Daily News Digest – January 25, 2018

Good morning! This is your Alabama Daily News digest for Thursday, January 25, 2018.

1. Criminal crack down

Photo credit: Hal Yeager
  • Attorney General Steve Marshall and local district attorneys have announced the indictments of 11 individuals on multiple drug-trafficking charges.
  • The arrests came after a major joint investigation by state, federal and local law enforcement.  Watch WSFA’s story from Selma to learn more.
  • Marshall also announced he was launching a new violent crime initiative from the Attorney General’s Office. Here’s what he said…
  • “It may surprise you to know that Alabama has the seventh-highest violent crime rate in the nation and, in one year alone, that rate increased nearly 13 percent. That is unacceptable. And it’s why our office is committed to making our communities safer through a new Initiative on Violent Crime. We want to duplicate what you see here today. The productive cooperation between every level of law enforcement – state, federal and local – has made this town safer and we want to continue to foster this, not only in Selma, but around our state.”
  • Better coordination between federal, state, and local law enforcement on violent crime is long overdue. I know of a few other Alabama cities that would benefit from being next on the Marshall’s list.

2. Reads you’ll need

Here’s what’s happening in the Legislature and elsewhere in Alabama politics…

Blueprint now, bills later

  • House Democrats unveiled their legislative agenda Wednesday. In their “Clean, Competent & Competitive Alabama” plan, House Dems want teacher pay raises, a focus on workforce development – including dual enrollment, Medicaid expansion to improve healthcare, and making more sentencing reforms part of the greater prison reform conversation. Mike Cason was there and has a story you should read.

SPEEDING UP

s l o w i n g  d o w n

Keeping it Real

Charter Schools

Grand Jury

3. More Headlines 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS: Alabama set to execute inmate in ’85 police officer killing.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS: Trump says he’s open to path to citizenship for dreamers

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS: Alabama could abolish state marriage licenses

AL.COM – Failing Alabama public schools: 75 on newest list, most are high schools.
AL.COM – How one rural Alabama district is closing the gap, raising scores for all children.

AL.COM – Alabama athletics brought in $174.3 million last year.

AL.COM – Where Alabama lands on list of most dangerous states.

AL.COM – ADEM hearing on landfill that imports human waste moved to larger venue.

AL.COM – Bradley Byrne not backing down from criticism of Senator Doug Jones before government shutdown.

AL.COM – Montevallo receives $3.6 million gift toward College of Business.

AL.COM – Could Toyota and Mazda be considering a merger?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Standridge files “In God We Trust” Act

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama House passes bill that would end U.S. Senate special elections.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Anger over Doug Jones’ election, not costs, are driving some Alabama Republicans to change the rules.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Judge Debra Jones running for Alabama Supreme Court, Place 1.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Gov. Ivey’s proposed pre-k expansion plan takes another step forward.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – First woman appointed to lead the Alabama Highway Patrol.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Two UA System trustees confirmed by Senate.

ANNISTON STAR – Bill would create felony charge for rowdy protesters.

ANNISTON STAR – The Anniston Star:  Corporate lessons for Alabama.

DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle:  Preserving the voice of the people is paramount.

WASHINGTON POST – Trump says he would speak to Mueller under oath in Russia investigation.

WASHINGTON POST – GOP lawmakers condemn Trump’s tariff decision.

WASHINGTON POST – Trump puts path to citizenship for some ‘dreamers’ on the table in immigration deal.

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