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Here's your Daily News for Monday, July 27.
1. John Lewis mourned at Capitol
  • After crossing the Edmund Pettus Bridge one last time, the body of Congressman John Lewis was brought to the Alabama State Capitol Sunday to lie in state.
  • The casket was received by Gov. Kay Ivey and members of the state's congressional delegation as well as other political leaders.
  • As many as 3,000 people braved the heat and rain to come pay their respects to the civil rights icon, according to the governor's office.
  • Lewis died July 17 at 80, months after he was diagnosed with advanced pancreatic cancer. Lewis served in the U.S. House of Representatives for Georgia’s 5th congressional district from 1987 until his death.
  • Lewis left his family's farm in Pike County, Alabama, in the 1950s to begin the fight against segregation and racial oppression. He received a hero's welcome on his final stop in his home state.
  • After the viewing, his casket was carried out as the song “Amazing Grace" was sung.
  • Bernice King, the daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., spoke at a vigil for Lewis across the street from the Capitol, just a block away from the church her father led during the civil rights movement. Standing in front of large letters, spelling out the word “VOTE," she recalled the man her father called “the boy from Troy” and her family called Uncle John.
  • “The most astounding thing about Congressman Lewis being left for dead on that bridge (in 1965) is how he got up both physically and spiritually. When he recovered, he recovered without a trace of bitterness or hostility or without losing hope in our Democracy," Bernice King said.
  • Full story from Kim Chandler HERE.
2. COVID-19 update
  • Alabama saw nearly 3,000 new COVID-19 cases over the weekend. Thirty-three new deaths were reported Saturday and Sunday, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health.
  • Sunday's total of 1,037 is the lowest number of new daily cases reported in almost three weeks.
  • The seven-day average for cases is now 1,640, according to the website BamaTracker, which compiles information from ADHP. That’s also a decrease from last week. 
  • The state’s two-week mask mandate ends Friday, unless Gov. Kay Ivey extends it. 
  • As of Sunday morning, there had been 77,351 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the state, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. There were 1,428 confirmed deaths.
  • As of Sunday afternoon, 1,505 people were currently hospitalized, a slight decrease from a high of 1,586 last week. 
  • A total of 647,743 Alabamians have been tested to date. Of those who tested positive, 32,510 are presumed recovered, according to ADPH.
  • Last week, Alabama Superintendent of Education Eric Mackey said up to half of the state’s public school students will be attending classes remotely in the fall because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Mackey said more than a quarter of students are in systems that are only doing remote classes for the first part of year. He said as many as 15% to 30% of students will be choosing to do remote learning in school systems that have that as an option, in addition to in-person classes.
  • The ADPH updates its COVID-19 data at 10 a.m. daily.
3. Dismukes criticized for celebrating Klan leader
  • State Rep. Will Dismukes, R-Prattville, is under criticism from both sides of the aisle for a Facebook post celebrating the life of a Confederate general and Ku Klux Klan leader.
  • On Sunday, Dismukes posted a picture to Facebook and said, “had a great time at Fort Dixie speaking and giving the invocation for Nathan Bedford Forrest annual birthday celebration.”
  • The post has since been set to private and can only be viewed by friends of Dismukes, but screenshots were widespread on social media Sunday evening.
  • Forrest, a Tennessee native, was a Confederate general in the Civil War and the first Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan. 
  • Dismukes’ post said the event took place at Fort Dixie, which according to media reports is on private property near Selma.
  • Forrest’s birthday was July 13, 1821. 
  • The same day as the Fort Dixie event, the body of civil rights icon and Alabama native John Lewis was carried over the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma a final time as part of multiple events in Alabama honoring his life.
  • On Twitter Sunday, Alabama Democrats pounced on Dismukes' post, pointing out that both events were in Selma, “but there really aren’t two sides to this.”
  • "This weekend while most people were celebrating the life of John Lewis, a true American Hero, Will Dismukes was in the same city celebrating Nathan Forrest, the first Grand Wizard of the KKK," wrote Rep. Chris England, D-Tuscaloosa, who chairs the Alabama Democratic Party. "This should clear up any questions about whose side Will Dismukes is on."
  • Later Sunday, Lewis' body laid in state at the Alabama Capitol as Democrat and Republican leaders attended to pay their respects. 
  • One high-ranking GOP Alabama House member appeared to criticize Dismukes’ social media post Sunday, without mentioning him by name.
  • “I cannot fathom why anyone in 2020 celebrates the birthday of the 1st KKK Grand Wizard,” Rep. Danny Garrett, R-Trussville, said on Twitter Sunday night. He's the third ranking member of the House GOP leadership team. 
  • “And while the body of a civil rights icon beaten by the Klan lies at state Capitol being honored by GOP/Dem leaders from all over the state. This mentality does not rep my party or my faith.”
  • Dismukes was elected to the House in 2018. His district includes portions of Autauga and Elmore counties. He is a Baptist pastor and owns a commercial flooring company.
  • ADN has reached out to Dismukes for comment and we'll offer an update if we receive one.
4. Alabama environmental agency reaches agreement with 3M
  • The Alabama Department of Environmental Management announced Friday that it has reached an agreement with chemical giant 3M regarding cleanup of "forever chemicals" at its plant in Decatur and at multiple sites in northwest part of the state.
  • The state environmental agency said under the interim consent order that the company must assess waste sites in Morgan and Lawrence counties and cleanup sites contaminated with a class of chemical compounds commonly known as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances. The substances are in a family known as "forever chemicals" because they do not degrade in the environment.
  • The company must also put in place a system to monitor, test and research the effects of exposure. 
  • "It protects the public from both past and future contaminations and puts Alabama ahead of the game in regulating these harmful compounds. This agreement expands ADEM's ability to control PFAS beyond what would otherwise be available," ADEM Director Lance LeFleur said in a statement. 
  • "3M will pay what it takes to fix permanently whatever PFAS problems it created, in addition to the requirements for investigations and research on any effects of PFAS on public health and the environment," LeFleur said.
  • The agency said 3M will assume all the costs of the assessments, remedial actions and research associated with the consent order. Penalties will be assessed later. 
  • "During the last 12 months, we have identified areas where we can do more and better, and we're committed to doing our part in our operations moving forward," Michelle Howell, 3M Decatur plant manager, said in a statement.
  • 3M has faced multiple lawsuits over contamination. 
  • The company said it will communicate about its actions on its newly launched webpage: www.3M.com/AlabamaStewardship.
  • Read more from The Decatur Daily HERE.
5. Pastor: 40 infected with coronavirus after church revival
  • More than 40 people were infected with the coronavirus after attending a multi-day revival event at a north Alabama Baptist church, according to the congregation's pastor.
  • “The whole church has got it, just about,” Al.com quoted pastor Daryl Ross of Warrior Creek Missionary Baptist Church in Marshall County as saying.
  • The pastor says the churchgoers, including himself, tested positive after the congregation held a series of religious services featuring a guest pastor over the course of several days last week.
  • Ross said the services were shut down by Friday after learning that one of the members who attended had tested positive for the virus. The member presented no symptoms, but got tested when several of his coworkers received positive tests, according to the pastor.
  • Over the weekend, dozens more fell ill, Ross said, adding: “I’ve got church members sick everywhere."
  • “We knew what we were getting into,” he said. “We knew the possibilities."
  • Ross said only two members’ cases were serious, and as of Sunday, nobody had been hospitalized, though many had reported having fevers, headaches and respiratory issues.
  • He said some social distancing measures were in place during the services, which were held multiple times a day, and most members skipped the events out of concern for the virus. Those that attended sat with their own families. Masks were not required, the newspaper reported.
  • “We let everybody do what they felt like. ... If you were comfortable shaking hands, you shook hands. If you didn’t, you didn’t,” the pastor said.
  • The church is located in a small community called Strawberry, about 60 miles northeast of Birmingham.
  • Full story HERE.
News Briefs
CARES II update

