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  • Mo Brooks Wins FreedomWorks’ Prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award

    Excerpt from a Rep. Mo Brooks news release:

    Tuesday, Congressman Mo Brooks (AL-05) was one of only 31 members of the U.S. House of Representatives awarded the prestigious 2017 FreedomFighter Award by FreedomWorks, a leading conservative organization with more than six million members nationwide. Only members of Congress who score better than 90% on the FreedomWorks scorecard receive the FreedomFighter Award. Congressman Brooks’ FreedomWorks score was in the top 4% of all Congressmen in 2017.

    Brooks said, “FreedomWorks is a leading organization in the conservative movement. I thank them for their work keeping members of Congress accountable and scoring key House floor votes which helps the American people better understand the impact of those votes. I was proud to receive the prestigious FreedomWorks 2017 FreedomFighter Award for my voting record in 2017. If America is to maintain its place as the greatest country in world history, more members of Congress must fight for the foundational principles that made America great. I’m fighting in Congress for those principles, and I’m glad to have a partner as effective as FreedomWorks in the fight.”

  • Black Bear Sightings Continue to Increase in Alabama

    Excerpt from an Outdoor Alabama news release:

    Add Jackson, Limestone, Marshall, Morgan and St. Clair counties to the growing list of black bear sightings in Alabama in 2018. In recent years, bears have also been recorded in Chambers, Elmore, Jefferson, Lee, Macon and Tallapoosa counties. These recent sightings are more evidence of the state’s expanding black bear population.

    Biologists from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources say the increase in sightings may be due to a combination of factors including changes in bear distribution, habitat fragmentation, seasonal movement and the summer mating season. However, most spring and summer bear sightings are of juvenile males being pushed out of their previous ranges by their mothers and other adult males.

    Historically, a small population of black bears have remained rooted in Mobile and Washington counties. Baldwin, Covington and Escambia counties on the Florida border host yet another population of bears. In northeast Alabama, bears migrating from northwest Georgia have established a small but viable population.

    “While seeing a black bear in Alabama is uncommon and exciting, it is no cause for alarm,” said Marianne Hudson, Conservation Outreach Specialist for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). “There has never been a black bear attack on a human in Alabama.”

    Black bears are typically secretive, shy animals that will avoid human interaction. Occasionally, a curious bear will explore a human-populated area in search of food.

    “If you are lucky enough to see a bear, simply leave it alone,” Hudson said.

  • Rep. Byrne Releases Statement on Russia

    From a Bradley Byrne news release:

    Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL) issued the following statement regarding President Donald Trump’s meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin, this morning in Helsinki.

    Congressman Byrne said: “I applaud President Trump’s decision to start a dialogue with President Putin and I’m glad he is making it a priority. However, we must remember that Russia is not an ally – economically or militarily. They are an adversary. The United States should not tolerate actions by the Russians that intervene in our domestic affairs or pose a threat to our national security.”

3 years ago

Auburn’s fan base ranked nation’s classiest

Auburn Football Fans

AUBURN, Ala. — Every college football fan base has its rituals, superstitions and passionate rivalries. In Alabama, “Roll Tides” and “War Eagles” get tossed around as substitutes for, as one Auburn student recently noted, “hello,” “good-bye,” “you’re welcome,” and “thank you”… and “get well,” and “see you soon,” and “have a nice day,” and every word in between.

Mississippi State has their cowbells. Michigan has their “GO BLUE” banner. Ohio State “dots the i.” West Virginia sings ““Take Me Home, Country Roads.”

Auburn fans are famous for rolling Toomer’s Corner after victories, but its another tradition down on the Plains that Chat Sports says stands out above all the rest: their class.

The sports news aggregator recently released a ranking of college football’s classiest fan bases, and Auburn came out on top.

Chat Sports offered as supporting evidence for their ranking a quote from a University of Oregon beat reporter that was written after Auburn beat the Ducks in the 2011 BCS National Championship Game.

Anyone who’s been to Autzen Stadium knows that Oregon fans get can a little on the… well… let’s just say on the rowdy side. So most Ducks fans aren’t used to being treated so well by opposing fans, but the BCS National Championship environment was something else indeed. It had to be extremely refreshing for many Oregon fans to attend a game in which the two teams’ fans weren’t there to hate on the other team, but to only cheer for their own… Even in victory, Auburn fans were gracious. When the time for taunting had clearly arrived, Auburn faithfuls only cheered for the Tigers, leaving Oregon fans to mourn without adding insult to injury.

Auburn students and alumni will likely point to their class as the result of living out the Auburn Creed, which calls for “clean sports” that develop “a sound mind” and “a sound body” and “a spirit that is not afraid.”

The Tigers have had a rough year on the field in 2015, but their fan base continues to make their home state proud in other ways.

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3 years ago

Map shows Alabama has already received hundreds of Middle East refugees in recent years

Hundreds of Syrian refugees waiting for the next train in Vienna, Austria (Photo: Josh Zakary)
Hundreds of Syrian refugees waiting for the next train in Vienna, Austria (Photo: Josh Zakary)

Hundreds of refugees fleeing persecution in the Middle East have resettled in Alabama in recent years, according to government data Yellowhammer pulled Monday.

According to information collected by the Office of Refugee Resettlement, a small division inside the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Alabama has accepted a total of 381 refugees from 14 different countries since 2012. The highest number of refugees have come from Iraq (106), Somalia (93), and Sudan (45).

The process by which individuals receive refugee status is different than the process by which immigrants seek legal residency and citizenship. To enter the United States under refugee status, an individual must prove that if they return to their home country, they will be in danger because of their race, religion, nationality, political ideology or membership in a social group.

But the vetting process can be extremely difficult, and has proven to be porous in other countries. At least one of the terrorists who attacked Paris over the weekend entered France embedded with legitimate Syrian refugees. This revelation has prompted a backlash against refugee resettlement in the United States, including in Alabama where 100 Syrian refugees are currently slated to be housed in Mobile by Catholic Social Services.

For weeks, Rep. Bradley Byrne (R-AL1), who represents Mobile and much of South Alabama in Congress, has sought more information about the screening process Syrian refugees must undergo before being allowed to enter the U.S. He sent a letter to the State Department requesting more information and recently attended a classified briefing about the vetting process. Byrne said the information he has seen reaffirmed his belief that the screenings are not strong enough to adequately protect the American people.

Byrne sent a letter to President Obama Monday morning demanding he stop the refugee resettlement program. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) followed up by proposing legislative language that would revoke funding for Syrian refugee resettlement across the country.

Both moves came on the heels of Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley announcing that his administration will refuse Syrian refugees slated to be relocated to Alabama in the coming weeks.

