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1. The latest: Schiff knew of complaint.
  • President Donald Trump and Congressional Republicans fighting the impeachment inquiry got the boost they needed Wednesday when The New York Times reported that the Democratic Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff of California, had previous knowledge of the CIA whistleblower's complaint about Trump's Ukraine phone call.
  • Schiff had previously said he had no contact with the whistleblower, but the Times reported that the person came to the House Intelligence Committee out of frustration that the complaint might not see proper attention internally.
  • The whistleblower did not contact the Senate Intelligence Committee, led by Republican Richard Burr of North Carolina.
  • “Big stuff. That’s a big story,” Trump said, waving a copy of the article in the air. “He knew long before and helped write it, too. It’s a scam.”
  • “The intelligence community whistle-blower followed the advice of legal counsel from the beginning,” said Andrew Bakaj, the lead counsel for the whistle-blower. “The laws and processes have been followed.”
  • Read the full story HERE.
2. First vaping death?
  • The Alabama Department of Public Health has confirmed the state’s first vaping-related death.
  • A news release Wednesday said an East Alabama man died of lung disease associated with e-cigarettes.
  • Chronic Disease Epidemiologist Sondra Reese says the department cannot give his age or other details because of privacy laws.
  • The department says it has identified three other probable cases of vaping-related illness and is investigating nine other possible cases. Reese says the department ruled out vaping as the cause of illness in six other patients.
  • The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 12 deaths from vaping-related illness in 10 states as of Sept. 24. Alabama is among several states to report their first such deaths since then.



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3. Ethics Commission refers Burkette case to DA.
  • The Alabama Ethics Commission has voted to refer a complaint against Montgomery Democratic Sen. David Burkette to the Montgomery County District Attorney for review.
  • It's not clear what exactly the complaint is about or when the allegations happened.
  • “I can say that Sen. Burkette looks forward to the opportunity to show that he has not committed any crime or intentionally violated the law,” Burkette's attorney, Al Agricola said. “We’ll see how this all develops.”
  • Montgomery District Attorney Daryl Bailey said the attorney general’s office will handle the issue.
  • Burkette, who served on Montgomery City Council from 2007 to 2018, was elected to the Alabama Senate last year. Burkette suffered a stroke late last year but served through the legislative session this spring.
  • The Alabama Ethics Commission reviews complaints against elected officials. If it finds probable cause that an ethics violation occurred, it refers the complaint to the attorney general or the appropriate district attorney.
  • Read the full story from Brian Lyman HERE.
4. DCH Hospital hack.
  • An Alabama hospital system says it's going ahead with planned surgeries despite a computer hack that is affecting digital systems.
  • DCH Health Systems posted a note Tuesday night saying elective procedures and surgical cases scheduled for Wednesday will go ahead as planned.
  • A statement says backup procedures will allow workers to provide safe and effective care.
  • The company has temporarily stopped accepting new patients at its hospitals in Tuscaloosa, Northport and Fayette because of a ransomware attack that began affecting computers early Tuesday. New patients are being sent to Birmingham hospitals or elsewhere.
  • A spokesman says the attack is making it impossible for some computer programs to communicate with each other, but no patient data is believed to be lost.
  • The three hospitals have about 850 beds total.
5. Airbus components spared from tariffs .
  • WASHINGTON/LONDON (Reuters) - Alabama aerospace workers won an unexpected reprieve from escalating trade tensions on Wednesday when the United States spared an Airbus plant in the state from the impact of tariffs against the European airplane builder.
  • While Airbus aircraft built in Europe will be hit with a tariff of 10% after the World Trade Organization allowed Washington to impose sanctions on EU goods, semi-finished fuselages and wings are exempted, an official list showed. 
  • That means large parts shipped to the deep-sea Alabama port of Mobile from plants in Europe will not be hit by the duties, allowing Airbus to continue to supply U.S.-based airlines with a limited number of locally assembled aircraft.
  • The issue has been a big priority for U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne.
  • “This is a massive win for the thousands of Alabama workers connected to Airbus Mobile. I thank President Trump for joining me in always fighting for America first. Today's decision is a major win for the citizens of Alabama and our country, and I thank Senator Shelby, Governor Ivey, Mayor Stimpson and others who joined me in working with the Administration on this issue.” Byrne said.
  • Read more HERE.

Headlines.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - New commission for evaluating state agency spending lays out groundwork

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - AG: Greenetrack owes $76M in taxes from ‘illegal’ gambling

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Will Whatley: On impeachment, watch the Republicans.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - House Democrats subpoena Giuliani in Trump impeachment probe

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Jeff Sessions: ‘I still do support’ President Trump.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Pardons and Paroles moving, lease details still being finalized

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - In Italy, Pompeo can’t escape Washington impeachment furor.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Countdown begins for Alabama STAR ID requirement.

