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Daily News Digest – October 6, 2020

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Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, October 6.

1. Trump leaves hospital

  • President Donald Trump staged a dramatic return to the White House after leaving the military hospital where he was receiving care for COVID-19.
  • The president left Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, where his doctor, Navy Cmdr. Sean Conley, said earlier Monday that the president remains contagious and would not be fully “out of the woods” for another week but that Trump had met or exceeded standards for discharge from the hospital. Trump is expected to continue his recovery at the White House, where the reach of the outbreak that has infected the highest levels of the U.S. government is still being uncovered.
  • “Don’t be afraid of it,” Trump said of the virus. “You’re going to beat it. We have the best medical equipment, we have the best medicines.”
  • Trump’s message and his removing of his mask as he entered the White House alarmed infectious disease experts and suggested the president’s own illness had not caused him to rethink his often-cavalier attitude toward the disease, which has also infected the first lady and several White House aides, including new cases revealed Monday.
  • Read more HERE.



2. Tuberville leads Jones in new AUM poll

  • Republican U.S. Senate nominee Tommy Tuberville has a 12-point lead over incumbent Sen. Doug Jones, according to polling data released by Auburn University at Montgomery on Monday.
  • The results showed about 54% of Alabamians plan on voting for Tuberville, a former Auburn University football coach, and 42% plan to vote for Democrat Jones in the Nov. 3 election. Four percent of voters remain undecided, according to the survey.
  • The AUM survey also tested the presidential race. Among Alabama voters, 57% said they would vote for President Donald Trump if the election were held today, while 37% said they would vote for Democratic nominee Joe Biden. Six percent said they plan to write in another candidate.
  • Read more from ADN’s Caroline Beck and see the full survey results HERE.





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3. Hurricane Delta is coming

  • It seems we still must reason with hurricane season.
  • Hurricane Delta rapidly intensified into a Category 2 hurricane today, packing 110 mph winds on a course to hammer southeastern Mexico and then grow to a potentially catastrophic Category 4 as it approaches the U.S. Gulf coast.
  • Data from a U.S. Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that Delta will continue to strengthen as its forward speed increases, the U.S. Hurricane Center said. It’s expected to hit the Yucatan as a major hurricane Wednesday before moving over the Gulf of Mexico on Thursday.
  • “I honestly don’t see much that will stop it until it reaches Yucatan, due to low vertical wind shear, high deep-layer moisture, and the very warm and deep waters of the northwestern Caribbean,” National Hurricane Center forecaster Eric Blake said.
  • At the moment, Alabama’s coast does not appear to be at risk for a direct hit, but the state will be on the “strong” end of the storm for winds and storm surge, and inland flooding could be a problem.
  • Read more HERE.



4. Alabama should set records for absentee voting

  • Alabama counties are reporting record numbers of absentee ballots a month ahead of Election Day, and local officials say they’re taking steps to cope with a flood of mail-in votes that’s likely to continue for weeks during the pandemic.
  • Alabama officials said about 120,000 voters had requested absentee ballots as of Friday and more than 53,000 already had been returned.
  • More than 2.1 million people voted in the presidential election four years ago in Alabama, and officials expect hundreds of thousands more this year for the race between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden. The state has added the coronavirus pandemic as a legal reason for voting absentee.
  • To help cope with the flood of mail-in ballots, Gov. Kay Ivey last week said county offices could begin counting absentee ballots at 7 a.m. on Election Day rather than waiting until after polls close 12 hours later.
  • The extra time could help speed up election returns, and it could be needed in places including Montgomery County, where election officials said they mailed more than 8,000 absentee ballots in a month compared to 5,000 in the 55 days before the 2016 election.
  • Read more HERE.



