Daily News Digest – July 28, 2021

Daily News Digest – July 28, 2021

Presented by the

Alabama Municipal Electric Authority

 

Good morning!

Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, July 28.

 

 

1. Harris stresses vaccinations, recommends masks again

  • State Health Officer Dr. Scott Harris recommended Tuesday that even those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 wear masks indoors as virus cases and hospitalizations rise rapidly across Alabama.
  • Harris’ recommendation comes at the same time the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control’s recommendations that vaccinated people should return to wearing masks indoors, including all teachers, staff, students and visitors to schools.
  • “For an added layer of protection, especially if you’re vulnerable for your age or have chronic health problems, masks make a whole lot of sense,” Harris said. “… If you’re going to be indoors and mixed with people who’s vaccination status you don’t know or people you know to be unvaccinated, then I think I would wear a mask and I would recommend that others wear a mask in those situations.”
  • Alabama no longer has a statewide mask mandate and Gov. Kay Ivey has called for more vaccinations and personal responsibility, not mandates, to slow the virus.
  • “Here is the truth: Closing businesses will not defeat COVID-19,” Ivey wrote in a Tuesday opinion column in the Washington Post. “Wearing masks will not defeat COVID-19. And keeping our students from in-classroom learning will not defeat Covid-19.”
  • She encouraged people to get vaccinated and said those who spread misinformation about vaccines “are reckless and causing great harm to people.”
  • Harris made the new recommendation as the much more highly infectious COVID-19 delta variant spreads across the state and Alabama’s vaccination rate lags behind every other state in the country. Currently, 1.5 million Alabamians have been fully vaccinated, just 37% of the eligible population.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.

 

 

2. Some shot incentives offered

  • A north Alabama city, state universities and others are offering cash and other perks for people to get vaccinated for COVID-19 despite the governor’s resistance to incentives aimed at improving the state’s worst-in-the-nation inoculation program.
  • In Gadsden, which last week began offering $100 cash to residents who get fully vaccinated between July 19 and Oct. 15, 94 people received shots in six days, said Deborah Gaither, director of the Gadsden Etowah County Emergency Management Agency.
  • “That’s a really good number,” Gaither said Tuesday, adding: “Some of our pharmacies stated they haven’t given a vaccine in weeks.”
  • While some complained about getting vaccinated earlier and not being eligible for the money, Gaither said the city of 35,000 had to do something to boost immunizations since cases of COVID-19 are rising rapidly.
  • “We’re at the point now that we’ve got to do whatever it takes to get people vaccinated,” she said. Nearly everyone who is hospitalized or dying now is unvaccinated, officials have said.
  • Auburn University, with an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, announced incentives including improved parking, free meals, $1,000 scholarships, priority class registration and lunch for four with the president to students who are fully vaccinated for the fall semester.
  • The University of Alabama said it will provide a $20 credit on a student debit card to any student who proves they are vaccinated by Aug. 28, and Montgomery-area government, public schools and the state health department are providing free state fair tickets to people who get fully vaccinated in the capital city.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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3. Selma police officer fatally shot in ‘ambush’

  • A Selma police officer on break at the apartment complex where he lived was shot to death early Tuesday and a woman was wounded in what a prosecutor described as an ambush.
  • Selma Police Officer Marquis Moorer was on duty and went home to get a bite to eat when he was fatally shot, Dallas County District Attorney Michael Jackson said. A woman believed to be his wife or girlfriend was wounded, he said.
  • The officer was “ambushed,” according to Jackson.
  • Moorer was on a lunch break when shots were fired from outside, Attorney General Steve Marshall said. The officer was killed and another person inside the residence at Selma Square Apartments was wounded, Marshall said in a statement.
  • Moorer was “an upstanding officer who took his job seriously,” Jackson said. He was credited with making the city’s first heroin arrest in a decade in 2019, shortly after he joined the police force as a patrol officer.
  • “Every day, officers routinely risk their lives simply by putting on their uniforms and performing their duties to protect their fellow citizens,” Marshall said of Moorer’s killing. “We must honor them and never take for granted the sacrifices they make on our behalf. I ask you to join me in prayerful gratitude for Officer Moorer as we hold his loved ones in our hearts.”
  • Read more HERE.