AL.COM  - Protesters block Justice Department headquarters to highlight Alabama prison conditions
 
AL.COM  - AEA sues to get online sales tax allocated to Morgan County schools
 
AL.COM  - Alabama Ethics Commission rules against Montgomery lawmaker
 
AL.COM  - Columnist Kyle Whitmire:   Watch: the Alabama Democratic Party dumpster fire

AL.COM  - Alabama educators: 'Train wreck’ coming as law could hold back thousands of third-graders
 
AL.COM  - Record heat leads to record power demand in north Alabama
 
AL.COM  - Gulf universities, including South Alabama given $15 million for ecosystem research
 
AL.COM  - Pastors proclaim Birmingham a sanctuary city for unborn
 
Montgomery Advertiser - Ethics Commission sends complaint about David Burkette to Montgomery County DA

Montgomery Advertiser - Montgomery officer injured during struggle with burglary suspect

Montgomery Advertiser - LEAD Academy Board tackles list of concerns in wake of leadership change, email to staff

YellowHammer News - State Sen. Tom Whatley endorses Tommy Tuberville for U.S. Senate

YellowHammer News - 2019 POWER & INFLUENCE 40: Numbers 21-30

YellowHammer News - Dale Jackson: Decatur is still a sanctuary city, regardless of what the mayor and city council says

Dothan Eagle - Extra security measure implemented at Houston County administration building

Dothan Eagle - City of Dothan recognizes life-saving firefighters, top fire officials of the year

Dothan Eagle - Suspect’s identity released in South Alice Street stabbing

Tuscaloosa News - Choir comes together to recreate Beatles tunes

Tuscaloosa News - Defendant in officer-involved shooting not guilty for mental health reasons


Decatur Daily - Sheriff's Office: 3 bodies found at Limestone residence, case investigated as domestic homicide

Decatur Daily - Hartselle City Schools sues Morgan commission over online sales taxes

Decatur Daily - ALDOT director: 6-laning of I-565 should be complete in a year

Times Daily - BEST Robotics Competition Set for Saturday

Times Daily - Florence approves $69 million budget

Times Daily - Costs similar 1 month after fuel-tax hike

Gadsden Times - Attalla warehouse fire 90% contained, cause still unknown

Gadsden Times - Cherokee County woman charged with 47 counts of cruelty; animal shelter needs help caring for victims

Gadsden Times - Blessing of Animals slated for Oct. 19

Anniston Star - Author, Senate candidate Merrill says he thinks impeachment won’t happen

Anniston Star - Volunteers needed for 2nd Chance’s overnight Sexual Assault Forensic Exam team

Anniston Star - Mountain biking festival set for later this month

Troy Messenger - Ordinance to establish entertainment district removed from council agenda

Troy Messenger - Deputies seize cocaine, $20K in cash during raid

Troy Messenger - Deputies find, destroy moonshine still

Andalusia Star News - First death in Alabama connected to vaping

Andalusia Star News - More than a stadium: Looking back through the years

Andalusia Star News - Wheelchair drive set for this month

Opelika-Auburn News - Auburn City Council approves intersection improvements

Opelika-Auburn News - FALL GUIDE: A complete guide to Fall in the Opelika-Auburn area

Opelika-Auburn News - 11 families get a second chance with new home

Daily Mountain Eagle - Bernard's celebrates 70th anniversary

Daily Mountain Eagle - Eagle's political history podcast debut today

Daily Mountain Eagle - Jasper set to ‘Paint the Town Pink’

Trussville Tribune - Alabama Butterbean Festival in Pinson this weekend

Trussville Tribune - Police find 3 bodies at Alabama home

Trussville Tribune - No criminal intent found in Oxford hot car death of toddler

Athens News Courier - Limestone student attends summer program at MIT

Athens News Courier - THE LATEST: LCSO investigates after 3 found dead at Black Road home

Athens News Courier - Cities push opioid lawsuits against family that owns Purdue

Sand Mountain Reporter - Sheriff’s Office floods | Marshall County Commission hires project manager to handle office, jail renovations

Sand Mountain Reporter - MVAC welcomes Shane Adkins to summer concert stage

Sand Mountain Reporter - Guntersville deems Oct. 12 as Pat Upton Day

WSFA Montgomery - Concerns over Alabama reading law that could hold kids back a year

WSFA Montgomery - Couple accused of having child sell drugs from home
WSFA Montgomery - Brutal heat through Saturday, then cooler

Fox 6 Birmingham - Do you need help with utility bills during this drought or in this heat?

Fox 6 Birmingham - HBCU presidents meet in Birmingham

Fox 6 Birmingham - Concerns over Alabama reading law that could hold kids back a year

WAFF Huntsville - Fire near Huntsville landfill under control

WAFF Huntsville - Huntsville church gives out 1,400 pounds of free chicken

WAFF Huntsville - Businesses look forward to Cecil Ashburn Drive reopening at end of October

WKRG Mobile - WATCH: Slain man’s brother hugs ex-cop sentenced to 10 years

WKRG Mobile - Fired teacher who wouldn’t use transgender student’s pronouns sues a Virginia school district

WKRG Mobile - Viral video shows man swinging around what looks like a dog

WTVY Dothan - Family files internal affairs report after mall arrest

WTVY Dothan - New housing coming to Fort Rucker for soldiers and their families

WTVY Dothan - Mission to honor Irish heroes of the Vietnam War leads man to Fort Rucker
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump involved Pence in efforts to pressure Ukraine’s leader, though officials say vice president was unaware of allegations in whistleblower complaint
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump rides a roller coaster of grievances, victimhood and braggadocio as Finland’s leader looks on
 
WASHINGTON POST  - Trump’s attacks on Democrats take a profane turn as impeachment inquiry advances
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Legal challenges aim to derail Trump’s ‘public charge’ rule that could limit path to citizenship for poor immigrants
 
NEW YORK TIMES  - Lung Damage From Vaping Resembles Chemical Burns, Report Say

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