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Daily News Digest – October 17, 2019

Presented by The Prosper Group.

Good morning!
Congrats to the Troy Trojans for their win last night in the “Battle for the Belt” versus South Alabama.
Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, October 17.



1. Wild day in Washington.

  • He said she’s a “third-grade” politician. She said he’s having a meltdown.
  • With those words, President Donald Trump and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi chalked up the latest explosive meeting that ended abruptly with a walkout at the White House.
  • It’s a familiar ritual, with Trump and congressional leaders meeting on official business, only to see the session devolve into colorful, name-calling commentary that’s a new kind of addition to the history books.
  • The administration called in congressional leadership to discuss the situation in Syria. Trump’s action has opened the door for a Turkish military attack on Syrian Kurds who have been aligned with the U.S. in fighting the country’s long-running war.
  • After the meeting, Trump tweeted the above picture saying “Nervous Nancy’s unhinged meltdown!”
  • The House on Wednesday voted, 354-60, to overwhelmingly oppose the president’s announced U.S. troop withdrawal from Syria, a rare bipartisan rebuke.
  • Five of Alabama’s seven members of Congress voted in favor of the resolution, including Reps. Martha Roby, Mike Rogers, Robert Aderholt, Gary Palmer and Terri Sewell.
  • Reps. Bradley Byrne and Mo Brooks voted against the resolution.
  • Meanwhile, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived this morning in Turkey where they will attempt to achieve a ceasefire in the conflict with the Kurds in Syria.
  • Turkish President Recep Erdogan indicated he wouldn’t meet with the delegation and said he threw a warning letter from President Trump in the trash.
  • Read more, including some of the back-and-forth from the White House meeting, HERE.



2. More Q3 fundraising numbers.

  • The late Summer months are not the best time for political fundraising. So, it has been interesting to see the quarterly numbers come in from Alabama’s competitive contests for U.S. Senate and Congress.
  • Yesterday, we reported the Senate numbers. I actually failed to account for some money U.S. Sen. Doug Jones received via committee transfers, so that updated chart is HERE.
  • Today, we have the numbers for the competitive House seats.
  • In AL-1, Mobile County Commissioner Jerry Carl leads the pack with $255,866 brought in for Q3 and now has $741,307 cash on hand. That puts Carl in the catbird seat financially, and could also put a target on his back in this competitive race. See the full AL-1 fundraising report HERE.
  • In AL-2, Dothan businessman Jeff Coleman easily outpaced other candidates raising $468,001 and chipping in another $500,000 of his own money. That puts Coleman at almost $1 million, which will buy a lot of TV, radio, mail and digital over the next five months.
  • See the full AL-2 fundraising report HERE.





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3. Search continues.

  • Authorities searching for missing 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney say a search of a Birmingham apartment complex did not turn up signs of the child.
  • Multiple police officers descended on a small apartment development Wednesday morning in Birmingham less than 10 miles from where the child was last seen Saturday at a birthday party.
  • A police spokesman, Sgt. Johnny Williams, says officers were acting on a tip. But he says police searched every apartment and vehicle in the complex and didn’t find the child.
  • Authorities say the girl was snatched away from a birthday party outside a housing project Saturday night.
  • Inaccurate media reports that the child had been found flooded social media Wednesday afternoon before police clarified that such reports were incorrect.
  • The reward for information leading to the child’s safe return and the apprehension of her kidnappers is now up to $25,000, including $5,000 from the Governor’s Office and $20,000 from Crime Stoppers.
  • Anyone with information about where the child could be is asked to contact Crime Stoppers at 205-254-7777 or call Birmingham police.
  • Read more HERE.



