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Daily News Digest – November 27, 2019

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Alabama’s Trucking Industry


Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, November 27.



1. Amid record unemployment, state still seeking workers

  • Almost two weeks ago, Alabama’s unemployment rate fell to a record low of 2.8%.
  • Of course, if you’ve been following things, you know that the rate has been steadily falling over the last few years amid a really healthy economy.
  • But 2.8% is crazy low. It’s the kind of low that makes people wonder whether it’s actually a good thing, especially given the state’s goal of building a workforce to attract new companies and investments.
  • After all, very low unemployment can lead to things like wage inflation.
  • ADN’s Mary Sell looked into all this, speaking with economists and those who run the state’s labor and industrial development efforts.
  • Not to spoil it, but she found that the state isn’t slowing down one bit when it comes to trying to connect workers with jobs.
  • Her full story is worth your time this morning.



2. Vendors announced for prison work bid

  • Four companies will submit competitive bids to work on a massive new prison construction plan, the governor’s office announced Tuesday.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey announced that four developer teams have qualified for the next stage of the bid process. The firms are The GEO Group, Corvias, CoreCivic and Alabama Prison Transformation Partners. The firms were selected after submitting their qualifications for the project.
  • Ivey announced a plan in February to build three new large regional prisons to replace many current, aging state prisons. The prisons would house about 3,000 inmates each and would extend over 700,000 square feet, according to earlier state bid documents.
  • Read more HERE.










A message from

Alabama’s Trucking Industry


  • Trucks move Alabama’s economy, and a career in trucking can open many doors for working Alabamians of all ages, genders and races.
  • Did you know that Alabama trucking businesses provide 107,160 jobs – 1 out of 15 in the state?
  • From professional truck drivers, diesel technicians, logistics professionals, fleet managers, safety/HR professionals and sales directors, the jobs our industry offers are diverse and plentiful.
  • And we’re talking about good-paying, highly technical jobs… and they are available right now!











3. Judiciary will get impeachment next week

  • The House Judiciary Committee is set to take over the impeachment probe of President Donald Trump, scheduling a hearing for next week .
  • The Intelligence Committee is wrapping up the investigative phase of the probe and preparing its report for the next. Committee Chairman Adam Schiff has said the report could be released soon after the House returns from its Thanksgiving break.
  • The initial Judiciary hearing on Dec. 4, the day after lawmakers return, will feature legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the panel decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump — and if so what those articles will be. Judiciary Chairman Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., said Tuesday that his panel’s hearing will “explore the framework put in place to respond to serious allegations of impeachable misconduct.”
  • Read more HERE.




4. Sessions: Respect those who protect and serve

  • Jeff Sessions submits an op-ed for Alabama Daily News today on the subject of crime and punishment.
  • It’s a familiar topic for Sessions, as he has worked as a federal prosecutor, the state’s attorney general, and the nation’s chief law enforcement official.
  • Now he writes as a candidate who is seeking his old job in the U.S. Senate back, and much of his message on law and order remains the same.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“Every day, our law enforcement officers do the most unnatural thing – they run toward danger. Tragically, Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams of Lowndes County was shot and killed while carrying out his duties Saturday night. 
“The selflessness and sacrifices of police often go unsung, as millions of daily acts of compassion and care are just part of the job and out of sight of the TV cameras. 
“While the vast majority of Americans support and count on the police, the recent and terrible trend of disrespect and distrust of law enforcement must be reversed…
“Our nation simply cannot sit idly by as this anti-police agitation grows. More than one out of 10 law enforcement personnel will be attacked this year. Almost 59,000 officers were violently assaulted on the job in 2018. Over 18,000 officers needed medical attention. That is a 22% increase in total assaults on police since 2014.”
  • Read his full piece HERE.