 

 

4. Infrastructure talks leave Biden’s entire agenda at risk

  • President Joe Biden’s latest leap into the Senate’s up-and-down efforts to clinch a bipartisan $1 trillion infrastructure deal comes with even more at stake than his coveted plans for boosting road, rail and other public works projects.
  • The outcome of the infrastructure bargaining, which for weeks has encountered one snag after another, will impact what could be the crown jewel of his legacy. That would be his hopes for a subsequent $3.5 trillion federal infusion for families’ education and health care costs, a Medicare expansion and efforts to curb climate change. (More on this in Inside Alabama Politics)
  • Biden and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., will need support from every Democratic moderate and progressive to push the $3.5 trillion bill through the 50-50 Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote. If the infrastructure talks implode, it may be harder for moderates — who rank its projects as their top priority — to back the follow-up $3.5 trillion plan, which is already making them wince because of its price tag and likely tax boosts on the wealthy and corporations.
  • “I would say that if the bipartisan infrastructure bill falls apart, everything falls apart,” West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin, one of his chamber’s most conservative Democrats, warned reporters this week.
  • “If infrastructure collapses, which I hope it does not, you’d have the difficulty of holding some of the Democrats” to back the $3.5 trillion bill, No. 2 House leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said Tuesday in a brief interview. Party leaders will be able to lose no more than three Democrats to prevail in the 435-member House.
  • Read more HERE.

 

5. Inside Alabama Politics

A new edition of Inside Alabama Politics is out today!
In today’s issue:
  • Could ‘lost revenue’ be used in prison fix?
  • Special session update;
  • How would COVID-19 affect a special?
  • ‘Legislative blackout’ on campaign fundraising shrinks to 2 weeks;
  • What Congressional Democrats’ $3.5T budget package could mean for Alabama Medicaid;
  • The List: Who’s Running, Who’s Not;
  • Who will be House Education Budget Chair?
  • This Matrix lawsuit is a doozy;
  • Big Bud’s news;
  • Potpourri
ADN Insiders can read these stories and more HERE.
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Headlines

Inside Alabama Politics – July 28, 2021

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – State health officer stresses vaccines, recommends masks again

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Shot incentives offered in Alabama despite state resistance

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Selma police officer fatally shot in ‘ambush’

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Infrastructure talks leave Biden’s entire agenda at risk

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama COVID-19 hospitalizations continue to surge

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senators, White House in talks to finish infrastructure bill

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Fed to discuss a pullback in economic aid with inflation up

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Inflation fears and politics shape views of Biden economy

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – July 27, 2021

 

AL.COM – 3 Alabama counties combine for more than 1,000 new COVID cases since yesterday

 

AL.COM – State rests in Alabama sheriff’s corruption trial: What prosecutors say he did

 

AL.COM – Alabama lawmaker testifies for defense in sheriff’s corruption trial

 

AL.COM – DOJ rejects Mo Brooks defense, says his Jan. 6 speech not part of duties

 

AL.COM – Shelby, Leahy reach agreement on $2.1 billion Capitol security, Afghan relocation plan

 

AL.COM – Mobile awarded $1 million grant that could bring non-stop flights to Washington, D.C.