5. News Briefs


Troopers: 3 killed in weekend crash in western Alabama

  • LIVINGSTON, Ala. (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead following a weekend crash in western Alabama.
  • State troopers said Monday a fourth person was injured when a pickup truck collided with a car in Sumter County near the Alabama-Mississippi state line.
  • Troopers identified the dead as 67-year-old Lillie Williams Thomas, 33-year-old Tyrhonda Thomas and 54-year-old Veronica Moore Coley, reported. Trooper Reginal King said all three women were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash Saturday afternoon on State Route 39 near Livingston.
  • The driver of the truck, Rickey Coley, was taken to a hospital. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

Rabies vaccines distributed by helicopter, truck in Alabama

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Workers are using helicopters and trucks to distribute thousands of oral vaccines across a 17-county region of Alabama to help stop the spread of rabies.
  • The state health department says about 900,000 packets containing a vaccine meant to be found by raccoons will be distributed along roadsides in populated areas including metropolitan Birmingham. Trucks will be used for that work.
  • Vaccine packets will be dropped out of helicopters or low-flying airplanes over forests and other rural areas.
  • The packs consist of a plastic satchel that contains the rabies vaccine. The shell is coated with fishmeal or dog meal, and raccoons come into contact with the vaccine when they tear open the pack with their teeth.
  • The health department says the contents of the packet doesn’t pose a risk of rabies to other animals or human.
  • “Vaccination is very, very effective, with only rare cases of rabies occurring in vaccinated animals,” Dr. Dee W. Jones, the state veterinarian, said in a statement.
  • The work started Oct. 1. The program includes Bibb, Blount, Calhoun, Cherokee, Chilton, Coosa, Cullman, DeKalb, Etowah, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Morgan, Shelby, St. Clair, Talladega and Tuscaloosa counties.
  • The state says more than 7,000 animal bites and potential rabies exposures are investigated annually.

Trump admin: Census could be done if not for court meddling

  • The Trump administration on Monday asked appellate judges to immediately suspend a lower court’s order requiring the 2020 census to continue through October, saying decisions by the U.S. Census Bureau over how to conduct the nation’s head count shouldn’t be subject to “judicial second-guessing.”
  • An attorney for the Trump administration urged the panel of three Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals judges in San Francisco to suspend U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh’s injunction from last month. Sopan Joshi said the head count needed to end Monday in order for the bureau to meet a year-end deadline for turning in numbers used for deciding how many congressional seats each state gets in a process known as apportionment.
  • Joshi, assistant to the U.S. solicitor general, asked the judges to issue a decision on Monday, or “as promptly as possible,” so the Trump administration can have time to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court, if need be.
  • The judges said several hours after the virtual hearing that they would issue a ruling no later than Wednesday afternoon.
  • Koh’s injunction last month suspended a Sept. 30 deadline for ending the head count as well as a Dec. 31 deadline for turning in apportionment numbers. Her order reverted the deadlines to those of a Census Bureau plan, announced in April in response to the pandemic, that would end field operations on Oct. 31 and report apportionment numbers at the end of April 2021.
  • Koh also struck down an Oct. 5 end date that the Commerce Department, which oversees the Census Bureau, had pushed after the injunction, saying it violated her order. A previous appellate panel had refused to suspend the order.
  • Full story HERE.


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump leaves hospital, returns to White House


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – New poll shows Tuberville leading Jones by 12 points


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hurricane Delta could impact Gulf coast


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama counties report record absentee voting amid pandemic


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rabies vaccines distributed by helicopter, truck in Alabama


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Thomas, Alito slam court’s 2015 decision in gay marriage case


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump admin: Census could be done if not for court meddling


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey announces site near Tallassee for new Elmore County prison, despite local officials’ lobbying


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – National Guard taps units for rapid response to civil unrest




AL.COM – Alabama National Guard’s role in fighting civil unrest shrouded in secrecy


AL.COM – Elmore County officials urged Ivey to pick different site for new prison


AL.COM – AUM poll: Tuberville ahead of Jones by 12 points in Alabama Senate race


AL.COM – 67-year-old state inmate serving murder sentence dies after COVID-19 diagnosis


AL.COM – $9.5 million medical manufacturing center planned for Dothan


AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Don’t vote for stupid


AL.COM – Show featuring Samuel L. Jackson’s visit to Africatown airs Monday


AL.COM – Rabies vaccine falling from the sky in 17 Alabama counties


AL.COM – Columnist Roy Johnson: With state considering compensating Sarah Collins Rudolph, time to explore reparations for Black Alabamians


AL.COM – 350 laid off due to closing of Alabama mine


AL.COM – ‘You destroyed our lives’: Alabama woman opposes pardon for Sunday School teacher who raped her in 1972


Montgomery Advertiser – Meet Zurg. He’s super cute, cuddly and the latest district attorney’s office staffer.


