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Here's your Daily News for Tuesday, June 9.
1. As contact tracing increases, some look at limits
  • More resources in Alabama and nationally are being put into contact tracing as a tool for slowing the coronavirus’ spread.
  • Contract tracing is done to find people who may have been exposed to COVID-19 and provide them with information, including home orders to quarantine, if applicable, according to the Alabama Department of Public Health. Health departments have used contact tracing for decades, but COVID-19 is expanding its utilization.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield last week told Congress the country needs between 30,000 and 100,000 people working on contact tracing in order to help contain the next wave of the coronavirus.
  • Here in the state, about 150 people are working with ADPH to do contact tracing during the pandemic. Last month, the Alabama Department of Public Health said it was partnering with the University of Alabama Birmingham to launch a Google and Apple smart phone application for proximity tracking.
  • One Alabama lawmaker says he’d like to see parameters put into law regarding information collection, privacy and individuals’ liberties.
  • “My No. 1 concern is the possibility of limiting the movements and freedoms of one person because of the diagnosis of another person,” Sen. Arthur Orr, R-Decatur, said on Monday. 
  • If Gov. Kay Ivey calls lawmakers back to Montgomery for a special session this year, Orr said he will file legislation on contract tracing.
  • Full story from ADN's Mary Sell HERE.
2. Hundreds attend funeral of slain Moody police officer
  • Hundreds of people filled an Alabama church on Monday for the funeral of a police officer who was killed in the line of duty last week. 
  • Dozens of police officers were among the mourners at services held for Moody police Sgt. Stephen Williams. After a funeral at the First Baptist Church of Moody, a long procession of vehicles followed a white hearse toward the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo for a burial service. 
  • Williams, 50, was a husband and father of three. He was shot to death last week while responding to a call at a motel in Moody, located east of Birmingham, and two people are charged with capital murder in his death.
  • The officer's oldest son, Lake Williams, struggled to keep his emotions in check as he spoke before an overflow crowd.
  • “My dad was the single greatest man I've ever known,” said Williams, who recently graduated from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. “He lived his life with a set of moral principles and values, values like putting others before yourself, living your life with love and always taking the opportunity to goof off while it comes.”
  • Read more HERE.
3. University of Alabama removes Confederate plaques
University of Alabama professor Dr. Hilary Green touches a memorial to students who fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War after a plaque was removed by the university.
  • The University of Alabama has authorized moving three Confederate plaques and studying the names of buildings on campus with an eye toward possible change.
  • The plaques will be moved from the main library to “a more appropriate historical setting,” a news release said Monday. It did not say whether officials have decided where to move the plaques. 
  • Some of the school's Board of Trustees also have been appointed to study the names of buildings on all University of Alabama System campuses and report to the board on any recommended changes, the statement said.
  • The announcement came a day after the school's Student Government Association called for the university to rename all buildings that have what it called “racist namesakes.” The group tweeted that it also wanted a review of the Alabama Memorial Preservation Act, a state law that bans local governments from renaming historical buildings without state approval.
  • The board’s statement did not say whether officials have decided where to move the plaques, which commemorate University of Alabama students who served in the Confederate Army and members of the student cadet corps that defending the campus.
  • Read more HERE.
4. Armed black store owner punched by officer
  • An armed black business owner who called to report a robbery in his store in Alabama was punched in the face by a responding police officer who mistook him for a suspect, police said.
  • Surveillance video of the interaction started circulating on social media over the weekend. Decatur Police Chief Nate Allen held a news conference Monday to show footage of the altercation and to be “transparent” with the public, news outlets reported.
  • The body camera video shows responding officers coming into the store and the suspect, later identified to be a person involved in an alleged shoplifting at Penn’s store, lying on the ground.
  • An officer walks past the suspect and tells Penn to put down his weapon. Penn refuses saying, “I have a right to have my gun." Allen said that’s when Penn moved his hand over a gun lying on a counter next to him. 
  • “We do know there was a gun there, we do know that the magazines were there, we do know that he was reloading the magazine,” Allen said at the news conference.
  • Read more HERE.
5. Greg Barker named president of Economic Development Partnership
  • Greg Barker has been named president of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.
  • EDPA is a private, nonprofit group that supports business recruitment and expansion efforts throughout the state.
  • Barker succeeds Steve Spencer, who recently retired as EDPA president.
  • Barker comes from Alabama Power Company, where he worked as vice president for customer services. Alabama Power Company CEO and EDPA chairman Mark Crosswhite said Barker has extensive experience in community and economic development going back almost 20 years.
  • "Greg is a proven leader in economic and community development," Crosswhite said. "His vast experience and expertise will be invaluable as we work to support new and existing Alabama businesses, drive business growth and attract new industry to our state."
  • Read more HERE.
Bonus: Cautious 1st steps toward football season
  • College football is scheduled to kick off in less than three months and there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful that games will be played Labor Day weekend.
  • Universities across the country are taking the first cautious, detailed steps toward playing football in a pandemic, attempting to build COVID-19-free bubbles around their teams as players begin voluntary workouts.
  • Thousands of athletes will be tested for COVID-19, though not all. Masks will need to be worn — most of the time. Some schools will have players pumping iron this week. Others are waiting a few more weeks.
  • Both Auburn University and the University of Alabama recently reported that several players on their rosters tested positive for COVID-19.
  • Having players return to campus infected is worrisome but inevitable. The protocols being put in place are designed to catch and address that. The real challenge is keeping the players from getting infected after they return.
  • Southeastern Conference schools agreed to allow voluntary workouts starting Monday. The Big 12 and Pac-12 have set June 15 as their opening date. Other conferences, such as the Big Ten and Atlantic Coast Conference, are letting schools figure out what’s best for themselves. Ohio State and Iowa in the Big Ten started voluntary workouts Monday, along with Louisville in the ACC.
  • Schools hope to transition to required team activities in mid-July. A copy of the the NCAA Football Oversight Committee’s six-week plan includes a typical four-week preseason practice schedule preceded by two weeks during which teams can do up to 20 hours per week of weight training, conditioning, film study, meetings and walk-throughs with coaches.
  • Read more HERE.
Headlines
INSIDE ALABAMA POLITICS - June 3, 2020

