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Daily News Digest – October 18, 2019

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Good morning and Happy Friday!
Here’s your Daily News for October 18.


1. Trying to reason with hurricane season.

  • The National Hurricane Center expects a weather disturbance to become a tropical storm Friday as it moves toward Alabama and Florida on the northern Gulf Coast.
  • The disturbance, which would be named Nestor, should bring a wet weekend across much of the state.
  • A tropical storm warning is in effect from the Mississippi-Alabama line to Yankeetown, Florida, and from Grand Isle, Louisiana to the mouth of the Pearl River.
  • Forecasters expect blustery winds and heavy rain in parts of Alabama, Georgia and northern Florida, followed by the Carolinas and Virginia by Sunday.
  • Baldwin County Schools has cancelled all school-related activities today, including football games, amid the threat of tropical weather.
  • Read more and see the full forecast from James Spann HERE.


2. Municipalities announce agenda.

  • Leadership from the League of Municipalities said during a press event on Thursday that their main focus in the upcoming 2020 legislative session would be on retaining local authority for cities and towns across the state.
  • Greg Cochran, the League’s Deputy Director, said the group would be fighting against legislation that gives preemptions or exemptions on taxation, which he said impacts city budgets.
  • “Every year I would say 60% of the bills we engage in are preemption bills or exemption bills; bills that take local authority away,” Cochran said. “We play a lot of defense.”
  • One bill the League will be fighting is a 5G cellular infrastructure bill that Cochran says is too restrictive for municipalities in how they can protect their rights-of-way.
  • Cochran said that agreements with certain cities have already been made with wireless providers and they see 5G technology being an inevitable part of the state’s future, but the current legislation that would create a state-wide standard is taking away municipalities constitutional rights.
  • “5G will be rolled out to the citizens of this state, but we feel like this is a little more restrictive legislation that we would rather not get into,” Cochran said.
  • Sen. Arthur Orr sponsored the 5G small cell bill last year, and recently told Alabama Daily News he believed cities need to “be reasonable” in dealing with the emergence of the new technology.
  • “I see this as a public good, that the public is being denied in most places in Alabama and I’d like to see some kind of an agreement reached and this enhanced cellular service be offered all across the state,” Orr said at a recent meeting of the Small Cell Wireless Technology Committee.
  • Full story from ADN’s Caroline Beck HERE.



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3. Kamille McKinney still missing.

  • A person of interest in the abduction of a 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney has been released from jail after being arrested on unrelated charges.
  • 39-year-old Patrick Devone Stallworth bonded out of the Jefferson County Jail early Thursday. His bond was set at $500,000 on seven child pornography charges.
  • Stallworth and his girlfriend, 29-year-old Derrick Irisha Brown, were arrested Sunday after police released surveillance images of the SUV believed to be involved in abduction Saturday outside at a birthday party. Stallworth has not been charged with any crime in connection with the child’s disappearance.
  • Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith went on television Wednesday to plead directly to those who have the girl or have information about her whereabouts.
  • “If you have her and you don’t know what to do, I want to talk to you… I want to give you safe passage. Please bring her to one of our fire stations, police stations, a hospital. If you don’t know what to do or where to go and you’re frightened, we’re here to help you. Our goal is to reunite this 3-year-old baby with her family,” he said.
  • Meanwhile, WIAT-TV reports the Jefferson County Commission has approved $8,000 to be added to the $20,000 CrimeStoppers reward for information in the case. With the addition of a $5,000 reward from Gov. Kay Ivey’s office, the rewards total $33,000.
  • Full story HERE.


4. Will Whatley: On impeachment, factors beyond Ukraine in play.

  • Will Whatley is back this week with a column analyzing the various factors at play with President Donald Trump and House Democrats’ march toward impeachment.
  • While the substance of the inquiry appears to be the circumstances of the Ukraine situation, factors unrelated to that could actually play a big role in determining if impeachment actually has any legs, he writes.
  • Even though they aren’t related to impeachment, the president’s actions on Turkey and the Kurds, his tax returns, and the decision to host the G7 Summit at his Florida resort complicate matters by threatening to undermine the staunch support of loyal Republicans.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“At first, the allegations seemed to catch the GOP flat-footed. However, they’ve quickly regrouped and gone on the offensive. From attacking the whistleblower and claiming political bias to allegations of a deep state conspiracy, Republican senators are standing firm with Trump. Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) told “Fox & Friends” in a recent appearance that Republican senators wouldn’t vote to remove the president because they “do not believe the transcript of the phone call” meets the threshold of an impeachable offense. In other words, even if what is being alleged is proven to be true and even if the House votes to impeach, Trump is unlikely to be removed from office because most Republican senators won’t vote to convict…
“And while Trump and nearly all Republicans are steadfastly defending the president’s actions, other misgivings and questionable decisions are undoubtedly complicating the situation for him and his supporters.”
  • Read Will’s full column HERE.



