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Daily News Digest – November 5, 2019

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Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday November 5.


1. Trump is coming to Bama

  • In case you haven’t heard, President Donald Trump is ready for some football.
  • He’s coming to the Alabama-LSU game Saturday in Bryant Denny Stadium. It was first reported by Sports Illustrated.
  • Trump has been in the sporting mood lately. Saturday will be his third visit to a high-profile sporting event in as many weeks. Last month Trump attended Game 5 of the World Series in Washington, and he traveled to New York on Saturday to watch an Ultimate Fighting Championship match at Madison Square Garden.
  • Unfortunately, all this was announced after Nick Saban had concluded his press conference for the day, so there was no opportunity to get a priceless reaction from the Crimson Tide head coach. No doubt he is thrilled about all the outside distractions coming to Tuscaloosa this weekend.
  • Honestly, I’m not sure the state can handle it. There could very well be a red-lit gravitational singularity in Bryant-Denny come sundown Saturday.
  • Just want to say good luck and best wishes to all the state politicians trying to squeeze in a selfie with President Trump this weekend.


2. Graddick: Release is not a right

  • Parole hearings resume in Alabama today after a two-month delay.
  • Board of Pardons and Paroles Director Charlie Graddick stressed Monday that release from prison before a sentence is complete is not due all inmates.
  • “People think that every inmate has the right to be considered for parole, they have the right to be calculated under a certain formula whether or not to be brought up to be considered for parole, but they’ve got to earn that parole right,” Graddick told reporters from the lobby of the board’s new rented space in east Montgomery.
  • “We are charged to protect the public in this state from people reoffending,” Graddick, a former judge and Alabama attorney general, said. “We’ve got to look at their risk and that is the board’s responsibility.”
  • He also said Alabama’s crowded prisons should not play into the board’s decisions.
  • Read the full story from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.



3. Inside Alabama Politics

A new edition of Inside Alabama Politics is out.
Lots of good stuff this morning, including:
  • The Jeff Sessions question (with polling and whatnot);
  • A whole new ballgame in the AL-2 race;
  • Who’s after Montgomery Probate Judge job;
  • The next big legislative special election;
  • Latest unaccompanied minors numbers;
  • What’s happening in the Tyson fish kill case;
  • The Medical Marijuana issue could get interesting;
  • On prison reform, county jails could complicate matters; and
  • A court battle in the making.
Read these stories and more  HERE.
As a reminder, Inside Alabama Politics is our sister publication where paid subscribers get the latest political skinny from Montgomery, Washington, and beyond.
If you’d like to subscribe, you can do that  HERE .



4. Elections in 4 states offer tests of 2020 voter enthusiasm

  • Gubernatorial and legislative elections in four states Tuesday will test voter enthusiasm and party organization amid impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and a fevered Democratic presidential primary scramble.
  • Results in Kentucky, Mississippi, New Jersey and Virginia won’t necessarily predict whether Trump will be reelected or which party will control Congress after the general election next fall.
  • However, they will be a barometer for how parties are getting their voters to the polls one year out of the big 2020 election.
  • Read more from our old friend Bill Barrow HERE.