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - As contact tracing increases, some look at limits

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - University of Alabama removes Confederate plaques, studies building names

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Hundreds attend funeral of slain Alabama police officer

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Black store owner reports robbery, gets punched by officer

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Greg Barker named EDPA president

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Building bubbles: Cautious 1st steps toward football season

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - New jobs report diminishes GOP appetite for more virus aid

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Casinos, coastal theme park reopening

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Virus, racial unrest force Trump campaign to recalibrate

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Daily News Digest - June 8, 2020

AL.COM  - University of Alabama, in first step, to remove three Confederate plaques from campus
 
AL.COM  - Tax data continues to show effect of coronavirus shutdown
 
AL.COM  - Large protests have officials ‘worried’ about coronavirus numbers in coming weeks
 
AL.COM  - Alabama group plans weekly protests until Confederate statue comes down
 
AL.COM  - Contributor Terri Sewell: ‘How in 2020 have we not made more progress?’
 
AL.COM  - Birmingham curfew to end Monday night
 
AL.COM  - Columnist Kyle Whitmire: If Alabama has a coronavirus plan for nursing homes, it’s hiding it.
 
AL.COM  - 'God bless the USA and Robert E. Lee’: Black Lives Matter protesters, Confederate group face off in Gadsden
 
Montgomery Advertiser - ADPH: Lag in COVID-19 case reporting corrected

Montgomery Advertiser - Man shot, person barricaded in Silver Lane home in custody

Montgomery Advertiser - What does 'defund the police' mean and why some say 'reform' is not enough

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - ADPH set to reduce COVID-19 hotline hours of operation

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Oxford police shoot car theft suspect, chief says man would not drop object in his hand

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - B’ham city leader weighs-in on whether the city would consider defunding BPD

Tuscaloosa News - FEMA offering aid for spring storm damage

Tuscaloosa News - UA will remove Confederate plaques

Tuscaloosa News - Authorities searching for man in fatal shooting investigation

Decatur Daily - Jackson calls for termination of officer who allegedly punched liquor store owner

Decatur Daily - Triple homicide: Police say suspect admitted shootings and was angry over court order

Decatur Daily - Increase in Morgan COVID-19 cases may be linked to Memorial Day weekend