But the number of Middle Eastern refugees already in Alabama has prompted security concerns among both state and federal law enforcement officials. Although there has not been any credible intelligence indicating that Alabama is or has been the target of any terrorist threats, FBI director James Comey warned earlier this year that ISIS and other Islamic radicals have created a “chaotic spider web” of potential operatives in every state, including Alabama.

“Those people exist in every state,” Comey told the National Association of Attorneys General in February. “I have homegrown violent extremist investigations in every single state. Until a few weeks ago there was 49 states. Alaska had none which I couldn’t quite figure out. But Alaska has now joined the group so we have investigations of people in various stages of radicalizing in all 50 states.”

A map showing the countries of origin for refugees who have been re-located to Alabama in recent years can be found below:

Refugees to Alabama

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3 years ago

Condoleezza Rice sums up why allowing Syrian refugees into Alabama is a bad idea

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Photo: Fox News Screenshot)
Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (Photo: Fox News Screenshot)

After a wave of terrorist attacks in Paris left over 100 dead, including one American, and 300 injured, security officials in the United States are feeling increased pressure to keep the country safe while implementing President Barack Obama’s controversial refugee relocation program.

President Obama said on Monday that he intends to push forward with plans to bring upwards of 10,000 Syrian refugees into the United States, in spite of members of Congress expressing concerns about how those refugees are being vetted prior to entering the country.

For many national security experts, particularly Republicans, their opposition to Obama’s plan can be summed up by a 2008 quote by Alabama native and former U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.

“They only have to be right once. We have to be right every time,” said Rice, who argued in favor of increasing U.S. security measures after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

In other words, in order to be successful, U.S. security officials must stop every single would be terrorist from slipping into the country, while the terrorists only have to infiltrate the refugee process once to be successful. At least one of the terrorists responsible for the Paris attacks was embedded in the wave of refugees France chose to absorb from the Syrian war.

Rice’s concerns from 2008 are now shared by many current elected officials in her home state.

For weeks, Congressman Bradley Byrne (R-AL1) has sought more information about the screening process Syrian refugees must undergo before being allowed to enter the U.S. He sent a letter to the State Department requesting more information and recently attended a classified briefing about the screening process. Despite the information, he believes the screening process is not strong enough to adequately protect the American people. Roughly 100 Syrian refugees are slated to be housed in Mobile, which lies within Byrne’s south Alabama congressional district.

Byrne is also co-sponsoring the Refugee Resettlement Oversight and Security Act. The bill would give Congress the power to block any refugee resettlement plan and would require Congress to approve any plan before refugees can arrive in the United States.

Governor Robert Bentley made his position on refugee relocation known Sunday night by announcing that his administration will refuse Syrian refugees scheduled to be relocated to Alabama in the coming weeks.

“After full consideration of this weekend’s attacks of terror on innocent citizens in Paris, I will oppose any attempt to relocate Syrian refugees to Alabama through the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program,” Bentley said in a statement. “As your Governor, I will not stand complicit to a policy that places the citizens of Alabama in harm’s way.”

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3 years ago

94-year-old WWII veteran with three purple hearts wins war against heart failure with help from UAB

92-year-old WWII veteran and recipient of three purple hearts

WWII veteran, Wade Gladden, back on his feet after procedures via Youtube

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — 94-year-old Wade Gladden arrived at the University of Alabama Birmingham Heart and Vascular Clinic earlier this year with just 20 percent heart function. This may have looked troubling for some, but for a survivor of the Great Depression, and recipient of three, yes three, Purple Hearts during his service in World War II, Gladden never wavered.

The Gadsden native is tough as nails, according to his 67-year-old son.

“I know he’s my dad,” said Gary Gladden of his father, “but he’s the toughest man I’ve ever known.”

Gladden’s then-failing heart was put on a strict long-term plan by UAB interventional cardiologist Mark Sasse, M.D. During the care plan, which took place over a course of 4 months, Gladden received a catheterization to check for blockages in arteries, a balloon valvuloplasty to open a blocked heart valve and enable blood to better flow through the chambers of the heart, a replacement of his old pacemaker for a new one, and to conclude he would go in for a transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, or TAVR.

“The plan from the beginning was quite complex when you know that Mr. Gladden is 90-plus years old, his heart was weakened, he had aortic valve disease and a pacemaker that may have been pacing too much — and he needed all of these procedures just to get to the point of feeling good,” Sasse said. “That’s a lot of procedures for someone in his age group.”

The WWII veteran wasn’t worried, he was confident in the UAB physicians and ready for the doctor’s plan.

“I trusted the doctor and decided that his plan was the only way to go. He convinced me it was the right way to go,” said Gladden.

Dr. Sasse was confident because of Gladden’s attitude and veteran status knowing that the procedures would go smoothly without a hitch.

“If he could survive World War II, three times being wounded, he would be one who would survive three of these major procedures, and get through it properly, and do it happily at each stage of the game,” said Sasse.

The fourth and final step was for Gladden to undergo the transcatheter aortic valve replacement procedure, or TAVR. The procedure was performed by James Davies, M.D., and this select procedure is for patients with severe symptomatic aortic stenosis or a narrowing of the aortic valve opening.


 

Related: UAB adds another game-changing accomplishment in a long line of heart surgery innovations


 

Luckily for Gladden, and others like him, UAB is the first and largest comprehensive heart valve program in the state for procedures like TAVR. UAB’s physicians have performed more than 300 TAVRs in UAB Hospital since 2012.

Gladden returned to Gadsden three days after his TAVR procedure walking the farthest he had in years without struggling to breathe.

“I feel normal now,” Gladden said. “I have a physical therapist who comes and walks with me a few times a week. I can walk now without even breathing hard, and before I had to stop and rest. I think I’ve surprised a lot of people.”

The UAB physicians say they take great pride in their work, and after caring for an American hero like Gladden, are left inspired.

“He survived all of this in World War II and all of these medical problems, and he’s still super positive and happy,” said Sasse. “It’s amazing we could take care of someone who has served our country in such a way.”


 

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3 years ago

Alabama city beats national statistics with large decline in poverty

Downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Photo: Stacy McCants)
Downtown Tuscaloosa, Ala. (Photo: Stacy McCants)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala.  — In September, The U.S. Census Bureau announced that they hadn’t found significant changes in the official national poverty rate from 2013 to 2014, highlighting their conclusion that claimed major metro areas in the U.S. have experienced increases in poverty over the last 10 years. A personal finance company in New York, SmartAsset, disagrees with U.S. Census Bureau’s claims, arguing that smaller metros in the U.S. haven’t seen increases in poverty, but have actuallyseen significant declines over last 10 years ago.

