Here’s your Weekend Digest for December 8.
1. Huntsville officer killed in line-of-duty
- Authorities on Saturday identified an Alabama police officer who was killed during a drug enforcement operation.
- Billy Clardy was shot in the heart Friday during a drug buy set up by authorities at a residence where they expected a suspect to drop off a large amount of drugs, Huntsville police said.
- Clardy’s father was also previously killed in the line of duty, authorities said.
- This makes it the sixth Alabama law enforcement officer that has been killed in the line of duty in 2019 and following on the heals of last month’s fatal shooting of Lowndes County Sheriff John Williams.
- “I am grieved to hear of the Huntsville Police Officer killed in the line of duty and extend my deepest sympathies and prayers to his family for their unimaginable loss. It has been an exceptionally tough year for our law enforcement community, and this will be felt across our state,” Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey said in a statement.
- Read more about it HERE.
2. Pensacola base shooter watched videos before hand
- The Saudi student who fatally shot three sailors at a U.S. naval base in Florida hosted a dinner party earlier in the week where he and three others watched videos of mass shootings, a U.S. official told The Associated Press on Saturday.
- Officials investigating the deadly attack were working Saturday to determine whether it was motivated by terrorism, while President Donald Trump indicated he would review policies governing foreign military training in the United States.
- The Navy on Saturday identified the three victims and hailed them as heroes for trying to stop the shooter and flagging down first responders after being shot.
- The shooter opened fire inside a classroom at the naval base on Friday, killing three people and wounding two sheriff’s deputies, before one of the deputies killed him. Eight others were also hurt.
- The official who spoke Saturday said one of the three students who attended the dinner party hosted by the attacker recorded video outside the classroom building while the shooting was taking place. Two other Saudi students watched from a car, the official said.
- Read more about the shooting HERE.
A message from
the Alabama Bicentennial Commission
Come celebrate Alabama’s Bicentennial on Saturday, December 14th in Downtown Montgomery!
The day will include family activities with exhibitors from all around the state participating in the Bicentennial parade, park dedication and festival, all showcasing Alabama’s communities and honoring her people.
- 10 a.m. Alabama Bicentennial Parade – Dexter Ave
- Noon: Alabama Bicentennial Park Dedication – State Capitol Steps
- 1 p.m. Alabama Bicentennial Festival – Capitol Complex & Downtown Montgomery
- 4 p.m.Alabama Bicentennial Concert and Finale Presentation – State Capitol Steps
For more information, visit www.AL200finale.org.
3. Redstone to grow another 6,000
- A U.S. Army installation in Alabama will grow from 44,000 employees to more than 50,000 by 2025, its commander said.
- About $2 billion in infrastructure projects in the next five years will keep Redstone growing, said Lt. Gen. Edward Daly, the senior commander of Redstone Arsenal.
- Daly made the comments at a recent meeting of the Huntsville Madison County Chamber of Commerce.
- “As Redstone Arsenal grows, so does the Tennessee Valley,” Daly said at the meeting. The Tennessee Valley covers much of the northern half of Alabama, from the Mississippi state line to the Georgia state line and north to parts of Tennessee.
- The Chamber of Commerce also unveiled its new recruiting target: veterans. The chamber has produced a video urging veterans across the United States to move to Huntsville for job opportunities, quality of life, and a community that’s home to thousands of other veterans.
- Read more about it HERE.
4. Voting rights bill passes House
- The Democratic-controlled House approved a bill Friday that would restore key sections of the Voting Rights Act that once required officials in all or parts of 15 mostly Southern states to receive federal approval before making changes to the voting process.
- The bill would amend the 1965 law to impose new obligations on states and local jurisdictions, essentially reversing a 2013 Supreme Court decision that tossed out a “pre-clearance” provision that determined which jurisdictions needed federal oversight of elections.
- The bill was approved, 228—187.
- “No right is more precious to our citizenship than the right of all Americans to be able to vote,” said Rep. Terri Sewell, D-Ala., the bill’s chief sponsor. “When Americans are not able to cast their ballots, their votes are silenced.”
- Elected officials “should be alarmed if any American who wants to cast a ballot is unable to cast a ballot,” she said.
- Just one Republican, Pennsylvania Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, joined Democrats in voting for the bill. It now goes to the Republican-controlled Senate, where it is unlikely to move forward.
- Read more about the bill HERE.
5. College Football
For a day that didn’t feature Alabama or Auburn football, Championship Saturday ended up being pretty exciting after all.
The College Football Playoff field is now firmly set:
- No. 1 LSU will play No. 4. Oklahoma in the Peach Bowl
- No. 2. Ohio State will Play No. 3 Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl
- And the winners will play each other in Atlanta on January 13.
Interestingly, Alabama and Auburn finished the season dead even in the AP Top 25 at No. 9. So there’s something we can all argue about for another year.
The rest of the bowl selections will be coming in as the day goes on. See more HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Official: Base shooter watched shooting videos before attack
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Slain Alabama officer’s father also died in the line of duty
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Army installation in Alabama expected to have 50,000 workers
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Auburn, Alabama tied in final AP Top 25 rankings
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – House passes bill to restore key parts of Voting Rights Act
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS– ADOC spending up to $16M for outside legal help in prison lawsuit
AL.COM – ‘He died serving his country’: Pensacola naval base shooting victim from Alabama hailed a hero.
AL.COM – Future USS Mobile christened amid fanfare in namesake city.
AL.COM – Alabama doesn’t appeal injunction blocking abortion ban.
AL.COM – That Old-Time Religion: Heyday of the rural church slips away as country church got swallowed by the suburbs.
AL.COM – Slain Huntsville police officer Billy Fred Clardy III was son of officer killed in 1978.
AL.COM – Employers look to affordable childcare to recruit new workers.
AL.COM – The Alabama Democratic Party versus … a whole bunch of people.
AL.COM – Columnist Mike Oliver: Middle school’s bloody fable draws mom’s ire.
AL.COM – Columnist Frances Coleman: Instead of jewels or cars, think about saving lives.
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – Roy Moore pledges ‘commitment to God,’ rails against D.C. amid backdrop of vocal protesters.
TIMES DAILY – UNA’s Project 208 for equitable funding steps into high gear.
]TIMES DAILY – The Times Daily: Census participation makes sure Alabama counts.
TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Columnist Don Nobles: Daughter shares inside look at life with George Wallace.
ANNISTON STAR – People in recovery need support over the holidays.
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER – Pensacola NAS shooting victim ‘saved countless lives with his own’.
OPELIKA AUBURN NEWS – City could halt student housing developments.
DOTHAN EAGLE – The Dothan Eagle: Hacked off.
WASHINGTON POST – Investigation broadened in Pensacola Navy base shooting.
WASHINGTON POST – Contributor Henry Schuster: I helped make Richard Jewell famous — and ruined his life in the process.
WASHINGTON POST – The Washington Post: In impeachment, Democrats should focus on the big stuff.
NEW YORK TIMES – Video Games and Online Chats Are ‘Hunting Grounds’ for Sexual Predators
NEW YORK TIMES – Trump Can’t Resist Campaigning for Governors. But They Can Resist Him.
NEW YORK TIMES – Nikki Haley’s Confederate Flag Comments Spark Backlash
NEW YORK TIMES – Judiciary Committee Report Offers Legal Rationale for Impeaching Trump