Daily News Digest – December 2, 2021

Daily News Digest – December 2, 2021

Presented by the

University of South Alabama Health System

 

Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Thursday, December 2.

 

1. SCOTUS hears arguments on abortion restrictions

  • In the biggest challenge to abortion rights in decades, the Supreme Court’s conservative majority on Wednesday signaled they would allow states to ban abortion much earlier in pregnancy and may even overturn the nationwide right that has existed for nearly 50 years.
  • With hundreds of demonstrators outside chanting for and against, the justices led arguments that could decide the fate of the court’s historic 1973 Roe v. Wade decision legalizing abortion throughout the United States and its 1992 ruling in Planned Parenthood v. Casey, which reaffirmed Roe.
  • The outcome probably won’t be known until next June. But after nearly two hours of arguments, all six conservative justices, including three appointed by former President Donald Trump, indicated they would uphold a Mississippi law that bans abortion after 15 weeks of pregnancy.
  • At the very least, such a decision would undermine Roe and Casey, which allow states to regulate but not ban abortion up until the point of fetal viability, at roughly 24 weeks.
  • Read the full story from Washington HERE.
  • Read more about what the justices themselves had to say during oral arguments HERE.

 

2. McCarty won’t seek reelection to state school board

  • State Board of Education member Cynthia McCarty will not seek reelection, she announced Wednesday.
  • McCarty, R-Anniston, has represented District 6 since 2015, serving one year as the board’s vice president and another as president pro tem.
  • “I have thoroughly enjoyed engaging with educators throughout the state and am proud of the strides the board has made, but it is time to pass the torch,” McCarty said in a press release.
  • Under the new state board district map recently passed by the Legislature this month, District 6 loses Morgan and DeKalb counties but picks up Etowah and most of Talladega counties.
  • According to the Alabama Secretary of State’s campaign finance filing reports, no one has registered a new campaign for District 6, or any other school board district yet. McCarty is also the only board member to announce her retirement from the board. The 2022 qualifying deadline is Jan. 28.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.

 

 

A message from the
University of South Alabama Health System

 

  • Here, we combine knowledge, skill and technology with a patient-centered, team-based approach to care.
  • We’re committed to providing each patient with a personalized treatment plan in a nurturing environment, conducive to healing.
  • In partnership with the USA College of Medicine, we combine the latest in cancer therapies with comprehensive support for the emotional, social and physical challenges that a cancer diagnosis can bring.

 

 

 

 

3. Police: FedEx packages found in woods at second Alabama site

  • Nearly two dozen FedEx packages have been found dumped in woods along a rural road in an Alabama town about 75 miles from a ravine where hundreds of undelivered FedEx parcels previously were discovered, police said Wednesday.
  • Police in the town of Jemison said in a statement on social media that about 20 packages destined for locations on nine different roads were discovered.
  • “We are in the process of contacting officials with Fed Ex so that they can investigate this situation and contact their customers,” police said.
  • It wasn’t clear how long the items had been on the roadside or whether there was any link to an earlier discovery in Blount County near Hayden, where Sheriff Mark Moon said a FedEx Ground driver dumped packages into a ravine in the woods at least six times.
  • Moon said Tuesday that there are about 450 victims after hundreds of packages were discovered dumped last month.
  • Read more HERE.

 

4. Ivey honors Alabama’s first Black poet laureate

  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey recognized the state’s first Black poet laureate, a creative writing teacher who delves into inequality and the difficulty of being Black in America, on Wednesday in the same building where Southern delegates voted to form the Confederacy 160 years ago.
  • Standing in the white-domed Capitol, the Republican Ivey presented Ashley M. Jones with a commendation for the honor, bestowed earlier this year by the Alabama Writers Cooperative for a four-year term that begins in January.
  • “Everyone in this room, and I would add folks around the country, are proud of you for being honored with this well-deserved, historic recognition,” Ivey told Jones during a ceremony.
  • As poet laureate, Jones will advocate for poetry and writing in general during lectures and appearances at schools, libraries and other institutions. “I am committed to making space for all of us who write,” she said.
  • Read more from Jay Reeves HERE.

 

 

5. Parnell: Reflecting on 100 years of Alabama Farmers Federation

  • This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Alabama Farmers Federation.
  • Federation President Jimmy Parnell contributes an op-ed today reflecting on the centennial milestone and finding some similarities between the issues 100 years ago and those of today.
  • Here’s an excerpt:
“In 1921, Alabama farmers united to provide a voice in public policy for the rural families often ignored by politicians. These men and women joined forces to improve profitability in an economic system where they felt powerless. They came together to improve the quality of life for their children and neighbors.
“Pursuit of this mission has never been more important than it is today.
“Across our country, voices for faith, family and freedom are scorned by celebrities and even our own government. The livelihoods of farmers, businesses and entire communities are threatened by increasing taxation, regulation and inflation. Families fear for their children’s future in a world plagued by anger, selfishness and moral decay.”
  • Read Parnell’s full op-ed HERE.

 

 

 

A message from

AlabamaWorks!

  • There is nothing more important to the Alabama Workforce Council, and to Alabama’s economy, than the success of our K-12 students.
  • Over the last year, the Alabama Workforce Council has made progress working alongside the Alabama State Board of Education and Alabama State Department of Education to improve outcomes for our students.