SmartAsset listed Tuscaloosa, Alabama, #9 on their Top 10 Places Where Poverty is Falling the Fastest list. SmartAsset’s analysis of Census Bureau data found that not only has poverty fallen in the Tuscaloosa area, it had plummeted.

The nation’s official poverty rate, as of 2014 is 14.8 percent, which translates to 46.7 million people.

To name a few employers in the Tuscaloosa area, the Druid City is home to the University of Alabama, student body of over 37,000, it’s a key employer and driver of the cities economy. The Mercedes Benz plant is a major car manufacturer that is responsible for more than 22,000 direct or indirect jobs in the region.

Today the metro area’s population has increased from 189,000, (2005), to about 236,000 (2015). The number of people living below the poverty line in the Tuscaloosa area has fallen by more than 3,000 over the last decade.

To reach that conclusion, SmartAsset analyzed data on more than 370 of the largest metro areas in the United States and used a holistic approach, considering multiple measures of poverty and poverty growth.

To read about the methodology of SmartAsset’s analysis and see where Tuscaloosa ranked, please click here.


 

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3 years ago

Alabama home to some of the best colleges for veterans seeking an affordable education

U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Blackwood, of Cleveland, AL, in Basra, Iraq March 23, 2010. With the Army National Guard from Athens, AL.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Blackwood, of Cleveland, AL, in Basra, Iraq March 23, 2010. With the Army National Guard from Athens, AL.
U.S. Army Sgt. 1st Class Michael Blackwood, of Cleveland, AL, in Basra, Iraq, March 23, 2010. With the Army National Guard from Athens, AL.

According to a national study done by U.S. News and World Report, The University of Alabama,(#78), Auburn University,(#83), and the University of Alabama at Birmingham,(#120), have ranked on The Best Colleges for Veterans list.

The study was done in order to provide military veterans and active-service members with data for which schools offered the most benefits that could help make a college education more affordable.

Some criteria needed to be met in order to be considered for ranking was that institutions must be certified for the GI Bill, participate in the Yellow Ribbon Program, and/or be public school that charges in-state tuition to all out-of-state veterans.

In order to qualify to receive the Yellow Ribbon benefits you must meet the following criteria:

  • Served an aggregate period of active duty after September 10, 2001, of at least 36 months;
  • Honorably discharged from active duty for a service connected disability and they served 30 continuous days after September 10, 2001;
  • Are a dependent eligible for Transfer of Entitlement under the Post-9/11 GI Bill based on a veteran’s service.

In another study conducted by the United Services Automobile Association, (USAA), and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes, Tuscaloosa, AL was named the top-ranked metros for veterans seeking higher education. The top metros considered in that study were from a pool of 401 major U.S. metropolitan areas.

“For us, I think it gives more prominence to the fact that we are veteran friendly and that we’re striving to be as veteran and military friendly as possible,” said David Blair, director of UA Veteran and Military Affairs.

Tuscaloosa ranked the highest out of the top 10 in two of the variables studied – graduation rate and percentage of Post-9/11 Yellow Ribbon recipients.

With Veteran’s Day recognizing the national heroes who have selflessly served the country, it’s great to know top-ranked colleges here in the Yellowhammer state are providing veterans with opportunities for a higher education at affordable costs.


 

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3 years ago

Legendary comedian & former Mississippi State football player hilariously recalls playing Bama

Jerry Clower describing first experience playing the Alabama Crimson Tide

Comedian and former Miss. St. football player describing his first Crimson Tide experience

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — The Crimson Tide may have punished the LSU Tigers Saturday, but after 24 hours of celebration it’s back to practice Monday for Alabama to prepare for a tough matchup against the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Starkville.

The yearly matchup, which has in recent years become an increasingly competitive game, brings to mind the late comedian and former Mississippi State football player Jerry Clower’s hilarious rendition of when he once suited up against Bama.

The Alabama Crimson Tide will take on the Mississippi State Bulldogs Saturday at 2:30 p.m. CT in Davis Wade Stadium.

Enjoy!


 

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3 years ago

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks endorses Ted Cruz for President

Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL5) speaks with Sen. Ted Cruz at his side. (Photo: Facebook)
Ted Cruz and Mo Brooks
Ted Cruz and Mo Brooks

HUNTSVILLE, Ala.  —  Congressman Mo Brooks (R-AL05) announced his endorsement of Republican Texas Senator Ted Cruz for President Monday. Congressman Brooks also revealed he will run as a delegate in support of Cruz for the Alabama GOP primary, and will serve as chairman of the Cruz campaign’s Alabama leadership team.

The announcement was made on The Dale Jackson Show live on Calhoun’s campus.

“America needs a president with both a keen intellect and understanding of the foundational principles that have made America great and the backbone to defend and promote those foundational principles in the face of intense political pressure to do the wrong thing,” said Rep. Brooks. “Ted Cruz’s record proves he has the intellect, strength of character, and backbone to do what is best for America in the face of stiff political winds that seek to blow our nation off course.”

Heidi Cruz, the wife of U.S. senator and Republican presidential hopeful Ted Cruz, toured the state of Alabama last week. Mrs. Cruz submitted paperwork on behalf of the Cruz for President campaign to be on the GOP primary ballot in Alabama.

In an interview on Yellowhammer Radio with Cliff Sims, Mrs. Cruz said her reason for spending significant time in the state is because the increased role Alabama will play in the presidential nominating process this election cycle.

Brooks joined Cruz in August at a rally in Huntsville where over 2,000 Alabamians came to support Cruz in his presidential campaign.

“I am honored to have the support of Congressman Brooks who has been a leading conservative voice in the House of Representatives,” said Cruz. “I am thrilled to have him lead our campaign efforts in Alabama and thankful for his partnership in fighting the Washington Cartel and working to restore and protect jobs, growth, and individual liberty across our nation.”

Congressman Brooks serves on the House Armed Services Committee, Science, Space, and Technology Committee, and Foreign Affairs Committee where he represents Alabama’s Fifth Congressional District.


 

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3 years ago

American College of Pediatricians urges Alabama Supreme Court to protect children

Flickr user Kamaljith K V
Flickr user Kamaljith K V
Flickr user Kamaljith K V

MONTGOMERY — The American College of Pediatricians (ACPeds) filed a brief Friday urging the Alabama Supreme Court to consider the well-being of children before deciding the legal ramifications and impact of Obergefell v. Hodges in the Yellowhammer State. The historic 2015 U.S. Supreme Court case which, in a 5-4 decision, declared that there is a federal constitutional right to same-sex marriage for all Americans.

