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Here's your Daily News for Tuesday, September 15.
1. Sally eyes Alabama coast
  • Hurricane Sally, a plodding storm with winds of 85 mph, crept toward the northern Gulf Coast early this morning as forecasters warned of potentially deadly storm surges and flash floods with up to 2 feet of rain and the possibility of tornadoes. 
  • Forecasters stressed “significant” uncertainty as to where the storm's eye would make landfall. But they kept nudging the predicted track eastward, with land fall potentially toward the Alabama-Mississippi state line by late today or early Wednesday.
  • Stacy Stewart, a senior specialist with the National Hurricane Center, said that people should continue to take the storm seriously since “devastating” rainfall is expected in large areas. People could drown in the flooding, he said. 
  • “This is going to be historic flooding along with the historic rainfall,” Stewart said. “If people live near rivers, small streams and creeks, they need to evacuate and go somewhere else.”
  • Gov. Kay Ivey sought and received an emergency declaration from President Donald Trump for the state as preparations along the coast continue.
  • Read more and see the latest tracks HERE.
2. Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals
  • President Donald Trump is set to preside over the signing of historic diplomatic deals between Israel and two Gulf Arab nations that could herald a dramatic shift in Middle East power dynamics and give him a boost ahead of the November election.
  • In a White House ceremony aimed at showcasing presidential statesmanship, Trump will host more than 700 guests today on the South Lawn to witness the sealing of the agreements between Israel, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain. Trump and his allies hope the occasion will burnish Trump's credentials as a peacemaker at the height of his reelection campaign.
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Emirati and Bahraini foreign ministers are to ink the deals before the crowd, which will include representatives of supporting nations from the Washington-based diplomatic corps but few other dignitaries from overseas. Some congressional Democrats who have offered muted praise have been invited to attend.
  • In addition to the individual bilateral agreements signed by Israel, the UAE and Bahrain, all three will sign a trilateral document, officials said. The agreements are dubbed the “Abraham Accords” after the patriarch of the world’s three major monotheistic religions. Trump is expected to sign as a witness.
  • Read more HERE.
A message from
Alabama's Trucking Industry
  • This year's National Truck Driver Appreciation Week takes on a special significance considering the crucial role truck drivers have played during the COVID-19 pandemic.

  • Professional truck drivers haul more than 10 billion tons of freight every year, which accounts for 70 percent of total U.S. freight tonnage, and more than 80 percent of U.S. communities rely exclusively on trucks to deliver their freight.

  • In Alabama, trucking accounts for 1 in 14 jobs in the state employing more than 111,000 Alabamians.

3. Aderholt kicks off $30 million irrigation inititaitve
  • Congressman Robert Aderholt, R-Haleyville, has announced the operational start of the Alabama Irrigation Initiative, a $30 million federal investment to expand crop irrigation throughout the state.
  • According to the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, just 163,338 of Alabama farmland is irrigated, compared to more than 1.1 million acres in Georgia. Aderholt said a top goal of his on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Agriculture has been closing that gap by making irrigation systems more affordable for farmers.
  • "Investing in Alabama’s irrigation infrastructure will bring significant benefits to crop yields, farm income and rural communities as a whole," Aderholt said at an event launching the initiative at Clifton Farms in Hillsboro. "I look forward to seeing more projects constructed around the state in the coming years. There is a lot of work ahead, but it will make a big difference for Alabama agriculture."
  • Aderholt was chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee for several years while Republicans held the majority in the House of Representatives.
  • Through the Alabama Irrigation Initiative, farmers can apply to receive up to 50% of the cost of building an irrigation system for new crop acreage. Crops with a reliable water supply produce higher yields and are less susceptible to periods of sustained drought.
  • Farmers can apply for these grants at their local Soil and Water Conservation District office.
  • Story link.
4. Ivey honors Truck Driver of the Year at State Capitol
  • As a part of National Truck Driver Appreciation Week, Alabama’s Truck Driver of the Year was honored in a special event at the State Capitol Monday.
  • Rosko Craig of Montgomery Transport was honored by Gov. Kay Ivey with an official commendation recognizing him as Alabama’s Truck Driver of the Year. Craig pulled his rig up to the steps of the state Capitol and even offered onlookers the unmistakable “honk” of his truck’s big horn.
  • Ivey noted how the coronavirus pandemic has highlighted for the general public just how critical the job of truck drivers really is.
  • “Rosko certainly has a positive attitude and a proven track record over his 20+ year trucking career,” Ivey said. “Our hats go off to Rosko & all our truckers who keep AL moving!”
  • Craig, 50, is from Silas in west Alabama’s Choctaw County. According to the Alabama Trucking Association, he has logged more than 3 million miles of accident-free driving for Montgomery Transport.
  • “For me, the keys to success in the trucking industry are safety, number one, hard work and determination,” Craig said. “I love trucking because it was a childhood dream of mine. I support my family, my wife, my son, my daughter, my grandson – they are my rock and my backbone. I couldn’t do this without them.”
  • Read more HERE.
5. News Briefs