5. News Briefs.

Trump hails Syria cease-fire
  • ANKARA, Turkey (AP) — President Donald Trump framed the U.S.-brokered cease-fire deal with Turkey as “a great day for civilization,” but its effect was largely to mitigate a foreign policy crisis widely seen to be of his own making.
  • After hours of negotiation in Ankara, the two nations Thursday agreed to a five-day cease-fire in the Turks’ deadly attacks on Kurdish fighters in northern Syria, but some fighting continued early Friday in a northeast Syrian border town. The Kurds were U.S. allies in the fight against the Islamic State group but came under assault after Trump ordered U.S. troops to leave the area earlier this month.
  • The agreement requires the Kurds to vacate a swath of territory in Syria along the Turkish border in an arrangement that largely solidifies Turkey’s position and aims in the weeklong conflict.
  • Vice President Mike Pence, who reached the deal with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, hailed the agreement as the way to end the bloodshed caused by Turkey’s invasion.
  • But he remained silent on whether it amounted to a second abandonment of America’s former Kurdish allies, many of whom are branded as terrorists by Ankara. The deal includes a conditional halt to American economic sanctions and no apparent long-term consequences for Turkey for its actions.
  • Full story HERE.
Ex-sheriff gets probation in tax case
  • HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former Alabama sheriff will avoid going to prison after pleading guilty to failing to file tax returns.
  • News outlets report a federal magistrate sentenced former Morgan County Sheriff Ana Franklin to two years on probation during a hearing in Huntsville on Thursday.
  • The 55-year-old Franklin also must perform 300 hours of community service.
  • Franklin faced a maximum sentence of six months in prison for failing to file tax returns for 2015. That same year she had taken $160,000 from a jail food account and provided it to a car lot.
  • Franklin and her lawyer had argued the money was a loan, but a judge concluded it was personal income.
  • Franklin didn’t seek re-election to a third term last year. She told reporters the episode is behind her now.
Grand jury to see capital murder case
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — A grand jury is set to see the capital murder case of an 18-year-old Alabama man accused of killing a 78-year-old man this summer.
  • reports the Eric Kindred’s case on Wednesday was ordered to the grand jury for an indictment consideration. Kindred, of Birmingham, is accused of killing Louis Zicarelli in August.
  • Birmingham police say Zicarelli answered a knock at his door one night that month and was shot to death. His wife was home, but wasn’t harmed in the attack. Police say Kindred had burglarized the Zicarelli home earlier that same day and stole Zicarelli’s car.
  • Police say the two men lived in the same neighborhood. The same street was the scene of a double slaying in 2017.
  • Kindred remains in custody with a $450,000 bond.
Car driver killed in crash involving school bus
  • TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — A crash involving a school bus killed a Tuscaloosa man who was driving a car but didn’t injure any students.
  • News outlets report that the accident involving a Tuscaloosa city school bus happened Thursday morning on Alabama 69.
  • The Tuscaloosa News reports the driver of the car, 53-year-old Michael Conner, was fatally injured. But no children aboard the bus were hurt.
  • Photos and video from the scene show a car with severe damage to its front end near the rear of a yellow school bus. Ambulances and fire trucks are nearby.