Dr. Den Trumbull, College Past President and Alabama pediatrician said that the Alabama Supreme Court’s decision will have a major impact on children and families for generations to come.

“Every child needs a mother and a father. Same-sex marriage directly disenfranchises children of this right.”

ACPeds argued in its brief that if the Alabama Supreme Court accepts the Obergefell v. Hodges decision as legitimate and upholds it, this would deprive child of the “mother and father so essential – not only to their conception – but to their well-being.”

“This Court should take care,” the brief reads, “that innocent and helpless Alabama children are not sacrificed on the altar of adult passions, judicial will, or politically correct opinion. Children are not playthings, that state or federal courts can force upon them a novel social experiment that only promises them higher chances of failure, confusion, and harm.”

In the briefing, ACPeds argued that national studies point out that children raised by same-sex parents, do not fare as well as those with opposite-sex parents and many experience substantial harm. There is evidence, according to the group of pediatric doctors, of the fundamental value of the married, father-mother family unit to the optimal development of the child.

ACPeds states that, “there is legal, constitutional, and historical recourse to address the social injustice and constitutional travesty outlined in Obergefell.”

The ACPeds is urging the Alabama Supreme Court to reaffirm its acknowledgement that traditional husband/wife marriage is the law of the State and argues that it cannot be altered by judicial decree.

The entire brief can be read here.


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3 years ago

Two Alabama incidents that prove the media treat Obama and Carson differently

via Flickr credit given to Gage Skidmore
via Flickr credit given to Gage Skidmore
Gage Skidmore

SELMA, Ala. — GOP presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson made major headlines over the weekend after Politico, a national political newspaper in Virginia claimed the candidate’s presidential campaign had admitted to “fabricating” a story regarding Carson’s recount that he received a “full scholarship” to attend the military academy West Point.

The Politico article, which many are calling a “hit piece,” asserted Dr. Ben Carson had lied about being offered a “full scholarship” to West Point in his autobiography, “Gifted Hands.” In a rereading of the transpired events in his book, Carson describes the conversation with West Point faculty as being explicitly informal. Carson never officially applied to West Point, but rather acknowledged the informal offer from staff and knew West Point wasn’t something that aligned with his already set goals.

Carson’s presidential campaign staff rebuked the now-corrected article slamming the claims as “outright lies.” The GOP presidential candidate even called out the mainstream news media for more heavily scrutinizing him than they did  now-President Barack Obama in the 2008 campaign..

“I do not remember this level of scrutiny for one president Barack Obama when he was running. In fact, I remember just the opposite.”

In response to Carson’s argument, The Independent Journal Review has published several stories concerning President Obama that the media has either completely forgotten about, or covered rather mediocrely.

Two of the nine stories highlighted by IJReview actually have ties to The Yellowhammer State.

First, during a speech before an audience in Selma, Alabama, in 2007, Obama claimed that the civil rights march itself inspired his conception. But for those who know the date of Obama’s birth, the President would have already been three years old when the march occurred in 1965.

In 2008, The Washington Post reports that during another speech with civil rights activists in Selma, Alabama, Barrack Obama reported that through the generosity of the Kennedy family, his Kenyan father was able to travel to America and live on a student scholarship where he would eventually meet his mother from Kansas. The WP disproved this claim with evidence that the Kennedy family did not provide funding during the September 1959 airlift of 81 Kenyan students. The support for the program was given nearly a year later, in 1960. Eventually an Obama spokesperson, Bill Burton, acknowledged Obama’s mistake and make the correction that the Kenya student program, “started 48 years ago, not 49 years ago as Obama has mistakenly suggested in the past.”

Though Politico updated the original article and its headline, it still says it stands by the story’s reporting.

Dr. Carson has begun polling in the lead in several early states, surpassing former frontrunner Donald Trump, and even beating Hillary Clinton in a head-to-head matchup in some swing states.


 

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3 years ago

Alabama police department goes out of its way to honor 83-year-old Korean War veteran vandalized on Halloween

Thomas Feltman with Alabaster Police Department, via Rachel Ross Blackwood (Facebook)
Thomas Feltman with Alabaster Police Department, via Rachel Ross Blackwood (Facebook)
Thomas Feltman with Alabaster Police Department, via Rachel Ross Blackwood (Facebook)

ALABASTER, Ala. — Thomas Feltman, an 83-year-old Korean War Veteran and Alabaster resident, woke up Sunday morning to find that the American flag he’d proudly flown in his yard for more than 10 years had been torn by vandals the on the Halloween night before.

After filing a report with the Alabaster Police Department, Feltman was blown away when seven police cars arrived bearing a brand new nicely folded American flag.

“One of them walked up to me said, ‘We got something  for you,'” said Feltman. “I looked and there was a beautiful American Flag.”

The officers insisted that Feltman not buy another flag, but allow them to honor him with their gift.

“All of us gathered  around as the flag went up,” said Feltman. “All of us, 8 or 9 of us, we all saluted the flag all the way to the top.”

After the salute, Feltman shook the hands of the officer’s who had gone out of their way to show their support and respect for the Alabaster veteran.

Feltman served in the military for over 21 years, traveling to 27 countries during his time spent in service for his country.

The Korean War Veteran has an appointment with Mayor Marty Handlon to personally let her know how thankful he is to live in a city with such a respectful police department that would replace his flag. Feltman is willing to forgive the vandals under one condition, that they take responsibility and come to apologize.

“I wish they just come back and apologize,” said Feltman. “That would take care of it. I’m not mad at anyone. I just think it’s sad.”


 

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3 years ago

Sessions warns about GOP presidential candidates ‘in cahoots’ with pro-amnesty globalists

Sen. Sessions speaks at Breitbart News's meet and greet event at CPAC
Sen. Sessions speaks at Breitbart News's meet and greet event at CPAC
Sen. Sessions speaks at Breitbart News’s meet and greet event at CPAC

WASHINGTON — Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) told the Breitbart News Daily podcast Monday he was disappointed immigration and trade hadn’t been concentrated on in recent Republican presidential debates. Sessions has been a leading voice on immigration issues and voting to block legislation he thinks would be costing American workers fair wages and job opportunities.

During the interview Sessions warned the GOP that if they were to nominate a candidate who has been “in cahoots” with pro-amnesty globalists, it would harm American workers and the U.S. wouldn’t be able to undo the long-term damage.

“American people are entitled to and need to know where exactly where their candidates stand on immigration,” said Sessions.

Paul Singer, a billionaire hedge fund manager and powerbroker and proponent of open borders, recently expressed his support with financial contributions for Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s presidential campaign. This has led some to voice their concerns over the influence pro-amnesty contributors would have over candidate’s immigration policies.