  • Suggesting a narrower pandemic relief package may be all that's possible, the White House still pushed ahead with Monday's planned rollout of the Senate Republicans' $1 trillion effort as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assailed the GOP “disarray” as time-wasting during the crisis.
  • The administration’s chief negotiators — White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin — spent the weekend on Capitol Hill to put what Meadows described as “final touches” on the relief bill Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is expected to bring forward Monday afternoon.
  • “We’re done,” Mnuchin said as he and Meadows left Capitol Hill on Sunday after meeting with GOP staff.
  • But looming deadlines may force them to consider other options. By Friday, millions of out-of-work Americans will lose a $600 federal unemployment benefit that is expiring and federal eviction protections for many renters are also coming to an end.
  • Meadows said as the White House was “looking for clarity” on a “handful” of remaining issues with Republicans, but they had yet to talk to McConnell. “We have an agreement in principle,” he said. 
  • Both Mnuchin and Meadows said earlier Sunday that narrower legislation might need to be passed first to ensure that enhanced unemployment benefits don’t run out for millions of Americans. They cited unemployment benefits, money to help schools reopen, tax credits to keep people from losing their jobs, and lawsuit protections for schools and businesses as priorities. 
  • “We can move very quickly with the Democrats on these issues,” Mnuchin said. 
  • But negotiations with Democrats have yet to begin with billions at stake and deadlines near.
  • Full story HERE.




