Daily News Digest – January 26, 2018

Good morning!  What is going on with Taco Bells around here? I’m on the road to Washington, D.C. and using every last bit of my iPhone hotspot connection to bring you your Alabama Daily News digest for Friday, January 26, 2018.

1. Trump ready to deal on immigration

Photo credit: Hal Yeager

2. News briefs

Everybody is getting along and being productive in the Legislature. It’s weird. 

Execution cancelled

Big Surprise

3. More Headlines

AL.COM – Birmingham-Hoover No. 1 for healthcare jobs in U.S., study says.

AL.COM – State Sen. Bill Holtzclaw ends plans to run for Congress.

AL.COM – Chris Christie, not that one, running for Alabama Attorney General.

AL.COM – What does Tommy Battle think about lottery in Alabama?

AL.COM – Mayor defends sexually tinged Facebook comment about Alabama’s governor.

AL.COM – Alabama doing away with marriage licenses? Why? And what happens then?

AL.COM – Gay ex-cop says GOP barred him from running for Limestone County sheriff.

AL.COM – Columnist Cameron Smith:  Our understanding of abortion rights isn’t viable.

AL.COM – Columnist John Archibald:  Alabama could rein in civil asset forfeiture.

AL.COM – Contributor Terri Michal:  Peeling back the layers of ‘school choice’.

AL.COM – Contributor Mark Martin:  What should a modern workforce education look like?

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Hightower qualifies for governor’s race.

ALABAMA POLITICAL REPORTER – Senate Health Committee narrowly approves needle exchange program for addicts.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – $4 million tax cut passes Alabama State Senate.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Contributor Matthew Glans:  Why Alabama should reform civil asset forfeiture laws.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama state lawmaker proposes church defense law — not everyone in favor.

DECATUR DAILY – TVA installing solar lighting on transmission towers.

DECATUR DAILY – Food fight over? Amendment would raise sheriff’s pay, ban pocketing of food money.

DECATUR DAILY – Work requirements removed from Medicaid bill.

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – The Tuscaloosa News:  A welcome proposal to reform forfeiture laws.

ANNISTON STAR – Editor Phillip Tutor: It’s on JSU to explain its decision.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Alabama House committee slows bill on public speakers.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributor Perry Hooper:  Gov. Kay Ivey outlines sensible course for Alabama.

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Contributors Bob Powers and Mike Luce:  Alabama lawmakers should back Gov. Ivey’s Pre-K increase.

WASHINGTON POST – Trump moved to fire Mueller in June, bringing White House counsel to the brink of leaving.

WASHINGTON POST – Trump bristles under some of his orderly chief of staff’s restrictions.

WASHINGTON POST – Trump supports path to citizenship for up to 1.8 million ‘dreamers’ in new White House proposal.

NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Turns Again on Immigration, Allies Bash ‘Amnesty Don’

NEW YORK TIMES – Descendants’ Stories of the Clotilda Slave Ship Drew Doubts. Now Some See Validation.

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