Sheriff: Substitute teacher sent vulgar messages to students

  • PINCKARD, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama substitute teacher was arrested and accused of sending inappropriate messages to students, authorities said. 
  • Darius Salter, 21, was charged Monday with two counts of possession of obscene matter, news outlets reported. 
  • Dale County Chief Deputy Mason Bynum said Salter worked at South Dale Middle School and Dale County High School.
  • Bynum said investigators were contacted by the Dale County Board of Education and told of a possible inappropriate relationship between a student and a substitute teacher.
  • School administrators immediately removed Salter from the classroom. Investigators found multiple victims. 
  • Bynum said all inappropriate communication between Salter and the victims were done electronically. 
  • "We do not believe any sexual contact was made between the victims and the suspect. As the investigation continues, we anticipate additional charges to be filed," Bynum said. 
  • It's unclear whether Salter had an attorney who could comment on his behalf. 

Birmingham police make arrest in slaying of 71-year-old

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Birmingham police say they've made an arrest in the shooting death of a 71-year-old woman who was killed less than two months after her grandson was slain.
  • Javanna "Midge" Cotton Owens was walking on a street late Sunday when she approached a vehicle as if she knew the occupants, Sgt. Rod Mauldin told She was struck by a single shot from the vehicle.
  • License plate readers helped police locate the vehicle, and they made an arrest. Mauldin, however, said the suspect's name was being withheld pending charges.
  • Owen's daughter, Vekimba Owens Carter, said she does not know why anyone would hurt her mother. Carter's son, 27-year-old Marquette Carter, was shot and killed Aug. 1 during a dice game. Police have not announced any arrests.
  • "It's senseless killing," Vekimba Carter said. "I just want justice."

Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

  • SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Deadly West Coast wildfires are dividing President Donald Trump and the states’ Democratic leaders over how to prevent blazes from becoming more frequent and destructive, but scientists and others on the front lines say it’s not as simple as blaming either climate change or the way land is managed.
  • The governors of California, Oregon and Washington have all said global warming is priming forests for wildfires as they become hotter and drier. But during a visit Monday to California, Trump pointed to how states manage forests and said, “It will start getting cooler, just you watch.”
  • Scientists say wildfires are all but inevitable, and the main drivers are plants and trees drying out due to climate change and more people living closer to areas that burn. And while forest thinning and controlled burns are solutions, they have proven challenging to implement on the scale needed to combat those threats.
  • As crews battled wildfires that have killed at least 36 people, destroyed neighborhoods and enveloped the West Coast in smoke, Trump contended that the states are to blame for failing to rake leaves and clear dead timber from forest floors.
  • Read more HERE.
A message from
  • This Thursday, AlabamaWorks! is hosting its Virtual Workforce Conference.

  • It will feature experts from industry and education to identify challenges and focus on solutions to develop a more dynamic workforce.

  • Hear new and innovative approaches to workforce practices, education initiatives to grow the workforce pipeline, and strategies to increase collaboration.

  • See the lineup and register HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Hurricane Sally slows, gathering a deluge for the Gulf Coast

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Trump to preside over historic Arab-Israel recognition deals

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Ivey honors Truck Driver of the Year at State Capitol

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Aderholt kicks off $30 million irrigation initiative

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Easing fires not as simple as climate change vs. forest work

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - ‘Landmark district’ fight in south Alabama has statewide implications

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Parties adjust GOTV strategies

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Pell City’s Andy Jackson honored as Alabama’s Teacher of the Year

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – September 14, 2020
AL.COM - Alabama adds 500 new confirmed COVID cases; latest county-by-county case counts

AL.COM - Gov. Kay Ivey seeks pre-landfall FEMA declaration on Hurricane Sally
AL.COM - Gov. Kay Ivey approves $10 million in CARES Act funds for tourism campaign
AL.COM - Mobile, Baldwin officials prepare for Hurricane Sally: Urge residents not to compare with past hurricanes
AL.COM - Why Madison County sheriff not required to give report on Huntsville protests
AL.COM - $5 million power pole factory coming to Tallapoosa County
AL.COM - Airbus offers look inside new A220 assembly line
AL.COM - A sandbag is all that will save me’: In one coastal Alabama city, residents prepare for flooding from Sally
AL.COM - Two ‘last resort’ shelters to open in Mobile County
AL.COM - Contributor Lydia Barber: September is Suicide Prevention Month
Montgomery Advertiser - Will Hurricane Sally's path go through Alabama? Track spaghetti models here.