4. Boeing selected to continue NASA moon mission.

  • NASA announced Wednesday it would contract with Boeing to build the Space Launch System Artemis III that will take humans back to the moon and set the stage for longer range manned space missions, including to Mars.
  • The SLS is managed at the Marshal Space Flight Center in Huntsville.
  • Boeing had already been working on the Artemis I and Artemis II mission core stages, and NASA’s decision ensures the company will continue its SLS work for the next decade. The full contract is expected to support up to 10 core stages and up to eight Exploration Upper Stages (EUS).
  • “These initial steps allow NASA to start building the core stage that will launch the next astronauts to set foot on the lunar surface and build the powerful exploration upper stage that will expand the possibilities for Artemis missions by sending hardware and cargo along with humans or even heavier cargo needed to explore the Moon or Mars,” said NASA Administrator Jim Bredenstine.
  • “We greatly appreciate the confidence NASA has placed in Boeing to deliver this deep space rocket and their endorsement of our team’s approach to meeting this unprecedented technological and manufacturing challenge in support of NASA’s Artemis program,” said Jim Chilton, senior vice president of Boeing’s Space and Launch division.
  • Read more HERE.


5. Corrections releases execution protocol.

  • The Alabama Department of Corrections on Wednesday released its death row execution method after being ordered to by a federal judge.
  • The judge’s order allowed the state to redact some of the information – like the source of the drugs used and the names of officers – for security reasons.
  • The state called off death row inmate Doyle Lee Hamm’s execution last year after multiple failed attempts to insert a needle into his veins.
  • The Associated Press, The Montgomery Advertiser and the Alabama Media Group had asked the court last year to unseal the protocol and other records.
  • Alabama has also authorized execution with nitrogen gas, but has not announced the development of a protocol for using gas to carry out a death sentence.
  • Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.





