivey on Poarch Creek Indians gaming plan: ‘Start it in the Legislature’
AL.COM – U.S. Army veteran disabled in crash awarded $18 million after rejecting $12,500 settlement
AL.COM – Alabama hands out $198 million for school repairs, technology
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Alabamafication of America: Homecoming
Montgomery Advertiser – Hyundai Santa Cruz compact truck will be built in Montgomery
Montgomery Advertiser – ‘Everybody is crying out for help’: Have Alabama prison conditions changed 7 months after scathing DOJ report?
Montgomery Advertiser – Autauga school bus driver arrested after kicking 8-year-old off bus, driving away
YellowHammer News – Hyundai Motor Manufacturing Alabama investing $410 million, adding 200 jobs through new vehicle line
YellowHammer News – Shelby’s leadership paves way for authorization of Southwest Alabama Regional Airport
YellowHammer News – Alabama A&M honored by Brooks in U.S. House floor speech
Dothan Eagle – Updated: Police continue to search for suspect who robbed Southeast Health employee; possible person of interest
Dothan Eagle – Missing Prattville couple with dementia may be in Dothan area
Dothan Eagle – Dothan leaders travel to Arkansas assessing how art impacts economic development
Tuscaloosa News – Deputy charged after throwing student to the ground
Tuscaloosa News – Hyundai to build Santa Cruz SUV at Alabama plant
Tuscaloosa News – Alabama county emergency director resigns after purchase inquiry
Decatur Daily – Robbery victims testify in capital murder trial
Decatur Daily – Police looking for domestic violence suspect
Decatur Daily – Ana gets her gun: Judge drops firearm ban from former sheriff’s probation
Times Daily – Sheffield expands entertainment district to 365 days
Times Daily – Hazard mitigation plan discussion is Thursday
Times Daily – Colbert County Schools to delay opening 2 hours Wednesday
Gadsden Times – RAM clinic reaches out to churches for volunteers
Gadsden Times – Multiple agencies respond to active shooter drill at Glencoe High School
Gadsden Times – Meeks to discuss climate change at Sierra Club meeting
Anniston Star – Heflin City Council OKs incentive for planned new business
Anniston Star – Residents tell of missed garbage pickup stops
Anniston Star – Oxford changes some rules for ambulance services
Troy Messenger – Troy Rotary Club collecting shoes to fund gazebo project
Troy Messenger – Probate office sets town hall for Tuesday
Troy Messenger – Troy University Concert Chorale Christmas concert is Sunday at FUMC
Andalusia Star News – Fees hitting local pharmacies hard
Andalusia Star News – Sheriff requests $130K to spend
Andalusia Star News – March of Dimes data: 12.5% of Alabama babies born prematurely
Opelika-Auburn News – Student veterans connect, grow together at Auburn
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika man found guilty of January 2017 murder
Opelika-Auburn News – Facebook reports it took action against tens of millions of posts for breaking rules on harmful content
Daily Mountain Eagle – Grinston: Army well trained for next generation
Daily Mountain Eagle – Exchange students hosted in Dora, Curry
Daily Mountain Eagle – IBEW gives $4,000 for Beacon House gifts
Trussville Tribune – BWWB customers given opportunity to voice opinions on possible rate increase
Trussville Tribune – 4 taken to hospital after training at Shelby County Sheriff’s Office
Trussville Tribune – Suspect arrested in shooting death of man in Birmingham
Athens News Courier – COUNTY SCHOOLS: Board members discuss policy changes, sign stance
Athens News Courier – Parole denied for 2 Limestone convicts
Athens News Courier – County emergency director resigns after purchase inquiry
Sand Mountain Reporter – SSCC President to participate in workforce development experience
Sand Mountain Reporter – Boaz to host Planning Workshop Nov. 19
Sand Mountain Reporter – Marshall County students become ‘Super Citizens’ | Team Torch Heroes honored
WSFA Montgomery – Police: Over $400K worth of crystal meth seized during traffic stop
WSFA Montgomery – Deeper look into conversion charter schools versus start-ups
WSFA Montgomery – Child’s remains found during the search for 5-year-old Taylor Williams, mother arrested
Fox 6 Birmingham – New re-entry and success center in Bessemer giving ex-offenders a second chance
Fox 6 Birmingham – Poarch Band of Creek Indians proposes new gambling plan to include a possible lottery
Fox 6 Birmingham – Birmingham Police looking to keep national accreditation
WAFF Huntsville – Morgan County man severely beaten during violent home invasion
WAFF Huntsville – $2.5M approved for 2 rec centers in Madison County
WAFF Huntsville – Madison County noise ordinance pushed back to January
WKRG Mobile – Mobile woman overcomes challenges of being a quadruple amputee and starts her own business
WKRG Mobile – Bay Minette teen calls for safety precautions following dashcam video of crash
WKRG Mobile – White powder in letter prompted Pensacola federal building evacuation
WTVY Dothan – Troy University’s newest program benefits students, community
WTVY Dothan – Feds: Man threatens President Trump and others
WTVY Dothan – Dothan’s first community garden could be expanding
WASHINGTON POST – Impeachment hearings begin with new evidence of phone call implicating Trump in Ukraine controversy
WASHINGTON POST – Congress can seek 8 years of Trump’s tax records, court order indicates
WASHINGTON POST – Fed’s Powell brushes aside Trump’s call for negative interest rates
NEW YORK TIMES – What We Learned From the First Day of Public Impeachment Hearings
NEW YORK TIMES – Report Details How Stephen Miller Shared Theories Favored by White Nationalists
NEW YORK TIMES – Deval Patrick Will Enter 2020 Presidential Race on Thursday

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