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Daily News Digest – September 13, 2018

Good morning! Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, September 13, 2018.

1. Alabama coming to help.

  • Days before Hurricane Florence makes landfall, Alabama is sending public and private resources to help North Carolina deal with the aftermath.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey has dispatched Alabama Emergency Management personnel and equipment to North Carolina. More resources are staged and ready to deploy should the need arise.
  • Alabama Power is starting to dispatch work crews to help restore power after the storm hits.
  • As many as 350 linemen could be sent to North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, depending on the needs.
  • Alabama EMA Director Brian Hastings said:
  • “We are a close-knit team in FEMA Region IV, and when one state is threatened, we all stand ready to assist our incredible neighbors to prepare, respond and recover to save lives and mitigate human suffering. Alabama is always ready to assist when there is a need.”

2. No debate needed, thanks.

  • It was Gov. Kay Ivey’s turn to address the state retirees Wednesday, and she took the opportunity to tout the state’s economy and progress on industrial recruiting.
  • Questions, though, were all about Medicaid expansion and debates – traps her opponent Walt Maddox laid the day before.
  • On Medicaid expansion, Gov. Ivey said that would be “desirable” in terms of helping hospitals and expanding care, “but how are you going to pay for it?”
  • On debating Maddox, Ivey shrugged off the repeated questions saying voters know where she stands and “we don’t need, I don’t need a debate.”
  • I find this really significant and interesting. It’s such a direct and confident “no” answer, which tells me there is some information behind it.
  • I’d bet the gov’s team has polling data saying she’ll be just fine avoiding debates. It didn’t hurt her in the primary and they are clearly confident it won’t in the general either.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE and from Brian Lyman HERE and from Mike Cason HERE.

A message from The Business Council of Alabama

  • The featured speaker for this year’s BCA Chairman’s Dinner needs no introduction. Ben Stein is the most famous economics teacher in America. His role in “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” has been ranked among the 50 most famous scenes in movie history.
  • He won seven Emmys co-hosting “Win Ben Stein’s Money” and now is a regular commentator on Fox News, CBS Sunday Morning, and CNN.
  • On October 30, investors in the “Carrying the Flag for Business” campaign can hear him say “Bueller” in person… along with some interesting insights about the state of the economy and the Trump presidency.
  • Visit BCA online to learn how you or your organization can be a part of this year’s event.

3. Vape? Juul? Federal crackdown could be coming.

  • U.S. health officials are sounding the alarm about e-cigarettes’ rise in popularity amongst teenagers.
  • The FDA is giving the five largest e-cigarette manufacturers – Vuse, Blu, Juul, MarkTen XL, and Logic – 60 days to produce plans to stop underage use of their products.
  • If they don’t, the FDA could block sales of the products by enforcing a federal requirement that companies provide detailed design and health data about their products before marketing them.
  • Some analysts say the FDA is late to the party on vaping and trying desperately to catch up.
  • Health officials are especially concerned about the rise in fruity, minty and chocolatey flavored e-cigs that teenagers like.
  • Read more from the Associated Press HERE and from the New York Times HERE.

4. One spending bill down.

  • The Senate gave final passage to the first “mini-bus” appropriations bill yesterday.
  • The bill combines three ares of federal spending – Energy and Water Development, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Legislative Branch.
  • $97.1 billion for Veterans Affairs, $44.6 billion for Energy & Water, and $4.8 billion for the Legislative Branch.
  • Those are generally the least controversial appropriations titles. Things like health care and national defense get a lot more complicated.
  • But, assuming Congress goes to the wire on big, controversial spending measures, it will be nice to have half the government’s spending already dispensed with and off the table.
  • Sen. Richard Shelby, who has been laboring in the vineyard to get Congressional appropriations working again, was clearly pleased to see the first fruits of his work.
  • “This is a far cry from where we were just a few months ago. Along the way I have pointed out that we have steadily consolidated critical mass for a return to regular order in the appropriations process…
  • “I thank my colleagues for their hard work in making this aspiration a reality. If we continue to work together in a bipartisan manner we can successfully fund nearly 90 percent of the federal government on time through regular order – something Congress has not been able to do in many years,”
  • The House is expected to pass the “minibus” conference report this week. Next up? Interior, Financial Services, Transportation, HUD, and Agriculture.
  • Read and watch more from CBS News HERE.