5. Dana Beyerle: Looking back on Iran in 1979

  • Iran on Monday broke further away from its collapsing 2015 nuclear deal with world powers by doubling the number of advanced centrifuges it operates.
  • The announcement — which also included Iran saying it now has a prototype centrifuge that works 50 times faster than those allowed under the deal — came as demonstrators across the country marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 U.S. Embassy takeover that started a 444-day hostage crisis.
  • Dana Beyerle, who spent decades as one of the most respected State House reporters in Alabama, remembers that time 40 years ago.
  • In fact, he had a crazy experience with the Iranian regime as a young reporter trying to break the big story back in those days.
  • In a new column for Alabama Daily News, Dana is sharing his story.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“Back in November 1979, I was a relatively new reporter at the Decatur Daily. I heard a report by a local radio station report from somewhere on the embassy takeover. Heck I figured, I can do that. After a few trials and errors late one night, I hooked up with the Semiramis Hotel near the embassy gate…
“I think someone was listening in since I was told the hotel was the revolution’s headquarters. Anyway, I was talking to the desk clerk. He spoke English! After a couple of minutes he asked if I was a journalist and when I said, “yes,” he handed the phone to someone else who started spouting the revolutionary line.”
  • Read Dan Beyerle’s full column HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Elections in 4 states offer tests of 2020 voter enthusiasm
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Iran spins more centrifuges on US Embassy crisis anniversary
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Dana Beyerle: Looking back on Iran in 1979
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – As parole hearings resume, Graddick says release is not a right
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trial begins in challenge to congressional district map
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Coleman launches campaign with ‘Mover and Shaker’ video
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Weekend Digest – November 3, 2019
AL.COM  – Donald Trump reportedly planning to attend Alabama-LSU game
AL.COM  – Tuberville to Trump: ‘Alabama will give you a heroes’ welcome’
AL.COM  – Alabama crowd unleashes anger over police shooting of black man
AL.COM  – Graddick: State parole board reorganizing continues
AL.COM  – Morgan County commissioner pleads guilty to violating state ethics law
AL.COM  – Alabama earns F for babies born too early, report card says
AL.COM  – ‘Daily Show’ host Trevor Noah headed to Alabama
AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: Best remedy for flunking national report card? Tackle racial achievement gap
AL.COM  – Rep. Brooks: Trump was ‘rooting out corruption’ in Ukraine call
Montgomery Advertiser – Donald Trump to attend Alabama-LSU game in Tuscaloosa
Montgomery Advertiser – Graddick talks violent crimes before resumption of parole hearings
Montgomery Advertiser – Italian dignitaries in town for start of renovation work on upscale downtown restaurant
YellowHammer News – ULA’s Alabama-made Atlas V rocket enters launch campaign for scheduled December flight
YellowHammer News – Trump planning on attending Alabama vs. LSU game this weekend in Tuscaloosa
YellowHammer News – ‘Mockingbird’ courthouse gets preservation grant
Dothan Eagle – Georgia man arrested in Alabama after reporting his marijuana stolen
Dothan Eagle – Jon Johnson selections for this week’s AP Top 25 poll
Dothan Eagle – Answer Man: What businesses were at Porter Square when it opened in the 1970s?
Tuscaloosa News – Jury selection begins in murder trial
Tuscaloosa News – Costumed pets steal show at Fantasy Fest
Tuscaloosa News – Fired Alabama charter school president sues academy
Decatur Daily – Council-manager government explored for Decatur
Decatur Daily – Suspect charged with attempted murder after officer injured
Decatur Daily – Stisher pleads guilty to misdemeanor on unreported campaign funds
Times Daily – Dentistry offering free procedure to veterans
Times Daily – Blood drives continuing throughout northwest Alabama
Times Daily – Covenant fundraiser focuses on feeding the hungry
Gadsden Times – Schools across county to hold Veterans Day programs
Gadsden Times – Chase from Attalla into Gadsden ends safely, driver in custody
Gadsden Times – Coosa Christian hosts rummage sale to boost reading program
Andalusia Star News – Man plays cat, mouse with cops, arrested
Andalusia Star News – Celebration of Heroes to feature six local veterans in exhibit
Andalusia Star News – Former attorney pleads to distribution, contraband
Opelika-Auburn News – Children’s toys help future engineers prep for jobs
Opelika-Auburn News – First ever student built tiny house for sale
Opelika-Auburn News – Merchants, city see progress with downtown Auburn issues
Daily Mountain Eagle – Librarian an artist at Carbon Hill
Daily Mountain Eagle – Jasper Jr. High students complete graveyard project
Trussville Tribune – Alabama board to resume parole hearings
Trussville Tribune – Stolen Camaro from Atlanta recovered in Trussville
Trussville Tribune – Trial begins in challenge to congressional district map
Athens News Courier – Flames, gear and risks of photographing California wildfires
Athens News Courier – UAH grad in key management role at MTM plant
Athens News Courier – AP Top 25: Navy gives AAC 4 teams, 3rd-most by conference
Sand Mountain Reporter – Legislation makes Sunday alcohol sales easier to institute
Sand Mountain Reporter – Sheet pan cooking promises a flavorful dish
Sand Mountain Reporter – Kennamer Construction celebrates 25th anniversary
WSFA Montgomery – Suspects in murder of Kamille McKinney make second court appearance
WSFA Montgomery – Captain at Maxwell AFB gets suprise shopping spree, Bama tix
WSFA Montgomery – Task force for Aniah Blanchard case conducts ground, aerial searches
Fox 6 Birmingham – Hoover Police credit drone use in escaped inmate capture
Fox 6 Birmingham – Sharing hurtful videos with family of Aniah Blanchard not helping search effort
Fox 6 Birmingham – Teen pleads guilty to killing Birmingham football star, avoids possible life sentence
WAFF Huntsville – Tensions flare at town hall with Madison County DA, sheriff over officer-involved shooting
WAFF Huntsville – Suspect in teen’s murder extradited to Morgan County
WAFF Huntsville – Madison neighbors shaken by drive-by shooting; no suspects yet
WKRG Mobile – Brewton Police officer saves choking child
WKRG Mobile – Canal Road meeting planned Thursday in Gulf Shores
WKRG Mobile – Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office collecting blankets for those in need
WTVY Dothan – Wiregrass arrest in connection with weekend Bay Co. shooting
WTVY Dothan – Police return to murder scene but mum on reason
WTVY Dothan – Pell City man pushing for federal law after “Cupcake” kidnapping
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump trails Democratic rivals in national survey as independents move away
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump makes it official: U.S. will withdraw from the Paris climate accord
NEW YORK TIMES  – Companies Cut Back, but Consumers Party On, Driving the Economy

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