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Today marks 18 years since the 9-11 terrorist attacks on our country.

Here's your Daily News for Wednesday, September 11.
1. Nation marks 9-11.
  • Americans are commemorating 9/11 with solemn ceremonies and vows Wednesday to "never forget" 18 years after the deadliest terror attacks on American soil.
  • A crowd of victims' relatives assembled at ground zero, where the observance began Wednesday with a moment of silence and tolling bells at 8:46 a.m. — the moment when a hijacked plane slammed into the World Trade Center's north tower.
  • "As long as the city will gift us this moment, I will be here," Margie Miller said at the ground zero ceremony, which she attends every year. She lost her husband, Joel.
  • "Because I feel like if we don't come, they don't need to do it. And I want people to remember," said Miller, of Baldwin, on Long Island. After so many years of anniversaries, she has come to know other victims' relatives, and to appreciate being with them.
  • "There's smiles in between the tears that say we didn't do this journey on our own. That we were here for each other. And that's the peace that I think we get from being here," she said.
  • President Donald Trump was expected to join an observance at the Pentagon. Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to speak at the third attack site, near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
  • Former President George W. Bush, the commander-in-chief at the time of the 2001 attacks, was due at an afternoon wreath-laying at the Pentagon.
  • Read more HERE.
2. Ivanka Trump announces expansion of Alabama's FAME program.
  • Ivanka Trump visited a robotics training center in Alabama to make a workforce development announcement.
  • News outlets report that President Donald Trump's eldest daughter and senior adviser on Tuesday visited the Alabama Robotics Technology Park outside Decatur.
  • The younger Trump announced an expansion of a skills training program created by Toyota Motor North America. The program called the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, FAME, will be managed by the National Association of Manufacturer's Manufacturing Institute.
  • She says apprenticeship programs will be expanded across the nation.
  • The younger Trump tweeted that it was an "incredible day" visiting with students at the center.
  • Read and watch more from WAFF HERE.

3. Worley: DNC trying to 'beat Alabama into submission'
  •  The chair of Alabama's Democratic Party accused the party's national chairman on Tuesday of trying to beat "Alabama into submission" by portraying the state party as in a shambles, just the latest twist in an ongoing dispute between state and national party officials.
  • In a written statement, Alabama Democratic Party Chair Nancy Worley said there has been an all-out attack on the state party since she won last year's election as chairwoman. She said her opponents include U.S. Sen. Doug Jones, who endorsed a different candidate after calling for new leadership.
  • "From a continuous, 'the sky is falling' media assault on the party and its leadership, to the DNC's withholding $10,000 per month to Alabama, they have bombarded the Alabama Democratic Party from every side" the statement released by the state party and Worley read.
  • In a letter Monday, Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez said the national party was keeping funds from the state party because it had "fallen far short of meeting its basic obligations to develop an effective strategic plan and build the necessary infrastructure for success."
  • Read more HERE.
4. Uninsured rolls climb in Alabama.
  • The number of uninsured Alabamian increased by 32,000 from 2017 to 2018.
  • Alabama Arise cited recent U.S. Census data that showed 10% of Alabamians are without insurance. Nationally, 8.9% of people are uninsured. 
  • Advocates say that expanding Medicaid would help curb that spike and lead more people to join the insurance rolls.
  • Alabama is one of 14 states that hasn’t expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. Publicly, Gov. Kay Ivey hasn’t ruled out expansion.
  • The upfront cost of Medicaid expansion is why Republican leaders in the Alabama State House say it can’t happen. Sen. Greg Albritton, R-Range, said he doesn’t see that changing soon.
  • “The continual push (for expansion), in my mind, without a recognition of the cost, is just silly,” Albritton, chair of the Senate General Fund budget committee, said. 
  • “… The answer of how is never there.”
  • Rep. Steve Clouse, R-Ozark, said he thinks there’s a desire to fund Medicaid expansion, but without a dedicated revenue source for the state’s costs, about $150 million to $200 million — he said it’s not practical at this point. He's the House General Fund budget committee chairman.
  • “No one should have to go without the medical care they need simply because they can’t afford it,” Jim Carnes, policy director for Alabama Arise said in a written statement Tuesday. “But that’s the reality for a growing number of Alabamians, because our state has refused to expand Medicaid. Gov. Kay Ivey and state lawmakers need to lift this policy barrier that separates hundreds of thousands of Alabamians from affordable health coverage.”
  • Full story from ADN's Mary Sell HERE.
5. News Briefs .

