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Daily News Digest – October 24, 2018


Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, October 24.

1. School bus crash.

  • A woman is dead and 11 are injured after a school bus carrying football teams crashed in Talladega County last night.
  • The bus was carrying Hadley High School and Hadley Middle School football players back from a game in Roanoke when a truck came across the median, went airborne, and hit the bus’ front end.
  • That’s what football coach Larry Strain told’s Anna Beahm.
  • WTVM has some footage from soon after the crash that shows the mangled wreckage.

2. $200 million.

  • The assessments are in. Hurricane Michael caused more than $20o million in agricultural damage in Alabama.
  • Cotton farmers suffered the greatest losses, but the storm affected almost every agricultural sector, from row crops, livestock, poultry and timber as well as fruit and vegetable production, particularly tomatoes.
  • That’s according to Auburn University’s Alabama Cooperative Extension System.
  • Cotton farmers alone will lose $120 million. Timber took a hit of more than $32 million and there’s at least $21 million worth of damage to infrastructure.
  • Farmers who have crop insurance will have a leg up, but even that won’t cover all the costs.
  • Read more from Lance Griffin in The Dothan Eagle.


A Message from The Alabama Petroleum Council

  • The United States is the global leader in production and refining of natural gas and oil. It’s an American energy revolution that impacts all 50 states – including Alabama.
  • Alabama ranked 18th in oil production in 2016, 16th in natural gas output that same year and natural gas continues to be the leading source of electricity generation in the state.
  • The Alabama Petroleum Council exists to support policies that maintain this national energy resurgence – benefiting consumers and producing good-paying Alabama jobs.
  • Stay connected to the Alabama Petroleum Council via Twitter.

3. Gilbert, Roberson sentenced.

  • Former Balch & Bingham attorney Joel Gilbert and Drummond Vice President David Roberson were sentenced by Judge Abdul Kallon in federal court Tuesday.
  • Gilbert received five years in prison, two years supervised release, and a $25,000 fine.
  • Roberson received two-and-a-half years in prison, one year supervised release, and a $25,000 fine.
  • Ivana Hrynkiw’s story from the courtroom is worth a read to get an idea of what was said during sentencing hearings and how it affected the outcome.
  • For instance, Gilbert apologized to the court, his family, and to Roberson, who was his client. He also reiterated that there was no hazardous threat to Tarrant.
  • And the judge was clearly convinced that Roberson was less culpable in the crimes and moved by his personal story.
Food for thought
  • J. Pepper Bryars has some thoughts about all this. Pepper is now with the Alabama Policy Institute and he’s been keeping an eye on the trial.
  • Not every story is a Shakespearean play, he writes, and not all corruption comes down to “good guys” and “bad guys.”
  • Give his op-ed a read HERE.

4. Skip Tucker: Oliver Cromwell and MSNBC.

  • Skip Tucker gave it a shot, he really did.
  • He tried to watch MSNBC and take it at face value, but our friend Skip just couldn’t take it.
  • In watching the left-leaning network the other day, Skip noticed a change in strategy in the wake of Trump’s victory and rise: instead of raising expectations they are raising tensions, he writes.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
  • “The reason came clear. The histrionics were not meant to persuade. It was a darker thing. MSNBC’s purveyors know its demographics. Its audience is the far, far left and needs no convincing. No. The purpose of spewing enough garbage to make a buzzard puke is to GOTV. Get Out The Vote. MSNBC goes hysterical to get its watchers to go vote against Trump.
  • “Here’s why: In a Clinton campaign punctuated with grave misjudgments and major mistakes made with metronomic consistency, the gravest error (other than her own lack of discipline) was Hillary’s continuous blather about her untouchable lead.
  • “The liberal media, which pretty much means 99 percent of it, crooned her tune. Shoutouts of deplorable, stupids, ignorance enraged conservatives. It served to make sure all would vote. One imbecile wrote that Clinton’s odds of winning were equal to a professional kicker making a field goal from 20 yards out.”
  • Read Skip’s full column HERE.

