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Daily News Digest – October 9, 2019

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Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, October 9.

1. Reed wins big, will become Montgomery’s first black mayor.

(Mickey Welsh/Montgomery Advertiser via AP)
  • Montgomery made history Tuesday by electing its first ever African-American mayor.
  • It’s a major milestone for the city known as both the “cradle of the Confederacy” and the “birthplace of the Civil Rights movement.”
  • Steven Reed earned 67% of the vote to defeat David Woods in the runoff election, ending a campaign that at first saw as many as 12 candidates vying for the city’s top job.
  • Reed, the current Montgomery County Probate Judge and son of longtime Democratic Party operative Joe Reed, projected a message of unity in his speech to supporters gathered in downtown Montgomery.
  • “This election has never been about me. This election has never been about just my ideas. It’s been about all of the hopes and dreams that we have as individuals and collectively in the city,” he said.
  • Reed said his campaign was built on a coalition focused on the city’s future and “all of the things that tie us together rather than those things that keep us apart.”
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.
  • Also read full coverage from The Montgomery Advertiser’s Sara MacNeil HERE.
  • And watch the television news coverage from WSFA HERE.

2. White House attacks impeachment process.

  • The White House declared Tuesday it will halt any and all cooperation with what it termed the “illegitimate” impeachment probe by House Democrats, sharpening the constitutional clash between President Donald Trump and Congress.
  • In an eight-page letter, White House counsel Pat Cipollone pointed to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s failure to call for an official vote to proceed with the inquiry as grounds to claim the process a farce.
  • “Given that your inquiry lacks any legitimate constitutional foundation, any pretense of fairness, or even the most elementary due process protections, the Executive Branch cannot be expected to participate in it,” Cipollone wrote.
  • The U.S. Constitution gives the House “the sole power of impeachment” — but it confers that authority without an instruction manual.
  • Douglas Letter, a lawyer for the House Judiciary Committee, told a federal judge Tuesday that it’s clear the House “sets its own rules” on how the impeachment process will play out.
  • Courts have been historically hesitant to step in as referee for congressional oversight and impeachment. In 1993, the Supreme Court held that impeachment was an issue for the Congress and not the courts.
  • Read the full story, including the letter itself as well as analysis by CBS News’ Major Garrett HERE.





A message from The Boeing Company.

  • On Oct. 9, 1958, the U.S. Air Force selected Boeing to design, develop and deliver the Minuteman intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM). Boeing engineers invented technologies for the all-new ICBM like air-bearing guidance, a flight computer and reliable electronic parts.
  • Nuclear tensions increased, and in April 1959, the U.S. Secretary of Defense accelerated the Minuteman program by one year. Boeing delivered ahead of schedule and launched the first mockup missile in September 1959 – just 11 months after winning the program.
  • The Boeing-built Minuteman I went on alert in October 1962, a year ahead of schedule.
  • Just as it was 61 years ago today, Boeing’s unparalleled expertise is critical for the nation’s future ICBM.




3. Delegation reacts to Turkey/Syria situation.

  • President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw military support from the U.S.’s ally in Syria, leaving the Kurds vulnerable to an attack by Turkey, has been criticized by some Republicans nationally.
  • In Alabama, at least one Congressman thinks it’s the correct move.
  • U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a Republican from Huntsville, spoke in favor of the withdrawal.
  • “I do believe that it is wise to remove our troops from Syria because we do not have unlimited financial resources and unlimited American lives that we can spend in a (region) where I think history has shown that we do not ultimately gain from having spent that treasury or lost those lives,” Brooks said on the Jeff Poor radio show this week.
  • The state’s two Democrats – Rep. Terri Sewell and Sen. Doug Jones – were both critical of the move, saying that abandoning the Kurds could have negative long term consequences.
  • Read the full story with more reaction from the delegation from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.