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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Longtime Congressman Elijah Cummings has died
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Carl leading in 1st Congressional District fundraising
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Coleman leads Q3 fundraising for AL-2
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Katie Boyd Britt: Alabama’s competitive edge in the new economy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State releases copy of execution procedures
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – The Latest: Reward increases for missing Alabama girl
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Boeing selected to continue NASA moon mission
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate candidates report fundraising numbers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 16, 2019
AL.COM  – Expensive childcare keeps Alabama mothers out of higher-paying jobs.
AL.COM  – Alabama Senate campaign funds: Jones has most; Byrne leads GOP field
AL.COM  – Fake bullet wound painted on second-grader angers mom
AL.COM  – Byrne, Brooks only Alabama lawmakers backing Trump’s Syria withdrawal
AL.COM  – Columnist John Archibald: Alabama Congressional Delegation did the unthinkable
AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: To the ‘someone’ who knows of Cupcake’s whereabouts
AL.COM  – When food service means food stamps: the overlooked workers of Bama Dining
Montgomery Advertiser – Doug Jones leads third-quarter fundraising in U.S. Senate race
Montgomery Advertiser – State report card: Montgomery public schools receive a ‘C’; 18 improve letter grades
Montgomery Advertiser – Do you give to panhandlers? It could be punishable with jail time in Montgomery
YellowHammer News – Mo Brooks introduces resolution demanding impeachment work available to public
YellowHammer News – Doug Jones raises 77% from out-of-state in third quarter of 2019
Dothan Eagle – Police search of apartments fails to locate missing girl
Dothan Eagle – One charged, one suspect at large in ATV theft
Dothan Eagle – Dothan City Commissioners postpone decision on expansion of alcohol sales at restaurants
Tuscaloosa News – Birmingham chief urges whoever took Kamille McKinney to return her
Tuscaloosa News – Murder suspect changed story, Tuscaloosa investigator says
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa County sets speed limit on rural roads
Decatur Daily – Flu activity prompts health officials to stress vaccine, preventive measures
Decatur Daily – Ascend competing for possible expansion
Decatur Daily – Drug probe with Lawrence, Morgan ties: 36 arrests, 74 pounds of ‘ice’ and 46 grams of ‘crack’
Times Daily – UNA awarded $1.1M grant for workforce development
Times Daily – Renovated Rockpile reopens after flooding
Times Daily – Project would end use of coal at Ascend Performance Materials
Gadsden Times – Three ‘persons of interest’ arrested in connection with Rhodes case
Gadsden Times – Gadsden man charged in traffic homicide case
Gadsden Times – Search of apartments for missing girl comes up empty
Anniston Star – Jacksonville police investigating gas station robbery
Anniston Star – Attorneys argue whether parole should be granted to 1998 killer of Hardee’s manager
Anniston Star – Weaver man at fringes of Trump tweetstorm
Troy Messenger – Weihenmayer inspires Trojans to break barriers
Troy Messenger – JCA to host reception for Humphreys tonight
Troy Messenger – Reeves to seek third mayoral term
Andalusia Star News – Automotive manufacturing careers promoted with $180K in scholarships available for those who train at community colleges
Andalusia Star News – Little Big Horn set for Saturday
Andalusia Star News – Dixon Foundation grant puts ballet project at goal
Opelika-Auburn News – The Latest: Reward increases for missing Alabama girl
Opelika-Auburn News – Rep. Elijah Cummings, powerful chairman of committee investigating Trump, has died
Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika council gives approval to mobile health clinic
Daily Mountain Eagle – Sumiton seeks to make sewer improvements on Main Street
Daily Mountain Eagle – Seven drug arrests made
Daily Mountain Eagle – Herron concerned Carbon Hill headed for bankruptcy
Trussville Tribune – VIDEO: Birmingham authorities ask for only accurate information to be shared in case of missing child
Trussville Tribune – Alabama releases copy of execution procedures
Trussville Tribune – CRIME STOPPERS: 20-year-old Bessemer man wanted on murder charge
Athens News Courier – Commissioners’ discussion over road funding turns testy
Athens News Courier – Jones Drug Co. warns of possible scam
Athens News Courier – Utility Leaders Address The Importance Of Private Broadband For Grid Modernization At First UBBA Summit
Sand Mountain Reporter – Marshall County BOE purchases 21 buses
Sand Mountain Reporter – Marshall County Legislators donate $1,950 to BPD
Sand Mountain Reporter – Legal fees surpass $80K in Guntersville harbor, RV lawsuits
WSFA Montgomery – Major delays after crash with fatality, I-65 NB near Fairview Ave.
WSFA Montgomery – Where is Kamille McKinney? Search for kidnapped toddler enters 5th day
WSFA Montgomery – Thousands of acres of hemp legally planted in Ala.
Fox 6 Birmingham – FIRST ALERT: Odds increasing for tropical depression to form in Gulf
Fox 6 Birmingham – Mother, boyfriend kidnap her two children from grandmother’s care at gunpoint in Copiah Co.
Fox 6 Birmingham – Community supporting law enforcement as search for kidnapped toddler continues
WAFF Huntsville – 2 displaced after overnight house fire on Woodview Drive in Huntsville
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville police find hit-and-run vehicle that critically injured pedestrian
WAFF Huntsville – Chilly start with a cool, sunny afternoon ahead
WKRG Mobile – Tracking the Disturbance in southern Gulf
WKRG Mobile – BREAKING: US Rep. Elijah Cummings has died
WKRG Mobile – MPD release crime numbers for Knollwood Apartments following shooting
WTVY Dothan – Farley Nuclear Plant funds a wave of new robots for Headland Middle School
WTVY Dothan – Troy student collects hurricane relief items for native country
WTVY Dothan – Erik Weihenmayer’s message is “No Barriers!”
WASHINGTON POST  – McConnell tells Senate Republicans to be ready for impeachment trial of Trump
WASHINGTON POST  – Gordon Sondland, Trump envoy and key figure in impeachment probe, faces criticism over $1 million taxpayer-funded home renovation
WASHINGTON POST  – Are jobs lost due to ‘bad trade policy’ or automation?
WASHINGTON POST  – Teen suicides are increasing at an alarming pace, outstripping all other age groups, a new report says
WASHINGTON POST  – Americans already pay a ‘gigantic’ hidden health-care tax, economists say
NEW YORK TIMES  – Trump’s Impeachment Blockade Crumbles as Witnesses Agree to Talk
NEW YORK TIMES  – Drug Giants Close In on a $50 Billion Settlement of Opioid Cases

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