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Daily News Digest – October 7, 2019

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Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Monday, October 7.

1. Leaders eye more funds for school-based mental health.

Florence City Schools Superintendent Jimmy Shaw was recently named “Superintendent of the Year” for District 8. [MATT MCKEAN/TIMESDAILY]
  • Across Alabama, school leaders say more mental health care is needed.
  • The School-Based Mental Health Services, a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and the Alabama Department of Mental Health, has existed since 2013. Some systems have used grants or local money to pay their share of the cost.
  • For example, Hartselle City Schools was able to join the collaboration in 2018, when lawmakers put $500,000 in statewide funding toward the program. For the budget year that began this month, that amount was doubled to $1 million statewide.
  • Senate education budget committee chairman Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said more money could be allocated in the 2021 budget.
  • “I would anticipate doubling or tripling this funding, assuming current revenue projections are accurate, because of the reported positive impact coming in from the participating school districts,” Orr said.
  • According to ADMH, students are six times more likely to complete mental health treatment in schools than in community settings.
  • As of July, 60 of the state’s 137 school systems were participating in the program, nine of them using state funding, to get clinicians from 16 community mental health centers.
  • Read the full feature story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.



2. Big day for rural jobs.

  • A planned wood pellet factory will add badly needed jobs in an underdeveloped part of west Alabama.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey’s office announced Friday that Maryland-based Enviva plans to invest about $175 million on a wood pellet production plant in Sumter County. It will ship product on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway from the Port of Epes.
  • The proposed facility is expected to create at least 85 full-time jobs. It’s also supposed to generate about 180 more jobs in logging, transportation and other areas.
  • A host of public officials and company executives gathered in the town square of the Sumter County Courthouse in Livingston Friday to celebrate the announcement. Among those in attendance were the area’s legislative delegation, including State Sen. Bobby Singleton and State Rep. A.J. McCampbell.
  • “We are very excited about the prospect of Enviva joining Alabama’s business community with a very important manufacturing project in Sumter County,” Ivey said. “This project will create quality jobs for West Alabama’s citizens, improved timber markets for local landowners, and enhanced economic activity for the entire region.”
  • Enviva is the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, which are burned for power production. It still needs permits for the plant but says it expects to begin construction early next year.
  • Congresswoman Terri Sewell, D-Selma, has represented Sumter County in Congress since 2011 and made the challenge of economic development in rural Alabama a priority. Her duties as a member of the House Select Committee on Intelligence kept her in Washington, D.C. and away from the announcement, but Sewell highlighted what a major step forward this was for the local economy.
  • “Enviva’s announcement that it will build a new wood pellet plant in the Port of Epes is a major win for West Alabama,” Sewell said. “The jobs and economic development this project will create will serve to uplift not only individuals and families but the entire Sumter County community.”
  • Full story HERE.






A message from

The Boeing Company.

  • Boeing has been in Alabama for more than a half a century, with its engineers and researchers in Huntsville playing key roles in developing the innovative aerospace technologies of tomorrow.
  • Boeing’s Research and Technology Center in Huntsville serves as the company’s hub for collaboration with academic institutions and industry partners in analytics and simulation along the Southeast.
  • They are currently leading research in advanced materials, autonomous technologies, artificial intelligence, cyber security and others.
  • As Alabama’s largest aerospace company, Boeing has helped the state build a significant presence in the defense and space fields, while also setting the stage for even more groundbreaking developments in emerging technologies.

3. Supreme Court begins new term.

  • The Supreme Court of the United States will convene for its new term today. (For West Wing fans, the traditional Red Mass was held last night at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle).
  • The justices are returning to the bench for the start of an election year term that includes high-profile cases about abortions, protections for young immigrants and LGBT rights.
  • A year ago, the Court began its term amid the intense and divisive confirmation battle of Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Now, both Kavanaugh and Justice Neil Gorsuch, President Donald Trump’s other Supreme Court pick, are firmly in place and could play a major role in deciding the direction of the Court.
  • The justices could be asked to intervene in disputes between congressional Democrats and the White House that might also involve the possible impeachment of the Republican president.
  • Chief Justice John Roberts would preside over a Senate trial of Trump if the House were to impeach him.
  • The court also could be front and center in the presidential election campaign itself, especially with health concerns surrounding 86-year-old Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
  • Read more about the new SCOTUS term, including which high-profile cases are likely to be heard HERE.


