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Daily News Digest – October 22, 2019

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Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, October 22.


1. ‘Sweet Grown Alabama’ now accepting applications.

  • The state’s new agricultural branding program – “Sweet Grown Alabama” – is now accepting membership applications from growers.
  • The new initiative is intended to enhance marketing opportunities for Alabama farmers and their products. Growers can apply to have their products carry the “Sweet Grown Alabama” logo and be placed in an online searchable database of state agricultural products.
  • State Agriculture Commissioner Rick Pate and fellow program board members Jimmy Parnell, president of the Alabama Farmers Federation and Alfa Insurance Companies; and Horace Horn, vice president of economic development for PowerSouth Energy Cooperative, travelled the state Monday to announce the new program opportunities.
  • “Gaining members is the first step in a cycle to bring fresh, local, high-quality products to Alabama consumers,” Pate said. “We need farmers to brand their products so we can promote them to consumers.”
  • Read more HERE.


2. Trump: GOP should ‘get tougher’ in impeachment fight.

  • President Donald Trump called on fellow Republicans to “get tougher and fight” against the quickly moving House impeachment inquiry.
  • The House GOP did just that Monday, moving a bid to censure Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff, a leader of the impeachment inquiry.
  • Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., sponsored the resolution, which criticizes the way Schiff is conducting the investigation. Biggs and other Republicans say Schiff misled voters when he “manufactured a false retelling” of a conversation between Trump and Zelenskiy at a committee hearing last month. Schiff has said his words were meant as a parody.
  • “Chairman Schiff deliberately misled the American people during a high-profile hearing last month, and he has persistently used his perch on a vital committee to spread falsehoods about President Trump,” Biggs said.
  • Democrats successfully blocked that motion in a 218-185 party line vote.
  • Trump, meanwhile, said some GOP lawmakers “are great fighters. But they have to get tougher and fight because the Democrats are trying to hurt the Republican Party for the (2020) election.”
  • Read more HERE.





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3. Just what they wanted: Dem primary becomes about Hillary.

  • As they jockey to position themselves to become the party’s nominee, Democratic presidential contenders are having to deal with the inconvenient presence of the previous nominee.
  • Hillary Clinton lately has played a more prominent public role than most former party nominees, putting some campaigns in an awkward spot.
  • The latest dustup happened when Clinton suggested that Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard is a Russian asset being groomed by Moscow to play spoiler in the 2020 election as a third party candidate.
  • That prompted many of the candidates to defend their fellow candidate, while also paying appropriate homage to Clinton.
  • Gabbard herself pounced on Clinton’s comments “the queen of warmongers … and personification of the rot that has sickened the Democratic Party for so long.”
  • Yet, she’s also raising a lot of money for the Democratic National Committee as a fundraising headliner.
  • So is Clinton’s reemergence a positive or negative for Democrats?
  • Bill Barrow’s story from the campaign trail HERE.


4. Jessica Taylor on Fox & Friends: ‘join our conservative squad’

  • After announcing her candidacy for Congress on Monday, Prattville businesswoman Jessica Taylor earned a prominent national television appearance Tuesday morning.
  • Appearing on “Fox & Friends,” Taylor touted herself as a small town native who had grown up to become an attorney and run a successful business. She said represents a “new generation” ready to form a “conservative squad” to take on liberal Democrats led by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY.
  • Asked by host Brian Kilmeade if she was concerned about the “growing” influence of socialism within the Democratic Party, Taylor said “absolutely.”
  • “We need somebody to convince my generation that more government is not the answer. More government is the problem.”
  • See the full interview HERE.


