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7 Things: Britt angry with Biden on bank failures; hospitals warn of fentanyl potency; and more …

7. Former President Donald Trump gave a wide-ranging interview to the Daily Caller on his way to Iowa for a campaign event where he made the most straight-up attacks on Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis yet. Trump explained the “DeSanctimonius” nickname, his thoughts on loyalty, and other subjects.

6. The ALGOP Winter Dinner broke fundraising records last week when they brought in $700,000. ALGOP Chairman John Wahl thanked Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis for headlining the event, “I am thankful to have had so many wonderful guests join us. I think this was the perfect opportunity for Gov. DeSantis to get to know Alabama a little better.”

5. Still maturing Huntsville City Councilman Devyn Keith pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanor charges for shoplifting. Adorable, however, Keith is also allegedly on tape committing multiple other shoplifting crimes.

4. Alabama’s unemployment rate continues to hold steady in January at 2.6% while the state added 54,100 jobs last year. Gov. Kay Ivey reacted to the good news by noting, “We have been enjoying a period of low unemployment, high wages and high jobs count for some time now, and I believe that more is yet to come.”

3. When people talk about letting criminals out of jail and being lenient, State Rep. Matt Simpson (R-Daphne) disagrees. Simpson told APTV’s “Capitol Journal,” “Some people need to be put out of the streets so they can’t hurt anybody else.”

2. The oddly named program, “Odds Are Alabama,” is an awareness campaign aiming to warn people that all it takes is one exposure to fentanyl to kill you. Dr. Bobby Lewis, an emergency room physician at University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital, spoke about how UAB sees multiple fentanyl fatalities weekly and overdoses every day.

1. The markets and the banks are reacting to two major bank failures as fear of rippling impacts are still yet to be felt in the form of more bank failures. Alabama U.S. Sen. Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) is not happy with how the Biden administration is handling this and took to Twitter to say so, “it is unacceptable that this Administration excluded Senate Republicans, including those on the Senate Banking Committee, from Sunday night’s bicameral Member briefing.”


Dale Jackson is a contributing writer to Yellowhammer News and hosts a talk show from 5-9 a.m. weekdays on WVNN and on Talk 99.5 from 10 a.m. to noon.

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