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Daily News Digest – September 16, 2019

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Here’s your Daily News for Monday, September 16.


1. Oil prices spike after attack on Saudi facility.

  • Global energy prices spiked on Monday after a weekend attack on key oil facilities in Saudi Arabia caused the worst disruption to world supplies on record, an assault for which President Donald Trump warned that the U.S. was “locked and loaded” to respond.
  • U.S. officials offered satellite images of the damage at the heart of the kingdom’s crucial Abqaiq oil processing plant and a key oil field, alleging the pattern of destruction suggested the attack on Saturday came from either Iraq or Iran — rather than Yemen, as claimed by Iranian-backed Houthi rebels there.
  • Iran for its part called the U.S. allegations “maximum lies.”
  • The Houthis on Monday warned of more attacks on Saudi oil facilities and urged foreign companies doing business in the kingdom to stay away from its energy sites. Yahia Sarie, a rebel spokesman, said facilities such as the Abqaiq oil processing plant and the oil field hit this weekend could again “be targeted at any time.”
  • In Vienna, U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry condemned what he called “Iran’s attack on the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia” in an address to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s general conference.
  • “This behavior is unacceptable and they must be held responsible,” Perry said of Iran. “Make no mistake about it, this was a deliberate attack on the global economy and the global energy market.”
  • He added that “despite Iran’s malign efforts, we are very confident that the market is resilient and will respond” and said that Trump has authorized the release of strategic oil reserves should the U.S. need them.
  • Full story HERE.


2. Biden in Birmingham.

  • Former Vice President Joe Biden was in Birmingham yesterday visiting 16th Street Baptist Church on the observance of the 56th anniversary of the deadly Ku Klux Klan bombing that killed four girls inside the church.
  • Biden, who is by most all polls the leading Democratic candidate for president, used his time in the pulpit to decry racism and draw solidarity with black congregants.
  • Biden read out the names of the bombing victims — Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Carole Robertson and Cynthia Wesley — and he drew nods of affirmation as he warned that “the same poisonous ideology that lit the fuse on 16th Street” has yielded more recent tragedies, including in 2015 at a black church in South Carolina, in 2018 at a Jewish synagogue in Pittsburgh and in August at an El Paso, Texas, Walmart frequented by Latino immigrants.
  • He claimed the United States has “never lived up to” the ideals of the founding and said that “those who are white try…but we can never fully understand” the traumatic effects of racism.
  • Bill Barrow was back in Alabama following Biden for the story. Read it in full HERE.



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3. General Motors workers strike.

  • More than 49,000 members of the United Auto Workers walked off General Motors factory floors or set up picket lines early Monday as contract talks with the company deteriorated into a strike.
  • Workers shut down 33 manufacturing plants in nine states across the U.S., as well as 22 parts distribution warehouses.
  • There are no GM plants in Alabama. The closest one is up Interstate 65 in Spring Hill, Tennessee. However, Alabama is one of the nation’s top producers of automobiles, and the UAW has been trying to gain a foothold in the likes of Mercedes, Hyundai, and Honda for years.
  • The union is pressing for higher pay, better benefits, and greater job security for its worker members.
  • The union says GM has budged little in months of talks while GM says it made substantial offers including higher wages and factory investments.
  • The strike comes amid an uncertain time for GM. The auto giant announced last November it was closing four U.S. factories and laying off thousands of workers, which helped lead to the strike.
  • It’s not clear how long the walkout will last. It’s the first national strike by the union since a two-day walkout in 2007 that had little impact on the company.
  • Full story, including more details on the disagreements, HERE.
  • Also, if you have a subscription or a clever way of getting behind the paywall, Nora Naughton and Mike Colias’ story on the strike in The Wall Street Journal is worth a read.


4. Spiked CBD products sold in state.

  • Alabama health officials had good reason when earlier this year they warned that products labeled as the cannabis extract CBD may not contain what they claim.
  • The state’s forensic scientists had identified dangerous synthetic marijuana in more than two dozen vapes or edible products marketed as CBD.
  • The Associated Press gathered the results for an investigation into how some operators are capitalizing on the CBD boom by substituting a cheap street drug for the real thing.
  • That practice has sent dozens of people nationwide to emergency rooms. Unlike real CBD, synthetic marijuana gives an intense high.
  • In all, lab testing shows spiked vape or edible CBD products such as gummy bears in at least 13 states.
  • Industry representatives acknowledge spiking is an issue, but say many companies are reputable.
  • It’s a long, detailed, nationwide story. Read it in full HERE.


5. Top 25 .

  • There wasn’t much movement this week at the top of the AP Top 25 poll, where five SEC teams remain in the top ten.
  • Clemson remains No. 1, with 57 of the 62 first-place votes, as the top nine held their spots Sunday. Alabama was No. 2, receiving five first-place votes, followed by Georgia, LSU, Oklahoma, Ohio State, Notre Dame, Auburn and Florida.
  • The Pac-12 gained back some redemption this week with Utah climbing to a No. 10 ranking and Arizona State and Cal sneaking into the Top 25 after big wins.
  • See the full poll, points, and notes HERE.


