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Daily News Digest – January 18, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Thursday, January 18, 2018.  1. Still cold, still dangerous  Snow, ice and record cold gripped the South Wednesday, and at least ten people were reportedly killed in weather-related accidents. Even Dale Jr. got in a wreck. Central Alabama was in the BOOM range of the winter storm, receiving...

‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill
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‘Very strong’ Democratic sentiment to oppose GOP budget bill

By ALAN FRAM and ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Top Senate Democrat Chuck Schumer said Wednesday there’s “very, very strong” sentiment among Democrats in the chamber to oppose GOP-drafted legislation to keep the government’s doors open, comments that could indicate the chances are increasing that the government could shut down at midnight Friday night....

What happens when the government shuts down?
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What happens when the government shuts down?

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The world won’t end if a dysfunctional Washington can’t find a way to pass a funding bill before this weekend. That’s the truth about a government “shutdown”: The government doesn’t shut down. It’s a crummy way to run a government, sure, but Social Security checks will still go...

Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 10 dead
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Snow, ice and record cold grip the South; at least 10 dead

By KATE BRUMBACK and JAY REEVES, Associated Press ATLANTA (AP) — Snow, ice and a record-breaking blast of cold closed runways, highways, schools and government offices across the South and sent cars sliding off roads Wednesday in a corner of the country ill-equipped to deal with wintry weather. At least 10 people died, including a baby...

Dale Jr. crashes in snowy weather after helping other driver
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Dale Jr. crashes in snowy weather after helping other driver

MOORESVILLE, N.C. (AP) — Dale Earnhardt Jr. is warning North Carolina drivers not to venture out into a snowstorm after he slid off the road and hit a tree. Earnhardt said on his Twitter account Wednesday that he had just used his winch to help a sedan out of a ditch in snowy weather when...

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Alabama student investigated over videos using racial slur

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — The University of Alabama says social media videos of a student repeatedly using a racial slur have been reported to the school’s student-conduct office. In the first video, the woman uses a racial slur for African-Americans. In a second video responding to criticism, she says she’ll use the word “as much...

Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal
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Bob Dole receives Congressional Gold Medal

By LAURIE KELLMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole knew the art of the deal before President Donald Trump published the 1987 book. The two shared a stage under the Capitol dome Wednesday as Dole, 94, accepted Congress’ highest civilian honor, the Congressional Gold Medal, for his World War II service...

Senate votes to take Alabama out of marriage business
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Senate votes to take Alabama out of marriage business

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would do away with marriage licenses and the requirement for people to go through a wedding ceremony. The bill comes as a few Alabama probate judges refuse to issue marriage licenses to anyone so they do not have to give them to gay...

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Senate votes to collect data on race and traffic stops

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama Senate has approved a bill that would require police agencies to collect data on race and traffic stops. Senators on Tuesday approved the legislation on a 27-0 vote. It moves to the Alabama House. The bill’s sponsor, state Sen. Rodger Smitherman of Birmingham, said “racial profiling exists.” During the...

Alabama trooper shortage critical, says group
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Alabama trooper shortage critical, says group

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Alabama State Troopers Association says the number of troopers patrolling Alabama roadways is dangerously low. The Troopers Association on Wednesday called on Gov. Kay Ivey and lawmakers to increase funding to boost the number of troopers on the road. Trooper Association President David Steward said there are about 250 state...

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Alabama closes schools, offices as snow moves in

ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on wintry weather in the Deep South (all times local): 8:30 a.m. Much of Alabama is shut down because forecasters say a snow storm with bitterly cold temperatures could cause travel problems. More than 70 school systems in Alabama were closed Tuesday and others were dismissing students early. Numerous businesses...

Big decisions await Congress on immigration
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Big decisions await Congress on immigration

By ANDREW TAYLOR, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Before a potential government shutdown at midnight Friday night, a host of leftover Washington business is bottled up in Congress, waiting on a deal to prevent the deportation of young immigrants brought to the country illegally as children and an agreement on other immigration-related issues, including President Donald...

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Daily News Digest – January 16, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Tuesday, January 16, 2018.  1. It’s going to snow! We are getting some snow today. It looks like everywhere from Montgomery to the Tennessee line has a decent chance of snow, and the whole state could be below freezing by the end of the day. Gov. Ivey has declared...

Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office
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Trump has kept many promises during his first year in office

By CALVIN WOODWARD and JILL COLVIN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump often brags that he’s done more in his first year in office than any other president. That’s a spectacular stretch. But while he’s fallen short on many measures and has a strikingly thin legislative record, Trump has followed through on dozens of...

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Dems aim for, and GOP worries about, midterm election wave

By KEVIN FREKING and BILL BARROW, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Buoyed by a string of Republican retirements and President Donald Trump’s persistently low approval rating, Democrats are increasingly hopeful about their chances for a midterm election wave that would give them control of the House and deliver a blow to the president. The number of...