Daily News Digest – May 15, 2020

Daily News Digest – May 15, 2020

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It’s Friday so I hope you enjoy your news GIFs.
Here’s your Daily News for May 15.

1. Ivey to send back amendment on coronavirus funds

  • Gov. Kay Ivey today sent state lawmakers a detailed proposal for how to spend $1.8B in federal coronavirus relief money. This comes a week after a public dispute over the funds.
  • The Legislature meets for its final day of the Regular Session on Monday and some had been preparing for an Ivey veto of supplemental budget legislation directing federal coronavirus relief funds. The Legislature sent Ivey a bill allowing her and state agencies to spend $200 million of the about $1.8 billion from Congress, while leaving the Legislature discretion over the rest.
  • State Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, said he’ll move Monday to accept Ivey’s amendment, saying her office did a good job of identifying COVID-related losses in the state.
  • “The governor, and the Legislature, too, has been trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, told Alabama Daily News. He’s chairman of the House General Fund budget committee.
  • They are not so sure in the Senate. While General Fund budget chairman Greg Albritton, R-Range, called the development a “good thing,” Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s office indicated he was disappointed to be left out of the discussions.
  • This is one of those stories you have to read through to the end, from Mary Sell and me HERE.

 

 

2. House votes today on Pelosi relief bill

  • The Democratic-controlled House is pressing ahead today with votes on another massive rescue bill that would pump almost $1 trillion to state and local governments, renew $1,200 cash payments for individuals, and extend a $600 weekly supplemental federal unemployment benefit.
  • The first four coronavirus response bills were bipartisan measures that passed by sweeping votes, but today’s measure — with a $3 trillion-plus price tag that exceeds the prior bills combined — promises to pass largely along party lines.
  • House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has loaded the 1,815-page measure with a slew of Democratic priorities, including funding to cover rent payments and utility bills, “hazard pay” for essential workers, and grants to thousands of municipal governments grappling with sagging revenues.
  • But it’s earned a White House veto threat and a scathing assessment from top Republicans like Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., who called it “a totally unserious effort.”
  • Few Republicans are expected to vote for the bill today despite popular provisions like help for the Postal Service and local schools, $1,200 payments to most Americans, and $175 billion to help homeowners and renters stay in their homes.
  • Full story HERE.

 

 

 

 

 

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AlabamaWorks! is here as a resource for the people and businesses in our state during this difficult time.
Important workforce resources, tools and updates regarding COVID-19 can be found all in one place on our website.
Visit AlabamaWorks.com for more information on small businesses, unemployment information, state agency updates as well as information for those recently unemployed on how to establish a career pathway or re-skill.
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3. Alabama nurses ‘tired and stressed,’ seek compensation

  •  recent survey by the Alabama Nursing Association shows that nurses on the frontlines of the COVID-19 battle have been concerned about a lack of personal protection equipment, their own health, bringing the virus home to their families and having the needed time to spend with patients isolated from their loved ones.
  • Others, furloughed by public health orders that stopped elective surgeries and procedures, worried about paying their bills and even their own health insurance.
  • There are more than 100,000 licensed nurses in Alabama, but only a few facilities in the state have been able to provide leave at normal wage levels during the crises, association president Dr. Sarah Wilkinson-Buchmann said in a letter last month to Alabama’s congressional delegation.
  • “… approximately one-third of our workforce has served tirelessly and courageously during COVID-19 while approximately one half of our nurses have been sent home,” she wrote in the letter seeking financial assistance for nurses.
  • The survey of about 1,600 ASNA members in mid-April asked about their experiences, needs and fears. A lack of personal protection equipment was mentioned in many responses.
  • “Not enough PPE, we are wearing the same stuff for at least 12 hours, some more than 12 hours!,” one respondent wrote about concerns. “Not testing everyone with symptoms bothers me because we discharge them not knowing if they have COVID or not.”
  • Full story from ADN’s Mary Sell HERE.

