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Here's your Daily News for Wednesday, June 19.
1. Trump kicks off reelection bid.
  • President Donald Trump officially kicked off his 2020 reelection bid Tuesday night at a massive rally in Florida.
  • He jabbed at the press and poked the political establishment he ran against in 2016 in a speech that seemed to focus more on settling scores than laying out a new second term agenda.
  • Addressing a crowd of thousands at Orlando's Amway Center, Trump said he was "under assault from the very first day" of his presidency by a "fake news media" and an "illegal witch hunt" that had tried to keep him and his supporters down.
  • He drew a sharp contrast with his Democratic opponents, warning that they "want to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it."
  • "A vote for any Democrat in 2020 is a vote for the rise of radical socialism and the destruction of the American dream," he said.
  • Trump made only passing mention of any of the Democrats running to replace him even as he tossed out "radical" and "unhinged" to describe the rival party.
  • Read more HERE.
2. 5G bill failed, cities want better terms.
  • Legislation to regulate the proliferation of "small cell" technology didn't make it across the finish line this past legislative session.
  • Sen. Arthur Orr, who sponsored Senate Bill 264, says telecommunications companies’ ability to offer 5G service has been stalled by cities that want too much money for access to their existing infrastructure, including utility poles.
  • But city leaders say they opposed the bill because it would diminish their control of public rights-of-way, fees and their ability to set application approval schedules.
  • 5G, which stands for '"fifth generation," is the latest in wireless technology that allows high-speed internet access over cellular networks to ensure quality of service in high-capacity areas. Those networks require “small cell” receivers and antennas to take the signal transmitted from cell phone towers and disperse it locally.
  • "Small cells" are about the size of two stacked rolls of paper towels, and providers want to place them on utility poles on public-owned property.
  • This is a big issue you can expect to be back next legislative session.
  • Read more from ADN's Mary Sell HERE.
3. Moore to announce.
  • Roy Moore is set to announce another bid for the U.S. Senate.
  • His wife, Kayla Moore, has confirmed that he will make an announcement on the Senate race Thursday. 
  • That's a little ahead of schedule, as most believed he would wait until after the Fourth of July holiday. It's also probably smart, as he gets out ahead of Secretary of State John Merrill formally announcing next week.
  • Of course, Moore lost the Senate race in 2017 to Democrat Doug Jones amid allegations of long ago sexual misconduct with teenagers. Moore denied the allegations.
  • President Donald Trump last month discouraged Moore from entering the race. Trump tweeted that Moore "cannot win" and said Republicans need to retake the seat. The president added that if Democrats retain the seat in 2020, "many of the incredible gains that we have made during my Presidency may be lost."
  • Moore brushed aside that assertion that he can't win. He told The Associated Press that he believed that establishment Republicans are trying to keep him out of the race and put pressure on Trump.
  • "Everybody knows I can win and that's what's worrying in Washington." Moore said last month.
  • Read the full story from Kim Chandler HERE.
4. Meth squirrel.
  • Investigators say a man kept a caged "attack squirrel" in his apartment and fed it methamphetamine to ensure it stayed aggressive.
  • The News Courier in Athens reports authorities are seeking 35-year-old Mickey Paulk on multiple charges including possession of a controlled substance.
  • Law enforcement was warned of the animal prior to executing a search warrant of the Athens home Monday.
  • It's illegal in Alabama to have a pet squirrel (did not know that). Officials from the Department of Conservation recommended releasing the animal, which deputies did successfully.
  • A spokesman for the Limestone County Sheriff's Office says there was no safe way to test the squirrel for meth.
  • Twitter had a good time with this yesterday.
5. AP News Briefs.
Daycares in subsidy program face deadline to get licensed

  • The deadline is approaching for Alabama daycares that receive subsidy payments to get licensed.
  • Alabama's Department of Human Resources said Tuesday that 69 centers receiving the subsidies have yet to submit their application for licensure. That could put some parents in a bind if the center they use has not taken action.
  • A 2018 state law requires centers to get licensed by Aug. 1 to continue receiving the payments that help low and moderate-income families pay for childcare.
  • The Department of Human Resources spokesman Barry Spear said the department will help parents find a new center if needed.
  • A letter is being sent to parents in the program telling them that they will need to find a new center if their current one doesn't become licensed by Aug. 1.

