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Here's your Daily News for Sunday, September 22.
1. Seafood Biz Takes hit from floodwaters
  • Fresh water from Midwestern floods has killed oysters and other marine life along the coasts of three states.
  • Water that came through a Louisiana spillway killed 95% of the oysters in Mississippi Sound and fed toxic algae blooms that closed the state’s beaches, said Joe Spraggins, executive director of the state Department of Marine Resources.
  • Seafood and tourism businesses, from bait shops and seafood processors to restaurants and hotels, have lost $120 million to $150 million.
  • Gov. Kay Ivey, along with the governors from Louisiana and Mississippi, asked U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross to declare a fisheries disaster in order to secure federal grants for those whose livelihoods have been affected.
  • Last year, Alabama already saw this problem happening for its oyster population and canceled oyster season for this year.
  • Alabama State Health Officer, Dr. Scott Harris announced recently that shellfish growing waters in Mobile County have been closed over concerns of bacteriological contamination to oyster beds from recent rainfall.
  • Read more about the floodwater problems HERE.
2. Judge dismisses hate-group label case
  • A federal judge has ruled that a liberal advocacy group has a First Amendment right to call a Christian ministry a hate group for its opposition to homosexuality.
  • U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson, in a 141-page decision issued late Thursday, threw out a complaint filed by the Florida-based Coral Ridge Ministries Media Inc. against the Southern Poverty Law Center of Montgomery.
  • Coral Ridge, also called James Kennedy Ministries of Fort Lauderdale, sued the nonprofit law center, Amazon and others in 2017 because it wasn’t included in a program that lets Amazon customers donate to nonprofit groups. The suit said the refusal was because the law center had labeled the ministry a hate group for its stance against homosexual behavior.
  • The judge ruled that the liberal watchdog organization has a free-speech right to make the claim, but he didn’t address whether the ministry is a hate organization.
  •   Read more about the case from Jay Reeves HERE.



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3. Legal fees for blocked abortion law
  • A federal judge on Friday ordered Alabama to pay $675,964 to lawyers for abortion clinics who challenged the state’s attempt to ban the most common second trimester abortion procedure.
  • U.S. District Judge Myron Thompson handed down the order after striking down the 2016 law. Alabama is responsible for the plaintiffs’ legal fees after the law was ruled unconstitutional.
  • The 2016 Alabama law sought to ban the abortion procedure known as dilation and evacuation abortion. Two Alabama abortion clinics and the American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit challenging the ban. The lawsuit also successfully challenged a law that attempted to ban abortion clinics near schools.
  • Thompson ruled the restriction unconstitutional, saying it would amount to a virtual ban on abortion in the state after 15 weeks of pregnancy. The U.S. Supreme Court in June refused to hear the state’s appeal.
  • Read the full story from Kim Chandler HERE.
4. Will Dems move on recent Trump-Ukraine Action?
  • Democrats were unanimous in their condemnation of Trump for going to extraordinary lengths to tear down a chief political rival by asking the new leader of Ukraine to investigate the son of former Vice President Joe Biden.
  • But even as calls for impeachment amplified — Elizabeth Warren blasted Congress as “complicit” in Trump’s transgressions — there were no signs that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi would move quickly to try to remove the president.
  • Allies of Biden, the early front-runner in the Democratic presidential primary, seized on the developments to portray him as the candidate Trump least wants to face next fall.
  • But the controversy could just as easily revive interest in the business activities of Biden’s son, which would do little to further his campaign.
  • Taken together, the developments bear a striking resemblance to the tumult of the 2016 campaign, in which Trump was accused of enlisting a foreign power to help him win an election.
  • The president on Saturday denied any wrongdoing, and his most vocal allies and critics were energized.
  • You can read the full report HERE.
5. New AL Dem Leadership elections to be held
  • A subcommittee of the Democratic National Committee decided on Friday the new bylaws for the Alabama state Democrat party, which effectively ordered new elections be held for the state’s party leadership on Oct. 19.
  • The new bylaws were supported by a number of prominent Democrats from the Alabama House as a way to improve representation of minority groups besides African Americans in the party.
  • Alabama Democratic Party chair Nancy Worley said in a statement on Friday that she hasn’t seen the new bylaws but doesn’t think the DNC shouldn’t be setting the state’s policies and procedures.
  • The state party has been facing mounting pressure from the national party to resolve its governance issues and without a delegate plan, Alabama would go unrepresented at the Democratic National Convection next year.
  • If the bylaws are eventually voted upon, then that would mean the leadership elections would have to take place on Oct. 19, which the DNC would monitor.
  • Read the full story from Brian Lyman HERE.
The Week in Good News
Annual Commemorative Motorcycle Ride for Trail of Tears held in North AL

  • Hundreds of motorcycles will be rumbling across north Alabama on Saturday for the 26th annual Trail of Tears commemorative ride.
  • There are no registration fees and anyone can participate. Tens of thousands of riders have joined in the event some years, and the weather is supposed to be good for this year's ride.
  • The more than 200-mile ride began in 1994 in remembrance of the removal of American Indians from the Southeast to Oklahoma in the 1830s during a forced migration that became known as the Trail of Tears.
  • The Trail of Tears Commemorative Motorcycle Ride began in 1995 to honor the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole nations.
  • The event also brought together many U.S. military veterans, many of which are also Native Americans.
  • Read more about the event from Florence Times Daily’s Russ Corey.



Headlines.
ALABAMA DAILY NEWS- Gulf Coast seafood biz slammed by freshwater from floods

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Court: First Amendment protects “hate group” label

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Alabama to pay hefty legal fees over blocked abortion law

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Inmate dies after being stabbed at prison

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Ivey to begin cancer treatment after spot found on lung

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - In Abbeville, a potential model for rural economic development

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS - Democrats blast latest Trump crisis. But what will they do?
 
AL.COM - Alabama prison inmate facing murder charges in stabbing death of prisoner.
 
AL.COM - Columnist John Archibald: Well what do you know? A quiz about corruption.
 
AL.COM - Jacksonville State president granted medical leave days after 9 arrested in rape probe.
 
AL.COM - Columnist Frances Coleman: Cokie was the cousins’ cousin who gloried in realism and imperfection.
 
AL.COM - Contributor Aimee Walsh: Congress must end surprise medical billing.
 
YELLOWHAMMER NEWS - Saban foundation boosts fortunes of those in Alabama juvenile detention facility.
 
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY - Native Americans, motorcyclists converge on Waterloo.
 
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY - AG Marshall: Parole Board has ‘no responsibility’ to fix crowded prisons.
 
FLORENCE TIMES DAILY - The Times Daily : More study of vaping needed.
 
GADSDEN TIMES - Columnist John Floyd: UAW has the upper hand in strike against GM.
 
WASHINGTON POST - Trump’s Ukraine call reveals a president convinced of his own invincibility.
 
WASHINGTON POST - The Washington Post: Should U.S. troops put their lives on the line for Saudi Arabia?
 
WASHINGTON POST - As Democrats call for his resignation, HUD Secretary Ben Carson defends his controversial comments about transgender people.
 
WASHINGTON POST - How decades of L.A. smog led to California’s war with Trump over car pollution.
 
WASHINGTON POST - Columnist Michelle Singletary: Keeping the Consumer Protection complaints database public is a big win for consumers.
 
NEW YORK TIMES - Annual Commemorative Motorcycle Ride Held in North Alabama
 
NEW YORK TIMES – Contributor Al Gore: The Climate Crisis Is the Battle of Our Time, and We Can Win
 
NEW YORK TIMES – Columnist Nicholas Kristof: Trump and Election Interference, Whistle-Blower Edition
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