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Daily News Digest – October 25, 2018


Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, October 25.

1. The Boss.

  • In profiling the two people running for governor, I wanted to get away from what drives the day and find out what drives the candidates.
  • Today you can read about incumbent Gov. Kay Ivey.
  • Come for the cool helicopter ride, stay for the candid discussion of Medicaid, linger through the disaster relief efforts, and hang on until the end for comparisons to her predecessors and why I chose this headline.
  • THANK YOU to the Governor’s Office and the Walt Maddox campaign for allowing me this unique access to tell these stories.
  • Also special thanks to my keen-eyed New York friend Taylor Hill for 1 a.m. copy edits.
  • Full Kay Ivey profile HERE.
  • And in case you missed the one on Walt Maddox, it’s HERE.

2. What kind of day has it been.

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. Race Profile: Senate District 6.

  • One of the most closely-watched legislative races in Alabama this year is Senate District 6, where first term incumbent Republican Sen. Larry Stutts faces a challenge from State Rep. Johnny Mack Morrow.
  • Stutts won the seat from the one and only Roger Bedford four years ago, and only by 70 or so votes. So there are plenty of people willing to split their tickets here.
  • Morrow is a Democrat who represents a healthy portion of Stutts’ district already, so he’s hoping that gives him a leg up.
  • ADN’s Will Whatley took a look at the race and has a story on it this morning.
  • Find out more about the candidates, what they’ve raised, who’s supporting them, and how to follow them HERE.

4. Stock Market plummets.

  • The stock market fell for the sixth consecutive session Wednesday.
  • The Dow Jones was down more than 600 points, while the S&P 500 dropped 3% and the tech-laden Nasdaq closed down over 4%.
  • Stocks have been falling consecutively for the past three weeks and, despite the solid earnings reports from companies like Boeing and Altira, the market enters negative territory for the year.
  • A number of concerns — like rising interest rates, uncertainty over the impact of the trade war with China and worries that the nearly 10-year bull market may be ending — set off a binge of selling.
  • This sell off comes at a time when unemployment is as low as it has been in nearly a half-century and the economy expanded at a 4 percent pace in the second quarter.
  • Declines in the technology sector generated most of the pressure: The tech-heavy Nasdaq composite index dropped more than 4.4 percent, as shares in the tech heavyweights Amazon, Microsoft and Facebook all fell more than 5 percent.
  • Homebuilding stocks were also a part of the problem: The S.&P. 500 homebuilding index dropped 3 percent after new economic data showed home sales slumped for the fourth straight month. The sector has been battered this year, falling more than 36 percent, as rising mortgage rates showed signs of slowing the sector.
  • Is it the market blowing off steam or the start of a recession? Read more HERE.

