Here’s your Daily News for Monday, September 7.
1. A moment of silence for COVID-19 victims today
- A moment of silence for the more than 12,000 Alabamians who have died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic is planned for noon today.
- The remembrance is organized by the University of Alabama at Birmingham and the Alabama Hospital Association.
- Alabamians are encouraged to participate from wherever they are and remember not only those who have died, but also those who are currently suffering with COVID, the families of those affected and the health care workers caring for them, a press release from UAB said.
- To date, 12,416 Alabamians’ deaths have been attributed to the virus and there have been a total of 724,688 cases, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
- Sunday, there were 2,724 Alabamians in hospitals across the state with COVID-19, 54 of them children. Of the adult patients, 84% were unvaccinated.
- Read more from Mary Sell HERE.
2. Inside Alabama Politics
- ‘Getting close’ on a prison deal;
- How PACs are faring entering the cycle;
- Will James make a run for gov? Will Blanchard?
- More Pitts & Perkins drama;
- Counties ask for $10M reimbursement from state for county jail strains;
- Connie Rowe moving upstairs?
- Review: Dino’s or the Bar Formerly Known as Bud’s.
3. Congressional committee questions Alabama’s ‘slow’ distribution of rental assistance
- About $15.5 million in pandemic Emergency Rental Assistance has gotten to 2,308 Alabamians as of last week, according to the Alabama Housing Finance Authority, the entity charged with distributing up to $263 million in federal funding.
- At first glance, that seems like a slow distribution of federal funds meant to help people in crisis. That’s why a congressional committee sent a letter to Gov. Kay Ivey last week asking why the state hasn’t been quicker to disperse the funds.
- The reasons? Most applications for assistance have been withdrawn because applicants started but failed to complete the process. Many applications remain started but not completed, still more are in various stages of follow up or final review. In all, only 950 applications for rental assistance in Alabama have been denied.
- Read the full story from Caroline Beck and Mary Sell HERE.
4. Taliban stops planes of evacuees from leaving
- At least four planes chartered to evacuate several hundred people seeking to escape the Taliban’s takeover of Afghanistan have been unable to leave the country for days, officials said Sunday, with conflicting accounts emerging about why the flights weren’t able to take off as pressure ramps up on the United States to help those left behind to flee.
- An Afghan official at the airport in the northern city of Mazar-e-Sharif said that the would-be passengers were Afghans, many of whom did not have passports or visas, and thus were unable to leave the country. He said they had left the airport while the situation was sorted out.
- The top Republican on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, however, said that the group included Americans and they were sitting on the planes, but the Taliban were not letting them take off, effectively “holding them hostage.”
- The final days of America’s 20-year war in Afghanistan were marked by a harrowing airlift at Kabul’s airport to evacuate tens of thousands of people — Americans and their allies — who feared what the future would hold, given the Taliban’s history of repression, particularly of women. When the last troops pulled out on Aug. 30, though, many were left behind.
- Read more HERE.
- Also read an inside account of the chain of decisions within the Biden administration that led to the calamitous execution of the withdrawal from the Wall Street Journal HERE.
5. Column: The miracle of America in the Afghanistan debacle
- Ever since the suicide bomb at the Kabul airport that killed 13 U.S. service members and 160 Afghans, tributes to those souls lost have poured in from Americans trying to reconcile the difficult news.
- Brandon Essig, a Birmingham lawyer and former Marine, offers a unique perspective for today’s Daily News.
- Here’s an excerpt:
- Read Brandon’s full piece HERE.
INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS – September 7, 2021
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Moment of silence today for COVID-19 victims
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Congressional committee questions Alabama’s ‘slow’ distribution of rental assistance
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Taliban stop planes of evacuees from leaving
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Column: The miracle of America in the Afghanistan debacle
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Amid virus surge, rising vaccination rates offer hope
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama to use $12 million in relief funds to recruit nurses
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama reports almost 9,200 coronavirus cases in schools
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Biden tells storm-ravaged Louisiana: ‘I know you’re hurting’
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Two anchors of COVID safety net ending, affecting millions
AL.COM – UAB nurses protest as COVID pandemic rages on: ‘We are extremely overwhelmed’
AL.COM – Several Alabama schools to take virtual days, require masks after Labor Day
AL.COM – Court rules Tuscaloosa special education teacher not liable in student sexual assault suit
AL.COM – Alabama freshwater mussel proposed for endangered species protection
AL.COM – Shortages of supplies and workers will delay Gulf rebuilding after Ida
AL.COM – Alabama moves almost all city elections to 2025: ‘Suffering from election fatigue’
Montgomery Advertiser – ‘Blessed to see this’: Louisiana couple survives COVID, loses new home to Hurricane Ida
Montgomery Advertiser – Pelham Fire Officials remember former Battalion Chief who died from COVID-19
Decatur Daily – Local jails seen as models for following procedures to keep COVID cases down
Decatur Daily – In the community: Friday night scenes
Decatur Daily – Mother pleads for public’s help after 4-year-old son fatally shot while visiting Chicago
Times Daily – Tennessee River Litter Tournament offers cash for cleaning up river
Times Daily – Artist Curtis Shannon presents “In a Landscape” at Kennedy-Douglass Center for the Arts
Times Daily – UNA honoring military, first responders, health care workers on 9/11
Anniston Star – Amazing grace extolled during Sacred Harp singing
Anniston Star – JSU to host communitywide 9/11 remembrance
Anniston Star – Jacksonville woman killed in Friday two-vehicle crash
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Standoff at Tractor Supply Co. in Bessemer ends, man in custody
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – UAB nurses gather outside hospital, asking for better working conditions
WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – How to manage COVID exposures at home
Tuscaloosa News – What population decline means for Alabama’s smallest counties
Tuscaloosa News – Alabama football fans: Here’s what’s new this season in Tuscaloosa
YellowHammer News – U.S. Rep. Palmer: ‘Disturbing’ Biden would call Afghanistan ‘an extraordinary success’ while flags flown at half staff
YellowHammer News – State Sen. Beasley on new prison deal: ‘I want Barbour County and Bullock County to be protected’
Gadsden Times – Rainbow City Council authorizes purchase of Lumley Road property
Gadsden Times – What population decline means for Alabama’s smallest counties
Gadsden Times – Two years later, no answers in the death of Johnny Lee Rhodes
Dothan Eagle – The Latest: Taliban disperse Kabul rally, arrest journalists
Dothan Eagle – Soldiers, planes fight intentional wildfires in Spain
Dothan Eagle – European Union to seek daily fines against Poland over justice system independence concerns
Opelika-Auburn News – European Union to seek daily fines against Poland over justice system independence concerns
Opelika-Auburn News – Hong Kong activists slam government for foreign agent label
Opelika-Auburn News – Merkel seeks to boost party before election, rebukes deputy
WSFA Montgomery – UAB nurses gather outside hospital, asking for better working conditions
WSFA Montgomery – Prattville car dealership doing well amid pandemic
WSFA Montgomery – Dannelly Field preparing for arrival of F-35 fighter jets in 2023
WAFF Huntsville – UAB nurses gather outside hospital, asking for better working conditions
WAFF Huntsville – Woman who helped create disturbing, viral video to be sentenced Tuesday
WAFF Huntsville – Albertville City Schools launch student advocacy program
WKRG Mobile – Blinken says US working with Taliban on flights
WKRG Mobile – Seoul: Taliban gov’t must respect basic rights
WKRG Mobile – Alabama to hold recognition ceremony for POW/MIA at state capitol
WTVY Dothan – Dothan Hospital COVID-19 update
WTVY Dothan – TROY to honor military, observe anniversary of terrorist attacks during Sept. 11 football game
WTVY Dothan – Fatal accident on Highway 90 in Jackson County
WASHINGTON POST – New Texas voting bill deepens growing disparities in how Americans can cast their ballots
WASHINGTON POST – Justice Department to protect women seeking an abortion in Texas
WASHINGTON POST – A website for ‘whistleblowers’ to expose Texas abortion providers was taken down — again
NEW YORK TIMES – Veterans Struggle With Issues That Are Often Invisible to Others
NEW YORK TIMES – The Masked Professor vs. the Unmasked Student
NEW YORK TIMES – Defying Threat of Violence, Women Join in Protest Against the Taliban
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Taliban Crack Down on Protest Led by Women in Kabul
WALL STREET JOURNAL – Deals Spree Puts Banks on Track for Busiest Ever Year
WALL STREET JOURNAL – El Salvador Becomes First Country to Adopt Bitcoin as National Currency
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