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Daily News Digest – September 1, 2020

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Good morning!

They say that in this pandemic the days are long but the months are short. That must be the case because we apparently blinked and here it is September. Let’s hope the weather got the memo.

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday September, 1.


1. COVID-19 update

  • The Alabama Department of Public Health reported 696 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 127 probable cases on Monday. Sixteen new deaths were reported, bringing that total to 2,083 since the pandemic began.
  • Since March, 117,152 confirmed cases and 8,906 probable cases have been reported.
  • Statewide, 106 hospitals reported a total of 1,004 hospitalizations on Monday. That’s down about 600 patients from a month ago.
  • Last month, when college students returned to campuses, ADPH put people age 18 to 24 into a separate category for case demographics. On Monday, that group accounted for 14.5% of all cases, up from 13.9% Aug. 24.
  • Statewide, the age group with the largest percentage of cases continues to be 25-49 year olds with about 39%, according to ADPH.
  • Older people are the vast majority of deaths. About 77% of deaths have been in people 65 and old. About 18% have in people age 50 to 64.
  • Full story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.


2. Trump wades into racial tensions with visit to Kenosha

  • The battle over who can keep Americans safe after recent deadly protests has emerged as the sharpest dividing line for the presidential campaign’s final weeks.
  • Claiming the mantle of the “law and order” candidate, President Donald Trump is offering himself as the leader best positioned to keep Americans safe, a day after Democratic rival Joe Biden assailed him over the deadly protests that have sprung up on his watch.
  • Trump today is diving head-first into the latest eruption in the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice with a trip to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has been riven by protests since the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back by police. Trump has defended a teenage supporter accused of fatally shooting two men in Kenosha last week and accused the former vice president of siding with “anarchists” and “rioters.”
  • Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, who deployed the National Guard to quell demonstrations in response to the Blake shooting, pleaded with Trump to stay away for fear of straining tensions further. The White House said the president was expected to meet with law enforcement and tour “property affected by recent riots.”
  • Read more and watch the latest videos from Trump and Biden HERE.






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3. Nick Saban, Alabama players hold protest march on campus

  • University of Alabama head football coach Nick Saban led dozens of his players and other athletes on a march to protest social injustice and recent incidents of police brutality against Black men and women.
  • The group marched the short distance Monday on the school’s campus from the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility to Foster Auditorium, where segregationist Gov. George Wallace stood at the door in 1963 trying to block the entry of two Black students.
  • The Crimson Tide athletes, coaches and staff joined a series of organized events among football players and others in college athletics across the country in the wake of the Wisconsin police shooting of Jacob Blake and others.
  • Such gatherings or marches have been held at schools like Oklahoma, Kansas, Duke, Baylor, Mississippi and Mississippi State with others planned.
  • “For certain, we can’t let this momentum die,” tailback Najee Harris said. “This has to be an ongoing movement until change happens.”
  • Full story HERE.




4. Across the South, a push to change Confederate school names

  • More than 100 public schools in the U.S. are named for Confederate figures — roughly 90 of those for Lee, Confederate President Jefferson Davis or Gen. Stonewall Jackson — according to a report from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Many were founded during the days of segregation as all-white schools but now also serve African American students. At least a dozen have majority Black student bodies.
  • A renewed push has emerged to rename many of the schools as ongoing nationwide protests over police misconduct and racial injustice have spurred the removal of Confederate monuments. Multiple school systems in Alabama, Texas and Virginia have voted to change school names in recent months, but local resistance and state laws make that no simple task.
  • In Montgomery, three high schools are named after Lee, Davis and Sidney Lanier, a writer and poet who was a Confederate soldier. The schools have student populations ranging from 82% to 99% Black.
  • The Montgomery County School Board voted in July to change the names of the three schools, but a 2017 state law protects Confederate monuments and other long-standing memorials and names. The school system will have to get a waiver from a committee, which could act in October at the soonest, or pay a $25,000 fine for breaking the law by changing the name without permission.
  • Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.




5. $10M in COVID-19 relief dedicated to forestry

  • A $10 million COVID-19 relief grant program will help timberland owners, Gov. Kay Ivey said Monday.
  • Grants of up to $10,000 will be administered by the Alabama Forestry Commission on a first-come, first-serve basis. To qualify, timber owners have to have harvested in the months of March through July.
  • The money comes from about $1.9 billion awarded to the state earlier this year in the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act. Ivey and lawmakers agreed to spend about up to $300 million of the Coronavirus Relief Fund to be used to support citizens, businesses, and non-profit and faith-based organizations impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • “The Alabama Forestry Commission understands that forest landowners in the state have been negatively impacted by the coronavirus,” State Forester Rick Oates said in a statement. “These assistance payments will not make landowners whole, but they will help.”
  • Full story HERE.