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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump hails Syria cease-fire
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Wet weekend: Tropical storm warnings for US Gulf Coast
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – The latest: Person of interest in girl’s abduction freed on bond
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Will Whatley: On impeachment, factors beyond Ukraine in play
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Carl leading in 1st Congressional District fundraising
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Coleman leads Q3 fundraising for AL-2
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Boeing selected to continue NASA moon mission
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Katie Boyd Britt: Alabama’s competitive edge in the new economy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘See you at the polls’: Trump and Pelosi have it out
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State releases copy of execution procedures
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 17, 2019
AL.COM  – Doug Jones joins bipartisan group of senators in urging Trump to rethink Syria policy
AL.COM  – NASA tells Boeing to build more Space Launch System rockets
AL.COM  – 1000 days of Trump in one of Alabama’s bluest and poorest counties
AL.COM  – National Period Day calls to end tampon tax in Alabama
AL.COM  – Former Alabama sheriff sentenced to probation in federal tax case
AL.COM  – This is how Alabama executes inmates: Court releases details on drugs, process
AL.COM  – Alabama companies help Raytheon win military contract potentially worth $5B
AL.COM  – Doug Jones, Richard Shelby and Kay Ivey: Latest approval ratings
Montgomery Advertiser – Beto O’Rourke to campaign in Montgomery on Friday. Here’s what you need to know
Montgomery Advertiser – Lakeith Smith, who got 65 years in accomplice law killing case, has sentence reduced
Montgomery Advertiser – Two suspects sought in August vehicle arson case
YellowHammer News – Here’s what Alabama’s congressional incumbents have in their war chests after Q3
YellowHammer News – Tommy Tuberville sides with Mo Brooks, Bradley Byrne in opposition to Congress’ anti-Trump-Northern Syria resolution
YellowHammer News – Huntsville-managed SLS program gets major boost; 2024 Moon mission closer to realization
Dothan Eagle – Ben E. Keith distribution center breaks ground in New Brockton
Dothan Eagle – Girlfriend says she was shooting at a raccoon when boyfriend got shot – police disagree
Dothan Eagle – Vols’ Pruitt has appreciation for Alabama’s defense, DC Golding
Tuscaloosa News – Jury returns not guilty verdict in 2017 murder case
Tuscaloosa News – Ex-Sulligent police officer to serve 15 years in sex abuse case
Tuscaloosa News – Bama Against Bullying inspires kids with arts and education
Decatur Daily – Flu activity prompts health officials to stress vaccine, preventive measures
Decatur Daily – 2 new restaurants planned in Moulton, but downtown square struggles after fire
Decatur Daily – Detectives across US grill serial killer, close cold cases
Times Daily – American Cancer Society bringing big show for Singing River Social 2
Times Daily – Rocktoberfest seeks to celebrate, encourage local music talent
Times Daily – Rogersville clean-up days this weekend
Gadsden Times – Caller alerts police to domestic incident
Gadsden Times – Snead State adds greenhouse for agricultural classes
Gadsden Times – Gadsden City High hosts annual job fair
Anniston Star – Local law enforcement, courts get more than $1.2 million in federal grant money
Anniston Star – Oxford man charged with threats against Anniston councilman
Anniston Star – Many don’t know about toxic-fish warnings in local rivers, activists say
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 – Little Big Horn set for Saturday
Andalusia Star News – Automotive manufacturing careers promoted with $180K in scholarships available for those who train at community colleges
Andalusia Star News – Dixon Foundation grant puts ballet project at goal
Opelika-Auburn News – Tipoff at Toomer’s: Downtown Auburn shuts down to celebrate basketball with event first of its kind
Opelika-Auburn News – Vols’ Pruitt has appreciation for Alabama’s defense, DC Golding
Opelika-Auburn News – Rep. Elijah Cummings, powerful chairman of committee investigating Trump, dies at 68
Daily Mountain Eagle – Update on Five Below in Jasper
Daily Mountain Eagle – Sumiton seeks to make sewer improvements on Main Street
Daily Mountain Eagle – Stephens to pursue funding to repair bridge
Trussville Tribune – Man charged with capital murder in Center Point slaying
Trussville Tribune – Birmingham Police investigating after finding man dead in roadway
Trussville Tribune – VIDEO: Trussville mayor talks widening of Hwy 11 and 2040 plan at Chamber luncheon
Athens News Courier – COUNTY SCHOOLS: New tool provides ‘glimpse’ at program benefits
Athens News Courier – Alabama student’s family awarded $9M in wrongful death suit
Athens News Courier – Former Morgan Co. sheriff sentenced for failure to file tax return
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 – Where is Kamille McKinney? Search for kidnapped toddler continues
WSFA Montgomery – Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke coming to Montgomery
WSFA Montgomery – Educators encourage high school students to attend trade schools
Fox 6 Birmingham – New drought monitor shows dry conditions persist
Fox 6 Birmingham – East Alabama law enforcement agencies receive federal grants
Fox 6 Birmingham – The Price is right for UAB OL Colby Ragland
WAFF Huntsville – Dozens of cars burglarized in south Huntsville
WAFF Huntsville – Jackson County drought worsens in new monitor released
WAFF Huntsville – Got a big head? How it could increase your risk for breast cancer
WKRG Mobile – Tropical Storm warning cancellations
WKRG Mobile – THE LATEST: 5 days since the kidnapping of 3-year-old Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney
WKRG Mobile – Summerdale PD searching for wanted man who ran from scene
WTVY Dothan – Bay County Officials make plans to prepare for approaching storm
WTVY Dothan – Dothan Police respond to bizarre shooting off Flowers Chapel Road
WTVY Dothan – Presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke coming to Montgomery
WASHINGTON POST  – ‘Get over it’: Mulvaney’s twin admissions put Trump at the center of emoluments and Ukraine controversies
WASHINGTON POST  – Trump has awarded next year’s G-7 summit of world leaders to his Miami-area resort, the White House said
WASHINGTON POST  – As vaping-linked deaths rise to 33, officials are still seeking answers
WASHINGTON POST  – Opioid crisis cost U.S. economy at least $631 billion, study finds
NEW YORK TIMES  – Perry to Resign as Energy Secretary

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