Good morning!

I hope you and your family had a wonderful Fourth of July. We certainly had a big time here in Cloverdale.

Here's your Daily News for Monday, July 5.
1. Primary challengers, incumbents raising funds for '22
  • The 2022 primary elections are nearly 11 months away, but several candidates in contested races got off to strong fundraising starts in June. One candidate lent himself $250,000 for his statewide office bid.
  • Mary Sell took a look at the state's most competitive primaries, including House District 88, House District 54 and the State Auditor's race.
  • Read her story on who's raising what HERE.
2. Truckers fume as state detoured them from I-10 tunnel
  • Trucking officials are unhappy after the Alabama Department of Transportation moved with little notice to divert trucks from the Interstate 10 tunnel in Mobile.
  • The state announced Thursday that trucks had to detour from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday and Friday to try reduce traffic on I-10 before the July 4 holiday.
  • Traffic commonly backs up for miles on I-10 through Mobile as tourists make their way to and from Gulf of Mexico beaches. There are sharp curves at each end of the George Wallace Tunnel and eastbound I-10 narrows to two lanes as it prepares to plunge under the Mobile River. The worst backups are usually on Saturdays.
  • Trucks were rerouted to the north to the Cochrane Africatown USA Bridge, the route that's already required for hazardous material carriers.
  • It's the first time outside of a hurricane evacuation that Alabama has routed truck traffic away from the tunnel.
  • Mark Colson, president and CEO of the Alabama Trucking Association, said state officials botched the move, not notifying trucking groups in advance, requiring trucks to quickly exit, and placing an officer in the middle of the highway to flag down trucks that missed the notification.
  • “The decision that was made was implemented very poorly and created some serious safety hazards, one of which was an officer standing in the middle of two lanes of the interstate, which was not safe for him or surrounding motorists and caused unnecessary and unsafe backups,” Colson said.
  • Read more HERE.
3. Ransomware hits hundreds of US companies, security firm says
  • A ransomware attack paralyzed the networks of at least 200 U.S. companies on Friday, according to a cybersecurity researcher whose company was responding to the incident. 
  • The REvil gang, a major Russian-speaking ransomware syndicate, appears to be behind the attack, said John Hammond of the security firm Huntress Labs. He said the criminals targeted a software supplier called Kaseya, using its network-management package as a conduit to spread the ransomware through cloud-service providers. Other researchers agreed with Hammond's assessment.
  • “Kaseya handles large enterprise all the way to small businesses globally, so ultimately, (this) has the potential to spread to any size or scale business,” Hammond said in a direct message on Twitter. “This is a colossal and devastating supply chain attack.” 
  • Such cyberattacks typically infiltrate widely used software and spread malware as it updates automatically.
  • Read more HERE.
4. Fewer working-age people may slow economy. Will it lift pay?
  • As America's job market rebounds this summer and the need for workers intensifies, employers won't likely have a chance to relax anytime soon. Worker shortages will likely persist for years after the fast-reopening economy shakes off its growing pains.
  • Consider that the number of working age people did something last year it had never done in the nation's history: It shrank.
  • Estimates from the Census Bureau showed that the U.S. population ages 16 through 64 fell 0.1% in 2020 — a scant drop but the first decline of any kind after decades of steady increases. It reflected a sharp fall in immigration, the retirements of the vast baby boom generation and a slowing birth rate. The size of the 16-64 age group was also diminished last year by thousands of deaths from the coronavirus.
  • A year earlier, in 2019, the working age population had essentially plateaued.
  • Read more HERE.
5. Explosives bring down rest of South Florida collapsed condo
  • Demolition crews set off explosives late Sunday that brought down the damaged remaining portion of a collapsed South Florida condo building, a key step to resuming the search for victims as rescuers seek access to new areas of the rubble.
  • A loud rat-at-tat of explosions echoed from the structure just before 10:30 p.m. Then the building began to fall, one floor after another, cascading into an explosion of dust. Plumes billowed into the air, as crowds watched the scene from afar.
  • Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava told the Associated Press after the demolition that crews had been given the all-clear to resume their search-and-rescue mission to locate the 121 people believed to be missing under a wing of the Champlain Tower South that collapsed June 24. So far, rescuers have recovered the remains of 24 people. No one has been rescued alive since the first hours after the collapse.
  • Read more HERE.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Primary challengers, incumbents raising funds for ’22

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Truckers fume as Alabama detoured them from I-10 tunnel

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Explosives bring down rest of South Florida collapsed condo

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Fewer working-age people may slow economy. Will it lift pay?