One-time death row inmate being freed after plea

  • A man who spent about 15 years on Alabama's death row is being set free.
  • 43-year-old Emanuel Aaron Gissendanner is being released after pleading guilty on Monday to the killing of 77-year-old Margaret Snellgrove in 2001.
  • Gissendanner was originally convicted of capital murder and sent to death row in 2004. A court ordered a new trial because of defense mistakes.
  • The state let Gissendanner plead guilty to a reduced charge of murder rather than go through another trial. A judge then said he can be freed based on the time he's served for killing the woman during a robbery.
  • Defense lawyer Becca Wahlquist says a new trial could have vindicated Gissendanner, but there wasn't any point in him spending more time in prison.

12-year-old shoots, wounds 2 teens

  • Police say two teenage boys have been wounded by a 12-year-old girl who was playing with a gun.
  • Birmingham police told news outlets they found a 13-year-old and 14-year old boy with gunshot wounds near a playground Tuesday. One is hospitalized in serious condition and the other suffered non-life threatening injuries.
  • The girl was about two blocks away when she was taken into custody. Police Spokesman Sgt. Johnny Williams said the preliminary information indicates the girl was playing with the gun when it discharged.
  • Birmingham Police Chief Patrick Smith called the shooting an unfortunate situation and said it's too soon to tell whether any adults will be charged.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Roy Moore to announce US Senate plans Thursday

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Statewide 5G regulation bill died, issue remains

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Trump kicks off 2020 campaign, calls Democrats ‘radical’

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Authorities: Man fed meth to caged ‘attack squirrel’

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama longhorn sets Guinness World Record for longest horns

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Prosecutors ask judge to bar media, public from hearings

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Stacy Column: Grading the Session

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest – June 18, 2019

AL.COM  - Bernie Sanders campaign video on poverty in the South highlights Lowndes County
AL.COM  - How does recycling work in your city? A look at the five largest in Alabama
AL.COM  - Councilman, frustrated by violence, suggests Birmingham look to the National Guard
AL.COM  - Mobile County treasurer stands by ‘freaking queers’ remark
AL.COM  - Some Alabama daycare centers face deadline for state licensing
AL.COM  - Carbon Hill mayor refuses to comment on ‘killing out’ gays remark
AL.COM  - Podcast ‘White Lies’ finds fourth attacker in unsolved Selma murder case
AL.COM  - Alabama pharmacies can now sell CBD
AL.COM  - Contributor Vincent Boles: Soldiers needed: Early education would help Alabama children become the next “Greatest Generation”

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama inmate alleges retaliation after 'urban erotica' romance novel censorship

Montgomery Advertiser - Capital murder trial logjam in Autauga may be coming to an end

Montgomery Advertiser - Roy Moore expected to announce U.S. Senate plans on Thursday

YellowHammer News - No, Secretary of State John Merrill does not need to resign to run for U.S. Senate

YellowHammer News - Texas longhorn in Alabama sets Guinness World Record

YellowHammer News - Hollywood Doug Jones donor accused of ‘horrifying’ abuses

Dothan Eagle - Firefighters Shan Ash, Bill Sullivan II and Billy Mims Jr. recognized for 25 years of service to Dothan

Dothan Eagle - Find a list of new appointments within local United Methodist churches here

Dothan Eagle - Should public be excluded from hearings in Coley McCraney case? A judge will decide soon

Tuscaloosa News - Downtown Tuscaloosa hotel gains council approval

Tuscaloosa News - Tree that some say inspired Dr. Seuss’ ‘The Lorax’ topples

Tuscaloosa News - 15-foot python spotted in Alberta area

Decatur Daily - Decatur's Mills impressed with sincere thanks of French people

Decatur Daily - Rogersville man indicted for attempted murder after confrontation over phone, $15

Decatur Daily - 1 man arrested, 1 man sought, squirrel allegedly fed meth released

