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Good afternoon and happy Sunday!

Here's your Daily News for Sunday, November 29.
1. No Saban, no problem
  • Once the Iron Bowl kicked off, Nick Saban was just another passionate, heavily invested fan who was powerless to help his team win.
  • His team still won — big .
  • Mac Jones passed for 302 yards and a career-high five touchdowns, highlighted by two long ones to DeVonta Smith, and No. 1 Alabama rolled over rival No. 22 Auburn 42-13 on Saturday without Saban.
  • The Crimson Tide (8-0, No. 1 playoff rankings) continued a dominating march through a schedule of all-Southeastern Conference games even minus its six-time national champion coach on the sideline.
  • Saban tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday and watched the game feed from home, witnessing the usual array of big plays with offensive coordinator Steve Sarkisian running the show.
  • Saban said his staff “did a marvelous job.”
  • “Sark did a nice job of managing things, and I sat here and felt a little helpless,” he said in a postgame zoom from his home. “I could see things and yell at things and listen to (wife) Miss Terry yell downstairs. It’s a little different. It still feels good to win.”
  • Read more HERE.
2. Alabama ranks 9th for inmate COVID-19 deaths
  • At the Bibb Correctional Facility in Alabama, the old prison chapel has been turned into a quarantine zone. The sound of coughing is constant. And some people appear afraid to enter the room.
  • An inmate described life in the quarantine to The Associated Press, speaking anonymously for fear of retaliation. The prison system has enforced the wearing of masks among inmates, but he said crowded dormitories like his offer nowhere to hide from the virus.
  • He said he became so weak he could not stand.
  • “He said they are just laying around like flies,” said Bonita Jackson, whose brother is a Bibb inmate who was hospitalized. “You can’t hardly hear him. He is gasping for breath.”
  • As coronavirus cases skyrocket nationwide, they are also rising again in prisons, which are plagued by close contact and lack of good hygiene. In Alabama prisons alone, 34 people — 32 inmates and two staff members — have died from COVID-19 since the pandemic began. That ranks ninth in the country for the number of COVID-19 deaths per 10,000 inmates, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press and the Marshall Project.
  • Read more from Kim Chandler HERE.

A message from
the Business Council of Alabama
  • The Business Council of Alabama has launched Keep Alabama Open, working to unite hardworking Alabamians in the earnest pursuit of protecting jobs and safeguarding self governance.

  • Businesses, while following state health orders to keep customers and themselves safe, should be able to continue to earn a living and support their families.

3. Trump's legal efforts face weekend setbacks
  • Pennsylvania’s highest court on Saturday night threw out a lower court’s order preventing the state from certifying dozens of contests on its Nov. 3 election ballot.
  • It was the latest legal defeat for President Donald Trump's campaign and affiliated Republicans attempting to challenge Joe Biden’s victory in the battleground state.
  • The state Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision, threw out the three-day-old order, saying the underlying lawsuit was filed months after the expiration of a time limit in Pennsylvania’s expansive year-old mail-in voting law allowing for challenges to it.
  • Justices also remarked on the lawsuit’s staggering demand that an entire election be overturned retroactively.
  • “They have failed to allege that even a single mail-in ballot was fraudulently cast or counted,” Justice David Wecht wrote in a concurring opinion.
  • Read more on that case HERE.

