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Here's your Daily News for Wednesday, July 14.
1. Inflation surges
  • American consumers faced a third straight monthly surge in prices in June, the latest evidence that a rapid reopening of the economy is fueling pent-up spending for goods and services that in many cases remain in short supply.
  • This week's report from the Labor Department showed that consumer prices in June rose 0.9% from May and 5.4% over the past year — the sharpest 12-month inflation spike since June 2008. Excluding volatile oil and gas prices, so-called core inflation rose 4.5% in the past year, the largest increase since November 1991. 
  • The pickup in inflation, which largely stems from the economy's rapid recovery from the pandemic recession, has heightened concerns that the Federal Reserve might feel compelled to begin withdrawing its low-interest rate policies earlier than expected.
  • Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell says that inflation “will likely remain elevated in coming months" before “moderating,” an apparent acknowledgement that price gains have been larger and more persistent than many economists forecast.
  • Read more HERE.
2. Paschal wins
  • Republican Kenneth Paschal easily defeated Democrat Sheridan Black in a special election for the Alabama House of Representatives in District 73 Tuesday.
  • According to unofficial results from the Alabama Secretary of State's Office, Paschal won with 75.26% of the vote.
  • Paschal, who will assume office once the vote is certified, becomes the first Black Republican lawmaker in Alabama since Reconstruction.
  • "The voters of District 73 didn’t choose me because of the color of my skin. They got to know me. They saw a God-fearing man of integrity who values and defends our Constitution. But I do recognize the historical significance of what happened today. I hope to be an example to all Alabamians that the Republican Party is open to everyone who shares a belief in freedom, self-reliance, fiscal responsibility, and opportunity for all,” Paschal said.
  • Read more HERE.
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3. Weaver wins
  • April Weaver won the special election for Senate District 14 on Tuesday night, beating Democratic challenger Virginia Applebaum.
  • Weaver, a former Alabama House member, received 80% of the vote with 6,231 votes cast for her, according to unofficial results from the Secretary of State.
  • “I am honored that the people of District 14 have placed their trust in me to be their voice of representation in the Senate,” Weaver said in a statement. “I pledge to put their interests at the forefront of my work each day while also fighting for and preserving our conservative rights and freedoms. As a lifelong resident of this district, I know the people and the communities, and I will work my hardest to enhance their quality of life and see that our district is positioned to flourish.”
  • Weaver's win makes her the first Republican woman to serve in the Senate since 2010.
  • Read more from Caroline Beck HERE.
4. Jerry Starnes announces in HD88
  • Prattville City Council President Jerry Starnes announced his campaign for the Republican nomination for House District 88 on Tuesday making him the second primary challenger to the current occupant of the seat, State Rep. Will Dismukes.
  • Starnes works as a probation and parole district manager for the Alabama Bureau of Pardons and Paroles. He's also a lieutenant colonel in the Alabama National Guard.
  • Starnes is a graduate of Prattville High School and Troy University and bills himself as a lifelong conservative Republican.
  • The race for House District 88 is setting up to be one of the most competitive legislative races of 2022, with three GOP candidates already announced.
  • Dismukes, R-Prattville, easily won the open seat in 2018 but has faced multiple controversies in his first four years of office. 
  • Josh Pendergrass, a lawyer, pastor and former communications director for Gov. Kay Ivey, has also announced that he will be challenging Dismukes for the Republican nomination.
  • Read more HERE.
5. Dems reach $3.5T budget agreement
  • Senate Democrats announced late Tuesday that they'd reached a budget agreement envisioning spending an enormous $3.5 trillion over the coming decade, paving the way for their drive to pour federal resources into climate change, health care and family-service programs sought by President Joe Biden.
  • The Democrats' goal is to push a budget resolution reflecting Tuesday's agreement through the House and Senate before lawmakers leave for their August recess. The resolution sets only broad spending and revenue parameters, leaving the actual funding and specific decisions about which programs are affected — and by exactly how much — for later legislation.
  • Separately Tuesday, a bipartisan group of senators continued working on a third measure that would spend around $1 trillion on roads, water systems and other infrastructure projects, another Biden priority. Biden and 10 senators — five from each party — had agreed to an outline of that compromise measure last month, and bargainers have worked ever since to flesh it out.
  • In discussing the budget agreement, Schumer and other lawmakers did not respond when asked if they had the support of all 50 Democratic senators, which they will need to succeed. They also have virtually no margin for error in the House, where they will be able to lose no more than three Democratic votes and still prevail.
  • Read more HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Consumer prices surged in past year the most since 2008

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Gas prices rise, could hold steady

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - April Weaver wins Senate District 14

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Starnes announces campaign for House District 88

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Massive solar power project approved for Butler County

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Senate Democrats reach $3.5 trillion budget agreement

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - K-12 schools look to ‘fill the gap’ with incoming $2 billion COVID relief funds

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - House seat will be unfilled in 2022 session

