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Here is your Daily News for Thursday, January 30.
1. Deteriorating power, sewer utilities lead to partial closure of state prison
  • Deteriorating underground utilities at William C. Holman Correctional Facility are forcing the closure of parts of the prison and the transfer of more than 600 inmates to other crowded facilities around the state, officials announced Wednesday.
  • Commissioner Jeff Dunn said plans to decommission the facility were made in August 2018 but were hastened because of the increasing risk involved with maintaining an underground utility tunnel that houses essential power, water and sewer services.
  • About three weeks ago, officials learned of an increasing risk of sending ADOC maintenance staff into the tunnel.
  • "It became obvious to me that it was not sustainable and we had to accelerate our plans," Dunn said. Holman is 51-years old and one of the state's highest-security prisons. It houses most death row inmates and the state's only execution chamber. As of October, it had 752 inmates. It was originally built to house 581.
  • The process of moving about 617 inmates from Holman in Escambia County to other prisons was to begin Wednesday, Dunn said. Citing security concerns, a timetable for the moves wasn't disclosed.
  • The announcement comes as lawmakers prepare to begin their 2020 legislative session next week. Prison construction, crowding and inmate and staff safety are expected to be significant topics in the session. According to ADOC, its systemwide occupancy rate is about 169 percent. That number doesn't include additions to prisons after their original construction.
  • Full story from ADN's Caroline Beck HERE.
2. Red state Dems in focus
  • As the Senate impeachment trial grinds toward a climax, it remains unclear how three Democrats will vote on whether to toss President Donald Trump from office. 
  • Sens. Doug Jones of Alabama, Joe Manchin of West Virginia and Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona are all question marks, though they're widely regarded as likely to vote for at least one of the two impeachment articles. 
  • Jones was noncommittal Wednesday about the outcome of the case , saying he wanted to evaluate the evidence. 
  • "Now don't go putting some damn headline in there, 'Still open to acquit.' I'm open to acquit, I'm open to convict," Jones told reporters. "I want to hear all the evidence. I want to hear witnesses."
  • Read more HERE.
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3. Missing Alabama woman’s death ruled accident; suspect caught
  • The death of an Alabama woman whose body was found in a shallow grave about two weeks after she disappeared has been ruled an accidental overdose.
  • Paighton Houston, 29, died of morphine and methamphetamine toxicity, Jefferson County Coroner Bill Yates told news outlets Thursday morning. It has been classified as a drug-opioid death, Yates said.
  • Wednesday night, U.S. marshals in Cleveland, Ohio, arrested Fredrick Hampton, 50, in connection to Houston's death, news outlets reported.
  • Read more HERE.
4. Ivey breaks shoulder after being tripped by her dog
  • Alabama Gov. Kay Ivey fractured her shoulder after being tripped by the state's "first dog," her office said Wednesday. 
  • Ivey spokeswoman Gina Maiola said the governor is in an arm sling after being tripped by her dog named Missy. The rescue pooch unintentionally tripped the governor at home Tuesday night, Ivey's office said. 
  • The 75-year-old Republican governor issued a statement about the injury, saying, "You'll see me in a sling but this won't slow me down one bit."
  • "I'll keep you posted on the recovery, but most importantly, Missy is also doing just fine," Ivey said.
  • Ivey is scheduled to deliver Alabama's annual State of the State address Tuesday night to mark the opening of the legislative session. 
  • Story link.
5. Mazyk tapped to chair BCA
  • John Mazyk has been elected Chairman of the Business Council of Alabama's Board of Directors, the group announced Wednesday.
  • He succeeds outgoing chairman Mark Crosswhite, CEO of Alabama Power Company.
  • Mazyck is the owner of The Frazer Lanier Company, a Montgomery-based investment banking firm.
  • BCA is one of Alabama’s most influential political organizations, pooling resources from the state’s business community to support its endorsed candidates for office and lobby the Alabama Legislature for business-friendly policies.
  • "John Mazyck has been a dedicated leader of the business community in the state of Alabama for years," said BCA President and CEO Katie Boyd Britt. "He has already begun to leave his mark on BCA through his innovative approach and intentional outreach to other business leaders across the state. We look forward to working alongside John as he leads our state's business community into the next decade."
  • Read more HERE.
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ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Deteriorating power, sewer utilities lead to partial closure of state prison

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - 3 Senate Dems from red states waver on impeachment votes

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Ivey breaks shoulder after being tripped by her dog

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - John Mazyk tapped to chair Business Council of Alabama

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Missing Alabama woman’s death ruled accident; suspect caught

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Scottsboro: 4 of 8 boat dock fire victims were children

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - New bill would create a state database for conceal carry permits

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Report: changes needed in workforce development pipeline

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - King features mom in first AL-2 TV spot

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Coleman’s new AL-2 spot features wife

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – January 29, 2020

AL.COM  - Alabama moving 600 inmates from crowded, dangerous, deteriorating Holman prison
AL.COM  - Should Mobile vote ‘Yes’ on Amtrak’s return to the Gulf Coast?
AL.COM  - Another Alabama school system closing due to flu
AL.COM  - Alabama’s Doug Jones joins congressional push for HUD radon action after Oregonian investigation
AL.COM  - Gov. Kay Ivey fractures shoulder after tripping over her dog
AL.COM  - Former Holman guards worry Alabama prison violence will rise in wake of surprise closure
AL.COM  - Former Montgomery police officer Aaron Smith gets 14 years in prison for death of Gregory Gunn
AL.COM  - I-10 bridge project labeled ‘visionary’ in Mobile’s long-range plan – for now
AL.COM  - Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Where were Alabama prosecutors in the north Birmingham corruption case?
AL.COM  - Columnist John Archibald: I thought I’d seen it all. Until Bradley Byrne