4. How about this weather?



5. News Briefs.


Former SC Rep. Trey Gowdy joins Trump legal team
  • WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy has been tapped to serve as outside counsel to President Donald Trump as the House impeachment inquiry expands.
  • That’s according to an administration official who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal legal matters.
  • Gowdy is a former South Carolina congressman who did not seek reelection last year to the seat he had held for eight years.
  • Gowdy was the chairman of the House oversight committee. He led the congressional investigation of former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the terrorist attacks in Benghazi, Libya.
Inmate dies after being found in Alabama prison dorm
  • BESSEMER, Ala. (AP) — Corrections officials are investigating a second inmate death at an Alabama prison within days.
  • A statement from the Department of Corrections says 53-year-old Elvin Burnseed of Dothan was found unconscious in his dorm at Donaldson prison near Bessemer on Monday.
  • He was taken to the prison infirmary and pronounced dead after life-saving measures failed.
  • Burnseed’s was serving a life sentence for a robbery in Houston County. The state hasn’t released a cause of death.
  • The man’s death came three days after an inmate was killed at the same prison while being subdued by officers. The department says 35-year-old Steven Davis died after rushing at officers with a makeshift weapon in each hand.
Former volunteer fire chief in Alabama charged with theft
  • GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — A former north Alabama volunteer fire chief faces two felony theft charges for allegedly stealing funds from the Georgia Mountain Volunteer Fire Department.
  • News outlets report 40-year-old Jason H. Edmonds, of Guntersville, was arrested Tuesday on a charge of first-degree theft and illegal possession or use of a credit or debit card.
  • The Marshall County Sheriff’s Office began investigating a few weeks ago when Georgia Mountain VFD board members discovered more than $5,000 in missing funds.
  • The sheriff’s assistant chief deputy, Steve Guthrie, says Edmonds resigned during the investigation into misappropriated funds and questionable purchases.
  • Edmonds was released from the county jail after posting $30,000. Jail records did not indicate if he has an attorney.
US soldier in Afghanistan accused of raping Alabama student
  • AUBURN, Ala. (AP) — U.S. Army criminal investigators have arrested a deployed soldier accused of raping an Alabama college student last year.
  • Auburn police Capt. Lorenza Dorsey said in a news release Tuesday that 27-year-old Ryan Charles Petro of North Carolina has been charged with five counts of first-degree rape.
  • Investigators say he sexually assaulted a 19-year-old Auburn University student, an acquaintance of his, at a hotel. He was identified through the analysis of forensic evidence. Authorities didn’t specify what type of evidence was tested.
  • Petro was arrested by military investigators while deployed in Afghanistan last month. He was later turned over to North Carolina authorities and then been booked into an Alabama jail.
  • Auburn police and U.S. Army agents are investigating.
Alabama sports promoter Art Clarkson dies
  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The promoter responsible for a string of professional sports teams that played in Alabama has died.
  • The Birmingham Bulls hockey team announced Tuesday that founder Art Clarkson died Monday. He was 78.
  • Clarkson was responsible for several minor league sports teams that have called Birmingham home.
  • He brought baseball to Alabama’s largest city by snagging the Birmingham Barons in 1981, and started the Birmingham Bulls a decade later before the team folded. Clarkson later was involved with Arena Football and organized the Tennessee Valley Vipers in Huntsville.
  • He founded the current version of the Birmingham Bulls as members of the Southern Professional Hockey League in 2017. Clarkson stepped down as managing partner of the team in March because of his health.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Montgomery elects first black mayor in 200-year history
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama congressional delegation reacts to Trump’s Syria withdraw
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – White House vows total halt to impeachment probe cooperation
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – James Spann: Alabama mostly dry through midweek
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Taylor to leave Ivey Administration to make way for wife’s run for Congress
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Byrne Announces Grassroots group of over 200 Community Leaders
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest– October 8, 2019
AL.COM  – State prison officials investigating 2nd death at Donaldson Correctional Facility in 2 days
AL.COM  – Correctional officer at St. Clair County prison charged with drug trafficking
AL.COM  – University of Alabama committee to address diversity
AL.COM  – Alabama to hear complaint over high solar panel fees
AL.COM  – Alabama Republicans signing up for U.S. Senate, House races
AL.COM  – Alabama GOP calls out Sen. Doug Jones on impeachment
AL.COM  – Alabama man’s grieving heart healed by helping homeless
AL.COM  – National Children’s Advocacy Center in Huntsville receives $2.7 million in federal grants
