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Daily News Digest – September 13,

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the Alabama Trucking Association

Good morning!

You gotta be able to laugh at yourself, right? Here’s a chuckle: yesterday on the Yaffee radio show on Huntsville’s WVNN, I accidentally fell asleep while waiting for the hit to begin. If you listen closely, you can hear a little snore. It was an early morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Tuesday, September 13.


1. State nearly ready with untried execution method

  • Alabama could be ready to use a new, untried execution method called nitrogen hypoxia to carry out a death sentence as soon as next week, a state attorney told a federal judge Monday.
  • James Houts, a deputy state attorney general, told U.S. District Judge R. Austin Huffaker Jr. that it is “very likely” the method could be available for the execution of Alan Eugene Miller, currently set for Sept. 22, if the judge blocks the use of lethal injection. Houts said the protocol “is there,” but said the final decision on when to use the new method is up to Corrections Commissioner John Hamm.
  • Nitrogen hypoxia, which is supposed to cause death by replacing oxygen with nitrogen, has been authorized by Alabama and two other states for executions but has never been used by a state.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.


2. Simpson details fentanyl proposal

  • Fentanyl and the deaths it is causing may be Alabama’s biggest drug problem right now, a lawmaker from Baldwin County says. But it’s also the only drug for which a trafficking conviction does not require jail time.
  • Rep. Matt Simpson, R-Daphne, will sponsor next year legislation to make prison a punishment for trafficking fentanyl.
  • According to the multi-state Gulf Coast High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, there were 1,069 fentanyl deaths in Alabama in 2021, an increase of almost 136% from 2020.
  • “As dangerous and as deadly as this drug is, for it to not have the same penalties as other drugs is just unacceptable,” Simpson told Alabama Daily News on Monday.
  • Current Alabama law allows for a minimum fine of $50,000 for those convicted of trafficking one to two grams of fentanyl. Simpson’s proposed legislation says manufacturing, selling or delivering that same amount would result in a three-year prison sentence. Proposed sentences are longer for larger amounts of the drug; eight grams or more would get a life sentence.
  • Alabama’s surrounding states all require prison time for fentanyl distribution.
  • Read more from Mary Sell HERE.






A message from

the Alabama Trucking Association

  • Imagine what our lives would be like if groceries, medicine, or gasoline weren’t readily available. Thanks to the hard work and sacrifices of Alabama truckers and their families, we’ll never have to find out.
  • In Alabama, trucking accounts for 1 in 14 jobs and employs more than 110,810 Alabamians.
  • National Truck Driver Appreciation Week (Sept. 11-17, 2022) is an important time to offer our respect and thanks for the dedication of professional commercial truck drivers for their hard work and commitment to one of our economy’s most demanding and essential jobs.





3. Inflation rose again in August despite cheaper gas

  • Most economists expected the consumer price index for August to decrease by 0.1%, showing two straight months of slightly declining inflation.
  • Instead, inflation rose 0.1%, despite lower gas prices many had hoped would ease the rising costs of other consumer goods.
  • Officially, inflation has increased 8.3% over the last year.
  • Inflation has escalated families’ grocery bills, rents and utility costs, among many other expenses, inflicting hardships on households and deepening gloom about the economy despite strong job growth and historically low unemployment.
  • Read more HERE.



4. Trump’s ‘Save America’ PAC faces scrutiny

  • Sitting on top of more than $115 million across several political committees, former President Donald Trump has positioned himself as a uniquely indomitable force in the GOP who would almost certainly have the resources to swamp his rivals if he launched another presidential campaign.
  • But that massive pile of money is also emerging as a potential vulnerability. His chief fundraising vehicle, Save America PAC, is under new legal scrutiny after the Justice Department issued a round of grand jury subpoenas that sought information about the political action committee’s fundraising practices.
  • Officially, the scope of the probe is unclear.
  • Much of the money Trump has amassed was raised in the days and weeks after the 2020 election, when emails and texts solicited cash for an “election defense fund.” But no such fund ever existed. Instead, Trump has dedicated the money to other uses. He’s financed dozens of rallies, paid staff and used the money to travel as he’s teased an expected 2024 presidential run.
  • Read more HERE.