Inside Alabama Politics – August 28, 2020


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State reports 696 new coronavirus cases Monday; college-aged share increases


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump to wade into racial tensions with visit to Kenosha


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Nick Saban, Alabama players hold protest march on campus


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Across the South, a push to change Confederate school names


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – $10M in COVID-19 relief dedicated to forestry


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Six statewide constitutional amendments on Nov. 3 ballot


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Auburn expects to be without 16 players in practice return


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Another 481 COVID-19 cases found at University of Alabama


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rapid $5 coronavirus test doesn’t need specialty equipment


ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – August 31, 2020


AL.COM – Nick Saban leads Black Lives Matter march in Tuscaloosa


AL.COM – Birmingham to resume cutting water service for overdue bills


AL.COM – State inmate, 33, dies after testing positive for COVID-19


AL.COM – Scammers conned church group out of COVID stimulus checks, investigators say


AL.COM – ‘This is just insane’: Students say UA is doing too little to protect them from COVID-19


AL.COM – Mobile mayor on Mardi Gras planning: Consider ’creative outdoor alternatives’ to traditional parades


AL.COM – Columnist Amanda Walker: Here’s how not to get elected


Montgomery Advertiser – A glimpse into Montgomery restaurant history


Montgomery Advertiser – SQAD: Miss Quan offers dance students a level of instruction she couldn’t get as a child


Montgomery Advertiser – Plagued by criminal court delays and COVID-19, lawsuit against former Tuskegee cop also lingers


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Jefferson County school teachers prepared for new school year


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – B’ham city worker: Crime will increase if furloughs happen


WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – UAB: African Americans more at risk of colon cancer, symptoms to look for



Tuscaloosa News – U.S. Highway 82 crash kills teen


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa man faces capital murder charge in Sunday shooting


Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa city leaders mull relief plan for bars


Decatur Daily – COVID-19 expected to slice $3.9 million from Decatur budget


Decatur Daily – Henry sworn in as fourth councilwoman in Athens’ history


Decatur Daily – Accused ex-judge withdraws bid to have charges thrown out


Times Daily – Tuscumbia schools superintendent tests positive for COVID


Times Daily – Gov. Ivey awards grant to support sexual assault victims

Times Daily – State purchasing program helps keep Colbert in new dump trucks


Anniston Star – Police: Man drove car off Chimney Peak in Jacksonville


Anniston Star – Jacksonville council hears final comments on proposed Confederate monument removal


Anniston Star – Anniston teen charged in August robbery


YellowHammer News – Interim president appointed at Gadsden State Community College


YellowHammer News – Infrastructure, law enforcement highlight Bedsole-Penhale House District 49 showdown


YellowHammer News – UA SGA president: ‘The university has done a fantastic job’ with return-to-campus efforts


Gadsden Times – Damage repaired on trail, Noccalula Falls Park is fully open


Gadsden Times – Census Bowl aims to encourge count in low-response counties


Gadsden Times – Police Report for Sept. 1


Dothan Eagle – Alabama launches Census Bowl to encourage participation


Dothan Eagle – Girlfriend fabricated domestic violence incident; arrested


Dothan Eagle – Police investigate edged weapon assault; one injured


Opelika-Auburn News – New COVID-19 case daily average in Lee County doubles, but hospitalizations still lower


Opelika-Auburn News – Quarry fights back in front of Lee Co. Commission


Opelika-Auburn News – Lee County to take up $46.6M budget, quarry concerns


WSFA Montgomery – Local pastors weighing church reopening plans


WSFA Montgomery – Deadly pedestrian shooting suspect disputing capital murder charge


WSFA Montgomery – Smiths Station High School teacher under investigation for criminal surveillance


WAFF Huntsville – COVID-19 in Alabama: State sees 696 new cases on Monday

WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville International Airport works to stop human trafficking


WAFF Huntsville – UAB: African Americans more at risk of colon cancer, symptoms to look for


WKRG Mobile – Parents concerned with MCPSS WiFi buses


WKRG Mobile – No, the CDC has not reduced the death count related to COVID-19


WKRG Mobile – Young man rescues dog after woman throws it from car


WTVY Dothan – COVID-19 hospitalizations decline in Alabama


WTVY Dothan – Local middle school student takes invention to national level



WTVY Dothan – New Business in Blakely set to bring economic growth, jobs to Early County


WASHINGTON POST – Biden calls Trump ‘a toxic presence’ who is encouraging violence in America


WASHINGTON POST – Federal workers will have taxes deferred under Trump’s order, sparking outcry


WASHINGTON POST – Trump administration rolls back Obama-era rule aimed at limiting toxic wastewater from coal plants


NEW YORK TIMES – How the Fatal Shooting at a Portland Protest Unfolded


NEW YORK TIMES – As Guns Get Drawn at Protest Sites, Demonstrators Fear a Volatile New Phase


NEW YORK TIMES – New York City Gambles Big on Reopening Schools: ‘We Are on a Tightrope’


WALL STREET JOURNAL – Summer Fuel Demand Disappoints, Challenging Economy


WALL STREET JOURNAL – California Lawmakers Back Mandate for Racial Diversity on Corporate Boards


WALL STREET JOURNAL – American, Delta End Domestic Change Fees


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