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Daily News Digest – September 7, 2021


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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


A new edition of Inside Alabama Politics is out!
In today’s issue, a number of intriguing political stories, some new and some ongoing. Among them:
  • ‘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.
Read these stories and more HERE.
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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 Most applications for assistance have been withdrawn because applicants started but failed to complete the process.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:
“Recently, 13 of my fellow countrymen I’ve never met gave their lives protecting me and you. I mourned their loss and cursed our political leaders on the drive from work. I’m a former Marine who served in Iraq so more than once I blinked back tears.
“But I was able to cleanse my mind by stopping to watch my 5th-grader practice football with his buddies. There they were—muddy, sweaty, a little blood on some, but smiling and loving every minute of it. Boys being boys and becoming men, hopefully the type of men developing the type of character that makes them willing to go be Marines, or soldiers, sailors, or airman one day.
“Because we’ll always need them.”
  • Read Brandon’s full piece HERE.






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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