5. News Briefs.


Search fails to turn up missing 3-year-old Kamille McKinney
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Another search has failed to turn up signs of a 3-year-old Alabama girl who’s been missing more than a week.
  • Media outlets report that volunteers joined police, rescue workers, firefighters and others on Sunday searching for Kamille “Cupcake” McKinney in an area east of Birmingham.
  • But the search didn’t produce the results officials were hoping for, and authorities haven’t announced additional searches.
  • McKinney has been missing since Oct. 12, when she disappeared from a public housing project in Birmingham where a birthday party was being held.
  • Police arrested two potential persons of interest and are looking for at least one more, but they say they don’t know where the child might be.
  • An amber alert issue for the girl has been extended to neighboring states.
Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama city council has approved an ordinance prohibiting smoking in a 100-block zone around schools and health facilities.
  • The Birmingham City Council unanimously approved the rule last week. It’ll go into effect on Dec. 1.
  • The ordinance says the no-smoking zone will be called the “health district” and will cover the University of Alabama at Birmingham, Children’s Hospital and Veteran’s Administration Medical Center.
  • The council banned smoking in most places in 2012 and gave violators a fine.
  • Council President Valerie Abbott says she’s worried about enforcing the ordinance but Health Officer and CEO of the Jefferson County Department of Health Mark Wilson says a few “gentle reminders” will be enough.
  • The ordinance doesn’t include vaping; Wilson says he hopes the council will amend the ordinance in the future.
Alabama student pleads not guilty to LSU bomb threat
  • BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — A University of Alabama student has pleaded not guilty to calling in a bomb threat to Louisiana State University’s stadium during a football game.
  • The Advocate reports 19-year-old Connor Bruce Croll, of Crozet, Virginia, pleaded not guilty Monday. He was charged Friday with communicating false information, a felony with a max 20-year sentence.
  • Booking records says Baton Rouge police received a call during the game between LSU and the University of Florida stating there was a bomb at Tiger Stadium.
  • Records say the call was traced back to Croll and he was arrested by University of Alabama police.
  • Police say Croll acknowledged making the threat in an attempt to interrupt the game because a friend was in danger of losing a “large bet.”
  • Croll’s next court appearance is in January.
Officials investigate cause of plane crash in rural Alabama
  • ANNISTON, Ala. (AP) — Investigators are trying to determine what caused a small plane to crash in rural Alabama, killing the pilot.
  • WBRC-TV reports the Calhoun County coroner’s office has identified the pilot as 70-year-old Harvell Jackson Walker, of Fayetteville, Georgia.
  • Officials found the crashed plane and Walker’s body after two searches.
  • County Sheriff Matthew Wade says his office received a call from an Air Force base in Florida on Sunday night, when their search and rescue team reported losing a plane on radar.
  • Air Force coordinates and a family member who could track Walker’s phone pinpointed the area where officials found the crashed plane on private property.
  • Investigators with the Federal Aviation Administration and the National Transportation Safety Board looked through the wreckage Monday, trying to find a cause of the crash.
Alabama man pleads guilty to manslaughter in party shooting
  • DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) — A 20-year-old Alabama man accused of shooting a friend to death at a pool party last year has pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
  • The Dothan Eagle reports Fisher Corbin Shipes entered his plea Monday. A Houston County grand jury indicted him in September 2018 in the death of 19-year-old Christian Mullins.
  • Dothan police have said they responded to a home in May 2018 and found Mullins suffering from a shotgun wound to his torso. A friend of Mullins first told police he was shot by an unknown assailant. But police said they discovered that story was false and later accused Shipes of firing at Mullins from across the room “while consuming an alcoholic beverage.”
  • Dothan Police Investigator Curtis Stephens said Shipes believed the shotgun was unloaded.
  • Sentencing is scheduled for January.
Grocery store shooting
  • MADISON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say they are looking for a suspect following a shooting that left one person dead outside an Alabama grocery store.
  • Police in the Huntsville suburb of Madison say a person found wounded at a Kroger store on Sunday afternoon died later at a hospital.
  • Officials haven’t identified the victim, but Madison police Capt. John Stringer tells news outlets that investigators are looking for a male suspect.
  • The store remained opened, and police say there isn’t any danger to the public.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump urges GOP to ‘get tougher and fight’ impeachment
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – ‘Sweet Grown Alabama’ now accepting applications
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Democrats’ 2020 race has a new shadow: Hillary Clinton
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jessica Taylor on Fox & Friends: ‘join our conservative squad’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Search fails to turn up missing 3-year-old Alabama girl