Sheriff: Deputy fired for choking inmate who cursed at him

PHENIX CITY, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama sheriff says one of his deputies has been fired for choking an inmate who cursed at him.
Russell County Sheriff Heath Taylor tells reporters that 48-year-old Stephon Lopez Parker was fired Monday. He says witness accounts and surveillance video disproved Parker's account.
The sheriff says Parker and another deputy were loading inmates into a van after court Friday when Parker pinned Johnathan McLendon against a wall. The 34-year-old man suffered a bruised and a reddened neck.
McLendon was being returned to jail after a hearing on a felony theft charge. The sheriff says he has asked Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones to hold McLendon in that county's jail pending the case's resolution.
Parker has posted bail and been released. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Man arrested in 1980 rape, slaying of Alabama teen

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A 61-year-old Alabama man has been arrested and charged in the 1980 rape and fatal stabbing of a 19-year-old whose body was found dumped on a dead-end street in Mobile.
News outlets report Alvin Ray Allen was taken into custody Tuesday after a standoff with authorities that ended when officers broke into his home.
Sandra Williams was found dead on Sept. 11, 1980. Her body was dumped miles away from her apartment, which authorities said showed no sign of a struggle. WKRG-TV reported that authorities reopened the case in 2016 and planned to retest DNA evidence and re-interview witnesses.
Allen's wife surrendered to authorities during the standoff. It's unclear if she faces any charges. Allen has posted bail and been released from custody. It's unclear if he has a lawyer.

Alabama man gets 30 years for murdering man in 2016

JASPER, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for fatally shooting and beating a 19-year-old man.
News outlets report 25-year-old Joshua Adam Reese pleaded guilty to murder Monday for the 2016 death of Nicholas Hawkins.
Walker County District Attorney Bill Adair says Hawkins' grandparents wanted him to offer Reese a deal to avoid trial. Hawkins' grandmother, Pam Hawkins, says avoiding trial would help the family move forward.
Court documents say Reese shot Hawkins in the back with a shotgun before beating him in the head with the butt of the gun.
Documents say Danny Jarvis Jr. and Cory Conner were there during the shooting and cooperated with authorities. They were charged Tuesday with abuse of a corpse and hindering prosecution and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

18-month-old dies from suspected child abuse injury

CLEVELAND, Ala. (AP) — Alabama authorities say an 18-month-old baby at the center of a child abuse investigation has died.
News outlets report that the boy died Monday. Authorities said the charges will be upgraded against the child's mother and boyfriend.
Twenty-four -year-old Samantha McCormack will be charged with reckless murder and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Robert Elmore Jr., will be charged with capital murder.
Authorities say the baby was hospitalized Friday and was a "victim of severe battering and shaking injury."
Blount County Sheriff's Investigator Edward Hull says Elmore admitted to dropping the baby because the baby pulled his chest hairs. Hull says McCormack didn't call authorities right away because she believed she'd lose custody of her children again, as she did in 2018.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - 18 years later, America vows to ‘never forget’ 9/11

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- Alabama Arise: More Alabamians lack health insurance

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS -Worley: DNC chair trying to ‘beat Alabama into submission’

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Ivey replaces Elliott on transportation board, appoints Figures

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama investigates 5 cases of lung disease tied to vaping

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - DNC: Alabama Democratic Party hasn’t met basic obligations

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Graddick says resuming parole hearings may take weeks

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - ‘Dark store’ fight continuing in Alabama

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Channel expansion for Port of Mobile approved

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- Daily News Digest – September 10, 2019

New York Times - Robert Frank Dies; Pivotal Documentary Photographer Was 94
AL.COM  - Slain Alabama teenage civil rights activist recognized 48 years later
AL.COM  - Ivanka Trump visits state to tout manufacturing jobs, training
AL.COM  - Birmingham unveils city’s first marker recognizing victims of lynching
AL.COM  - UAB researchers find new gene mutation as cause of crippling condition

AL.COM  - More than 600 weapons found at Alabama’s Fountain prison
AL.COM  - It’s now easier for Alabama schools to give unused food to charities, students in need
AL.COM  - NOAA chief tries to cool heat over Trump’s Dorian tweet

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama State University student shot at Spruce Street party dies

Montgomery Advertiser - Hyundai pours $292M into Alabama plant upgrades

Montgomery Advertiser - Alabama hospitals sue opioid manufacturers

YellowHammer News - University of Alabama organizations to honor 9/11 victims with flag display, stair climb

YellowHammer News - UAB researchers, HudsonAlpha technology discover new gene mutation

YellowHammer News - Auburn University’s McCrary Institute continues national cybersecurity leadership

Dothan Eagle - McCraney’s defense requests ballistic report of firearm used in former police officer’s suicide