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Ransomware hits hundreds of US companies, security firm says

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama Hospitals: Almost all COVID-19 patients unvaccinated

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Rep. Bill Poole withdraws Speaker candidacy

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Trump voices radio ad for Rep. Mo Brooks in US Senate race

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Tuskegee relatives promote COVID-19 vaccines in ad campaign

AL.COM - Jeff Sessions visits First Baptist, warns against critics who ‘demoralize’ U.S. history
AL.COM - Will Tropical Storm Elsa affect Alabama?
AL.COM - Shipt CEO Kelly Caruso talks future, post-pandemic
AL.COM - Alabama parents report issues with school meal money cards
Montgomery Advertiser - Modern Mews homes under construction in Hampstead

Montgomery Advertiser - Find your family home in east Montgomery's Arrowhead

Montgomery Advertiser - Cloverdale-Idlewild celebrates Independence Day with annual neighborhood parade

Decatur Daily - Field of Dreams: Softball a form of therapy for recovering addicts

Decatur Daily - Revamped Spirit of America Festival in full swing

Decatur Daily - Carrie Matthews pool to open for summer, but timing uncertain

Times Daily - Barnes & Noble To Partner with NW-SCC Bookstores

Times Daily - Cypress Lakes Golf & Tennis Facility getting new pump system

Times Daily - Committee to analyze state's COVID-19 response

Anniston Star - Piedmonters enjoy seeing bike races inside their city

Anniston Star - Standoff in Weaver ends with gunman’s suicide

Anniston Star - Noble Street Festival revival succeeds after pandemic cancellations and delays

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - UAB study shows fried foods may increase risk for sudden cardiac death

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Birmingham Council President pushing for more vaccine incentives with federal dollars

WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham - Man killed in Fultondale home invasion

Tuscaloosa News - Motorcycle driver killed in Skyland Boulevard crash, Tuscaloosa police say

Tuscaloosa News - Former Alabama football player OG Rolla found a life in the beat working with musical artists

Tuscaloosa News - Tuscaloosa group holds public reading of the Declaration of Independence

YellowHammer News - Jeff Sessions: We ‘cannot allow the left to demoralize the founding of the greatest country in the history of the world’

YellowHammer News - University of Alabama offers rural students insight into health care profession

YellowHammer News - Fmr HealthSouth CEO Scrushy still maintains his innocence — Says ordeal was a ‘miscarriage of justice’

Gadsden Times - Calhoun County man dies from gunshot wound after standoff, police say

Gadsden Times - GAA: Pilgrim's — and anyone else — can seek FAA permit without authority's consent

Gadsden Times - PET OF THE WEEK: 'Energetic' Karma has extra training

Dothan Eagle - The Latest: UK's Duchess of Cambridge in self-isolation

Dothan Eagle - Malaysia to reopen Parliament July 26 after royal pressure

Dothan Eagle - 2 dead, 3 wounded in shooting near downtown Cincinnati park

Opelika-Auburn News - Malaysia to reopen Parliament July 26 after royal pressure

Opelika-Auburn News - Johnson says UK must live with virus as he announces easing

Opelika-Auburn News - Evacuations ordered after Thai chemical factory explodes

WSFA Montgomery - Cloverdale-Idlewild Independence Day Parade marches on for 47th year

WSFA Montgomery - Alex City holds Fourth of July boat parade

WSFA Montgomery - Victim killed in Montgomery hit-and-run identified

WAFF Huntsville - Tyler Mann Injury Law hosting shoe donation, giveaway

WAFF Huntsville - Health officials warn against handing sparklers to children this holiday

WAFF Huntsville - Big cats, bears, ferrets get COVID-19 vaccine at Oakland Zoo

WKRG Mobile - Mobile Fireworks extravaganza draws large crowd

WKRG Mobile - Will Smith brings New Orleans fireworks

WKRG Mobile - Collapsed Florida building set for overnight demolition, search resumes Monday

WTVY Dothan - Thousands celebrate Independence Day weekend at Fireworks at the Fairgrounds

WTVY Dothan - WEC: No data compromised in ransomware attack

WTVY Dothan - Marianna Police Department investigating shooting

WASHINGTON POST - After controlled demolition, what remained of the Surfside condo is leveled

WASHINGTON POST - With trillions at stake, Democrats hurtle toward key decisions on Biden’s agenda

WASHINGTON POST - As a student, Tracy Stone-Manning sent a letter on behalf of eco-saboteurs. It’s now complicating her chance to lead the Bureau of Land Management.

NEW YORK TIMES - Live Updates: Remaining Surfside Condo Building Is Demolished

NEW YORK TIMES - Covid Live Updates: Biden Calls Vaccination ‘The Most Patriotic Thing’

NEW YORK TIMES - Climate Change Is Making It Harder for Campers to Beat the Heat

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

WALL STREET JOURNAL - Retail Investors Power the Trading Wave With Record Cash Inflows

WALL STREET JOURNAL - China Widens Data-Security Probe of U.S.-Listed Tech Companies

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