In 2013, Rubio was the Republican face of the bi-partisan Senate “Gang of Eight,” which drafted a comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) bill.

Sessions went on to blame the owners of the media networks for pushing immigration and trade aside during the nationally televised debates. The Alabama Senator suspects that the executives of these networks are internationalists themselves who are in fact pro-amnesty and wish to see the borders open.

“I think their owners—their corporate gurus that dominate these networks and stations—are internationalists and globalists who have bought into this,” Sessions said.

In an August interview with Breitbart, Sessions claimed wages are down and percentages of Americans working are the lowest in decades.

Sessions went on to say that he hopes the GOP will think twice before supporting someone who isn’t keeping the American worker in mind when forming their immigration policies.

“Immigration and trade are issues that are critical to the average American working person. And if we don’t get this right, they’re going to be hammered,” Sessions said. “Our candidates are going to have to be forced to talk about it and the American people are going to have to know where they stand on trade and immigration before the election.”


 

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3 years ago

Noah Galloway named grand marshal for Birmingham’s Veterans Day Parade

Noah Galloway (Photo: Men's Health)
Noah Galloway talking about overcoming struggles
Noah Galloway talking about overcoming struggles, taken via YouTube

BIRMINGHAM — It has been announced that Noah Galloway will be this year’s grand marshal during Birmingham’s Veterans Day Parade. Galloway is an Alabama Army Veteran and national hero who served in the Iraq War where he suffered injuries during an artillery explosion that left his limbs damaged and amputated.

Army Spc. Galloway, now a personal trainer and motivational speaker, refuses to dwell on his losses. Not only does he motivate others to persevere through hard times, he pushes himself to reach new heights.

Galloway reached national fame as a finalist on ABC’s hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” also appearing on the cover of Men’s Health Magazine and numerous national talk show appearances.

In August he was honored by the Alabama Broadcasters Association (ABA) as their 2015 Citizen of the Year during their annual conference at the Hyatt Regency Birmingham – The Wynfrey Hotel. It’s bestowed upon an Alabamian who’s exhibited extraordinary public service and made outstanding contributions toward the progress of the state.

In 1919, President Wilson named November 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day. Up until World War II, Armistice Day was used to honor veterans of World War I. That was changed when a WWII veteran from Birmingham, Raymond Weeks, came up with the idea to expand Armistice Day to all veterans. Later, U.S. Representative Edward Rees of Kansas proposed a bill that would change Armistice Day to Veterans Day. Then in 1954, now President Eisenhower signed this legislation that established November 11th as Veterans Day.

Weeks led the first National Veterans Day Parade in 1947 in Alabama, and continued until his passing in 1985. In 1982, just 3 years before his death, President Reagan honored Weeks at the White House where he received the Presidential Citizenship Medal.

The parade, which will be on Wednesday Nov. 11 at 1:30 p.m., has adjusted its route this year due to construction in downtown Birmingham.

taken from nationalveteransday.org
taken from nationalveteransday.org

For more details on the parade and it’s history please visit nationalveteransday.org.


 

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3 years ago

Huckabee returning to Alabama to secure spot in GOP primary

Former Arkansas Governor and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (video screenshot)
Former Arkansas Governor and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (video screenshot)
Former Arkansas Governor and current GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee (video screenshot)

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — The Huckabee campaign announced this week that the former governor and current GOP presidential candidate will be revisiting Alabama on Thursday. During his visit Governor Huckabee will be presenting his petition and filing fee to Republican Chairwoman Terry Lathan, officially securing his place on the ballot in March.

In October, Governor Huckabee toured the Yellowhammer State while making several stops for his presidential campaign.

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill commented on Governor Huckabee’s return to Alabama.

“In 2008, Governor Huckabee won the Alabama Primary and has shown that he is committed to winning again. Candidates that continue to visit our state are proof that the SEC Primary is real and is working,” said Secretary Merrill. “With the assistance and full support of the Alabama Legislature, one of the most significant things we have done in the Secretary of State’s Office is change the primary date to March 1.

In 2015 Alabama officially moved its primary date to March 1st, allowing The Yellowhammer State to join Arkansas, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia, and thus the ‘SEC Primary’ was born.

“Since the March primary legislation passed, the top two Democratic candidates and seven of the top Republican candidates have made campaign stops in Alabama, which is unheard of for our state,” said Merrill. “Our state has a strong voice and it is being heard through the SEC Primary! As Secretary of State, I will continue to position Alabama and the South as a place where Presidential candidates are willing to make an effort to visit and meet our remarkable people.”

Alabama recently saw visits from former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, Dr. Ben Carson, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Senator Ted Cruz, former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee, Ohio Governor John Kasich, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Bernie Sanders, Donald Trump and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker.

So far only Bush, Carson, Fiorina, Graham, and Rubio have been certified in Alabama for the Republican ballot, though Cruz will also register Wednesday. The deadline is Thursday, November 5th.

According to the most recent Republican Presidential Nomination Poll, Huckabee is favored by just 2.3% of voters.

  • Ben Carson – 25.3
  • Donald Trump – 24.3
  • Marco Rubio – 11.0
  • Ted Cruz – 8.3
  • Jeb Bush – 6.3
  • Carly Fiorina – 4.0
  • John Kasich – 2.8
  • Rand Paul – 2.5
  • Mike Huckabee – 2.3
  • Chris Christie – 2.0
  • Rick Santorum – 1.0
  • Bobby Jindal – 0.7
  • Lindsay Graham – 0.7

Governor Huckabee will be at the Alabama Republican Party Headquarters in Birmingham, AL beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 5.


 

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3 years ago

Small town Alabama business is a top 10 finalist to win an ad during Super Bowl 50

Robert Armstrong promoting G Mommas Cookies for Small Business Big Game competition by Intuit Quickbooks

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=trxix3M24aE

Robert Armstrong of G Mommas Cookies in Selma, AL

SELMA, Ala.  — Robert Armstrong is owner of G Mommas Cookies, and one of 10 finalists competing in the Small Business Big Game competition by Intuit QuickBooks. The national competition could provide this small southern cookie business the chance to appear in a prime time commercial during NFL Super Bowl 50 next year.

To vote for G Mommas Cookies before Nov. 3, visit smallbusinessbiggame.com.

The commercial for the winning entry, valued at $4.5 million is set to air during the “Big Game” on Feb 7, 2016. Last season’s Super Bowl audience averaged 114.4 million viewers, making it the most watched broadcast in U.S. history.

Armstrong has already said business has picked up since the announcement.