4. Montgomery election tomorrow.

  • Alabama’s Capital City will elect a new mayor this week. It’s a big election for a city that has been led by current Mayor Todd Strange for the last ten years.
  • Probate Judge Steven Reed is vying to become Montgomery’s first African American mayor, a major milestone for a city known as both the “Cradle of the Confederacy” and the “Birthplace of the Civil Rights Movement.”
  • He’s being challenged by businessman and philanthropist David Woods, who beat out a long list of other candidates to earn a spot on Tuesday runoff.
  • The issues are well known and predictable: addressing crime and gun violence, improving education, recruiting more major employers.
  • The two candidates debated each other last week on WSFA. You can check out videos from that debate online HERE.
  • Also, The Montgomery Advertiser’s Sara MacNeil has an excellent voters guide to the election in today’s paper HERE, as well as in-depth profiles on Steven Reed HERE and David Woods HERE.


5. We’re pulling out of northern Syria.

  • American troops today began pulling back from positions in northeastern Syria ahead of an expected incursion by Turkey into the area.
  • The White House, in a statement that was silent on the fate of Kurds, said U.S. troops “will not support or be involved in the operation” and “will no longer be in the immediate area,” in northern Syria.
  • There are about 1,000 U.S. troops in northern Syria, and a senior U.S. official said they will pull back from the area — and potentially depart the country entirely, should widespread fighting break out between Turkish and Kurdish forces.
  • The Syrian Kurdish fighters warned that Washington’s abrupt decision to stand aside — announced by the White House late Sunday — will overturn years of achievements in the battle against the Islamic State militant group. In a strongly-worded statement, they accused Washington of failing to abide by its commitments to its key allies.
  • The White House statement on Sunday also said Turkey will take custody of foreign fighters captured in the U.S.-led campaign against ISIS who have been held by the Kurdish forces.
  • The Kurds have custody of thousands of captured Islamic State militants. They include about 2,500 highly dangerous foreign fighters from Europe and elsewhere — their native countries have been reluctant to take them back — and about 10,000 captured fighters from Syria and Iraq.
  • Full story HERE.