Montgomery Advertiser – Accept and adapt: How sports prepared Alabama State’s student president to lead in 2020


Montgomery Advertiser – Former private school athletic director James Brantley faces additional sex abuse charges


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Biden aims to expand map as Trump recovers from coronavirus


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Jefferson County Middle School students return to new school building


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Tuscaloosa city councilmember happy with first home game weekend


Tuscaloosa News – Three killed, one injured in a two-vehicle crash over weekend


Tuscaloosa News – Walker County man charged with animal cruelty of horses


Tuscaloosa News – Annual Beat Auburn Beat Hunger food and fundraising competition has begun


Decatur Daily – Woman: Ex-boyfriend behind 3 suspicious fires


Decatur Daily – Decatur’s ambulance service gets reprieve, but bond still sticking point


Decatur Daily – Athens mayor proposes pay scale to bump up police, fire salaries


Times Daily – LaGrange Living History Society is offering haunted hayrides this month


Times Daily – White returned to prison after knives found in jail cell


Times Daily – COVID cases up in Shoals area, hospitalizations down


Anniston Star – Cleburne County Commission juggles meeting dates


Anniston Star – Forecasters: There’s another storm to watch in the Gulf


Anniston Star – Two inmates charged with assaulting officers


YellowHammer News – Tuberville: Doug Jones claiming to be pro-Second Amendment ‘like Bernie Sanders calling himself a free market capitalist’


YellowHammer News – Ainsworth urges U.S. Senate to confirm Judge Amy Coney Barrett to SCOTUS


YellowHammer News – Medical equipment manufacturer Global Resources International building plant in Dothan, creating 70 jobs


Gadsden Times – Organizers say Centre Fall Festival drew record crowd


Gadsden Times – Rainbow City man indicted on child sex abuse charges


Gadsden Times – Patriots Association luncheon off for November, will be held in May 2021


Dothan Eagle – Local officials keeping close eye on Tropical Storm Delta’s track


Dothan Eagle – JON JOHNSON COLUMN: Jimmy Rane enjoys Talladega race experience, pleased with partnership


Dothan Eagle – Company investing $9.5 million in Dothan medical manufacturing plant, creating 70 jobs


Opelika-Auburn News – The Latest: Italy weighing mandatory mask wearing outdoors


Opelika-Auburn News – Australia plans massive pandemic budget, record deficit


Opelika-Auburn News – EU says that no-deal Brexit becoming ever more likely


WSFA Montgomery – Hurricane Delta soon enters the Gulf of Mexico


WSFA Montgomery – University of Alabama makes standardized tests optional for 2021 admissions


WSFA Montgomery – Convicted Ala. murderer dies after contracting COVID-19 in prison


WAFF Huntsville – Runoff elections across the Tennessee Valley on Tuesday


WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville incumbent councilman threatens to sue competitor ahead of runoff


WAFF Huntsville – Cullman murder suspect on the run; victim’s family wants justice


WKRG Mobile – Download the WKRG Weather app


WKRG Mobile – White House blocks updated FDA guidelines on vaccine approval


WKRG Mobile – Delta continues to strengthen, Forecast to Become a Major Hurricane


WTVY Dothan – Fire Prevention Week Educates Public on Kitchen Safety


WTVY Dothan – Global Resources to invest $9.5 million in Dothan medical manufacturing venture, creating 70 jobs


WTVY Dothan – Geneva Municipal Election: the finish line to the mayors seat


WASHINGTON POST – Trump returns to White House, downplaying virus that hospitalized him and turned West Wing into a ‘ghost town’


WASHINGTON POST – ‘Unjustifiable hysteria’: Republican recalcitrance about the virus persists even as GOP faces growing turmoil


WASHINGTON POST – Concern rises for White House residence staffers as their workplace emerges as a virus hot spot


NEW YORK TIMES – The Pandemic Has Hindered Many of the Best Ideas for Reducing Violence


NEW YORK TIMES – White House Blocks New Coronavirus Vaccine Guidelines


NEW YORK TIMES – For the Secret Service, a New Question: Who Will Protect Them From Trump?


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Trump Leaves Hospital Monday Evening, as White House Cases Mount


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stock Futures Tick Lower Ahead of Powell Comments, Economic Data


WALL STREET JOURNAL – PPP Money Abounded—But Some Got it Faster than Others

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