“I’ve gotten a lot of PR just regionally and state-wide just because of the competition,” Armstrong said. “It’s just such a big opportunity, people have really grabbed on to what this would mean for my business and what kind of big deal it is. From that I’ve really seen a sales pickup. It’s been crazy.”

With Armstrong getting the message out to go vote online for his business, other local businesses have come to aide Armstrong promote his store. Selma City Councilwoman Angela Benjamin sponsored a cookies and cream social on Oct. 26 at Sweet Advantages, a local ice cream shop.

“We wanted to promote G Mommas Cookies, so we thought cookies and cream,” said storeowner Towanda Friday. “Ice cream and cookies go good together. They are good cookies, and Robert is a good guy.”

Armstrong will be flown out to California to find out the winner of the competition on Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“It really probably hasn’t hit me yet,” Armstrong said. “When I get to California, I’m going to be a nervous wreck, because if I get it — it will change my life.”

Though he understands the potential effects of winning such a national competition, Armstrong still remembers his hometown and reasons why he started his business in the first place.

“The reason I started this business is to make an impact on my hometown not only tangibly, but also intangibly by showing people that you don’t have to live in a big city to start a business and be successful on a national scale,” said Armstrong. “My roots are in Selma and it is apart of who I am, and one of my passions is to see it revived and improve economically.”

To vote for G Mommas Cookies before Nov. 3, visit smallbusinessbiggame.com.


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3 years ago

UAB adds another game-changing accomplishment in a long line of heart surgery innovations

82-year-old, Dorothy Moore, underwent valve-in-valve heart replacement at UAB Hospital
82-year-old, Dorothy Moore, underwent valve-in-valve heart replacement at UAB Hospital
82-year-old, Dorothy Moore, underwent valve-in-valve heart replacement at UAB Hospital

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — 82-year-old patient and Atmore native, Dorothy Moore, has experienced her fair share of heart problems, but a recent innovation at UAB still undergoing FDA approval could drastically improve her quality of living.

In 2004, with pre-existing heart murmurs, Moore blacked out while walking to her car, and after the incident, underwent surgery to receive an artificial heart valve. That was over ten years ago, and earlier this year, after slowing down once more and experiencing breathing problems, Moore was recommended by doctors at UAB to try an experimental procedure— a valve-in-valve transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR).

This noninvasive procedure is used for high-risk patients who have had previous tissue valve replacements. This surgical procedure repairs the valve without removing the old, damaged valve. Instead, it wedges a replacement valve into the aortic valve’s place.

“Over time, these artificial valves that are made of animal tissue wear out, becoming narrowed, leaky or both. This is a technique that is very useful for previous valve replacement patients who are too high-risk for open-heart surgery,” said James Davies, M.D., chief of the Section of Adult Cardiac Surgery in UAB’s School of Medicine.

Moore had her procedure done at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital earlier this year where expert surgeons and state-of-the-art facilities provided everything for the successful operation. Dr. Davies attributes the rising number of valve-in-valve replacements to advances in modern medicine and people living longer.

Moore was released from the hospital a mere three days after her surgery at UAB hospital.

“She had her surgery on a Monday morning, and I think she could tell a difference at 4 p.m. that afternoon when they got her out of her bed and sat her up in a chair,” Dianna said. “It has been just an amazing thing to see. She’s breathing better. Her appetite got 100 percent better. It was quite a transformation from where she was.”

“I’m doing great. Everyone here at UAB was just terrific — nothing but the best,” Moore said.

The UAB Heart Valve Program is given credit to performing the first TAVR in Alabama, and since then more than 150 patients have benefited from the procedure.

The new TAVR is just one accomplishment in a long list of innovations UAB has embraced and expanded.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham has been ranked among the top universities in the world based on its influence and quality of education. The Children’s of Alabama pediatric hospital, named one of the best in the country, is a private, not-for-profit medical center that serves as the primary site for UAB’s pediatric medicine, surgery, and research and residency programs. Adding to UAB’s reputation are its physicians, who were named among the nation’s top cancer doctors this year.

UAB is the largest academic medical center in Alabama and one of the top four largest academic medical centers in the United States.


 

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3 years ago

Brooks: Budget bill is like a ‘sick patient’ getting pain meds instead of a cure

Congressman Mo Brooks addressing House floor over debt ceiling bill

Congressman Brooks (R-AL 5) addressing the House over debt ceiling bill

WASHINGTON — Representative Mo Brooks (R-AL5) raised concerns in the U.S. House Wednesday over the last-minute debt ceiling deal he says would fail the American people. The bipartisan budget would suspend the current $18.1 trillion debt limit through March 2017.

Brooks addressed the House calling the deal “out-of-control,” citing that the nation already suffers from a $18 trillion debt, and this 144-page debt ceiling bill would fail in addressing the real problems.

The proposed budget, a compromise between Obama’s White House and Republican leadership, increases both domestic and national defense spending by $80 billion over the next two years while promising cuts years and even decades down the road to make up the difference.

“Mr. Speaker, today’s debt ceiling bill is akin to a sick patient going to the emergency room and getting pain-killing drugs that help the patient feel better . . . yet do nothing to cure the disease that ultimately kills the patient. In the real world, that’s medical malpractice. Similarly, a debt ceiling increase that makes us feel better but does little to nothing to cure our debt addiction is governing malpractice.”

Congressman Brooks joins Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) , and other conservatives, who are voicing their concerns over the bad deal.

“The people want an end to wasteful Washington spending. Lifting the budget caps and raising the debt ceiling through 2017 only ensures that our ineffective bureaucracy continues its wasteful ways while momentum in Washington for debt reduction stalls out. It eliminates a powerful opportunity to advance the case for financial discipline,” said Sessions.

Brooks continues on saying that he encourages others in Washington to stand up and be financially responsible. Citing that the first step to take in doing that would be to defeat the debt bill that would “kick the can down the road” to 2017.

Brooks concluded by saying he will vote against the last-minute debt deal.

“I urge my colleagues to be financially responsible, do the same, and insist that the debt ceiling be raised only if we simultaneously fix America’s addiction to deficit spending. Today’s debt ceiling bill fails that benchmark. It threatens America. It should be defeated.”


 

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3 years ago

GOP presidential candidate and Ohio governor John Kasich set to visit Alabama

John Kasich in New Market, NH (By Marc Nozell on July 12, 2015 pic via Flickr)
John Kasich in New Market, NH
John Kasich in New Market, NH

MOBILE, Ala. — Ohio Governor and GOP Presidential Candidate John Kasich will be visiting the Yellowhammer State next week. Kasich is scheduled to visit Wintzell’s Oyster House in downtown Mobile on Tuesday, November 3rd.