 

4. More than 470,000 Alabamians have filed job loss claims

  • New unemployment claims have leveled off somewhat in Alabama, according to numbers released Thursday, as a record 470,000 people applied for job loss benefits during the coronavirus outbreak.
  • The Alabama Department of Labor reported that nearly 27,000 unemployment claims were filed last week. More than 17,800 of those claims are COVID-19 related. About 29,000 people filed the previous week.
  • The numbers are well above normal unemployment levels in the state, but down from the start of the pandemic when as many as 100,000 claims were being filed weekly.
  • The drop could indicate Alabama is on the downward slope of the coronavirus-related jobless claims that soared after businesses shut their doors because of the virus and state closure orders.
  • The new jobless claims included more than 5,200 from the manufacturing sector and nearly 2,500 from the accommodation and food services industry.
  • More than 470,000 people applied for job loss benefits since the outbreak began here.
  • Story link.

 

5. NASCAR plans to race its way through the South in June 

  • It will be a summer in the South for NASCAR: The stock car series announced Thursday it will stick to Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia, Florida and Alabama for June races — all of them without fans.
  • NASCAR has now set plans for 20 races — including nine in the elite Cup Series — as it returns to the tracks after being shut down for more than two months by concerns about the coronavirus.
  • The Cup Series is scheduled to resume this Sunday at Darlington Raceway and run four times in 11 days at the South Carolina track and at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina.
  • NASCAR will go to to Talladega Superspeedway with the ARCA Series and the Xfinity Series racing June 20 and Cup on June 21. The teams can drive to the Alabama speedway but many might use hotels.
  • Full story HERE.

 

Headlines

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House to vote Friday on more virus aid, despite GOP skeptics

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Alabama nurses ‘tired and stressed,’ seek compensation

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – More than 470,000 Alabamians have filed job loss claims

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – NASCAR plans to race its way through the South in June

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama delegation reacts to new Pelosi relief bill

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Five COVID-19 cases at state mental hospital for the elderly; ADMH intakes stopped in March

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Community Colleges plan on opening campuses in fall; System working to improve distance learning

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Marsh’s office: CARES Act money won’t be used for State House

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Scott Stantis: Bad Timing

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS  – Highlights of Democrats’ $3 trillion-plus virus relief bill

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Census response map shows lags as field operations restart

 

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – May 14, 2020

 

AL.COM  – Wildfire and water restrictions: ‘Severe drought’ impacting coastal Alabama

 

AL.COM  – Ivey proposes plan for spending $1.8 billion in CARES Act funds

 

AL.COM  -High school seniors protest plan for large graduation ceremonies in Alabama next week

 

AL.COM  – Megachurch Pastor Stephen A. Davis says restarting in-person worship ‘too risky’

 

AL.COM  – 400,000+ unemployed Alabamians may have lost their health insurance

 

AL.COM   – Montgomery County emerging as Alabama’s latest coronavirus hotspot

 

AL.COM  – Columnist John Archibald: Immunologist gives Congress – and us — dire warning

 

AL.COM  – EPA grants to help clean up pollution in Africatown, Dothan and Bessemer

 

AL.COM  – Sidewalk dining? Alabama cities grapple with social distancing for restaurants

 

Montgomery Advertiser – MPS graduations to be at high schools with extremely limited guests, no speeches

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Ivey refuses to sign off on Legislature coronavirus funds plan, instead suggests her own

 

Montgomery Advertiser – Ex-Autauga deputy accused of smoking pot turns self in on misdemeanor charge

 

YellowHammer News – Ivey intends to sign FY21 General Fund, ETF budgets — Offers executive amendment on SB 161

 

YellowHammer News – ADEM receives $500K grant for a reducing litter in waterways project

 

YellowHammer News – NASA moves to resume SLS testing — ‘Next great era of space exploration’ still on horizon

 

Tuscaloosa News – Ivey won’t sign spending bill, wants plan for COVID-19 cash

 

Tuscaloosa News – Five COVID-19 cases at state mental hospital for the elderly; ADMH intakes stopped in March

 

Tuscaloosa News – Tuscaloosa Police recover more than 40 firearms during special detail

 

Decatur Daily – Alcohol revenue up, other tax revenue down in 1st COVID-19 month

 

Decatur Daily – Nichols hired as Madison City Schools superintendent

 

Decatur Daily – McConnell hits Democrats’ ‘totally unserious’ relief bill

 

Times Daily – Ivey details her plan for $1.8B in coronavirus relief funds

 