5. Economy keeps growing

  • WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. economy grew at a moderate 2.1% rate over the summer, slightly faster than first estimated. But many economists say they think growth is slowing sharply in the current quarter.
  • The Commerce Department says the July-September growth rate in the gross domestic product, the economy’s total output of goods and services slightly exceeded its initial estimate of a 1.9% rate.
  • The economy had begun the year with a sizzling 3.1% GDP rate. Many economists have estimated that GDP growth is weakening in the current quarter to as slow as a sub-1% annual rate, largely because the U.S.-China trade war has led businesses to cut investment and inventories.
  • Still, the holiday shopping season is expected to be relatively healthy given solid job growth and consumer spending.
  • Story link.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – At 2.8% unemployment, state says there are more workers to train for new, better jobs
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Alabama’s prison construction plan inches forward
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Judiciary Committee set to take over Trump impeachment probe
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US economy grew at a moderate 2.1% annual rate last quarter
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jeff Sessions: Give Thanks and Respect to Those Who Protect and Serve
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Remains found believed to be Aniah Blanchard’s
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lawmakers: Killings of police officers sign of ‘contempt’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – GOP Senate candidates speak in Butler County
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Byrne campaign: Attack ad ‘hysterical’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – John Rogers joins Sessions’ campaign team
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Daily News Digest – November 26, 2019
AL.COM  – Huntsville area facing labor market crunch, analysis says
AL.COM  – Gov. Kay Ivey names 4 developer teams to bid on new Alabama prisons
AL.COM  – North Alabama farmers endorse Mo Brooks’ opponent
AL.COM  – Shipt founder Bill Smith launches latest venture
AL.COM  – Alabama cyber school is seeking potential students
AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: Aniah Blanchard may soon be home; protecting others like her is all of our business
AL.COM  – Alabama descendants look to reclaim land clouded by legacy of Jim Crow
AL.COM  – Alabama company wins Amazon’s Woman-owned Business of the Year Award
Montgomery Advertiser – Suspect in Aniah Blanchard case lied about his son’s involvement with another suspect, documents say
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama stays in CFB Playoff hunt at No. 5 in latest rankings reveal
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery woman accused of shooting at another in a vehicle outside her home
YellowHammer News – Ivey administration to solicit prison construction plans from four groups
YellowHammer News – Alabama company named Amazon’s first national ‘Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year’
YellowHammer News – Sessions hires senior Greg Reed aide for campaign role
Dothan Eagle – Coffee Springs man dies in motorcycle crash
Dothan Eagle – UPDATE (victim identified): One dies, two injured in Geneva County accident
Dothan Eagle – Several black bears have been spotted in Florida panhandle
Tuscaloosa News – Demonstration shows danger of frying
Tuscaloosa News – Probe continues into 19-year-old’s disappearance
Tuscaloosa News – Alabama’s prison construction plan inches forward
Decatur Daily – Proposal to give fire station to Boys and Girls Clubs back before council
Decatur Daily – Serving like Santa: Gift programs will provide Christmas to thousands in north Alabama
Decatur Daily – Morgan gun permit applications can be filled online in early 2020
Times Daily – Muscle Shoals Fire Department benefits from sales tax gain
Times Daily – Colbert 1 of 8 counties to offer online LLC filings
Times Daily – Grand jury increases charge to capital murder
Gadsden Times – Boaz approves deal with Buffalo Rock
Gadsden Times – Gadsden, Rainbow City, Southside, Attalla residents arrested at White Chapel Road home
Gadsden Times – Cedar Bluff woman arrested for elder abuse after serving time for same kind of crime
Anniston Star – Oxford EMS getting nothing more from city
Anniston Star – Heflin City Council votes to buy new computers for police
Anniston Star – Oxford light show continues Christmas tradition established years ago
Troy Messenger – Bid awarded to improve downtown sidewalks
Troy Messenger – Williams passes after battle with cancer
Troy Messenger – Southside to host Thanksgiving meal on Thursday
Andalusia Star News – Businesses gearing up for shopping season
Andalusia Star News – Free Thanksgiving meal planned
Andalusia Star News – Report: County averages 5 gun deaths per year
Opelika-Auburn News – UPDATED 4:10 P.M TUESDAY: Police still working to identify human remains believed to be Aniah Blanchard
Opelika-Auburn News – Photos: President Trump pardons turkeys during annual Thanksgiving tradition
Opelika-Auburn News – Breaking Barriers gives voice to diversity, inclusion concerns
Daily Mountain Eagle – Two arrested at Carbon Hill motel
Daily Mountain Eagle – Oakman anglers honoring their friend in upcoming season
Daily Mountain Eagle – Crowd turns out for WCSO meeting in Empire
Trussville Tribune – Clay Council recognizes Clay Youth cheerleaders, discusses final rendering of splash pad/playground complex
Trussville Tribune – 3 children, 3 adults ejected during serious multi-vehicle crash in Birmingham
Trussville Tribune – Trussville City Council approves change of speed limit on Valley Road, firefighters promoted
Athens News Courier – THANKSGIVING TRAVEL: Troopers vigilant during travel period
Athens News Courier – Athens man charged with sexual abuse in attack on ex-girlfriend
Athens News Courier – Athens man accused of child sodomy, sexual abuse
Sand Mountain Reporter – Johnson named executive director of Boaz chamber
Sand Mountain Reporter – Go Medical Group’s facility nears completion
Sand Mountain Reporter – RSVP Chorus, Ukesters, Dulcimer groups to perform at Guntersville Museum’s annual Festival of Trees
WSFA Montgomery – Road construction to be limited for Thanksgiving travel
WSFA Montgomery – News organizations file motion to lift gag order in Antwon Fisher case
WSFA Montgomery – Lowndes County commissioners mourn friend Sheriff ‘Big John’ Williams
Fox 6 Birmingham – Health officials warn overuse of antibiotics could kill you
Fox 6 Birmingham – Red light and speeding cameras coming to Birmingham?
Fox 6 Birmingham – Former District Attorney weighs in on bond reduction in Blanchard case
WAFF Huntsville – State trooper shares travel safety tips ahead of holiday weekend
WAFF Huntsville – Decatur residents fear 3M investigation reports are worse than anticipated
WAFF Huntsville – At least 5 injured in fire-related incident in Hazel Green
WKRG Mobile – Community Christmas Spectacular planned for historic church
WKRG Mobile – Weather balloons: slow and steady still wins the race for severe weather research!
WKRG Mobile – Mobile brothers travel to meet siblings they never knew they had after 60-plus years
WTVY Dothan – Geneva sheriff’s deputy becomes state trooper in memory of daughter
WTVY Dothan – Pergola rebuilt to bring tranquility back to cemetery
WTVY Dothan – Enterprise family needs Christmas cards in cancer battle
WASHINGTON POST  – Two OMB officials resigned in part over concerns about Ukraine aid hold, official testifies
WASHINGTON POST  – House Judiciary schedules first impeachment hearing as Trump claims he is protecting the presidency
NEW YORK TIMES  – FEMA’s Hurricane Aid to Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands Has Stalled
NEW YORK TIMES  – Fertility Rate in U.S. Hit a Record Low in 2018
NEW YORK TIMES  – Julián Castro, in Plan to End Hunger, Warns Against Neglecting the Poor

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