  • On Friday, a federal appeals court rejected a sepatate Trump campaign challenge of election fraud.
  • The case had been argued last week in a lower court by Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who insisted during five hours of oral arguments that the 2020 presidential election had been marred by widespread fraud in Pennsylvania. However, Giuliani failed to offer any tangible proof of that in court.
  • “Free, fair elections are the lifeblood of our democracy. Charges of unfairness are serious. But calling an election unfair does not make it so. Charges require specific allegations and then proof. We have neither here,” 3rd Circuit Judge Stephanos Bibas, a Trump appointee, wrote for the three-judge panel, all appointed by Republican presidents.
  • Trump’s lawyers vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court. 
  • Read more on that case, including the ruling itself, HERE.
4. With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid
  • Faulting inaction in Washington, governors and state lawmakers are racing to get pandemic relief to small-business owners, the unemployed, renters and others whose livelihoods have been upended by the widening coronavirus outbreak.
  • In some cases, elected officials are spending the last of a federal relief package passed in the spring as an end-of-year deadline approaches and the fall COVID-19 surge threatens their economies anew.
  • Underscoring the need for urgency, the number of new COVID-19 cases reported in the United States reached 205,557 on Friday, according to data from Johns Hopkins University – the first time its daily figure topped the 200,000 mark. Its previous daily high was 196,000 on Nov. 20.
  • Read more HERE.
5. One good thing: Mail carrier surprises birthday boy
  • When Chip Matthews heard the mail truck arriving on his sixth birthday, he rushed out — not knowing that he'd come back with a treasure.
  • Outside the house, which was decorated with birthday balloons, mail carrier Tawanna Purter held a pile of boxes. One of them was marked with Chip's name and a greeting for his special day, Nov. 5.
  • "So, when he came running out the door, I said: 'You must be Chip!' And he was like, yes. I said, 'Today's your birthday?' And he started smiling," Purter said.
  • "So, I said, 'Let me see if I can find you something for your birthday.'" She checked her pocket and surprised him with a gift: a dollar bill and four quarters.
  • This is the kind of thing Purter does — "I help out anybody, I don't care," she said — surprising people with gas or grocery money when they need it, paying forward the kindnesses of others who helped her out when she struggled to keep a job.
  • On this day, the 42-year-old Opelika letter carrier made one little boy very happy.
  • Read the full story HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - COVID-19 in custody: Alabama ranks 9th for inmate deaths

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Jones, No. 1 Bama roll past No. 22 Auburn 42-13 minus Saban

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama AG criticizes Confederate monument removals

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Pennsylvania high court rejects lawsuit challenging election

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - With no action by Washington, states race to offer virus aid

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest - November 27, 2020
AL.COM - Despite record absentee vote, early voting in Alabama seems unlikely
AL.COM - ‘Go for that adventure’: Alabama teen becomes one of the first female Eagle Scouts
AL.COM - As Alabama Amazon workers talk unionization, Seattle workers go on strike
AL.COM - Alabamians get rare glimpse of sperm whale, mysterious giant of the Gulf
AL.COM - Columnist Frances Coleman: Love it or hate it, the court system is our protection from anarchy

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Attalla woman released after 223 days hospitalized with COVID-19

MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Who is BamaTracker? How an Alabama software engineer built a must-read COVID-19 tool
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Auburn trustee, Alabama native reportedly being considered as Biden’s Defense secretary
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama holiday sales predicted to meet or slightly exceed 2019’s $13.25 billion
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - U.S. Rep.-Elect Carl urges State Sen. Elliott not to allow ‘personal feelings’ about Gov. Ivey interfere with I-10 Mobile Bay Bridge proposal
DECATUR DAILY - Virtual learning 'a breeze' for some, while other families struggle to make it work
DECATUR DAILY - The Decatur Daily: Attorney general trying to intimidate local officials
GADSDEN TIMES - Source: Proposed industry is not the rendering plant of the past; opponents to meet Monday
WASHINGTON POST - 20 days of fantasy and failure: Inside Trump’s quest to overturn the election
WASHINGTON POST - Pennsylvania Supreme Court dismisses lawsuit against mail ballots with prejudice in another defeat for Trump
WASHINGTON POST - A Trump donor’s company got a 3 percent federal pandemic loan. It sells title loans at a 350 percent annual rate.
NEW YORK TIMES - Virus Deaths Approach Spring Record Amid Changing U.S. Crisis
NEW YORK TIMES - A Rush to Expand the Border Wall That Many Fear Is Here to Stay
NEW YORK TIMES - How Democrats Suffered Crushing Down-Ballot Losses Across America
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