Bonus: Ward running for Supreme Court

  • Some breaking news: State Sen. Senator Cam Ward, R-Alabaster, just announced that he will run for a seat on the Alabama Supreme Court.
  • Inside Alabama Politics first reported on Friday (it pays to subscribe!) that Ward was eyeing the Place 1 seat currently held by Associate Justice Greg Shaw. It is unclear if Shaw is running for reelection.
  • Ward, who serves as the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee and President of the Alabama Law Institute, said his work on prison and criminal justice reform make him well-qualified for a leadership role in the judiciary.
  • Full story HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – School-based mental health program puts counselors closer to students
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Enviva to build $175 million wood pellet plant in Sumter County
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Cam Ward announces Alabama Supreme Court run
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Supreme Court begins election year term full of big cases
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – A look at top cases for the Supreme Court’s new term
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – US troops start pullout from along Turkey’s border in Syria
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AP Top 25: Ohio State, Georgia tied at No. 3; Florida to 7th
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Democrats approve new bylaws amid internal feud
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – UAB Medicine says hack exposed patient records
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Report: DCH pays hackers in ransomware attack
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Mandatory 205 area code dialing begins this month
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Weekend Digest – October 6, 2019
AL.COM – Alabama cattle farmers feeling pinch from drought
AL.COM – Small earthquake detected in north Alabama
AL.COM – Alabama city getting $3 million for lead removal
AL.COM – How much pay for the mayor? Alabama cities debate salaries ahead of 2020 contests
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: How to pay $1.25 an acre in taxes
Montgomery Advertiser – Body of woman missing since July 4 boat crash found in lake
Montgomery Advertiser – Diseases like West Nile, EEE and flesh-eating bacteria are flourishing due to climate change
Montgomery Advertiser – Alabama Democrats adopt new bylaws, set November leadership election
YellowHammer News – Alabama doctor competes at World Triathlon Championship
YellowHammer News – Birmingham’s Coca-Cola United is rolling out new flavors, packaging for holidays
YellowHammer News – Alabama’s Ingram State Technical College gives inmates valued skills for jobs after release
Dothan Eagle – Dothan church hosts Blessing of the Animals
Dothan Eagle – Water main break at Fort Rucker leads to boil water advisory
Dothan Eagle – Ashford woman dies in crash early Sunday
Tuscaloosa News – Police: Mom charged after baby left in car for hours dies
Tuscaloosa News – Fire expo will include fire truck rides, demonstrations
Tuscaloosa News – Man gets prison after woman finds bullet in her skull
Decatur Daily – Body of woman missing since July 4 boating accident recovered
Decatur Daily – Mayor proposes city reorganization, council to recommend mediation
Decatur Daily – Murder defendant seeks to suppress statement made to police
Times Daily – UNA recognizing hazing prevention this week
Times Daily – Lauderdale County student builds leadership skills at Alfa conference
Times Daily – Star ID requirement a year away; officials urge Alabamians to comply
Gadsden Times – Lott: Megasite has what it takes to compete for industry
Gadsden Times – 13-month-old boy dies in Athens after being left in car; mother charged
Anniston Star – Walk to End Alzheimer’s raises tens of thousands in donations
Anniston Star – Oxford police: Man tried to run over another, who fired in retaliation at gas station
Anniston Star – Mindset, technology key to prevent hot-car deaths
Troy Messenger – Brundidge woman killed in wreck
Andalusia Star News – AHS celebrates milestone, re-dedicates municipal stadium
Andalusia Star News – JCP manager arrested for allegedly stealing $10K, says U.S. Marshal’s told him to
Andalusia Star News – ACS, OCS report slight increases in enrollment
Opelika-Auburn News – Madcap, confetti-throwing comic Rip Taylor dead at 84
Opelika-Auburn News – Steve Miller cracked the code of 1970s radio. But he’s still raging against the music industry
Opelika-Auburn News – Juvenile shot in head, Phenix City police investigate
Daily Mountain Eagle – Empty Bowls dinner set for Oct. 10 in Double Springs
Daily Mountain Eagle – Bankhead House hosting Bicentennial Traveling exhibit
Daily Mountain Eagle – WCSO adopts policy manual, increases jail training
Trussville Tribune – Center Point man wanted on felony warrant in Jefferson County
Sand Mountain Reporter – Boaz Harvest Festival continues Saturday | Miss Harvest Festival Pageant, Classic Car Show headline day’s biggest events
WSFA Montgomery – Teenager killed in wreck remembered as popular and athletic
WSFA Montgomery – Man injured in Eufaula shooting Sunday morning
WSFA Montgomery – Opelika mayor working to increase law enforcement pay
Fox 6 Birmingham – Woman accused of murdering her own baby; child found in locked car
Fox 6 Birmingham – Female security guard shot and killed in Midfield
WAFF Huntsville – One dead in wreck in Madison County
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville Animal Shelter facing overcrowding crisis; waving fees
WKRG Mobile – BIKER DAD: Dangerous prank, biker says he was egged while riding home
WKRG Mobile – Penelope House supporters take pledge against domestic violence
WKRG Mobile – Firefighters battling 3-acre fire in Santa Rosa County
WTVY Dothan – 9-year-old boy killed in shooting in Covington County
WTVY Dothan – Body found in Smith Lake during search for Kelsey Starling
WASHINGTON POST – ‘Out on a limb’: Inside the Republican reckoning over Trump’s possible impeachment
WASHINGTON POST – One of the most politically volatile terms in years tests John Roberts and the Supreme Court
WASHINGTON POST – Trump suggests Pelosi, Schiff committed ‘Treason,’ should be impeached
WASHINGTON POST – Trump administration plans to delay any changes if the ACA loses in court
WASHINGTON POST – GOP lawmakers nationwide shift their focus to mental health
NEW YORK TIMES – Legal Team Says It Represents a Second Whistle-Blower Over Trump and Ukraine
NEW YORK TIMES – Amid Trade War, Farmers Lean on a New Crop: Hemp
NEW YORK TIMES – How Boeing vs. Airbus Became Trump vs. Europe

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