5. News Briefs.

New Ads
  • Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh has a new ad out today touting job creation from his businessman side. It’s for his State Senate reelection campaign, but clearly has the feel of larger office. It’s running in the Birmingham/Anniston market starting today.
  • Congressman Robert Aderholt has a new ad out highlighting his role in saving a rural hospital from closing. Aderholt has a theme going of helping rural Alabama. Watch it HERE.
  • Democratic Congressional candidate Tabitha Isner is up on TV with what I think is her first broadcast spot. It touts her “solutions not sides” slogan and hits on Medicare/Social Security. Watch it HERE.
  • And State Sen Tom Whatley has a new ad up, too. Whatley has been aggressive this campaign season, going up on TV early and often. Watch his latest HERE.
  • Have an ad up? Send it to me and we’ll do another rundown.
What’s the plan?
  • The Trump administration has not settled on a plan for what to do if a migrant caravan arrives at the southern border.
  • That’s despite threats by President Donald Trump to declare a national emergency or rescind aid to the countries whose people are journeying north.
  • Top immigration officials and close Trump advisers are still evaluating the options in closed-door meetings that have gotten increasingly heated in the past week, including one that turned into a shouting match outside the Oval Office as the caravan of about 7,000 people pushes north.
  • Full story HERE.
“Mockingbird” voted favorite novel
  • Take that Harry Potter.
  • “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Monroeville-native Harper Lee has been voted America’s best-loved novel by readers nationwide.
  • More than 4 million votes were cast in PBS’ “The Great American Read” survey. Books that were published as a series counted as a single entry.
  • The other top-five finishers in order of votes were Diana Gabaldon’s “Outlander,” J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter,” Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice,”and J.R.R. Tolkien’s “The Lord of the Rings.”
  • Full story HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senate slipping away as Dems fight to preserve ‘blue wave’.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What’s the plan? As caravan continues, U.S. short on solutions.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Mockingbird’ voted America’s best-loved novel.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Skip Tucker: Oliver Cromwell and MSNBC.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – J. Pepper Bryars: Not all corruption is ‘good guys’ vs ‘bad guy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Aderholt ad focuses on rural hospitals.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Marsh ad talks job creation, conservative governance.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Isner touts ‘solutions not sides’ theme.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 23, 2018.
AL.COM – 11 injured, one dead in crash involving school bus in Talladega County
AL.COM – Georgia governor’s race: Candidates spar over voting access, education in debate
AL.COM – Vintage plane crashes on California highway; pilot survives fiery wreck.
AL.COM – Ivey jeopardizing $30M fix for Uniontown sewage problems, Maddox and Jones say.
AL.COM – Amendment 1 advocate says Ivey wants Ten Commandments in all schools.
AL.COM – Alabama midterms: ‘If there is a chance for a Democrat to take over a Republican seat, this is it’.
AL.COM – Former Drummond V.P. and Balch lawyer sentenced to federal prison.
AL.COM – Alabama lost $20 million in timber to Hurricane Michael.
AL.COM – Regions reports earnings up 20 percent over last year.
AL.COM – Did the recession make Alabama more obese?
AL.COM – Eissmann opens $14.5 million Pell City expansion.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery skating rink reborn as family fun center
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Maddox and Sen. Jones ask state to solve Uniontown sewage crisis
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Dean Young, supporter of Ten Commandments amendment speaks at Capitol
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Ten Commandments amendment may do less than ballot language implies.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Three questions for PSC Seat 2 candidates Beeker, Powell.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – PSC Seat 2 incumbent Beeker: ‘My top priority is to keep people safe’.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – PSC Place 2 challenger is on a mission.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Senate District 26 incumbent Burkette: ‘Once a coach, always a coach’.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Senate District 26 challenger DJ Johnson: ‘I am not your typical Republican’.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Lake Seminole hideaway destroyed; owner hopes to rebuild