Times Daily – Madden seeks Place 2 seat on Muscle Shoals Council

 

Times Daily – Lauderdale deputy hopefuls take physical test

 

Anniston Star – Muscadine man charged with meth trafficking

 

Anniston Star – After dispute, Ivey sends lawmakers proposal for $1.8B in coronavirus spending

 

Anniston Star – Five COVID-19 cases at state mental hospital for elderly; ADMH intakes stopped in March

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Alabama delegation reacts to new Pelosi relief bill

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – Can you get COVID-19 more than once? Experts say we still don’t know

 

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham – ADL, Birmingham Jewish Federation urge education after video of students with swastikas

 

WAFF Huntsville – Increase of cases may not be linked to lifted restrictions

 

WAFF Huntsville – 48 COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths confirmed at Russellville nursing home

 

WAFF Huntsville – Madison County volunteer fire departments say they need more funding

 

WKRG Mobile – Fairhope woman plans to donate kidney during COVID-19 pandemic

 

Dothan Eagle – UPDATE: Fire danger advisory issued for Wiregrass

 

Dothan Eagle – ACOM names Jones as permanent dean

 

Dothan Eagle – Area census response lagging as deadline extended to August

 

Gadsden Times – Teen killed in collision near Hokes Bluff

 

Gadsden Times – Ninth judicial circuit to hold-off on in-person hearings

 

Gadsden Times – Officials release edited coronavirus reopening guidance

 

Troy Messenger – Second man charged in Grandberry murder

 

Troy Messenger – Brundidge man charged with capital murder

 

Troy Messenger – State COVID cases top 11,100

 

Andalusia Star News – Two charged after meth lab discovered on Dunson

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Downtown Auburn hotel bid gets initial approval

 

Opelika-Auburn News – County adjusts budget; discusses Opelika quarry help

 

Opelika-Auburn News – Opelika library reopens with restrictions in place

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – Marsh’s office: COVID-19 money won’t be used for Statehouse

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – CH pool plans on hold; splash pad damaged

 

Daily Mountain Eagle – UPDATE: Walker jury trials on hold until fall

 

Trussville Tribune – Alabama coronavirus cases close in on 11,000; state reports 450 have now died

 

Trussville Tribune – All-access COVID-19 testing begins Thursday at Legion Field

 

Trussville Tribune – VIDEO: Trussville City Schools Board of Education meets online, elects officers for 2020-21 school year

 

Athens News Courier – COVID-19: Athens updates rules governing court, recreation, disconnects

 

Athens News Courier – Ivey won’t sign spending bill, wants plan for COVID-19 cash

 

Athens News Courier – Man charged with reckless endangerment

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – Human remains found near Mentone

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – Downtown Boaz ready to blossom | City hopes floral decorations uplift community

 

Sand Mountain Reporter – Boat ramps at Guntersville dam reopen Friday

 

WSFA Montgomery – Economist: Slow recovery expected as the country desires ‘new economy’

 

WSFA Montgomery – Suspect identified, charged with capital murder after woman found dead in Troy

 

WSFA Montgomery – Second suspect charged with murder after body found along Troy roadside

 

WKRG Mobile – Baldwin County homeowners see property tax increase, but can cut payment in half

 

WKRG Mobile – ECSO: Suspect wanted for 2003 cold case homicide

 

WTVY Dothan – Covenant Preschool and Daycare protects students from COVID-19

 

WTVY Dothan – Henry County Courthouse Reopening on Monday

 

WTVY Dothan – Geneva County Schools set graduation dates

 

WASHINGTON POST  – Ousted vaccine official testifies country still lacks master plan amid pandemic

 

WASHINGTON POST  – Trump’s company has received at least $970,000 from U.S. taxpayers for room rentals

 

WASHINGTON POST  – Democrats scrutinize State Department plan to overhaul Social Security

 

NEW YORK TIMES  – As Pandemic Wrecks Budgets, States Cut and Borrow to Balance Books

 

NEW YORK TIMES  – Changing Subject Amid a Pandemic, Trump Turns to an Old Ploy: Blame Obama

 

NEW YORK TIMES  – Domestic Violence Calls Mount as Restrictions Linger: ‘No One Can Leave’

 

 

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