The announcement came during a city council meeting when Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson commented that the Governor would be visiting The Port City.

This will mark Kasich’s second visit to the state of Alabama as a GOP Presidential Candidate, the first having been the acceptance of Alabama Governor Robert Bentley’s endorsement in August at the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame in downtown Birmingham.

“I’m humbled by Governor Bentley’s support,” said Kasich. “The endorsement of a fellow governor is special, especially from someone like Governor Bentley who brings so much to his work and who has such an incredible record of service to his state and our country.

What’s also significant to me is that Gov. Bentley reached out to our campaign, unsolicited, to offer his support. This is about our shared commitment to putting conservative principles to work to get America back on track. I’m very appreciative of his endorsement and I’m very excited about what we’re going to be able to do together to move the campaign forward in Alabama, the South and across the nation.”

At the endorsement meet-up the two Governors exchanged footballs that had been signed by UA football coach Nick Saban and Ohio State coach Urban Meyer.

According to WKRG News, Mobile Mayor Stimpson suggested Kasich’s visit next week is a product of the endorsement Bentley made back in August. Stimpson points to more visits that will be made by other presidential candidates perhaps signaling the importance the SEC presidential primary will play on March 1, 2016.

“We said when Trump came we felt like others would come we’ve already been contacted and know there is a third one in the cue, but it’ll be later in November, but I’ll wait to reveal that, we’re delighted Governor Kasich would come to Mobile,” said Stimpson.

Kasich has boasted as Governor of Ohio that he has helped guide his state from a budget deficit of $8 billion to a budget surplus of $2 billion. He also said that the state has created an economy that has added 350,000 private sector jobs.

In an interview with FOX10 News, Bob Omainsky, owner of Winzell’s Oyster House of Mobile, said after Kasich’s campaign contacted him about hosting the event that his immediate response was “yes.”

“The founder of the restaurant, Oliver Wintzell, was politically active,” said Omainsky. He goes on to say that it’s superstition to do kickoff party’s at Wintzell’s if you want to win an election.

Doors open at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday night at Wintzell’s in downtown Mobile and you can RSVP for the event here.

Also during his time in Alabama, Governor Kasich will be officially filing for the Alabama primary and turning over the petition signatures needed to ALGOP Chairman Terry Lathan.


 

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3 years ago

Sewell helps secure for Birmingham $20 million federal transportation grant for rapid bus system

Terri Sewell advocates for City of Birmingham
Terri Sewell advocates for City of Birmingham
Terri Sewell advocates for City of Birmingham

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — Alabama Representative Terri Sewell (D-AL 7) announced Monday that a $20 million Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation has been awarded to Birmingham. Sewell advocated for the City of Birmingham’s application to use the money in order to construct a 15-mile Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The project plans to connect 25 West and East Birmingham neighborhoods that are on opposite sides of the city.

This TIGER Grant, or Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) is a competitive grant program that issues projects for economic development in a given area. The program will work to connect urban and rural areas stimulating employment, education, and workforce development growth.

“I am proud to have helped secure this $20 million TIGER Grant for this critically important project. Birmingham is a City on the rise, and this project will support our efforts to improve our public transportation, and revitalize the Magic City,” said Rep. Sewell.

The proposed route will connect neighborhoods as far west as Legion field and as far east as the airport to downtown, which could relieve interstate and highway congestion as well as provide an affordable public transportation option for those further from the city center.

The city’s public transportation situation has long been viewed as one of the obstacles most hampering Birmingham’s recent revival; as businesses and jobs have begun returning to the Magic City, so has bumper-to-bumper rush hour traffic.

The BRT will use the new intermodal transportation hub, which will also serve Amtrak, intercity bus providers such as Greyhound and Megabus, as well as the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority’s MAX city bus service.

Birmingham Mayor William Bell says that Sewell’s successful mission will have a lasting positive impact on Birmingham communities for years to come.

“The significance of this funding is that it allows us to connect the eastern and western parts of town with the city center providing access to jobs, education opportunities and healthcare in a transformative way. This was a collaborative effort and our thanks go out to the team of people that worked to secure this grant, especially Congresswoman Sewell who made it her mission to get it approved,” said Birmingham Mayor William Bell.

“This is a wonderful day for the Birmingham-Jefferson County (BJCTA) area,” said Rev. Patrick Sellers, the Birmingham-Jefferson County Transit Authority Board Chairman. “We can now move towards the next generation of public transit in the area with Bus Rapid Transit (BRT). This funding will help us continue toward our mission to provide world-class transit service that is convenient, reliable and safe.”

According to the Department of Transportation policy, applicants of the TIGER Grant must have detailed plans of their projects under five long-term goals: safety, economic competitiveness, state of good repair, quality of life, and environment sustainability.

Congress has enabled TIGER to receive more than $4.1 billion to fund projects since 2009. These projects are said to have had significant impact on the United States regional and metropolitan communities.


 

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3 years ago

Blind Auburn marching band member inspires others to never stop pursuing God’s plan

Blind Auburn band member Tripp Gulledge (WSFA screenshot)

WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

AUBURN, Ala. — The Auburn University Marching Band ignites fans and players every Autumn Saturday playing music while performing entertaining and complex formations. While the Band entertains thousands every Saturday, one Auburn Band member inspires others just by walking onto the field.

Auburn Band member Tripp Gulledge has been completely blind since he was 14-years-old and plays the French horn for the Auburn University Marching Band. He has represented Auburn this year against Jacksonville State and San Jose State, and uses a guide to navigate the field.

“It’s been one of the most life changing things I’ve done,”said Gulledge, who picked up his first instrument at the age of five.

Although excited about the opportunity to play, Gulledge remains focused on his responsibility to fellow Band members and fans.

“I tried to spend as little time as possible just sitting there thinking, ‘I’m actually on the field at Jordan-Hare Stadium.’ I wanted to make sure all of my energy was focused on executing my part of the show,” Gulledge said.

Corey Spurlin, Director of the Auburn University Marching Band says that Gulledge faces real challenges everyday but that the young man’s talent shines on and off the field.

“He is a real team player,” said Spurlin.

Gulledge doesn’t attribute his story to just mere coincidence.

“If you stop for a second and think about why you are in the exact place where you are in your life, whether it’s your plan for it, or God’s plan, and devote everything you do to fulfilling your goals, and God’s purpose; everything else will fall everything will fall into place,” said Gulledge.

Tripp tells reporters that he hopes his story will inspire others to reach their goals and never give up.

The Auburn University Marching Band is directed by Dr. Corey Spurlin and with 380 members from over all over the country, the current marching band is the largest in university history.

