Daily News Digest – September 4, 2019

Daily News Digest – September 4, 2019
Good morning!
Here’s your Daily News for Wednesday, September 4.


1. More details on Elkmont slayings.

  • More details are emerging from the shocking news yesterday that a 14-year-old boy admitted to killing five of his family members.
  • Limestone County sheriff’s spokesman Stephen Young said the boy called 911 at about 11 p.m. Monday. He met deputies on the driveway and told them he heard gunshots upstairs while he was in the basement and he ran out the door. The teen later confessed to being the one who pulled the trigger, Young said.
  • “Upon being confronted with some of the inconsistencies, he did admit to shooting the five family members. All five were family members and all five lived in the residence,” Young said.
  • The suspect’s 6-month-old brother, 5-year-old sister and 6-year-old brother were among the victims. The adult victims were identified as the 38-year-old father of the suspect and the teen’s 35-year-old stepmother. In a later statement, the sheriff’s office said the children were step-siblings of the suspect.
  • He faces murder charges and is being held in a juvenile detention facility. Young said he could face adult charges, including capital murder.
  • Read more HERE.


2. ‘Heavens no’ Ivey won’t resign.

  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said Tuesday that she should not have worn blackface in a college skit decades ago, but she does not plan to resign over something that happened so long in the past.
  • In her first public appearance since issuing a public apology last week, Ivey reiterated that she was wrong to appear in the skit over 50 years ago and that it does not reflect who she is today. The Republican governor said she has no plans to quit.
  • “Heavens no, I’m not going to resign. It’s something that happened 52 years ago and I’m not that person. My administration stands on being inclusive and helping people,” the Republican governor said.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler and watch the governor’s comments for yourself HERE.


3. Pentagon approves border wall spending.

  • Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday approved the use of $3.6 billion in funding from military construction projects to build 175 miles of President Donald Trump’s wall along the Mexican border.
  • Congress approved $1.375 billion for wall construction in this year’s budget, same as the previous year and far less than the $5.7 billion that the White House sought. Trump grudgingly accepted the money to end a 35-day government shutdown in February but simultaneously declared a national emergency to take money from other government accounts, identifying up to $8.1 billion for wall construction.
  • The transferred funds include $600 million from the Treasury Department’s asset forfeiture fund, $2.5 billion from Defense Department counter-drug activities and now the $3.6 billion pot for military housing construction announced Tuesday.
  • The Pentagon reviewed the list of military projects and said none that provided housing or critical infrastructure for troops would be affected. Defense officials also said they would focus on projects set to begin in 2020 and beyond, with the hope that the money could eventually be restored by Congress.
  • Full story HERE.


4. Study examines effects carving out school districts.

  • A new study by the American Educational Research Association finds that a newly-formed school districts are increasing segregation by allowing communities to “draw boundaries around white spaces.”
  • The study looks at 18 school districts in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee.
  • One district examined is Pike Road, just outside Montgomery. But officials there, and the numbers themselves, tell a more nuanced story.
  • In Pike Road, just over half of students were white last year, while about 30% were African American. The remainder were Asian, Hispanic or multiracial. That’s a higher share of black students than other suburban districts around Montgomery seen as alternatives to Pike Road.
  • The system’s leaders point to that diversity, which roughly mirrors schools statewide across Alabama, to argue they’re not a white-flight suburb.
  • Pike Road Superintendent Chuck Ledbetter acknowledges that white parents have long been fleeing the Montgomery County system, followed in some cases by African American parents with the means to move. He argues that Pike Road, especially as new as it is, isn’t responsible for that flight.
  • “People are making choices,” Ledbetter said. “Pike Road is not the reason people are making a choice. Pike Road is another choice.”
  • Read the full story from Jeff Amy HERE.


5. Auburn leaps into top 10, Bama makes history.

  • The Alabama Crimson Tide made history this week by setting the longest streak for remaining in the AP top 5.
  • Bama has been in the top 5 for 56 straight weeks, dating back to November of 2015. The previous record was held by Miami.
  • Auburn punched its way into the AP top 10 this week after a thrilling win against Oregon.
  • View the full AP top 25 HERE.
  • Speaking of Auburn, the Tigers’ last-minute heroics on Saturday was the latest example of their penchant for drama.
  • Under head coach Gus Malzhan, Auburn has been known for down-to-the-wire wins and losses.
  • Read more about that HERE.



ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- After cancer, water concerns, EPA to sample in Cleburne County
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – The latest: Elkmont teen confesses to killing five family members
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Study examines effects of carving out school districts
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Judge dismisses wrongful death lawsuit over abortion
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – ‘Heavens no,’ Ivey won’t resign over 52-year-old blackface college skit
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Pentagon approves military construction cash for border wall
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Wireless providers, cities still struggle to find 5G agreement
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – You want drama? No. 10 Auburn supplies plenty of that
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Bama makes history, Auburn leaps into top 10.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Daily News Digest – September 3, 2019
Inisde Alabama Politics – AUGUST 30, 2019
AL.COM  – Gov. Kay Ivey says ‘Heavens no,’ she won’t resign over 1967 blackface skit
AL.COM  – Alabama NAACP responds to Ivey’s ‘look at the record’ comment
AL.COM  – Joe Biden to make 2020 campaign stop in Alabama later this month
AL.COM  – National non-profit erects pro-abortion billboards across state
AL.COM  – Metal detectors being installed at all Mobile high school football venues
AL.COM  – Federal lawsuit claims chicken producers fix wages, benefits
AL.COM  – HABD approves $3.6 million deal with Birmingham PD to protect public-housing residents
AL.COM  – Gov. Kay Ivey names 21 Bicentennial Schools of Excellence
AL.COM  – Kay Ivey’s sorority publicly rejects “offensive” blackface skit in email to alums
AL.COM  – Grants funding rural medical care in Wetumpka, New Site
Montgomery Advertiser – Kay Ivey blackface skit: ‘Heavens no,’ Gov. Ivey says she doesn’t have plans to resign
Montgomery Advertiser – Joe Biden to campaign in Birmingham
Montgomery Advertiser – Shooting in Elkmont, Alabama: 14-year-old boy kills his family, confesses, sheriff says
YellowHammer News – Ivey announces Alabama Bicentennial Schools of Excellence
YellowHammer News – Arthur Brooks named as one of Alabama Economic Growth Summit’s keynote speakers
YellowHammer News – WATCH: Ala. Senate Majority Leader Greg Reed stuns crowd with rendition of ‘My God Is Real’
Dothan Eagle – Eufaula residents involved in Florida wreck that left one man dead
Dothan Eagle – Holmes County Sheriff’s Office seeks community assistance in locating a Bonifay man
Dothan Eagle – UPDATE: Fort Rucker releases name of soldier who died during training
Tuscaloosa News – Brose celebrates completion of plant expansion
Tuscaloosa News – Divided council approves north Tuscaloosa apartments
Tuscaloosa News – Northport man accused in $5,000 theft from business
Decatur Daily – ‘Devastating’ day in Elkmont: Authorities says 14-year-old admits killing 5 family members
Decatur Daily – Decatur mayor: Nonprofit increase could cut money for spurring development
Decatur Daily – UPDATED: Five victims of Elkmont shooting identified; teen held on murder charges
Times Daily – 2 manslaughter indictments issued in boat crash
Times Daily – Waterloo’s Trail of Tears funding still in question
Times Daily – Keller festival receives $10,000 grant from RC&D Council
Gadsden Times – Council talks of Goodyear’s future
Gadsden Times – City denies one alcohol license, approves another
Gadsden Times – Glencoe man charged with trying to suffocate his girlfriend
Anniston Star – Piedmont rejects offer from Spire to buy city gasworks
Anniston Star – Cleburne budget process merits more meetings, commission says
Anniston Star – Anniston council approves full-time PR position
Troy Messenger – TOWN HALL: Jones visits Troy University to talk issues
Troy Messenger – Troy City Schools tech director Eujon Anderson named Google Innovator
Troy Messenger – Hydock to tell “Audrey Williams story” at We Piddle Around
Andalusia Star News – Adams announces candidacy for commission chairman
Andalusia Star News – Grant funding provides new play area for Fleeta Pre-K
Andalusia Star News – Arena gearing up for business, again
Opelika-Auburn News – Auburn police continue search for missing AU student
Opelika-Auburn News – Fatal crash near Lake Martin kills 1, injures 3
Daily Mountain Eagle – Valley woman reports waking up to assault from man with hammer
Daily Mountain Eagle – Commission slates budget hearing Sept. 19
Daily Mountain Eagle – Airport fees to increase at hangars
Daily Mountain Eagle – Council OKs $25.85M budget for Fiscal 2020
Trussville Tribune – 1 person hurt in Center Point apartment fire, 12 displaced
Trussville Tribune – American Legion Riders 9/11 Commemorative Ride coming to Clay
WASHINGTON POST  – Hurricane Dorian leaves terrible destruction in Bahamas as it rolls toward U.S.
WASHINGTON POST  – Pentagon approves diversion of military construction funds for Trump’s wall
WASHINGTON POST  – After prison, more punishment: They did their time. But as the formerly incarcerated reenter the workforce, will their past be held against them?
WASHINGTON POST  – ‘The status quo is unacceptable’: Walmart will stop selling some ammunition and exit the handgun market
WASHINGTON POST  – U.S. economy is ‘relatively strong’ and doesn’t need lower interest rates, key Fed leader says
NEW YORK TIMES  – North Carolina’s Legislative Maps Are Thrown Out by State Court Panel
NEW YORK TIMES  – As Patients Struggle With Bills, Hospital Sues Thousands

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