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7 Things: Trump credits his rhetoric for summit, Alabama politicians applaud Trump, Montgomery Advertiser reporter tries to re-brand former Democrat in AL02 run-off, and more …

1. As the media criticizes Trump for dealing with Kim Jong Un, Trump tells Sean Hannity his strong rhetoric led to the summit

— After spending last year telling us about how Trump’s reckless behavior will get us all killed, now Trump is being too nice.

— When asked about this on “Hannity” last night, he said “I think without the rhetoric, we wouldn’t have been here.”

2. Alabama politicians support Trump policy on North Korea and applaud his summit

— Multiple Republican Congressmen supported this summit and its results, Congressmen Brooks, Byrne, and Aderholt shared their support on social media.

— Governor Kay Ivey tweeted her support, “I commend @POTUS for taking strides to bring about peace & stability on the Korean Peninsula & congratulate him for a successful meeting in Singapore. @realDonaldTrump is right in saying only the most courageous can make peace. This truly is a historic moment for the world.”

3. The Montgomery Advertiser’s Brian Lyman becomes the latest media member to try to bail out Bobby Bright as he tries to rebrand as a Republican

— This weekend the New York Times attempted to play up the Trump/Roby rift, even though Trump officials expect an endorsement before the runoff.

— Now, Lyman is attempting to spin some absurd yarn about how Bright’s vote for Nancy Pelosi “may have been the last vote he ever took with fellow members of his party,” which is obviously untrue, and it is exactly what the media tried to do to save Bright’s seat for him in 2010.

4. Primary results in five states could tell us where 2018 midterms might be going

— Democrats continue to pick up state legislative seats that Trump won; Democrats flip their 43rd Republican seat to Democrat since Trump took office.

— “It’s Trump’s Party Now!” — the media (every month since Trump announced his campaign).

5. Seattle was lauded for levying a tax on big employers; they have now backed down and rescinded the tax

— Even the liberals in Seattle realized that a high-tax on job creators will come back to bite after Amazon and Starbucks demanded they pull back their tax on employees.

— The $50 million dollar tax PER YEAR, 12.4 from Amazon alone, was to pay for affordable housing, homeless shelters and other outreach efforts.

6. Dictator Trump can’t even stop a merger between Time Warner and AT&T

— A common theme in liberal circles is that President Trump has totalitarian dictatory principles. “Comedienne” Chelsea Handler claimed yesterday that “his plan is to become a dictator and with this Republican Congress, they’ll allow it.”

— Unfortunately for Trump, he is bad at this, and the assumption (without proof) by most in the media is that Trump wanted to block the Time Warner/AT&T merger over his hatred for CNN. A judge told the DOJ they couldn’t do this and they should not appeal.

7. Tim Tebow wants no part of this anthem protesting nonsense 

— The NFL kneeling saga has never been a story where facts matter; rapper TI continued this trend when he claimed Tim Tebow kneeled during the National Anthem to protest abortion (he did not).

— Tebow responded to this lie by saying the claim had “zero truth” and that he “never did anything during a national anthem but stand and support my country,” according to Fox News, which further proves that most people view the anthem protests as attacks on the country.

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Alabama airman killed in WWII to be buried in Florida this week

An Alabama man who was killed during World War II is being buried in Florida after his remains were identified decades following his death.

The Pentagon says a funeral is scheduled for Thursday in Pensacola for Army Air Forces Staff Sgt. Percy C. Mathews of Andalusia.

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Mathew was 25 and serving on a B-17 bomber when it was struck by enemy fire while attacking a German submarine base in France on May 29, 1943. Mathews went down with the aircraft.

A statement from the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency says a set of unidentified remains were determined to be those of Mathews thanks to genetic testing and the work of a French researcher, Daniel Dahiot.

Mathews was a member of the 422nd Bombardment Squadron, 305th Bombardment Group, 8th U.S. Air Force.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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1 hour ago

Ex-NFL, Alabama player Keith McCants arrested on drug charge

A former defensive end for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the University of Alabama has been arrested on drug charges in Florida.

Pinellas County Jail records show 50-year-old Keith McCants was arrested early Monday near St. Petersburg.

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He’s charged with a felony count of possession of crack cocaine and driving with a revoked or suspended license.

He bonded out of jail, but records don’t list a lawyer.

Jail records show multiple arrests since 2010. His most recent arrest was in January, for driving with a suspended license.

Court records show he faces a July 10 court date.

McCants made the All-America Team at Alabama and was selected fourth overall by the Buccaneers in the 1990 NFL Draft.

His career ended in 1995. He also played for the Oilers and Cardinals.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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2 hours ago

Former news production building in Birmingham sells for $1.5 million

The former Birmingham News production building has been sold for $1.5 million.

Al.com reports the buyer is looking to transform the 97,000-square-foot building into a self-storage facility.

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The Birmingham Design Review Committee approved the concept in February.

“As a Birmingham native we are excited to be a part of the continued revitalization of downtown Birmingham.

We look forward to providing first class service in this self-storage project for the business community and the growing residential population in the city center,” Brent Fields, one of the owners of News Properties LCC, said in a statement.

The former news production building was built in 1982 on 1.60 acres.

Alabama Media Group moved the printing of the Birmingham News to Atlanta last year.

Eddie Greenhalgh, first vice president of investments, for Marcus & Millichap’s Birmingham office, says the conversion of the building to self-storage represents a wider revitalization of Birmingham’s downtown area.

Birchfield Penuel & Associates is the architect.

Christy Roddy and William Ledbetter of Cushman & Wakefield-EGS Commercial Real Estate represented the seller, Advance Local Media, the parent company of Alabama Media Group. Greenhalgh also represented the seller.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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Bill ‘Bubba’ Bussey receives heart stent, shares special moment with nurse

Bill “Bubba” Bussey, beloved radio co-host of the Birmingham-based and wildly popular “Rick and Bubba Show,” said his Friday morning procedure went well and was all smiles in an Instagram photo he shared after a successful heart stent placement.

“We are out! All good, now just a lot of recover time and being very very still. Your prayers have been heard and felt!!!” he wrote on Instagram.

Bussey is in his early fifties and was on his feet Friday, writing on Instagram that “Bubba seems to be feeling better,” sharing a playful moment with an “unnamed nurse” he helped with her “volley.”

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Early this morning, Bussey said in an Instagram post with the St. Vincent’s East location stamp that he shared a special moment with a retiring nurse:

“So many people to thank for the great care I got this weekend… but this lady ‘Miss Sandra’ was retiring after 30 plus years of nursing. I was her last patient, of her last shift!! She checked my pulse on the way out the door! Happy retirement Sandra! Thanks for letting me be a part of this special moment.”

From all of us at Yellowhammer News, get well soon, Bubba!

3 hours ago

Alabama college ending aquaculture program after 27 years

An Alabama college is citing declining enrollment for a decision to ends its aquaculture program after 27 years.

Gadsden State Community College says it will discontinue the courses next spring.

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School spokeswoman Jackie Edmondson tells The Gadsden Times the program was one of the few of its kind in the nation.

The program teaches students to care for aquatic life in natural and captive environments.

Enrollees work with fresh- and saltwater fish and plants in tanks and ponds.

But the program can’t support itself any longer because enrollment is down.

Statistics show 27 students have completed the program in the last five years, or slightly more than five per year.

The teacher, Hugh Hammer, says only one of the last 10 graduates is employed in the area.

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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