5. News Briefs.

No cluster found
  • State health officials announced Wednesday that a study did not find evidence of an eye cancer cluster at Auburn University during the early 2000s.
  • The question drew national attention earlier this year when Allyson Allred, who has been battling the cancer since 2001, worked to connect other survivors who lived in Auburn.
  • Read more HERE.
New Ad
  • Tom Butler has a new ad up today.
  • He’s running for his old Senate seat up in Huntsville.
  • Butler talks about his career as a pharmacist and how that can inform his decisions on the opioid epidemic and mental health.
  • Watch the ad HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Kay Ivey: The Boss.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Race Profile: Stutts, Morrow face off in Senate District 6.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bomb threats highlight risk of violent political rhetoric.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Experts: Bomber likely left behind trove of forensic clues
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Study: No cancer cluster found at Auburn.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Markets Right Now: Asian shares fall after rout on Wall Street
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New Bulter ad highlights health career.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – October 24, 2018.
AL.COM – In Wisconsin, Trump decries threat of political violence, calls on media to end ‘hostility’
AL.COM – Mobile police arrest second suspect in deadly triple shooting
AL.COM – Suspect in brutal slayings of Irondale motel owners now back in Alabama after Virginia arrest
AL.COM – Doug Jones: Trump’s words can lead to violence, just like George Wallace’s did in 1963.
AL.COM – Plan to complete Bellefonte Nuclear Plant takes another step backward.
AL.COM – University of Alabama student’s cyberbullying suit proves ‘you can’t just post anything,’ lawyer says.
AL.COM – 25% of college students could suffer PTSD due to Trump election, study finds.
AL.COM – Marijuana legalization not a priority for Alabama candidates.
AL.COM – Plan to complete Bellefonte Nuclear Plant takes another step backward.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – ATF offers reward in south Alabama gun shop theft
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Donors raise $400k in one night for Valiant Cross Academy scholarships
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery man indicted in 2017 capital murder shooting caught on camera
DOTHAN EAGLE – Man believes father’s killer didn’t serve enough time in state prison
DOTHAN EAGLE – State splitting Ross Clark Circle expansion project into phases; first phase to be let in January.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Wreck on Ross Clark Circle injures one, snarls traffic
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tuscaloosa Fire and Rescue giving out candy on Halloween
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Tuscaloosa drug task force to host Drug Take Back Day
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – November hasn’t been too favorable for Alabama
DECATUR DAILY – Hartselle program receives state recognition
DECATUR DAILY – Troopers: Man drank Fireball before fatal Limestone wreck
DECATUR DAILY – As inventory dwindles, residential development ramps up in Athens, Limestone; inventory also down in Morgan
TIMES DAILY – Park authority dissolves as bonds set for early payoff
TIMES DAILY – Lexington man charged in Saturday stabbing
TIMES DAILY – Medical examiner testifies in Gargis case
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – AEA executive director out, lands new job in Virginia
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – They will find the person responsible for these recent attempted bombings — Your reaction is probably already baked in
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Public Service Commission lowers rates, saves millions for Spire Alabama gas customers
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Tuskegee Airmen added to airshow
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – 4 locals to parachute
ANDALUSIA STAR NEWS – Firearms class set Nov. 3
TROY MESSENGER – TRUNK OR TREAT: Halloween festivities begin in Pike County
TROY MESSENGER – Eagles close out region play against Highland Home
TROY MESSENGER – Local student art on display at JCA
ANNISTON STAR – District 40 candidates differ on taxes, hospital.
THE ANNISTON STAR – Piedmont willing to listen to gas purchase proposal
THE ANNISTON STAR – Just grading lots, nothing else, university says
THE ANNISTON STAR – 1 killed, 11 injured in I-20 school bus wreck
GADSDEN TIMES – Crude pipe bombs sent to Obama, Clintons, CNN; no injuries
GADSDEN TIMES – Missing Gadsden man found in Coosa River
GADSDEN TIMES – Police: 2 killed at Kentucky grocery store
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Food bank still seeks donations in Beat Bama Food Drive
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Construction company feeds first responders
OPELIKA-AUBURN NEWS – Alabama agriculture damage tops $200 million
OPELIKA AUBURN NEWS – Group says faith, football don’t mix; ‘Auburn needs to shut down the prayer’.
OPELIKA AUBURN NEWS – Study finds no cancer cluster at Auburn, despite reports.
CULLMAN TIMES – Trunk or treat: Cullman Regional kicks off slate of Halloween events today
CULLMAN TIMES – A new twist: Fairview students to perform ‘Little Red Riding Hood: Grandmother’s Tale’
CULLMAN TIMES – Unused, expired medicine can be brought to Sheriff”s Office
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – One of two escaped inmates recaptured
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Walk intended to shine light on suicide prevention
SHELBY COUNTY REPORTER – Teen cosplay contest coming to Pelham library
THE MADISON RECORD – Captain Jimmy Spruill served in Vietnam, Thailand
THE MADISON RECORD – Mike Bernier Sees First Action For Alabama Crimson Tide
THE MADISON RECORD – Fire breaks out at apartment complex in Madison
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – One charged, another at large in Sumiton shooting
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Prescription Drug Take-Back Day set for Saturday
DAILY MOUNTAIN EAGLE – Halloween events planned in Cordova
NEW YORK TIMES – Pipe Bombs Sent to Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and CNN Offices
NEW YORK TIMES – Bomb Sent to Robert De Niro, Latest in Wave of Explosives Sent to Trump Critics
NEW YORK TIMES – ‘See How Nice I’m Behaving?’: After Bomb Scares, Trump Tries Bipartisanship
NEW YORK TIMES – Daimler Says Is Reviewing Production Footprint Amid Global Tariffs
NEW YORK TIMES – U.S. Consumer Watchdog Dilutes Penalty Against Payday Lender: Sources
NEW YORK TIMES – Slumping Stock Market Enters Negative Territory for the Year
WASHINGTON POST – Amid incendiary rhetoric, targets of Trump’s words become targets of bombs
WASHINGTON POST – Mail bomb investigation intensifies as suspicious package removed from Robert De Niro’s building
WASHINGTON POST – Trump takes aim at media after homemade bombs sent to Clinton, Obama and CNN
USA TODAY – NOAA: Super Typhoon Yutu strongest storm to ever hit US soil
USA TODAY – USA TODAY/Suffolk Poll: The midterms are all about Trump, and Democrats have the edge in the stretch
USA TODAY – President Trump denies using phones that can be bugged by Russians, Chinese
POLITICO – Trump slams ‘so incorrect’ NYT report on unsecured phone use
POLITICO – Trump decries ‘political violence’ after years of stoking it
POLITICO – Lawyers who vetted Trump executive orders get award


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