Times Daily - The Greater Shoals recommendations

Times Daily - Sheffield Council doesn't flinch on smoking ordinance

Times Daily - Council allows Pride chalk rainbows at crosswalks

Gadsden Times - Two arrested, 3rd sought in connection with Cherokee Co. shooting

Gadsden Times - Council approves $950,000 for equipment

Gadsden Times - Southside arrests woman on warrants

Anniston Star - Anniston agrees to land swap in federal courthouse deal

Anniston Star - Study: Child well-being in Alabama improving, but slowly

Anniston Star - Oxford man charged with shooting into car

Troy Messenger - TRMC celebrates 50 years of service to the community

Troy Messenger - ‘Making Alabama’ exhibit closes Friday

Andalusia Star News - Popeyes coming to Andalusia

Andalusia Star News - Ivey OK’s selling of CBD oil in pharmacies.

Andalusia Star News - LBWCC student Kyndall Staley loves working people

Opelika-Auburn News - Auburn City Council approves Chick-fil-A drive-thru project

Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika City Council approves tax abatements for Hanwha, West Fraser

Opelika-Auburn News - Two face sex trade, drug charges in Tallapoosa County

Daily Mountain Eagle - Arrests made in separate burglaries in city

Daily Mountain Eagle - Commission to feed inmates for rest of fiscal year

Daily Mountain Eagle - Exotic animals presented at Summer Reading Program

Trussville Tribune - Trussville City Council hears from Circle K managers concerning illegal alcohol sales

Trussville Tribune - Police: 12-year-old in custody after shooting two teenagers in east Birmingham

Trussville Tribune - Police, Fire respond to 2-year-old bitten by dog in Trussville

Athens News Courier - Hildegard's German Cuisine to open on The Square in Athens

Athens News Courier - LCSO: Limestone man fed meth to caged 'attack squirrel'

Athens News Courier - 33K pounds of cocaine seized in one of biggest U.S. drug busts

Sand Mountain Reporter - Commission working to fund county SROs | Wigley says students in danger without them

Sand Mountain Reporter - Boaz welcomes Parallel 33 | Mayor presents ownership key to city

WSFA Montgomery  - Ivey gives state employees extra day off for 2019 holiday

WSFA Montgomery - Ala. health department wants schools to have e-cigarette policies

WSFA Montgomery - Chilton County authorities respond after weapon fired in Thorsby neighborhood

Fox 6 Birmingham - Woman to train dogs to sniff cancer

Fox 6 Birmingham - Anniston council approves swap between city hall, federal courthouse property

Fox 6 Birmingham - Birmingham councilor suggest National Guard should be called to deal with city’s crime

WAFF Huntsville - Ala. health department wants schools to have e-cigarette policies

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville police searching for suspects in grocery store robbery

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville property inspections running into manpower challenges in summer months

WKRG Mobile - Man arrested for shooting into a car with a pregnant woman and four kids, the unborn baby died

WKRG Mobile - Arrest made in weekend shooting death

WKRG Mobile - Our City, Our Future Telethon a success: $51,000 pledged

WTVY Dothan - New Henry County trash system picks up efficiency

WTVY Dothan - Secretary of State Merrill files papers for run for Senate

WTVY Dothan - Chipley farm educating the public about snappy friends.
WASHINGTON POST  - Low prices of some lifesaving drugs make them impossible to get

WASHINGTON POST  - Trump launches reelection bid with familiar themes, redoubling focus on his most avid backers
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump renews pledge to deport millions, but ICE reality is far more limited
WASHINGTON POST  - McConnell says he’s against reparations for slavery: ‘It would be pretty hard to figure out who to compensate’
WASHINGTON POST  - Government watchdog says cost of NASA rocket continues to rise, a threat to Trump’s moon mission
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump appeals ruling clearing way for release of his banking records
NEW YORK TIMES  - One-Time Death Row Inmate Being Freed After Plea
NEW YORK TIMES  – Contributor Peter Wehner: Trump Is Betting That Anger Can Still Be Power
NEW YORK TIMES  - Cities Start to Question an American Ideal: A House With a Yard on Every Lot

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