Dothan Eagle - Florida man killed in Tuesday accident near Geneva

Dothan Eagle - Flowers Hospital, Medical Center Enterprise join other hospitals in lawsuit against opioid manufacturers, distributors

Tuscaloosa News - Thinking inside the box: Challenge for UA students could lead to job

Tuscaloosa News - Applicants needed for jobs at local Burger Kings

Tuscaloosa News - Tuscaloosa council extends time for land deal

Decatur Daily - Ivanka Trump: Country needs more of FAME workforce development program

Decatur Daily - Aikerson reassigned; agrees to leave DCS on Feb. 15

Decatur Daily - No Morgan County Fair this year, operator says

Times Daily - UNA ROTC invites community to join them in remembering 9/11 victims

Times Daily - Wilson principal: stall doors back up; vaping 'will be addressed continually'

Times Daily - New assistant Colbert County engineer has ties to Shoals

Gadsden Times - Etowah IDA dissolves over confusion, resignations

Gadsden Times - Etowah County CAO resigns

Gadsden Times - Tempers flare over city’s proposed education cut

Anniston Star - Attempted murder is charge against Ohatchee driver

Anniston Star - Cleburne commission says rough road won’t be improved until spring

Anniston Star - Preliminary discussions of Oxford arena, convention center begun 

Troy Messenger - Troy lowers minimum age for utility accounts to 18

Troy Messenger - Troy students learn about local social services

Troy Messenger - Farm City plans fall events

Andalusia Star News - Group of citizens organize petition to keep Soggy Bottom closed

Andalusia Star News - Rainfall totals still down compared to last year

Andalusia Star News - SHS senior to represent Covington County on Alabama Bicentennial Advisory Committee

Opelika-Auburn News - Opelika man faces charges in connection to Valley shooting with 7 injured

Opelika-Auburn News - Airport director updates commissioners on projects

Daily Mountain Eagle - Murder suspects plead guilty

Daily Mountain Eagle - City of Lights to host Freedom Forward Gala Saturday night

Daily Mountain Eagle - Hillfest will take place this weekend

Trussville Tribune - 9/11: Through the eyes of four Trussville residents

Trussville Tribune - Three Hots and A Cot spokesman speaks to Clay Council about Wreaths Across America

Trussville Tribune - YWCA AmeriCorps Program’s new members to serve at Food Bank in observance of 9/11

Athens News Courier - Feds announce emergency road funds for Limestone, other Alabama counties

Athens News Courier - Local biz owner defends pro-Trump sign at East football field

Athens News Courier - GREASE FESTIVAL: Council OKs alcohol sales

Sand Mountain Reporter - Boaz Harvest Festival to host first cornhole tournament | Friday night also to feature Country Case

Sand Mountain Reporter - Boaz police upgrade patrol cars | First time Dodge Chargers driven by department

Sand Mountain Reporter - Kennamer Construction named REMODELING 2019 Big50 Class of America’s Top Remodelers

WSFA Montgomery - Alabama hospitals file lawsuit against opioid companies

WSFA Montgomery - Downtown Montgomery road closed Wednesday morning for 9/11 ceremony

WSFA Montgomery - Ivanka Trump helps launch manufacturing workforce initiative in north Alabama

Fox 6 Birmingham - Councilman calling for investigation into Negro Southern League Museum construction

Fox 6 Birmingham - ‘I still cry everyday’:Philip Lutzenkirchen’s dad speaks to Thompson High School

Fox 6 Birmingham - Heat during Alabama home opener overwhelms some fans

WAFF Huntsville - North Alabama program gives a student a new purpose in life

WAFF Huntsville - Shoals school administrators put the doors back on bathroom stalls amid vaping battle

WAFF Huntsville - Madison County senior citizens get crime prevention training

WKRG Mobile - Michigan murder suspect captured in Monroe County

WKRG Mobile - Fairhope holding annual 9/11 ceremony Wednesday

WKRG Mobile - Man wanted in 1980 murder arrested after barricade situation in Mobile

WTVY Dothan - Relief drive for Bahamas

WTVY Dothan - Lawsuit accuses Andalusia coach, principal of sexual misconduct with student

WTVY Dothan - Mental Health Response Expands in Houston County
WASHINGTON POST  - John Bolton’s turbulent tenure comes to a Trumpian end
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump pushing for major crackdown on homeless camps in California, with aides discussing moving residents to government-backed facilities
WASHINGTON POST  - Waiting for Trump, Congress remains at loggerheads on gun legislation.
NEW YORK TIMES  - Trump’s Refugee Cuts Threaten Deep Consequences at Home and Abroad
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