 

 

 

Headlines

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Justices signal they’ll OK new abortion limits, may toss Roe

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – What they said: remarks by 9 justices indicate how they lean on abortion

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – McCarty not running for reelection to state school board

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama gunfire: Suspect, deputy killed; another deputy hurt

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Police: FedEx packages found in woods at second Alabama site

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Ivey honors state’s first Black poet laureate

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Parnell: Reflecting on 100 years of the Alabama Farmers Federation

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – APT Capitol Journal host Don Daily to retire; ADN’s Todd Stacy to take over as host in January

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Drive Electric Alabama’ campaign promotes EVs

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Confederate group opposing suit over Tuskegee monument site

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Conservatives eagerly await Supreme Court abortion arguments

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Powell’s warning: Fed to tighten credit faster than expected

 

AL.COM – ‘We can be the largest city in Alabama’: Mobile mayor renews annexation talks at State of City

 

AL.COM – More FedEx packages dumped on Alabama roadside: 20 or more found in Jemison

 

AL.COM – Columnist Roy Johnson: As JCCEO heaves its likely final breaths, harvest its heart, start the autopsy

 

AL.COM – Jefferson County Judge Tracie Todd presents defense in ethics trial

 

AL.COM – Is a fourth stimulus check arriving in 2022?

 

AL.COM – Alabama woman hopes $2.1 million Walmart shoplifting lawsuit ‘makes a difference’ for others

 

Montgomery Advertiser – It’s over: New era dawns on MPS as state board of education intervention ends

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Montgomery 18-year-old identified as victim in city’s latest fatal shooting

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Prattville police say woman charged in ‘bizarre’ unprovoked stabbings

 

Decatur Daily – New law to infuse billions for Alabama infrastructure

 

Decatur Daily – Coburn capital murder case delayed due to defendant’s health

 

Decatur Daily – Meeting to support R.A. Hubbard school set for Thursday night

 

Times Daily – 2 COVID-19 vaccination clinics set for Thursday in Sheffield

 

Times Daily – Tuscumbia rings in Christmas parade season

 

Times Daily – UNA alumnae to speak at commencement ceremonies

 

Anniston Star – McCarty not running for reelection to state school board

 

Anniston Star – Piedmont police investigate shooting at inn

 

Anniston Star – Anniston man killed in motorcycle crash Monday

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Supply chain issues, worker shortages leading to continued shipping delays locally

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Omicron variant and holiday travel

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Christmas Town USA shines this year after COVID kept many visitors away

 

Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa City Schools honors teachers during 10th annual Apple Awards

 

Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre returns with holiday-themed ‘Elf the Musical Junior’

 

YellowHammer News – Tuberville: Amazon Bessemer workers prefer to keep wages rather than pay dues to ‘union bosses’

 

YellowHammer News – AG Marshall scores legal victory as federal judge blocks Biden’s health care worker vaccine edict

 

Gadsden Times – JSU students optimistic, with some concerns, about Rodriguez hire

 

Gadsden Times – Exhibit honoring Rosa Parks on display at Gadsden Public Library

 

Gadsden Times – Louisiana judge blocks nationwide COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers

 

Dothan Eagle – UN migration agency: COVID has ‘radically altered’ mobility

 

Dothan Eagle – Abortion rights at stake in historic Supreme Court arguments

 

Dothan Eagle – China lashes out at Abe over former leader’s Taiwan warning

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Biden says HIV/AIDS strategy needs to confront inequity

 

Opelika-Auburn News – UN migration agency: COVID has ‘radically altered’ mobility

 

Opelika-Auburn News – US, SKorea to bolster alliance at talks but questions remain

 

WSFA Montgomery – Singers, marchers celebrate Rosa Parks Day in Montgomery

 

WSFA Montgomery – New Montgomery artwork honors Rosa Parks

 

WSFA Montgomery – ALEA investigates 7 traffic deaths over Thanksgiving holidays

 

WAFF Huntsville – North Courtland flood mitigation project preventing flooding that forces people out of their homes

 

WAFF Huntsville – DA: Chief deputy shot, former deputy and suspect dead in Wilcox County

 

WAFF Huntsville – $60 million construction project in Madison County

 

WKRG Mobile – Report: Israel failed to probe shootings at Gaza protests

 

WKRG Mobile – Law enforcement agencies post tributes to fallen Wilcox County deputy

 

WKRG Mobile – Omicron and delta spell return of unpopular restrictions

 

WTVY Dothan – Man tells judge he is guilty of 61 porn charges

 

WTVY Dothan – Wiregrass Rehabilitation Center hands out deserving awards

 

WTVY Dothan – SpectraCare holds open house for Henry County facilities

 

WASHINGTON POST – ‘We are pulling out all the stops’: White House details strategies to combat delta, omicron variants

 

WASHINGTON POST – Utah hospitals suspend vaccine requirement after court blocks federal mandate

 

WASHINGTON POST – Michigan school shooting prosecutor suggests she will charge parents

 

NEW YORK TIMES – Covid Live Updates: Biden to Announce New Virus Plan as Omicron Reaches U.S.

 

NEW YORK TIMES – Omicron Could Knock a Fragile Economic Recovery Off Track

 

NEW YORK TIMES – After Michigan Killings, Students Praised Shooter Drills. But Do They Really Work?

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Biden to Toughen Testing for International Travelers to Slow Omicron

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Stock Futures Rise After Omicron-Driven Selloff

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Glaxo’s Covid-19 Antibody Drug Found to Be Effective Against Omicron

 

 

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