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Here's your Daily News for Sunday, August 25.
1. ALGOP opposes appointed school board
  • The Alabama Republican Party voted to formally oppose a constitutional amendment that would replace the state Board of Education with a commission appointed by the governor.
  • The measure was approved by the 461-member executive committee by a margin of 64 percent to 36 percent during their summer meeting in Auburn.
  • The legislature approved the amendment earlier this year and it has support from Gov. Kay Ivey and Senate President Pro-Tem Del Marsh.
  • One reason for the opposition is concern that the state would continue using Common Core standards. Actually, the amendment would require the new commission to replace Common Core standards. 
  • Another point of tension at the meeting was whether to allow the executive committee pick the delegates for presidential candidate or keep them on the primary ballot.
  • The proposal fell short of the two-thirds support need for approval.
  • You can read more about the tension over the delegates from Will Whatley HERE and more about the whole meeting from Mike Cason HERE.
2. Prison Building getting closer
  • Friday was the deadline for companies wanting to build new prisons in Alabama to submit their statement of qualifications.
  • Gov. Ivey announced in February a plan to build three new prisons in order to tackle the overcrowding issues facing Alabama prisons.
  • The first step is to gather proposals from companies and then decide how to proceed.
  • A spokesperson for Ivey said the names of the companies sending in statements of qualifications would be released on Monday.
  • The new prisons are meant to house more than 3,000 male inmates and the Alabama Department of Corrections estimates that the prisons will cost about $900 million total and the lease payments will be up to $78 million a year.
  • Ivey told reporters Friday that they are evaluating the process, but said that approach appears to be a “win-win.”
  • Read the full report HERE and read Mike Cason’s write up on it HERE.
3. Trump not backing down on tariffs
  • President Donald Trump on Sunday acknowledged having second thoughts about escalating a trade war with China, but the White House later reversed, saying the president was misinterpreted and that his only regret in hiking tariffs is that he didn’t raise them higher.
  • Trump faced a tense reception from his counterparts as they gathered in a French beach resort for the Group of Seven summit.
  • He suggested during a breakfast meeting with British Prime Minister Boris Johnson that he harbored qualms about the spiraling conflict. “Yeah. For sure,” he told reporters when asked if he had any second thoughts about ramping up tariffs on China after Beijing imposed new tariffs to retaliate against earlier tariff moves by the U.S.
  • Then hours later, White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham issued a statement saying the news media had “greatly misinterpreted” Trump’s response. Grisham said the president only responded “in the affirmative – because he regrets not raising the tariffs higher.”
  • You can read more about it HERE.
4. Bells for "Day of Healing"
  • Bells are scheduled to ring out across the nation today to mark the “Day of Healing” recognizing the 400 years since the arrival of slaves to colonial Jamestown, Virginia.
  • The Alabama Historical Commission said the bells at the Alabama State Capitol will ring at 2 p.m., along with other bells across the nation at that time.
  • Executive Director of the Alabama Historical Commission, Lisa D. Jones said, “We are proud participate in the national commemoration and Day of Healing event, honoring ancestors and descendants of those who were enslaved in this country. This is an important day of reverence and remembrance.”
  • Other events will be held in Alabama to mark the anniversary, like in Africatown on the coast, where during an event at the Mobile County Training School there will be a drum call, performances and a butterfly release.
  • You can read more about the other events across the country marking the anniversary from the National Park Service HERE.
5. Week in Good News
Breweries team up to help protect Alabama coasts

  • Some south Alabama breweries are working on a new beer to benefit a nonprofit environmental group that works to protect the state's coast.
  • Six breweries in Mobile and Baldwin County are teaming up to produce an ale called "Friends in Low Places IPA" as a fundraiser for the Alabama Coastal Foundation.
  • The New England-style India pale ale will be available in the coastal region beginning next month, and it will go statewide after that.
  • Participating breweries include Braided River, Iron Hand, Old Majestic and Serda in Mobile, plus Fairhope Brewing and Big Beach Brewing in Baldwin County.
  • Read the full report HERE.

Headlines.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Prison construction proposal inches forward

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - ALGOP to consider delegate selection change

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama events mark 1619 slavery anniversary

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - White House reverses Trump on China ‘second thoughts’

AL.COM - Alabama’s top 25 middle and elementary schools.
 
AL.COM - DNC denies seats to Alabama party leaders.
 
AL.COM - Alabama AT&T workers among 20,000 on strike.
 
AL.COM - Sen. Doug Jones: Teacher shortage is ‘very complicated’.
 
AL.COM - Columnist Kyle Whitmire: Is there hope in hell for Alabama Democrats?
 
AL.COM - Alabama GOP opposes replacing elected state Board of Education.
 
AL.COM - States increasingly challenge Trump in court.
 
AL.COM - megabus.com looking to expand into Alabama.
 
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - ALGOP passes resolution calling for Ilhan Omar’s expulsion from Congress- ‘Let Alabama be first and let’s see how many other states follow’.
 
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Alabama native bringing VR production to Sidewalk, looking to make feature film in the state.
 
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY - Gas taxes go up Sept. 1, but officials say roads will be better.
 
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily : Two milestones of race relations.
 
ANNISTON STAR - Alabama hospitals gain short-term help for long-term problem.
 
MONTGOMERY ADVERTISER - Alabama events mark 1619 slavery anniversary.
 
DOTHAN EAGLE - The Dothan Eagle : Constitutional semantics.
 
WASHINGTON POST - Trump’s wild week of tax ideas continues with new promise if GOP sweeps in 2020.
 
WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Rebecca Hains: Dear fellow white people: Here’s what to do when you’re called racist.
 
WASHINGTON POST - Contributor Ciara Torres-Spelliscy: Everyone is talking about 1619. But that’s not actually when slavery in America started.
 
NEW YORK TIMES - Trump, at G7 Summit, Walks Back Threats to China and Talks of Japan Trade Deal
 
NEW YORK TIMES - Court Hints at a Range of Paths in Fight Over Trump Records.
 
NEW YORK TIMES - Workers at Big Government Lab Sue Over Exposure to a Toxic Chemical
 
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Michelle Goldberg: Mazel Tov, Trump. You’ve Revived the Jewish Left.
 
NEW YORK TIMES The New York Times : With the Economy on Edge, Trump Sees Only Enemies
 
NEW YORK TIMES The New York Times : They Were Freed From Death Row. Republicans Put Them Back.
 
WVTM13 - Breweries teaming up for Alabama environmental group.
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