5. Lessons learned? Saban, now-No. 2 Alabama sure hope so

  • A penalty-packed performance against Texas only cost Alabama the No. 1 ranking, not a loss.
  • But a team that opened as the favorite to win the national championship hardly looked the part in the 20-19 victory in Austin on Saturday, especially on offense.
  • For the now second-ranked Crimson Tide’s coach Nick Saban, the positive takeaways are an abundance of lessons and an early demonstration that his team can handle adversity.
  • “There’s a tremendous amount of things that we can learn from as a team,” Saban said after the game. “What I told them was if you practice hard the game is easy. If you don’t push yourself in practice, the game becomes hard.”
  • Read more from John Zenor HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State nearly ready with untried execution method
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Rep. Matt Simpson working on fentanyl trafficking bill
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Trump’s PAC faces scrutiny amid intensifying legal probes
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Lessons learned? Saban, now-No. 2 Alabama sure hope so
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State parks ready for $80M bond sale with list of improvements
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Teacher shortages are real, but not for the reason you heard
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What we know: The intel review of documents at Trump’s estate
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – AP Top 25: UGA reclaims No. 1
AL.COM – Blue Origin’s New Shepard uncrewed rocket launch aborted due to ‘booster failure’
AL.COM – P-EBT, free school lunch programs helped combat Alabama child hunger during COVID. Now they’re ending
AL.COM – ‘We have to do something’: Alabama lawmaker pitches increased penalties for fentanyl traffickers as overdoses mount
AL.COM – Alabama Supreme Court overturns rule limiting murder prosecutions based on time of victim’s death
AL.COM – Judge dismisses lawsuit that sought to ban Alabama’s electronic vote-counting machines
AL.COM – Alabama says untested nitrogen hypoxia method could be used for execution next week
AL.COM – Investigation into Mar-a-Lago secret documents ‘spiraled out of control,’ Trump lawyers say
AL.COM – Alabama astronaut Mae Jemison was first Black woman in space 30 years ago today
AL.COM – ‘What you are wearing has nothing to do with the job’: Female lawyers talk about humiliating demands in Alabama
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Alabama ‘very likely’ ready to execute by nitrogen hypoxia by Sept. 22, ADOC attorney says
Montgomery Advertiser – Top five Social Security fraud scam prevention tools
Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery County’s COVID cases fall 14.2%; Alabama cases plummet 32.8%
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Kroger’s grocery delivery service growing in Birmingham
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – City leaders worry about future projects amid potential nationwide railroad worker strike
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – A potential nationwide rail worker strike could cause railroad crossing blockages
Tuscaloosa News – University of Alabama sets record enrollment with 38,645 students
Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa County’s COVID cases fall 27.5%; Alabama cases plummet 32.8%
Decatur Daily – Mazda Toyota suppler in Athens expects to hire 250 more workers
Decatur Daily – Man charged with sexually abusing relative for seven years
Decatur Daily – Bezos rocket crashes after liftoff
Times Daily – $1.2M grant to pay for water, sewer upgrades in Leighton
Times Daily – 4 Shoals area arts organizations receive $24,500 in grants
Times Daily – NWSCC earns multiple public relations awards
Anniston Star – Choccolocco woman stabs her brother in the knee in domestic dispute
Anniston Star – First responders life-flight woman to UAB after weekend stabbing
Anniston Star – Local first responders remember sacrifice made by New York fire families
YellowHammer News – Finance Director says state feels ‘comfortable’ to ‘move forward’ with prison projects
YellowHammer News – State preps for use of new execution method
YellowHammer News – UA sets enrollment, National Merit Scholars records
Gadsden Times – Southside, Rainbow City team up for free riverside showing of ‘Jaws’
Gadsden Times – Etowah County’s COVID cases fall 30%; Alabama cases plummet 32.8%
Gadsden Times – Fares to resume in October for trolley, DART buses
Dothan Eagle – Trump’s PAC under legal scrutiny; queen’s coffin to return to London; 1st-time winners shine at Emmys
Dothan Eagle – R. Kelly lawyer to deliver closing before jurors deliberate
Dothan Eagle – Horse trainer, wheelchair athlete to attend royal funeral
Opelika-Auburn News – China’s Xi heads abroad to promote strategic role
Opelika-Auburn News – Seahawks survive Wilson’s return, edge Broncos on missed FG
Opelika-Auburn News – Rains, mudslides prompt Southern California evacuations
WSFA Montgomery – National Peanut Day celebrates the legume’s contributions
WSFA Montgomery – Number of available foster homes, parents declining in Alabama
WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery man helping special needs children in Uganda
WAFF Huntsville – Number of available foster homes, parents declining in Alabama
WAFF Huntsville – A potential nationwide rail worker strike could cause railroad crossing blockages
WAFF Huntsville – Pair of brothers involved in shooting, leaves one charged, one arrested
WKRG Mobile – EXPLAINER: Why Twitter’s former security head is testifying
WKRG Mobile – The Institute for Supply Management holds meeting surrounding housing market costs
WKRG Mobile – King Charles in Belfast, queen’s coffin to return to London
WTVY Dothan – Enterprise State Community College gets enrollment boost from new programs
WTVY Dothan – Narcan distribution event teaches community how to save lives
WTVY Dothan – Record Houston County budget approved, sanitation fees headed up
WASHINGTON POST – Inflation likely fell again in August, but there’s a long way to go
WASHINGTON POST – Intelligence points to potential turning point in Ukraine war
WASHINGTON POST – Ukraine live briefing: Russian retreat in northeast fuels cautious optimism for Kyiv and allies
NEW YORK TIMES – Unearthing a Maya Civilization That ‘Punched Above its Weight’
NEW YORK TIMES – Live Updates: Ukraine Steps Up Information War, Seeking to Exploit Russian Setbacks
NEW YORK TIMES – The Critical Moment Behind Ukraine’s Rapid Advance
WALL STREET JOURNAL – CPI Report Live Updates: U.S. Inflation Slowed Slightly to 8.3% in August
WALL STREET JOURNAL – U.S. August Inflation Rate Is Expected Tuesday Amid Lower Gasoline Prices
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Twitter Shareholders Are Poised to Approve Elon Musk Takeover Deal



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