(H/T WSFA)


 

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3 years ago

Alabama committee of public health appoints new state health officer

Dr. Tom Miller
Dr. Tom Miller
Dr. Tom Miller

MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Dr. Tom Miller was appointed by the Alabama State Committee of Public Health to replace Dr. Don Williamson as the state’s health officer. Williamson in August said that he would be leaving his current office to become the president of the Alabama Hospital Association.

“This is so hard for me,” Williamson said last August. “I’ve done almost 20 years in this job. It was the hardest thing.”

Williamson had previously served as state health officer since 1992, and he’s also chair of the Alabama Medicaid Transition Task Force.

The newly appointed Miller has been with the Alabama Department of Public Health for 25 years, and will be come the acting state health officer on Nov. 1.

Miller on Wednesday said that the biggest public health challenges that Alabama faces are infant mortalities and diabetes, stating that these conditions are more prevalent in Alabama than in most other states. Miller argued that poverty and a lacking education are potential explanations to these ongoing problems that face the state.

Governor Robert Bentley honored Williamson at Wednesday’s committee meeting for his many years of service.

Miller is expected to receive a salary of $250,000 a year.


 

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3 years ago

BB gun-loving 10-year-old Alabamian takes on his city hall to change city code

10-year-old, Logan Robbins, interviews with ABC 33/40


(Video Above: 10-year-old Logan Robbins took on Alabaster City Hall to defend his 2nd Amendment rights)

ALABASTER, Ala. — A young BB gun enthusiast took on Alabaster City Hall earlier this month after his mother told him shooting BB guns in his yard was illegal. Logan Robbins, the BB gun wielding 10-year-old, rolled up his sleeves and took his cause straight to the top where he pitched his request that the city’s ordinance concerning BB guns be changed.

ABC 33/40 reports, that Logan confronted council members with concrete evidence citing BB gun facts and safety regulations required so that him and other BB gun owning members of the community could use their pellet rifles on their own property.

“The average velocity of a BB is 390 to 590 feet per second,” Logan told council members. “The ordinance states you can shoot if you have 20 acres or more. Based on the velocity per second, I feel a half acre is enough. I also think requiring eye protection is appropriate like wearing a helmet while riding a bike.”

City Manager George Henry told reporters that Robbins had good ideas and proposed well-thought out solutions.

“Very impressed for such a young person to have articulated both the issue, researched solutions and could make a presentation to a group of adults better than many adults could,” said Henry.

“Oh I just use it for target practice and one day I hope I can get into a competition and win first place,” Logan told ABC 33/40.

After the pitch, city council members praised Robbins for bringing up the possible revisions to the Alabaster City Code. “I think that’s going to speak volumes to likely some upcoming revisions that will now be considered,” said Henry.

The Alabaster City Council will have to consider Robbins’s proposal. The majority of their concerns are not with City Code, but with the responsibility of other children in the community. Although Robbins shows tremendous responsibility and maturity, council members say that overall public safety needs to remain a top priority.

Successful or not, Logan tells ABC 33/40 that he still has plans for the future.

“I’m thinking about congressman but for right now I don’t know.”

One thing is for sure, keep an eye out for the 10-year-old, BB gun toting, future congressman from Alabaster, AL.


 

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3 years ago

Roby: Clinton is ‘just one piece of a much larger investigation’

U.S. Rep Martha Roby (R-AL2)

(Video Above: Representative Roby (R-AL) on CNN’s “New Day” program with Chris Cuomo)

WASHINGTON — Alabama Congresswoman Martha Roby (R-AL2) appeared on CNN’s “New Day” program Wednesday to discuss and answer questions surrounding Democratic presidential candidate and former Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. Clinton served as Secretary of State during the events surrounding the 2012 Terrorist Attack in Benghazi, Libya.

The Select Committee on Benghazi was formed by the House of Representatives in May 2014 after it had been revealed that the White House withheld documents from Congressional investigators in relation to the September 11, 2012 attacks. Clinton will be interviewed on Thursday by the Select Committee and asked questions pertaining to her position as Secretary of State during the Benghazi attacks and White House response.

“There are missing pieces; there are gaps, which is why the Select Committee was created in the first place,” Roby told CNN.

Roby pushed against the narrative that all questions about the September 11, 2012 had been asked and answered, combatting opinions that the Select Committee was just a political tool used to tarnish Clinton’s presidential campaign.

“Let’s talk about the many requests for diplomatic security that were ignored or turned down. That’s just one example of how we need to fill in these missing pieces.” 

Roby argued that the Select Committee’s investigation is not specifically targeting Clinton, but how it is about a much larger picture concerning anything to do with Benghazi.

“This isn’t solely about Secretary Clinton. She’s just one piece of a much larger investigation. We’ve interviewed over 50 witnesses.” Roby goes on to say that she thinks the Committee will have interviewed over 70 witnesses by the end of the investigation.

The Select Committee is scheduled to interview Clinton tomorrow beginning at 10:00 a.m. ET.

For live stream information, visit www.benghazi.house.gov .

In addition to the Select Committee on Benghazi, Representative Roby serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, the Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Related Agencies, the Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies, and the Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies.


 

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3 years ago

Alabamians walk to raise awareness of suicide prevention, save lives

Out of the Darkness Community Walk

Video Above: People participating in the Out of the Darkness Community Walk

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. –In 2011 (the most recent year for which data are available), 39,518 suicide deaths were reported in the United States, making suicide the tenth leading cause of death for Americans. Next month The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention (AFSP) will be hosting the annual Birmingham Out of the Darkness Community Walk to help raise money for AFSP’s research and education programs to prevent suicide and save lives.

The Birmingham Out of the Darkness Community Walks are 3-5 miles long and takes place in over 350 communities across the country. The event is free to attend.

This will be the 10th Out of the Darkness Community Walk in Birmingham and will be hosted at Heardmont Park. 1,600 people participated in the event last year and more than $180,000 were raised. Last years walk was ranked 10th largest in the nation thanks to all the support and participation.

For the past 4 years, the Alabama Chapter has been nationally recognized as the AFSP Chapter of the Year. Alabama was the first state in the country to provide every high school and every college campus in the state with a suicide prevention curriculum. For the past 3 years the Chapter been recognized for its Outstanding Education Program.

Detailed information of the event is as follows:

Walk Date: 11/01/2015
Walk Location: Heardmont Park – 5458 Cahaba Valley Road
Check-in/Registration Time: 11/01/2015 at 1:00 pm
Walk Begins: 2:30 pm
Walk Ends: 4:30 pm

If you would like to register, donate, or join others in raising awareness of suicide prevention please visit the Birmingham Out of the Darkness Community Walk website.


 

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