AP News Briefs.


Alabama man accused of assaulting wife, holding her captive
  • TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say they’ve arrested a man who assaulted his estranged wife and held her hostage in her home.
  • News outlets report 32-year-old Dustin Blake Sealy was arrested Sunday and charged with domestic violence, strangulation and assault.
  • Tuscaloosa police spokeswoman Lt. Teena Richardson says a woman called police Sunday morning stating her estranged husband assaulted her in her home Saturday night and was still in the apartment.
  • Richardson says Sealy refused to open the door when police arrived. She says once Sealy did open the door, a brief struggle ensued and police were able to grab him.
  • Richardson says Sealy was hospitalized for minor cuts and was later taken to Tuscaloosa County Jail. It’s unclear whether he has an attorney who can comment.
Old Boaz outlet being converted to rec center
  • BOAZ, Ala. (AP) — The north Alabama city of Boaz used to be a regional destination for outlet shoppers before many of its retail stores closed. Now the town is converting one of those old outlet centers into a recreation center.
  • Officials gathered on Thursday in the parking lot of a former outlet store to break ground on a nearly $13 million recreation center.
  • The facility will include two gymnasiums, an indoor pool with eight lanes, a resort-style outdoor pool, an indoor walking track and more. Construction is supposed to be done by late 2020 or early 2021.
  • Boaz was a regional leader in outlet shopping in the 1980s, with buses full of shoppers descending on more than 130 stores in the city of about 9,600 people. Many of the stores have since closed.
Police: Georgia man filled fake prescription in Alabama
  • HARTSELLE, Ala. (AP) — Authorities in Alabama say a Georgia man attempting to fill a forged prescription was arrested with more than 1,550 doses of codeine cough syrup.
  • A statement from Hartselle police says 27-year-old James Bloodworth III from Decatur, Georgia was arrested Saturday and charged with possession of a controlled substance.
  • The statement says Bloodworth was attempting to fill a phony prescription before he fled from police in a vehicle. It says Bloodworth lost control of the car and flipped it over, but continued to flee on foot before police arrested him.
  • Police say the codeine cough syrup was purchased from four pharmacies. They also found multiple forged and blank prescriptions.
  • The statement says more charges may be filed. It’s unclear whether Bloodworth has an attorney.
State: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution
  • State and federal authorities say an Alabama chemical plant has been emitting sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist into the atmosphere.
  • A complaint filed in federal court accuses Nouryon Functional Chemicals of polluting the air from its sulfuric acid plant in the Axis community, north of Mobile.
  • The EPA said in a statement that the company did a major modification of its sulfuric acid unit without obtaining the proper permits or installing required technology, among other things.
  • The EPA and the state are proposing a settlement with the company. The EPA says the proposed consent decree would substantially reduce chemical emissions and improve the air quality in communities near the plant.
  • The company did not immediately respond to calls and emails requesting comment.
  • Read the full report HERE. 
Woman pleads guilty in Alabama to financing terror
  • A woman accused of trying to help al-Qaeda has pleaded guilty in Alabama to a charge of concealing terrorism financing.
  • Federal prosecutors say Alaa Mohd Abusaad entered the plea Friday during a hearing in federal court in Tuscaloosa.
  • Authorities arrested the one-time University of Alabama student last year. Court documents show Abusaad communicated over messaging programs with a person she didn’t know was an undercover FBI employee.
  • A statement from prosecutors shows she gave instructions on how to send money to the mujahedeen and included the comment: “You can’t have war without weapons.” Authorities say she also put the FBI in touch with someone who could get money to al-Qaeda.
  • A criminal information against the woman was filed Wednesday, the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks.
  • Read the full report HERE.




ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- Alabama officials find spiked CBD products sold in the state
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – No Deal: Auto workers strike against GM in contract dispute
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden visits Birmingham, says whites ‘will never fully understand’ racism
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Energy prices spike after Saudi oil attack, US blaming Iran
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Sewell brings ‘Four Little Girls’ production to Washington
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – K-12’s 2021 budget request increases classroom, literacy
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Chicken sludge’ on fields draws complaints of stench, flies
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Work to begin in 2020 on Mobile channel project
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- Daily News Digest – September 15, 2019
AL.COM  – Proposed waiting period for firearms aims to save lives of suicidal Alabamians
AL.COM  – Advice for suicide prevention from Alabama public health experts
AL.COM  – Mobile man featured in Down Syndrome Awareness video above Times Square
AL.COM  – Alabama looking at $1 billion from Opportunity Zone investments
AL.COM  – Joe Biden attends Sixteenth Street Baptist Church memorial service Sunday
AL.COM  – Is the 2020 Democratic presidential primary in Alabama in jeopardy?
AL.COM  – Columnist John Archibald: Those four murders were a warning
Montgomery Advertiser – Joe Biden on racism: Whites ‘can never fully understand’
Montgomery Advertiser – Tua is amazing for Alabama. The Tide’s running game against South Carolina, not so much
Montgomery Advertiser – What’s that smell? Oh, just feathery, crusty ‘chicken sludge’ on a farm field
YellowHammer News – State Sen. Figures: ‘I didn’t ask’ to be on ATRIP-II — ‘Very ironic I end up’ on it
YellowHammer News – Alabama Habitat for Humanity chapter builds 14 homes in 1 week
YellowHammer News – House Speaker McCutcheon touts Bradley Byrne’s ‘institutional knowledge’ while discussing 2020 Senate race
Dothan Eagle – The Cars’ singer Ric Ocasek dead at 75
Dothan Eagle – Government Oversight: Pending city purchases show officials are preparing for new fiscal year
Dothan Eagle – Answer Man: What criteria are used for installation of speed humps?
Tuscaloosa News – Biden in Birmingham: Whites ‘can never fully understand’
Tuscaloosa News – Lopez-Tabor Duo will perform at Terrific Tuesday concert
Tuscaloosa News – Whimsy cookie store to open in downtown Tuscaloosa
Decatur Daily – Work-zone crashes, deaths on the rise
Decatur Daily – Daikin connection: Officials say Decatur plant’s presence paved way for other Japanese companies
Decatur Daily – Vacant oil change building donated to DDRA
Times Daily – UNA climbs ranks in 7 categories from U.S. News and World Report
Times Daily – Mayor proclaims day, week for family
Times Daily – Sheffield Council considers clarifying weed, grass ordinances
Gadsden Times – Anniston man shot, killed in North Gadsden
Gadsden Times – Biden speaks at 16th Street Baptist Church on bombing anniversary
Gadsden Times – Cullman woman killed in single-vehicle crash
Anniston Star – Report: Anniston man dead after Saturday shooting in Gadsden
Anniston Star – Waiting periods: Proposed law aims to save lives of suicidal Alabamians
Anniston Star – Look Back … to the end of the Alabama Hotel, 1944
Troy Messenger – Troy students raise money for Bahamas hurricane relief
Troy Messenger – Ramer man sentenced on federal gun, drug charges in Troy
Andalusia Star News – Organization to provide domestic violence support locally
Andalusia Star News – Andalusia local excited to offer non-medicinal option to fighting pain
Andalusia Star News – Covington County farmers affected by natural disasters can apply for disaster assistance
Opelika-Auburn News – After bankruptcy filing, Purdue Pharma may not be off hook
Opelika-Auburn News – Spain’s king meets party leaders in bid to avoid election
Opelika-Auburn News – Groups expect big global climate protest amid union support
Daily Mountain Eagle – Memorial Park Elementary hosts academic night
Daily Mountain Eagle – HillFest draws visitors to Carbon Hill
Daily Mountain Eagle – Local woman breaks free from power of alcohol
Trussville Tribune – Man jailed after chase and crash with car stolen from laundromat on Center Point Parkway
Trussville Tribune – St. Clair County Narcotics Division intercepts illegal drugs shipped from California
Trussville Tribune – Man found dead in pool after party at Forestdale home
Athens News Courier – Old Boaz outlet being converted to rec center
Athens News Courier – More than 2,000 fetal remains found at ex-abortion doctor’s home
WSFA Montgomery – 2 juveniles sought after 4 escape from Montgomery youth detention facility
WSFA Montgomery – Alabama’s bicentennial cookbook launches with signings around the state
WSFA Montgomery – Longtime Montgomery pastor speaks after announcing retirement
Fox 6 Birmingham – Dignitaries comment on political climate and acts of violence
Fox 6 Birmingham – How to does a water bill reach more than $136,000
Fox 6 Birmingham – Forestdale man found drowned in a pool
WAFF Huntsville – Fire at mini-storage causes heavy damage to ten units
WAFF Huntsville – City of Florence participates in “Walk to End Alzheimer’s”
WAFF Huntsville – Sheffield hiring retired police to work school safety
WKRG Mobile – Orange Beach Fire holding active shooter training this week
WKRG Mobile – Student helps save kindergarten teacher during asthma attack
WKRG Mobile – Deadly motorcycle crash in Foley
WTVY Dothan – Police Investigate Crash in Dothan
WTVY Dothan – A man struck by a car in Dothan Thursday night has died
WTVY Dothan – Dothan Relief drive for Bahamas starts Monday, September 16th
WASHINGTON POST  – Crude prices jump 12% after drone strikes halve Saudi oil output; Trump says U.S. to tap strategic reserves
WASHINGTON POST  – Democratic candidates demand Kavanaugh’s impeachment after new allegation in Times piece
WASHINGTON POST  – Nearly 50,000 General Motors employees go on strike after union talks break down
WASHINGTON POST  – In call with Trump, Pelosi and Schumer say any gun bill that doesn’t include background checks ‘will not get the job done’
NEW YORK TIMES  – Saudi Oil Attack Photos Implicate Iran, U.S. Says; Trump Hints at Military Action
NEW YORK TIMES  – Biden Has Deep Connection to Black Voters. Will It Translate Into Votes?

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