Ivey sets special election for Alabama House seat

  • MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Gov. Kay Ivey has set a special election to fill the Alabama House seat vacated by the death this month of Republican state Rep. Ron Johnson of Sylacauga.
  • Ivey set the special primary for House District 33 for Oct. 6, the primary runoff, if necessary, for Nov. 3, and the general election for Jan. 19. al.com reported.
  • Johnson had served the district, which covers parts of Clay, Coosa, and Talladega counties, since 1978.
  • Candidates can qualify with the Democratic and Republican parties until Aug. 4 at 5 p.m.
  • "Rep. Ron Johnson served the constituents of Clay, Coosa and Talladega counties well for many years, and I know he will truly be missed by all," Ivey said. "Especially while we are experiencing such uncertain times, it is important that the people living in House District 33 have a voice for them in the Legislature."




$75,000 gift to help UAB center aid Black Belt in pandemic

  • BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — The O'Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Alabama at Birmingham has received a $75,000 donation to help diminish the effects of COVID-19 and cancer in Alabama's Black Belt.
  • AL.com reports that the gift from the Mike & Gillian Goodrich Foundation will go toward the cancer center's Office of Community Outreach and Engagement to fund cancer prevention and awareness activities.
  • That includes outreach and education to help people better care for themselves and manage stress and anxiety during the pandemic.
  • Called the "Black Belt" because of the color of its soil, the area also has a largely African American population. Monica Baskin, associate director of the O'Neal Center, said residents of the region remain at high risk for both cancer and coronavirus. 
  • Baskin said residents also have questions about the basic facts of the virus and concerns about how to secure food and financial help.




Authorities: Teen killed in tubing accident on Alabama lake 

  • DOUBLE SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) — A 14-year-old girl was killed over the weekend in a boating accident on an Alabama lake, authorities said. 
  • The teenager was being pulled in an intertube on Smith Lake when the accident happened around 5 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency's Marine Patrol Division.
  • The agency said it responded to the Winston County area of the lake, which is about 70 miles (113 kilometers) north of Birmingham.
  • Officials did not comment further on the circumstances surrounding the accident. 
  • The victim was not immediately identified. 
  • The agency was continuing to investigate.
Headlines
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Body of civil rights icon John Lewis crosses Selma bridge

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered in his hometown

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Mackey: Up to half of Alabama students will do virtual classes

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Mnuchin: Virus aid package soon, $1,200 checks by August

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Trump order flips the script on redistricting

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Legislation would regulate use of license plate scanners, data collected

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Schools Reopen: Overcoming the Equity Challenges of COVID-19

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – July 26, 2020

AL.COM  - Alabama adds 1,037 coronavirus cases overnight, smallest increase since early July
 
AL.COM  - John Lewis takes final ride over Selma bridge
 
AL.COM  - Alabama Democrats aim to be heard under new leadership
 
AL.COM  - A small Alabama church had a revival and now 40 people have coronavirus
 
AL.COM  - Without infectious disease standards, staff, OSHA does few COVID inspections in Alabama

Montgomery Advertiser - Montgomery says goodbye to John Lewis, 'a beacon of light'

Montgomery Advertiser - Updates: John Lewis honored at Alabama Capitol after procession from Selma

Montgomery Advertiser - A nation John Lewis helped unite salutes him on his final journey across Selma bridge