Montgomery Advertiser - Department of Justice 'disappointed' ADOC didn't tell them they were closing Holman

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama to close most of Holman prison, move inmates across state

Montgomery Advertiser - Ex-MPD officer AC Smith sentenced to 14 years in manslaughter shooting death of Greg Gunn

YellowHammer News - ALDOT Director John Cooper responds to State Rep. Easterbrook’s comments on U.S. Hwy 45

YellowHammer News - BCA unveils 2020 leadership team; John Mazyck takes helm as chairman

YellowHammer News - Ivey in sling after fall — ‘This won’t slow me down a bit!’

Dothan Eagle - UPDATE: Enterprise PD looking for 2 persons of interest in All-In fraud case

Dothan Eagle - Principal leaves role as central office director takes helm at Dothan Prep

Dothan Eagle - Rotary Club members test wits of Troy students with mock interviews

Tuscaloosa News - Judge issues 20-year sentence in manslaughter case

Tuscaloosa News - Hugh Thomas Bridge to return to full capacity soon

Tuscaloosa News - Judge denies bail for man accused of killing police officer

Decatur Daily - Decatur center combining early learning programs under one roof

Decatur Daily - Attorney General argues against secrecy in Limestone Sheriff Blakely's prosecution

Decatur Daily - New bill would create a state database for concealed carry permits

Times Daily - Birmingham firm selected for RR overpass study

Times Daily - SRO released after leaving weapon unattended

Times Daily - New bill would create a state database for concealed carry permits

Gadsden Times - Do you know this woman?

Gadsden Times - Catanzaro to serve as clinic’s vision director

Gadsden Times - Council approves engineering work for sports park, payment plan for unpaid sales tax

Anniston Star - Phillip Tutor: An Annistonian speaking the truth

Anniston Star - Oxford kids learn electrical safety from lineman

Anniston Star - Cleburne chamber plans annual dinner

Troy Messenger - Foster sentenced to 48 years for Christmas Eve 2017 murder, shooting

Troy Messenger - Pike County remembers John Dorrill

Troy Messenger - 19th Annual Leadership Conference opens Friday night at Troy University


Andalusia Star News - Cancer Freeze recipient: ‘I will not give in nor give up’

Opelika-Auburn News - One teen killed, one injured in Phenix City shooting

Opelika-Auburn News - The Latest: Rival Koreas close liaison office over outbreak

Opelika-Auburn News - Tallapoosa drug task force makes two arrests

Daily Mountain Eagle - Gilbert recommends change in council structure

Daily Mountain Eagle - County BOE members honored

Daily Mountain Eagle - Thirteen arrested in Carbon Hill in recent weeks

Trussville Tribune - Suspect charged with abuse of corpse in Paighton Houston case captured

Trussville Tribune - NEW PHOTOS released of car stolen from First Baptist in Trussville

Trussville Tribune - POLICE: Clay bank teller busted at work for using customer accounts to order food, clothing online

Athens News Courier - New Chamber building ready to serve the community

Athens News Courier - Parole board to review case of Limestone prisoner charged with theft

Athens News Courier - Council votes to fund Jimmy Gill Park relocation

Sand Mountain Reporter - ‘Godspell’ to open next weekend at WBS

Sand Mountain Reporter - Cigarette thief arrested for Hammondville gas station break-in

Sand Mountain Reporter - Officials give update on Scottsboro dock fire

WSFA Montgomery - Family speaks after witnessing shooting at Montgomery Zoo

WSFA Montgomery - Hayneville battles second raw sewage leak

WSFA Montgomery - Identities of 8 killed in northeast Alabama marina fire released

Fox 6 Birmingham - Trussville lacrosse teams fight to use school stadium

Fox 6 Birmingham - Suspect charged in Paighton Houston case captured in Ohio

Fox 6 Birmingham - Increasing number of juveniles being charged as adults

WAFF Huntsville - Suspect charged in Paighton Houston case captured in Ohio

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville realtors warn about rental home scam

WAFF Huntsville - Jury begins deliberations in Madison County pill mill trial

WKRG Mobile - Donald Hartung found guilty in 2015 Pensacola triple murder

WKRG Mobile - Orange Beach PD: Escapee who removed ankle monitor recaptured

WKRG Mobile - ‘I wish they would put the guns down:’ Toulminville man shares his frustration after deadly shooting on Schwarz Street

WTVY Dothan - Search for missing Slocomb man

WTVY Dothan - Tuberville, Byrne hot on campaign trail as election clock ticks

WTVY Dothan - Reunited and it's doggone good
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump legal team advances blanket defense against impeachment
WASHINGTON POST  - Wavering Democrats face pressure as GOP eyes bipartisan vote for Trump acquittal
WASHINGTON POST  - U.S. life expectancy ticks up as drug fatalities and cancer deaths drop
NEW YORK TIMES  - Federal Grand Jury Subpoenas 3M Over Chemical Discharges
NEW YORK TIMES  - Republicans Move to Block Impeachment Witnesses, Driving Toward Acquittal

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