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Daily News Digest – October 12, 2020

Good morning!

It’s Columbus Day, which means many state and federal employees are enjoying a day off work. Wish it weren’t so soggy out for you.

Here’s your Daily News for Monday, October 12.


1. Confirmation hearings begin

  • Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett are set to begin as a divided Senate charges ahead on President Donald Trump’s pick to replace the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cement a conservative court majority before Election Day.
  • Barrett, a federal appeals court judge, will tell the Senate Judiciary Committee that she is “forever grateful” for Ginsburg’s trailblazing path as a woman. But she is resolved to maintain the perspective of her own mentor, the late conservative Justice Antonin Scalia and “apply the law as written,” according to her prepared opening remarks for the hearings, which begin today on Capitol Hill.
  • “Courts are not designed to solve every problem or right every wrong in our public life,” Barrett says in the remarks.
  • Republicans, who control the Senate, are moving quickly to seat Barrett before the Nov. 3 election to secure Trump’s pick and hear a high-profile challenge to the Affordable Care Act and any election-related challenges.
  • Democrats are trying in vain to delay the fast-track confirmation by raising fresh concerns about the safety of meeting during the pandemic after two GOP senators on the panel tested positive for the novel coronavirus.
  • Read more about the nomination HERE.
  • Read a “viewers guide” about what to expect over the next few days and watch live HERE.



2. Lawmaker proposes new licensing requirements on small, in-home child care providers

  • A north Alabama lawmaker says it’s time to revisit the requirement that anyone providing care in their home for one child or more must be licensed by the state.
  • “When you look at our surrounding states, our current system appears to be highly restrictive,” Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, told Alabama Daily News recently. “And given the COVID situation with working parents trying to find child care for their children, offering more possibilities is certainly a good thing.”
  • The state requires a license for anyone providing in-home care to a child not related to them for more than four hours in a 24-hour period.
  • Orr said he plans to pre-file soon a bill easing that licensing burden. Options under his legislation could include exempting in-home providers of up to four children and creating a voluntary registration or requirements for exemption, including CPR and first aid training and background checks.
  • Read more from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.


3. State oyster harvest begins early

  • Alabama officials have announced an earlier start for the upcoming oyster harvest that they hope will be even better than last season.
  • The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources approved a Monday start to the season after surveys to check whether Hurricane Sally damaged Mobile Bay reefs came up clear.
  • The opening applies to a zone in Heron Bay, west of the last piece of mainland before Alabama Highway 193 crosses open water to Dauphin Island. Starting Monday it will be open for weekday harvest from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • “Prior to Hurricane Sally, we surveyed the public oyster bottoms and discovered they showed a potential for harvest that exceeded the previous season,” said Scott Bannon, director of the department’s Marine Resources Division. “We still have some concerns about the hurricane’s impact on the bottoms, but sample trips after Sally made landfall leave us feeling optimistic that catchers could have a better season than in recent years.”
  • Read more HERE.


4. Stacy Column: Fun with electoral math


  • We are three weeks and one day out of Election Day, making this truly the homestretch of this seemingly never-ending presidential race.
  • When you’re a political nerd like me, this is when it starts getting really fun: sifting through polling like catnip, playing with maps to see various election results and hypothesizing about the crazy outcomes that could happen under our system.
  • I recently wrote a piece for Inside Alabama Politics about all of this, and now it is liberated out from behind the paywall for all to enjoy, hate or otherwise tolerate.
  • Read it in full HERE.