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Standoff in Roosevelt City ends with arrest; suspect surrendered peacefully

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - ABC Board to hold drive-in CAReer Fair next Friday

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - DCH and Tuscaloosa city leaders provide updates on coronavirus in the area

Tuscaloosa News - Teen charged in shooting at party

Tuscaloosa News - Alabama cases up by 1,000; hospitalizations drop

Tuscaloosa News - Georgia men arrested in Tuscaloosa in human trafficking sting

Decatur Daily - Council incumbents: Mayor, attorney trying to control election

Decatur Daily - Decatur gets funding to improve safety of Red Bank Road-US 31 intersection

Decatur Daily - Affidavit: Suspect in death of man found at river says victim had revolver

Times Daily - Lauderdale County students have virtual option

Times Daily - 3M-Decatur enters into consent order with state to clean up industrial pollutants

Times Daily - 7 named to Alabama Business Hall of Fame for 2020

Anniston Star - Calhoun County COVID-19 tally surpasses 1,000

Anniston Star - Suspect charged in death of Oxford man

Anniston Star - Alexandria woman dies in crash

YellowHammer News - AL-01 GOP nominee Jerry Carl: Democrat opponent James Averhart ‘formidable’ — ‘We’re going to work hard’

YellowHammer News - Barry Moore credits coronavirus ‘service mode’ efforts, push to reopen for 20-point blowout win in AL-02 GOP runoff

YellowHammer News - AG Marshall: DOJ report highlighting abuses within Alabama prisons an effort to prejudice public opinion, including members of the legislature

Gadsden Times - Leesburg man killed in DeKalb County crash

Gadsden Times - Some US police resist enforcing coronavirus mask mandates

Gadsden Times - Teachers prepare to go back to class with a mix of feelings

Dothan Eagle - Eye Center South offers free cataract surgeries in annual ‘The Gift of Sight’ campaign

Dothan Eagle - Answer Man: Who is responsible for trimming limbs that hang into the roadway?

Dothan Eagle - Judicial systems across the Wiregrass area prepare for jury trials to resume safely

Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika reveals plans for new $12M library

Opelika-Auburn News - Sand Hill shows plan to ADEM; Neighbor not sold

Opelika-Auburn News - Brooks part of crowded Opelika Ward 1 field

WSFA Montgomery - 14-year-old killed in boating accident on Smith Lake

WSFA Montgomery - Congressman John Lewis received at Alabama Capitol where he will lie in state

WSFA Montgomery - Great-great-granddaughter of Edmund Pettus wants bridge renamed

WAFF Huntsville - Alabama Law Enforcement investigating shooting in Courtlan

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville Police on scene of deadly shooting on Jordan Lane

WAFF Huntsville - The Casual Pint employee tests positive for COVID-19

WKRG Mobile - Lawyers wrap up testimony in heated lawsuit involving Johnny Depp, British newspapers

WKRG Mobile - Protest planned for Tuesday in search of answers from MPD and City Council

WKRG Mobile - Police investigate after body found across from Milton High School

WTVY Dothan - Selma salutes Congressman John Lewis

WTVY Dothan - Civil rights icon John Lewis remembered in his hometown

WTVY Dothan - PHOTOS: Remembering Congressman John Lewis

WASHINGTON POST - As public schools go all virtual in fall, parents eye private schools that say they will open their campuses

WASHINGTON POST - America’s global standing is at a low point. The pandemic made it worse.

WASHINGTON POST - Protests explode across the country; police declare riots in Seattle, Portland
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Disability Pride: The High Expectations of a New Generation
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - The Great Climate Migration
 
NEW YORK TIMES - Hoping to Understand the Virus, Everyone Is Parsing a Mountain of Data

NEW YORK TIMES - Coronavirus Live Updates: Moderna and N.I.H. Begin Vaccine Trial With 30,000 Americans

NEW YORK TIMES - Trump Officials Float Idea of Narrow Bill to Extend Unemployment Benefits

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Fed Outlook Turns Gloomier as Coronavirus Spreads

WALL STREET JOURNAL - GOP to Propose Aid Bill, With Extra Jobless Benefits Set to Expire

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Gold Prices Hit Record as Dollar Drops
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