Good afternoon! I hope you all survived the Iron Bowl.
Here’s your Weekend Digest for December 1.
1. Auburn wins a wild one, 48-45
- Another wild, triumphant Iron Bowl finish turned Auburn’s field into a teeming mass of orange and blue.
- A missed Alabama field goal again had much to do with it.
- Shaun Shivers scored on an 11-yard run with 8:08 left to put No. 16 Auburn ahead and another failed kick wiped away the fifth-ranked Crimson Tide’s playoff hopes in a 48-45 victory for the 16th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.
- Auburn (9-3, 5-3 Southeastern Conference) survived a final, marathon Crimson Tide drive when Joseph Bulovas’ 30-yard field goal attempt hit the left upright with 2:00 left.
- Auburn fans stormed the field to celebrate another Iron Bowl thriller, filling it from end zone to end zone as they did in the 2013 Kick-Six game, when the Tigers’ Chris Davis returned a missed Tide field goal 109 yards for a game-winning touchdown. Davis led pre-game cheers on the field Saturday.
- Read the full report from the AP HERE.
2. North Alabama faces challenges in job market
- A new study finds that north Alabama could face serious challenges to find qualified workers to fill the many jobs that have flooded the region.
- A labor market analysis was recently commissioned by north Alabama elected leaders.
- Deloitte analyzed the situation and its findings signal a potential crisis in the future that will require an extraordinary effort to overcome, Al.com reported.
- A national recruiting effort is needed to attract people to fill the jobs, said Darin Buelow, global location strategy leader for Deloitte.
- In a recent presentation to area civic leaders, Buelow said the Huntsville area must fill about 25,000 new jobs by 2023.
- However, it comes at a time when Alabama is experiencing a record-low unemployment rate of 2.8%. It’s even lower in the Huntsville area at 2.1%.
- You can read the full report HERE and Paul Gattis’ full story from Al.com HERE.
3. Bicentennial Celebrations Head to Finale
- Alabama will celebrate its 200th birthday as a state this month.
- December 14 marks the state’s official admission into the United States in 1819 and will be celebrated with various fun events at the State Capitol.
- There will be a parade at noon up Dexter Avenue to the State Capitol followed by a bicentennial festival around the Capitol and in downtown Montgomery. The festival will include musical performances, crafts, children’s activities and historical reenactors.
- Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey will dedicate the Alabama Bicentennial Park on the Capitol grounds. which tells the state’s story in 16 bronze plaques.
- You can see the full list of events HERE.
4. House Intel Panel Sets Tuesday Vote
- The House Intelligence Committee is wrapping up the investigative phase of its impeachment inquiry after recent public hearings and plans a Tuesday evening meeting to vote on its report.
- Committee members can view a draft report beginning Monday evening.
- Then the House Judiciary Committee will take the lead as the Democratic-led House pushes closer to a possible vote on charges against President Donald Trump.
- That committee’s initial hearing is Wednesday. It’s expected to feature legal experts who will examine questions of constitutional grounds as the committee decides whether to write articles of impeachment against Trump, and if so, what those articles will be.
- Democrats are aiming for a final House vote by Christmas, which would set the stage for a likely Senate trial in January.
- Read the full report HERE.
5. The week in good news
Auburn Fans V. The Hedges
- I’m sure there isn’t much more good news that Auburn fans need today, so to balance it out here are some amusing tweets about those hedges that would not stop Auburn fans last night.
- And you can see the aftermath of the hedge storming HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – North Alabama faces formidable challenges in job market
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama bicentennial celebration heads to finale
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House Intel panel sets Tuesday vote on impeachment report
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – No. 16 Auburn upends No. 5 Alabama’s playoff hopes, 48-45
AL.COM – Hurricane season 2019 ends: Another lucky year for the Alabama coast.
AL.COM – Columnist Kyle Whitmire: All of this will be on the final exam.
AL.COM – Mayor of Montevallo honored for promoting equality.
AL.COM – Columnist Dana Hall McCain: The Jerry Falwell, Jr. dumpster fire.
AL.COM – Contributor Leslie Anne Tarabella: A season of colorful Southerners.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Alabama Power Foundation shares strategies for securing best investments to support communities, workforce growth.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Corps of Engineers grants preliminary approval to higher winter pools at two Alabama lakes.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Hunting and fishing boost Black Belt economy.
BAMA POLITICS – What the Lower Drug Costs Now Act of 2019 Would Mean for Alabama Families
BAMA POLITICS – Columnist Clete Wetli: A Word to The Ungrateful
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily: State parole board going to opposite extreme.
GADSDEN TIMES – State expands some Saturday driver’s license office hours.
GADSDEN TIMES – The Gadsden Times: Plan to provide inmates with tablets draws fire.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Columnist Vanzetta McPherson: The dissonance of capital punishment.
OPELIKA AUBURN NEWS – Faculty to weigh in on Gogue’s possible return.
DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle: Bad optics.
WASHINGTON POST – How a fight over health care entangled Elizabeth Warren — and reshaped the Democratic presidential race.
WASHINGTON POST – Trump’s photo op play: Facing impeachment, the president strives to look hard at work.
WASHINGTON POST – Weather is turning into big business. And that could be trouble for the public.
NEW YORK TIMES – How a Divided Left Is Losing the Battle on Abortion
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump’s Intervention in SEALs Case Tests Pentagon’s Tolerance
NEW YORK TIMES – The New York Times: Who Will Tell the Truth About the Free Press?
NEW YORK TIMES – John Kerry Launches Star-Studded Climate Coalition
USA TODAY – Poor children: How many kids live in poverty in each state in the US.
CATHOLIC NEWS – Five Gulf South states rank at bottom of ‘social justice’ index