AL.COM  – Columnist Roy Johnson: Why do slave-ship Clotilda owner’s descendants still cower in silence?
Montgomery Advertiser – Don’t underestimate what new Montgomery mayor Steven Reed’s historic victory means
Montgomery Advertiser – Packed house and ready to party: Excitement fills Steven Reed’s victory celebration
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery City Council runoffs: 2 of 3 races prove tight
YellowHammer News – Steven Reed wins Montgomery mayoral race
YellowHammer News – Tombigbee Electric’s broadband project awarded federal grant — ‘Excellent news’
YellowHammer News – John Merrill to host counterintelligence and security seminar
Dothan Eagle – Man charged in Dollar General shooting waives preliminary hearing
Dothan Eagle – Construction on Geneva County Jail ahead of schedule
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa Police investigating armed robbery at gas station
Tuscaloosa News – Tickets available for 48th annual Kentuck Festival of the Arts
Decatur Daily – Dynetics complex allows design, construction, testing of large structures in one location
Decatur Daily – 16 local positions up for election; qualifying opens for many races
Decatur Daily – Schools planned to use online taxes for SROs
Times Daily – Shoals firefighters celebrate National Fire Prevention Week
Times Daily – Legislative appropriation will help state’s Community Action Agencies
Times Daily – Local history program slated for Sunday at Old Brick Presbyterian Church
Gadsden Times – City receives $917,000 to improve Meighan, Hood intersection
Gadsden Times – EHS responds to mock active shooter scenario
Gadsden Times – Cherokee investigators arrest two in multiple car burglaries
Anniston Star – Little’s attorney says councilman didn’t believe vote affected his property
Anniston Star – Heflin council votes for cost-control measure
Anniston Star – Oxford investigating legality of off-premise alcohol taxes for retailers
Troy Messenger – Second forum gathers feedback on education
Troy Messenger – Refinancing could save Troy $1.1M
Troy Messenger – AG Marshall addresses Troy Rotary Club
Andalusia Star News – Sheriff recognizes three for going above, beyond
Andalusia Star News – UWA focusing on health-related career paths through new school
Andalusia Star News – Barton announces bid for re-election to commission
Opelika-Auburn News – Lee County becomes a ‘Purple Heart county’
Opelika-Auburn News – Phenix City police officer involved in shooting
Opelika-Auburn News – Military member facing charges in 2018 Auburn sexual assault case
Daily Mountain Eagle – Commission declares Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Daily Mountain Eagle – Local CAC earns full membership in statewide group
Trussville Tribune – Former volunteer fire chief in Alabama charged with theft
Trussville Tribune – Birmingham Police officer identified as person killed in fiery crash
Trussville Tribune – Birmingham Fire and Rescue Service names Moon as new fire chief
Athens News Courier – Historical program covers life of Chippendale
Athens News Courier – COUNTY COMMISSION: Farmer announces plans to run
Athens News Courier – Fed’s odd dilemma: Low unemployment but pressure to do more
Sand Mountain Reporter – 2-year-old wandering in road, father arrested | Collinsville man charged with child neglect, drug possession
Sand Mountain Reporter – Former Volunteer Fire Chief arrested | Guntersville fireman suspected of embezzling department funds
Sand Mountain Reporter – RSVP needs volunteers for tax return program
WSFA Montgomery – Investigators working to find cause of Montgomery fire
WSFA Montgomery – Phenix City area residents speak on officer-involved shooting on 16th St.
WSFA Montgomery – Steven Reed makes history as Montgomery’s first black mayor
Fox 6 Birmingham – New LGBTQ liaison provides bridge between B’ham Police Department and community
Fox 6 Birmingham – How much is Fairfield paying the Jefferson Co. Sheriff’s Office in new partnership?
Fox 6 Birmingham – Dr. Yusef Salaam speaks to sold-out crowd at UAB
WAFF Huntsville – Athens fined $30K for accidental sewage discharge
WAFF Huntsville – Bicyclist struck, killed by vehicle near Huntsville International Airport
WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville woman killed in 2-vehicle wreck
WKRG Mobile – Family finds $600K of cocaine while on vacation
WKRG Mobile – Missing Child Alert issued for 2-year-old Fla. boy
WKRG Mobile – Ole Miss professors want answers on how trustees selected new leader
WTVY Dothan – Steven Reed makes history as Montgomery’s first black mayor
WTVY Dothan – Coppinville Junior High adds supper to the menu
WTVY Dothan – Prison for woman who scammed retired school teacher out of thousands
WASHINGTON EXAMINER : Whistleblower had ‘professional’ tie to 2020 Democratic candidate
The Hill : The surgeon general is right about marijuana and its risks
WASHINGTON POST  – White House escalates standoff with Congress, says it will not cooperate with impeachment inquiry of Trump
WASHINGTON POST  – Former national security officials fight back as Trump attacks impeachment as ‘deep state’ conspiracy
WASHINGTON POST  – For the first time in history, U.S. billionaires paid a lower tax rate than the working class last year
WASHINGTON POST  – U.S. Supreme Court arguments on gay, transgender rights coincide with widening culture wars overseas
NEW YORK TIMES  – Trump’s Ukraine Call Was ‘Crazy’ and ‘Frightening,’ Official Told Whistle-Blower
NEW YORK TIMES  – G.O.P.-Led Senate Panel Affirms Russia Attacked Election, and Urges Action

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