Montgomery Advertiser - AUM student robbed on campus, police searching for three suspects

Montgomery Advertiser - Trial begins in alleged Prattville High sexual assault case

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Missing ASU transfer student found dead

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - President Trump approves disaster declaration for Louisiana ahead of Hurricane Sally

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Google and Apple announce new exposure notification system to trace COVID-19 cases

Tuscaloosa News - Automatic CPR machines coming to Tuscaloosa Fire Rescue Service

Tuscaloosa News - BRIEFS: Upcoming meetings, events in West Alabama

Tuscaloosa News - BETTY SLOWE’S BLOG: Sept. 14, 2020 | 100 years ago

Decatur Daily - COVID-19 hospitalization rate at Decatur Morgan Hospital concerns doctor

Decatur Daily - New bridge, Alabama 20 limited access get chamber support

Decatur Daily - Valley could get 4 inches of rain, 35 mph wind gusts from Sally

Times Daily - Comments for MPO transportation plan could be virtual

Times Daily - COVID-19: Cases trend up in Colbert, down slightly in Lauderdale

Times Daily - 7 inmates up for parole this week

Anniston Star - Heflin man charged with sodomy

Anniston Star - Cleburne sheriff to hire additional investigator

Anniston Star - Anniston High to get new roof as school board passes budget

YellowHammer News - Catherine Sloss Jones is a 2020 Woman of Impact

YellowHammer News - Dr. Jeanne Marrazzo is a 2020 Woman of Impact

YellowHammer News - Ivey designates $10M for ad campaign to boost Alabama tourism in wake of pandemic

Gadsden Times - Hearing slated for Wednesday in contested Rainbow City council race

Gadsden Times - A Walk Through Time event at Forrest Cemetery canceled for 2020

Gadsden Times - Hurricane Sally: Alabama issues state of emergency as 'historic flooding,' tornadoes expected from Gulf storm

Dothan Eagle - Sally's threat: 'Potentially historic' floods, fierce winds

Dothan Eagle - Forecasters say Tropical Storm Teddy has formed; one of four active named storms in Atlantic basin

Dothan Eagle - Superintendent's resignation on agenda

Opelika-Auburn News - Fallen tree causes power outage in Auburn

Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika council to vote on $63.2M budget

Opelika-Auburn News - Notasulga faithful honor school's history

WSFA Montgomery - Man sought after package stolen off porch in Montgomery

WSFA Montgomery - County EMA directors say flooding is top concern as Sally nears

WSFA Montgomery - Google and Apple announce new exposure notification system to trace COVID-19 cases

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville police investigating after teen shot in parking lot

WAFF Huntsville - Interim Scottsboro police chief returns to work following DUI arrest

WAFF Huntsville - Athens Police investigating after woman run over by vehicle

WKRG Mobile - Spanish Fort recommends voluntary evacuation for Causeway, Pineda Island and Blakely River Road

WKRG Mobile - Gov. Ivey issues pre-landfall emergency declaration for Alabama

WKRG Mobile - City of Mobile Animal Shelter temporarily closed, not accepting owner surrenders

WTVY Dothan - Alabama gives updates on 2 unemployment benefit programs

WTVY Dothan - New interim Dothan superintendent plans no major changes

WTVY Dothan - Governor DeSantis appoints new Florida Supreme Court Justice

WASHINGTON POST - Devastating wildfires out West inject climate change into the presidential campaign

WASHINGTON POST - Top Trump health appointee Michael Caputo warns of armed insurrection after election

WASHINGTON POST - Trump says there are 25 ‘witnesses’ disputing the Atlantic. Nope.

NEW YORK TIMES - As Trump Again Rejects Science, Biden Calls Him a ‘Climate Arsonist’

NEW YORK TIMES - Covid-19 Live Updates: Gates Foundation Report Paints a Grim Global Picture

NEW YORK TIMES - Trump Health Aide Pushes Bizarre Conspiracies and Warns of Armed Revolt

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Oracle Deal With TikTok to Undergo U.S. National Security Review

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Smoke and Winds Worsen in Deadly West Coast Wildfires

WALL STREET JOURNAL - U.S. Stock Futures Tick Up Ahead of Economic Data

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