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – For prison problems, past is prologue
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Jessica Taylor announces run for Congress in AL-2
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AP Top 25: Ohio State jumps Clemson; 5 SEC teams in Top 10
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 21, 2019
AL.COM  – Prattville businesswoman, Jessica Taylor, announces candidacy in Alabama’s 2nd congressional race
AL.COM  – Sen Doug Jones tells unions he’ll work to protect pensions, displaced workers
AL.COM  – Decatur restricting ‘large and dangerous’ funeral processions
AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: As Joe Reed, Doug Jones continue battle, Alabama Dem’s family feud must end
AL.COM  – What Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey earns and how it compares to other governors
Montgomery Advertiser – Tracy Larkin remains City Council seat winner by 6 votes after Marche Johnson pays for recount
Montgomery Advertiser – Raquel Whitehead returns to lead Montgomery Ballet school
Montgomery Advertiser – Salvation Army land sale remains sticking point in whitewater park negotiations
YellowHammer News – Alabama team kicks off SEUS Japan 42 amid rising Japanese investment
YellowHammer News – Rogers: ‘I will continue to stand with President Trump and fight against this partisan nonsense’
YellowHammer News – Doug Jones: Biden does not have ‘senior moments’ — Just ‘Joe Biden moments’
Dothan Eagle – City of Dothan launches search for first assistant city manager
Dothan Eagle – Daleville Police Officer arrested after altercation with Dothan police
Dothan Eagle – Answer Man: What does a person with an internal or external medical device do about security check at the Houston County administration building?
Tuscaloosa News – 6,000 pounds of pork and turkey sausage recalled
Tuscaloosa News – Northport to use savings for downtown streetscaping project
Tuscaloosa News – Alabama city approves massive no-smoking zone
Decatur Daily – Graduation rates up in 4 Decatur area school systems
Decatur Daily – Limestone commissioner doesn’t get support for road funding plan
Decatur Daily – Councilman: New vote is only way to end city government controversy
Times Daily – Leighton police chase, crash, remains under investigation
Times Daily – Woman charged in wreck that injures 4
Times Daily – Lauderdale County ranks high in Alabama for small business owners
Gadsden Times – Tornado slams Dallas; tree falls on Arkansas home, killing 1
Gadsden Times – Woman ejected, injured in single-vehicle crash
Gadsden Times – Attalla schools see improved scores on annual report card
Anniston Star – Officials plan bike paths to connect with proposed Ladiga Trail extension
Anniston Star – Police: Men help move stranded man’s car before attacking him
Anniston Star – One killed in Sunday night plane crash
Opelika-Auburn News – 16-year-old murder suspect ‘harbored animosity’ says affidavit
Opelika-Auburn News – Reward increases for information about Opelika Baby Jane Doe
Opelika-Auburn News – Police search for person of interest after brother, sister found shot to death in Notasulga
Daily Mountain Eagle – WCCT aviation program continues growth
Daily Mountain Eagle – EPA awards grant to help build outdoor economy in Jasper
Daily Mountain Eagle – Event raises awareness for polio fight
Trussville Tribune – Center Point Fire District goes pink for Breast Cancer Awareness
Trussville Tribune – Police: Alabama man sought in slayings could be in Georgia
Trussville Tribune – Arrests made in Sylacauga and Ashland after shooting death in Lineville
Athens News Courier – LCSO LAWSUIT: More time sought for discovery
Athens News Courier – Rare southern bird on verge of making a comeback
Athens News Courier – After delay, New Orleans to demolish cranes at hotel site
Sand Mountain Reporter – 47th annual Gerhart Music Festival kicks off Thursday
Sand Mountain Reporter – Talking Business with Royce Ogle
Sand Mountain Reporter – MCPALS issues apology for early closing on Shred Day
WSFA Montgomery – East Alabama community mourns loss of beloved EAMC employee
WSFA Montgomery – Longtime Montgomery County Administrator retiring
WSFA Montgomery – State report card shows slight improvements in Ala. schools
Fox 6 Birmingham – Off-duty officer struck by alleged drunk driver
Fox 6 Birmingham – FIRST ALERT: Sunshine returns on Tuesday, with a big drop in temperatures by early Wednesday
Fox 6 Birmingham – Two dead, one injured after shooting incident in Cullman Co.
WAFF Huntsville – SPECIAL REPORT: A look at downtown Moulton 6 months after historic fire
WAFF Huntsville – Humphrey’s Bar & Grill fully operational again following fire
WAFF Huntsville – Burglar hits Huntsville MetroPCS store
WKRG Mobile – Charges expected in custody exchange shoot-out
WKRG Mobile – Daphne City Council votes to close recycling drop-off
WKRG Mobile – Mobile PD to serve as collection site for drug Take Back Day
WTVY Dothan – Police won’t rule out other sexual assault charges against firefighter
WTVY Dothan – Westgate Park Aquatics gets new rescue dummy
WTVY Dothan – Man who accidentally shot teenage friend pleads guilty
WASHINGTON POST  – ‘Get tougher’: Trump slams Democrats and chides Republicans as allies criticize his erratic impeachment response
NEW YORK TIMES  – New Illinois Abortion Clinic Anticipates Post-Roe World
NEW YORK TIMES  – What Our Poll Shows About Impeachment Views in 6 Swing States

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