Times Daily - County hopes to be reimbursed for PPE purchase for firefighters

Times Daily - BoatUS collegiate fishing contest comes to Shoals

Times Daily - 1 drowns following car crash in Cypress Creek

Anniston Star - Man shot by Oxford police, expected to survive, after car chase ends in Eastaboga

Anniston Star - Storm doesn’t delay long-postponed rite for Ranburne seniors

Anniston Star - Alabama advocates imagine post-reform policing as protests continue

YellowHammer News - Greg Barker named Economic Development Partnership of Alabama president

YellowHammer News - Auburn company Sio2 Materials Science adding 200 jobs after getting $143M government contract to package COVID-19 vaccines

YellowHammer News - Alabama Wind Creek casinos, OWA amusement park now open again

Gadsden Times - Two from Etowah County schools earn National Merit Scholarships

Gadsden Times - Law enforcement officials willing to meet with BLM leaders

Gadsden Times - COVID-19 forces change in Girlfriend Gala plans

Dothan Eagle - Honeysuckle Road extension suffers setback as city officials present new design for public input

Dothan Eagle - Man accused of using kitchen knife to force way into residence; arrested

Dothan Eagle - Man arrested after strangling victim at a local hospital

Troy Messenger - Brundidge Historical Society talks fall schedule

Troy Messenger - Pioneer Museum reopens, encouraged by response

Troy Messenger - Starling family won’t object to plea deal

Andalusia Star News - Andalusia City Pool now open for the summer

Andalusia Star News - 20 new COVID-19 cases in past two weeks in Covington County

Andalusia Star News - Tillman to join father’s practice

Opelika-Auburn News - Watch now: Lee County officials gather for Floyd wreath laying

Opelika-Auburn News - Watch now: Auburn protesters kneel with fists in the air outside the Auburn Police Division for 8 minutes and 46 seconds

Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika police looking for two suspects in vehicle break-in investigation

Daily Mountain Eagle - U of Alabama: move Confederate plaques, study building names

Daily Mountain Eagle - Hundreds attend funeral of slain Alabama police officer

Daily Mountain Eagle - Plea deal in boating crash that killed Cullman woman, 26

Trussville Tribune - University of Alabama to move Confederate plaques, study building names

Trussville Tribune - Hundreds mourn death of Moody police Lt. Stephen Williams

Trussville Tribune - Trussville’s Urban Air to reopen June 13; Essential workers to enjoy free day of fun

Athens News Courier - Mom accused of beating son with brick in Walker County

Athens News Courier - Funeral set for slain Alabama police officer

Athens News Courier - Master Gardeners announce May Yard of the Month

Sand Mountain Reporter - Albertville protesters march peacefully for justice

WSFA Montgomery - Ala. tax numbers during first full month of pandemic offer hope, April down 4.5%

WSFA Montgomery - 16 ADOC staff members, 5 inmates test positive for COVID-19

WSFA Montgomery - Clanton police officer caught on video when he stopped to pray

WAFF Huntsville - George Floyd, whose death energized a movement, to be buried

WAFF Huntsville - Clanton police officer caught on video when he stopped to pray

WAFF Huntsville - Victims’ family, survivor speak after Danville triple murder suspect’s court appearance

WKRG Mobile - Black Alabama lawmakers share negative encounters with law enforcement

WKRG Mobile - Video shows Alabama store owner punched by officers after calling 911 to report robbery

WKRG Mobile - Clarke County Sheriff’s Office looking for missing woman

WTVY Dothan - Watch: Man wrongfully charged with murder seeks $6-million from Ozark

WTVY Dothan - Woman says getting pulled over saved her life

WTVY Dothan - Watch: Failing to complete census could cost Alabama big bucks
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Ex-officer held on $1 million bail as Democrats unveil police reform bill
 
WASHINGTON POST  - GOP struggles with message amid national debate over police and racial justice
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Minuscule number of potentially fraudulent ballots in states with universal mail voting undercuts Trump claims about election risks
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Cristobal destroys protective sand dunes in Grand Isle, La., a troubling omen in what could be a rough hurricane season
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - The Long History of the ‘Outside Agitator’
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Wave of New Polling Suggests an Erosion of Trump’s Support
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Child Abuse Cases Drop 51 Percent. The Authorities Are Very Worried
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Mass Extinctions Are Accelerating, Scientists Report
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