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Shiver not seeking reelection; Givens to seek House seat

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Several sitting House Republicans draw primary challengers

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Sanders, Biden meet as infrastructure bill swells past $3.5T

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – July 13, 2021

AL.COM - Unvaccinated people represent 96% of Alabama’s COVID deaths since April, ADPH says
AL.COM - Alabama school board members spar about critical race theory, diversity
AL.COM - Alabama Power receives approval for Butler County solar facility
AL.COM - Delta variant accounts for more than 70% of recent samples at Alabama lab
AL.COM - COVID vaccine program saved 279,000 US lives, study finds
AL.COM - Mountain Brook promises anti-bias training will be developed locally

Montgomery Advertiser - Ed Grimes, Donald Mims face probable runoff for District 1 city council seat

Montgomery Advertiser - Prattville City Council President Jerry Starnes 3rd Republican in House District 88 race

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama prisoner stabbed to death in Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore

Decatur Daily - Pepper withdraws proposal to pave Wilson Morgan walking trail

Decatur Daily - Literacy specialists to help train teachers

Decatur Daily - Public barred as Blakely's corruption trial begins in secret

Times Daily - Bo Jackson to headline Heritage Christian fundraiser event

Times Daily - Colbert seeks state help on use of federal funding

Times Daily - Muscle Shoals road projects will require more SIDC funding

Anniston Star - Speakers continue opposition to roadside herbicide

Anniston Star - Marriott hotel to develop beside Oxford Commons

Anniston Star - Oxford Performing Arts Center announces season of entertainment

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Birmingham woman vanishes in Germany after meeting a man online, family needs help finding her

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Firefighters provide emotional support of crews in Surfside

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Companies host job hiring event in Livingston

Tuscaloosa News - Woman accused of stabbing family member multiple times at Tuscaloosa apartment complex

Tuscaloosa News - Alabama prisoner stabbed to death in Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore

Tuscaloosa News - League of Women Voters to host online forum for District 7 special election

YellowHammer News - Weaver, Paschal win special elections for open spots in the Alabama Legislature

YellowHammer News - Tuberville seeks new treatment options for veterans, highlights Alabama non-profit helping veterans in need

YellowHammer News - Attorney General Steve Marshall joins fight defending South Carolina abortion law

Gadsden Times - Rendering plant opponent tired of being labeled 'outsider'; Worthy's comments provoke IDA response

Gadsden Times - Alabama prisoner stabbed to death in Fountain Correctional Facility in Atmore

Gadsden Times - COVID-19 cases back on the rise locally, across state

Dothan Eagle - Pope Francis arrives at Vatican 10 days after surgery

Dothan Eagle - The Latest: London to keep mask use on public transport

Dothan Eagle - House Republicans post record fundraising ahead of 2022 race

Opelika-Auburn News - Damaging winds threaten more than 80 million people in the Midwest and Northeast

Opelika-Auburn News - Significant severe weather possible for millions today

Opelika-Auburn News - Rare whooping cranes raised for wild as COVID rules relax

WSFA Montgomery - Montgomery-area gas station robbed

WSFA Montgomery - Police: Man apparently drowns at Troy Recreation Center

WSFA Montgomery - Vigil held for slain Alabama Christian Academy student

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville Parks & Recreation hosting free financial planning seminar for middle, high school students

WAFF Huntsville - Alabama health leaders respond to new warning for Johnson & Johnson vaccine

WAFF Huntsville - Former foster parent going to Lauderdale County court in August

WKRG Mobile - Pope Francis arrives at Vatican 10 days after surgery

WKRG Mobile - Multiple fire departments respond to house fire at McIntosh fire chief’s mother’s home

WKRG Mobile - Local criminologist discusses Escambia Co. deputy-involved shooting

WTVY Dothan - Henry County Commission joins Abbeville in dispatch center decision

WTVY Dothan - Dothan man charged for shooting into home injuring 2 women

WTVY Dothan - Commission approves additional school resource officer for Henry County School system

WASHINGTON POST - Senate Democrats announce plans for $3.5 trillion budget package to expand Medicare, advance Biden priorities

WASHINGTON POST - Inside the secret plan for the Texas Democratic exodus: A phone tree, a scramble to pack and a politically perilous trip

WASHINGTON POST - How Tucker Carlson became the voice of White grievance

NEW YORK TIMES - Europe Plans Aggressive New Laws to Phase Out Fossil Fuels

NEW YORK TIMES - Democrats Propose $3.5 Trillion Budget to Advance With Infrastructure Deal

NEW YORK TIMES - ‘Together, We Can Become a Force’: Haitians Seek Change After Assassination

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Covid-19 Vaccines Are Becoming Mandatory in Parts of China

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Alibaba and Tencent Consider Opening Up Their ‘Walled Gardens’

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Chip Shortage Has Spawned a Surplus of Fraudsters and Fake Parts

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