 

AL.COM – Lowndes County group loses $2M federal grant to address sewage woes

 

AL.COM – $1,000 and A-zone parking? Auburn wants students vaccinated

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Jasmine Ridge Estates home offers gorgeous view of Elmore County

 

Montgomery Advertiser – What did you earn on your first job? Social Security can tell you

 

Montgomery Advertiser – MGM LEAPS program boost summer school learning

 

Decatur Daily – Prosecution tracks alleged payment to Sheriff Blakely

 

Decatur Daily – Morgan, Limestone agencies to receive more Remington money

 

Decatur Daily – In the community: Something really funny

 

Times Daily – Looney ‘fired up’ to be UNA’s athletic director

 

Times Daily – Handy events were real shots in the arm

 

Times Daily – Elkmont man drowns at Joe Wheeler State Park

 

Anniston Star – Jacksonville to incentivize vaccinations for city employees

 

Anniston Star – Ranburne Town Council authorizes agency to apply for senior center renovation grant

 

Anniston Star – Another Calhoun County COVID spike as spread of virus continues

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Adamsville PD: Man arrested for death of Adamsville woman

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – 84-year-old woman missing, Pickens County Sheriff’s Office asks for public’s assistance

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Multiple experts agree that children should mask up in class; here’s why

 

Tuscaloosa News – Built by Bama: University of Alabama football players help bring family’s dream home to life

 

Tuscaloosa News – Alabama sees ‘unprecedented’ rise in COVID hospitalizations linked to unvaccinated people

 

Tuscaloosa News – District 7 special election: By almost 400 votes, electors choose Cassius Lanier over Sonya McKinstry

 

Gadsden Times – Don’t let the heat beat you: Caution urged, cooling centers open at Gadsden libraries

 

Gadsden Times – GECEMA: Flooding on Gadsden streets strands motorists; do not drive into flooded areas

 

Gadsden Times – GAA details its proposal criteria for potential airport property purchasers

 

Dothan Eagle – The Latest: European Union trumpets vaccination rate

 

Dothan Eagle – At first Jan. 6 hearing, police to detail violence, injuries

 

Dothan Eagle – Paris police investigate gas bomb attack on Cuban Embassy

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Olympics Latest: Surfer Buitendag announces retirement

 

Opelika-Auburn News – UK lawmakers slam government for failing Windrush victims

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Doing It For The A: Alaska’s first Olympic swimmer wins gold

 

WSFA Montgomery – Former HealthSouth CEO holds book signing in Montgomery

 

WSFA Montgomery – 1 dead, 1 critical after Macon County weekend shooting

 

WSFA Montgomery – Montgomery man sentenced following escape, run-in with marshals

 

WAFF Huntsville – Huntsville AC company sees increase in calls for repairs due to extreme heat temperatures

 

WAFF Huntsville – Alabama State Troopers remind motorists about the Move Over Law

 

WAFF Huntsville – Defense questions credibility of prosecutor’s witness Trent Willis

 

WKRG Mobile – Coast Guard searching for person possibly in water after raft found offshore

 

WKRG Mobile – COVID jump forces Dauphin Island to close municipal offices

 

WKRG Mobile – ‘Still the GOAT’: Simone Biles receives flood of support on social media

 

WTVY Dothan – Large attendance at EBOE meeting after mask mandate announced

 

WTVY Dothan – CDC encourages vaccinated people to mask up

 

WTVY Dothan – Alabama calls first COVID-19 news conference in months amid new surge in cases

 

WASHINGTON POST – Republicans voice opposition to Jan. 6 investigation as police officers call for accountability

 

WASHINGTON POST – Biden plans to require federal workers to be vaccinated or undergo repeated tests

 

WASHINGTON POST – Jan. 6 hearings open with visceral accounts of Trump supporters’ assault on police

 

NEW YORK TIMES – As Infections Rise, C.D.C. Urges Some Vaccinated Americans to Wear Masks Again

 

NEW YORK TIMES – As Infections Rise, C.D.C. Urges Some Vaccinated Americans to Wear Masks Again

 

NEW YORK TIMES – ‘A hit man sent them.’ Police at the Capitol recount the horrors of Jan. 6 as the inquiry begins.

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – U.S. Stock Futures Wobble Ahead of Fed Update

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Fed Meeting Will Focus on Tapering Timeline

 

WALL STREET JOURNAL – Apple Profit Sets Record on Strong iPhone Sales

 

 

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