5. News Briefs.

Church on the brink
  • Pope Francis is summoning leaders of the Catholic Church to a summit on preventing clergy sex abuse.
  • The move comes after egregious crimes and coverups were revealed in Pennsylvania.
  • The Pope himself has also been widely criticized for his response to the ordeal.
  • Victims advocates are skeptical of what good a meeting will do.
  • Read more HERE.
USA Volunteer becomes million dollar donor
  • A volunteer who rocks babies in the University of South Alabama neonatal intensive care unit has donated more than $1 million to the hospital.
  • USA announced that Louis and Melinda Mapp donated more than $1 million to its Children’s & Women’s Hospital’s Hollis J. Wiseman Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.
  • The gift will establish an endowment that will enable staff to identify and offset unforeseen needs within the unit.
  • I’ve been to the USA hospital and seen the neonatal unit and I can tell you those people are doing amazing work to save tiny lives.
  • Read the full story HERE and don’t miss the jump to WKRG for the video.
The ballad of Rod Rosenstein
  • Ben Folds has written a song about Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstien.
  • That’s a weird sentence to write, but it’s a real thing that happened and it’s pretty interesting.
  • The singer-songwriter feels downright bad for Rosenstein and how he has been treated in Congress.
  • He compares him to “Mr. Peepers” from Lord of the Flies. Seems well-meaning but probably not the favor Rosenstein was looking for.
  • Anyway, watch, listen, and read all about that HERE.

5. Headlines.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Gov. Ivey: ‘Don’t need a debate.’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State sends resources to help North Carolina with storm response.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama Power crews deploying to assist states after Hurricane Florence.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Francis calls clergy abuse summit as issue imperils papacy.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump OKs sanctions for foreigners who meddle in elections.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Volunteer who rocks babies donates $1M to Alabama hospital.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – September 12, 2018.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Gov. Kay Ivey touts economy; says Medicaid expansion is unlikely
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – ASU financial aid woes: University offers solutions, students demand answers.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Montgomery Fire receives $3.5 million federal grant to hire more firefighters.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – MPS expected to approve budget on time, but faces $9 million deficit.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Receiving stolen property charge against Kenneth Glasgow dropped.
DOTHAN EAGLE – America’s values remain intact.
DOTHAN EAGLE – Family spends anniversary camped out at Chick-Fil-A..
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Editorial: Banning hard liquor at fraternity events is long overdue.
ANNISTON STAR – Editorial: The terrible idea of using food assistance as a weapon.
DECATUR DAILY -Case against doctor accused of sexual assault likely to remain public.
AL.COM – ‘Hope for the best’: Another contract expiration looms for Carnival in Mobile.
AL.COM – Airbus execs: Flight Works Alabama will guide students to aerospace.
AL.COM – TVA dropping Alabama lake levels for hurricane’s heavy rain.
AL.COM – Hezekiah Jackson suspended by national NAACP, pending hearing on allegations.
AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald: Who paid Rebekah Mason? Court could force Bentley to say.
AL.COM – Gov. Kay Ivey again says she has no plans to debate.
AL.COM – National Merit Scholarship semifinalists 2019: 215 Alabama students earn honors.
AL.COM – Alabama company gets $21 million Navy contract.
AL.COM – Corps holds public meeting on Mobile Bay channel plan.
WASHINGTON POST – Middle-class income rose above $61,000 for the first time last year, U.S. Census Bureau says.
WASHINGTON POST – ‘Never give an inch’: Trump keeps touting perceived failures as successes.
WASHINGTON POST – Senate passes bipartisan spending package as lawmakers eye shutdown deadline.
WASHINGTON POST – New census data show gains to low- and middle-income families but stalled progress on health coverage.
WASHINGTON POST – Volunteer who rocks babies donates $1M to Alabama hospital.
NEW YORK TIMES – U.S. Has Highest Share of Foreign-Born Since 1910, With More Coming From Asia
NEW YORK TIMES – Detention of Migrant Children Has Skyrocketed to Highest Levels Ever
NEW YORK TIMES – Tickets From Poverty to a Better Future: Congress should move poor families to healthy neighborhoods.
NEW YORK TIMES – Rebuffed by Trump on Tariffs, Businesses Mount Coordinated Pushback
NEW YORK TIMES – They Defied Trump on Climate Change. Now, It’s Their Moment of Truth.

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