DOTHAN EAGLE – Truck slams into apartment in Dothan
DOTHAN EAGLE – Area agriculture damage tops $200 million
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Former Alabama woman charged with supporting al-Qaida
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Maddox: Ivey ignoring federal help for Uniontown sewage crisis
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Jay Heaps brings energy, competitive spirit to Birmingham Legion FC
DECATUR DAILY – The Power of Pink: 920 attend fashion show to raise funds to fight breast cancer
DECATUR DAILY – Limestone sheriff: Inmate faces more charges after meth found in body cavity
DECATUR DAILY – Former bank branch still on the market and drawing interest
TIMES DAILY – Allen volunteers to watch over the community garden
TIMES DAILY – F 4 Phantom at Veterans Park gets fresh look
TIMES DAILY – 2 killed in separate Sunday traffic accidents
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Former Alabama resident charged with attempting to provide material support to al Qaeda
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – AARP’s role in Obamacare expansion could be problematic for Alabama taxpayers
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Pro-life group offers information, alternatives outside Tuscaloosa abortion clinic
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Candyland to be even better
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Local native denied parole
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Bountiful harvest
TROY MESSENGER – Perfection: JV and Peewee Patriots finish season undefeated
TROY MESSENGER – Regional opponents set for Trojans and Eagles
THE ANNISTON STAR – George Smith: Piper Cubs slower than jets
THE ANNISTON STAR – For jail inmates, midterm election just another Tuesday
THE ANNISTON STAR – Local meeting provides core of network to combat youth violence
GADSDEN TIMES – Search continues for missing Gadsden man
GADSDEN TIMES – Former ALEA officer to serve 60 days in jail
GADSDEN TIMES – Dave Ramsey: Retirement or debt?
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Auburn man arrested on multiple charges including burglary, drug possession
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Auburn police arrest Georgia man on warrants of rape and sodomy
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Police shoot, kill suspect in Georgia officer’s death; search had included Opelika
CULLMAN TIMES – ‘Chasing a runaway train’
CULLMAN TIMES – Commission signs off on annual audit
CULLMAN TIMES – (Update) Brindley Mountain BBQ building a complete loss after fire
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Former Magnolia Manor historic home sells in Helena
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Hoover Hayride event to be held a day early, on Oct. 24
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Alabaster 14-year-old charged with Hoover murder
THE MADISON RECORD – 5K Tootsie Roll to benefit Madison City Schools Nov. 3
THE MADISON RECORD – Turner Construction reaches halfway milestone at new Aerojet Rocketdyne facility
THE MADISON RECORD – Freeman serving as Madison Elementary’s Assistant Principal
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Butterflies released to remember loved ones
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Couple visiting all Cordoba namesakes in the Americas
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – National Collection Week for Operation Christmas Child Nov. 12-19
NEW YORK TIMES – House and Senate Latest, Abrams and Kemp Face Off, Menendez Debates: 13 Days to Go
NEW YORK TIMES – Prince and President Escalate Battle Over Khashoggi Killing
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Says Saudi Account of Khashoggi Killing Is ‘Worst Cover-Up’ in History
WASHINGTON POST – Arab states fear Khashoggi case could trigger regional instability
WASHINGTON POST – Trump says Saudis engaged in ‘worst coverup ever’ as U.S. imposes penalties
WASHINGTON POST – After Khashoggi’s killing, Turkey’s leader seeks to weaken Saudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince
USA TODAY – There’s a winner! Ticket sold for $1.6 billion Mega Millions jackpot in South Carolina
USA TODAY – Gun rights in America: Is the Second Amendment under attack on the West’s public lands?
USA TODAY – Marine pilot allegedly traced phallic shape in the sky, prompting an investigation
POLITICO – Trump: Fed is ‘biggest risk’ to U.S. economy
POLITICO – Rosenstein meeting with House leaders postponed
POLITICO – RNC moves millions to House and Senate campaign arms

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