5. Top 25: Clemson, Bama, Georgia remain on top, Florida drops

  • No. 1 Clemson, No. 2 Alabama and No. 3 Georgia held steady at the top of the rankings Sunday, setting up a top-three matchup Saturday when the Crimson Tide hosts the Bulldogs.
  • That’s already getting ‘game of the century’ hype, which I’m pretty sure is used once or twice every year.
  • Florida fell to No. 10 after losing to Texas A&M, but still somehow is ranked above the No. 11 Aggies.
  • Auburn fell one spot to No. 15 after sneaking past a scrappy Arkansas team.
  • LSU fell out of the rankings completely after losing to Missouri.
  • Read more and see the full rankings HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hearings begin on Barrett’s nomination to Supreme Court
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Precedent, recusal, Roe: A court nomination viewer’s guide
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Orr: Time to revisit licensing requirements on small, in-home child care providers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama allows early start to oyster harvest on Monday
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Stacy Column: Fun with electoral math
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AP Top 25: Can 2 vs. 3 be Game of the Century?
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump insists he’s free of virus, ready for campaign trail
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Communities oppose new state mega-prisons near them
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Contract review: Corrections’ increasing health spending; Tyson spill update
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Barrett to senators: Courts ‘should not try’ to make policy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – The Vice-Presidential Debate That Never Was
AL.COM – Second longest-serving Alabama death row inmate dies from pneumonia
AL.COM – Contributor Robert Crook: What pandemic? Downtown B’ham and Southside making huge comeback
AL.COM – Contributors JaTaune Bosby and Carla Crowder: Not Our Alabama: Young citizens do not want privately owned mega-prisons
AL.COM – Alabama colleges back away from using ACT/SAT scores for admission
AL.COM – Columnist Dana Hall McCain: Grace for this political moment
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery police officer charged in off-duty domestic violence incident, placed on administrative leave
Montgomery Advertiser – City honors Native American history as Montgomery observes 1st Indigenous Peoples’ Day
Montgomery Advertiser – As Alabama moves to build new prisons, opposition mounts in communities getting them
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Dept. of Corrections explains prison decision
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – 55% of students in Jefferson County Schools are returning for 5 days a week in person learning
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – UAB kicker gathers of hundreds of supplies for hurricane victims
Tuscaloosa News – Mercedes-Benz plant expansion set for 2022 completion
Tuscaloosa News – Vehicle occupied by family shot into on Interstate 20/59; one seriously injured
Tuscaloosa News – Write-in candidate emerges for Tuscaloosa County Commission race
Decatur Daily – Spike in local COVID cases has hospitals preparing for worst
Decatur Daily – Lawrence school enrollment up after falling from 2000-2019 amid economic headwinds
Decatur Daily – Vehicle break-ins up in Decatur, Hartselle
Times Daily – Florence to count 17 provisional votes Monday
Times Daily – COVID-19 cases rising, and more patients are critically ill
Times Daily – Cities pushing back against preservation act
Anniston Star – Survivors celebrate during breast cancer awareness month with photo shoot
Anniston Star – Report card: Grading Alabama’s offense, defense, coaching in a win over Ole Miss
Anniston Star – Report card: Grading Auburn’s offense, defense, coaching in scare at Jordan-Hare
YellowHammer News – AUM pollster David Hughes: 75% of Alabama voters approve of Ivey mask mandate
YellowHammer News – State Superintendent of Education Mackey encourages city, county superintendents ‘to end’ Confucius Classrooms
YellowHammer News – Special unit to treat nursing home patients with COVID-19 opens in Alabama
Gadsden Times – Bids are in for four-laning U.S. 411 through Leesburg, ALDOT says
Gadsden Times – Second DeKalb educator faces sex charges; he’s twin brother of the first
Gadsden Times – Despite promising tip, groups’ search, there’s still no sign of Virginia Collier
Dothan Eagle – Answer Man: Why not mow instead of spray herbicide?
Dothan Eagle – Wiregrass cities anticipating trick-or-treaters Halloween night
Dothan Eagle – Wiregrass Fields of Faith set for Oct. 21 at Westgate
Opelika-Auburn News – 2020 Watch: Is it too late for Trump to turn things around?
Opelika-Auburn News – British Airways CEO replaced as company fights for survival
Opelika-Auburn News – Trump’s task: Resetting campaign that GOP fears is slipping
WSFA Montgomery – Local organizations bring awareness to domestic violence
WSFA Montgomery – New “Super Dog” sculpture unveiled at Rotary Park
WSFA Montgomery – Butler County deputy hit by car while directing traffic on I-65
WAFF Huntsville – COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 816 new cases on Sunday
WAFF Huntsville – Man working to overcome alcoholism at His Way shares story
WAFF Huntsville – UAB kicker gathers hundreds of supplies for hurricane victims
WKRG Mobile – Citronelle party leads to shooting with one person dead
WKRG Mobile – Car on fire I-10 westbound near Alabama-Mississippi state line
WKRG Mobile – Fraud Fighters: COVID-19 helping scammers target more seniors for social security fraud
WTVY Dothan – Rehobeth middle school closing Monday due to COVID-19
WTVY Dothan – Tourist dies in Florida amid rough storm current
WTVY Dothan – Alabama company making face masks for lawmakers in United States Capitol complex
WASHINGTON POST – Barrett Supreme Court hearing expected to focus on health care, with the pandemic looming over the proceeding
WASHINGTON POST – Another casualty of the coronavirus pandemic: Trust in government science
WASHINGTON POST – White House pivots again on stimulus negotiations after bipartisan backlash
NEW YORK TIMES – The Crowded, Competitive World of Anti-Trump G.O.P. Groups
NEW YORK TIMES – Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Hearings Begin Today. Here’s What to Watch For.
NEW YORK TIMES – Tommy Tuberville’s Financial Fumbles
WALL STREET JOURNAL – One of the Year’s Worst Short Bets Defies Scathing Reports and an SEC Investigation
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Lessons for the Next Pandemic—Act Very, Very Quickly
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Is Awarded to U.S. Academics for Invention of New Auction Formats



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