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  • Assistant U.S. attorney to replace Hart in leading Special Prosecutions Division

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    Multiple sources have told Yellowhammer News that Anna “Clark” Morris, the first assistant U.S. attorney for the Middle District of Alabama, will take over the Special Prosecutions Division of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office.

    The announcement could be made as soon as Tuesday. Attorney General Steve Marshall accepted the resignation of Deputy Attorney General Matt Hart, who has led the division for years, on Monday morning.

    Morris served as the acting U.S. Attorney for Alabama’s middle district last year, in between President Donald Trump firing former USA George Beck in March of 2017 and now-USA Louis Franklin being confirmed that September.

  • EPA official resigns after indictment on Alabama ethics charges, replaced by Alabama native

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    Even with Trey Glenn leaving his post as the EPA’s Region Four administrator, Alabama will still have strong ties to the leader of that office.

    According to The Hill, Mary Walker was named by EPA acting administrator Andrew Wheeler to fill the vacant role in an acting capacity after Glenn resigned on Monday following his indictment on ethics charges in Alabama.

    Walker is a native of the Yellowhammer State and had been serving as Glenn’s deputy.

  • Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine coming to Birmingham in 2019

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    The Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine,” a magical prom night experience for people with special needs, is coming to Birmingham.

    Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church will serve as one of the nearly 500 churches around the world to host Night to Shine on February 8, 2019.

    Night to Shine is an event for people 14 and older with special needs to receive royal treatment. Guests will enter the event on a red carpet filled with a crowd and paparazzi. Once they make it into the building, guests will be able to choose from an array of activities to partake in including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas and limousine rides. They can also choose their corsages and boutonnieres.

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Tim Tebow Foundation’s Night to Shine coming to Birmingham in 2019

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The Tim Tebow Foundation’s “Night to Shine,” a magical prom night experience for people with special needs, is coming to Birmingham.

Oak Mountain Presbyterian Church will serve as one of the nearly 500 churches around the world to host Night to Shine on February 8, 2019.

Night to Shine is an event for people 14 and older with special needs to receive royal treatment. Guests will enter the event on a red carpet filled with a crowd and paparazzi. Once they make it into the building, guests will be able to choose from an array of activities to partake in including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining areas and limousine rides. They can also choose their corsages and boutonnieres.

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The event also includes each guest being crowned as king or queen of the prom.

According to the official press release, the purpose of Night to Shine is to “demonstrate to people with special needs that God loves them and that they are worthy.”

Night to Shine launched in 2015, when 44 host churches and 15,000 volunteers worked together to honor more than 7,000 kings and queens of the prom. In February 2018, host churches and 175,000 volunteers celebrated 90,000 honored guests with special needs. The next Night to Shine is expected to take place in over 700 locations this coming February.

In addition to several business partnerships, this event will need around 150 youth and adult volunteers.

For more information, or to find out how you can volunteer for this great cause or register for the event, visit here.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 days ago

Ivey welcomes Toyota and Mazda executives for auto assembly plant groundbreaking ceremony in Huntsville

(Gov. Kay Ivey/Twitter)

The ground for a new auto assembly plant has officially been broken in Huntsville, Alabama, as Mazda Toyota Manufacturing USA begins building a new $1.6 billion facility.

The facility, set to begin manufacturing in 2021 on the 2,000-acre site, will produce 300,000 vehicles annually and create 4,000 jobs, increasing growth in Alabama’s already strong auto sector.

Executives from Mazda and Toyota joined Gov. Kay Ivey, United States Senator Doug Jones (D-Mountain Brook), Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle and other officials at the groundbreaking ceremony.

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“We are proud to be here with Toyota, with whom we share the bond of pride in manufacturing,” said Kiyotaka Shobuda, Mazda’s senior managing executive officer, per Made in Alabama. “We are proud to be breaking ground on a new ‘home’ here in Huntsville — a city that believes in the possibilities of technology and manufacturing, and has striven to realize mankind’s greatest dream.”

The new facility will be located just miles away from the Toyota engine plant, which produces hundreds of thousands of engines yearly and employs nearly 1,500 people.

“It is extremely special to have a partner like Mazda to team up with not only to make the highest-quality cars, but also to create a plant that team members are proud to call their own,” said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota Motor North America.

Ivey welcomed the Toyota and Mazda executives saying, “Not only is Mazda Toyota Manufacturing providing high-paying jobs, they are investing heavily in our future workforce. This will not only benefit them, but also other manufacturers in the area.”

“One thing I’ve learned with Toyota being in our state is that they care for the communities where they do business – it is, after all, their home, too. And they prove it every day. We are lucky to have Mazda Toyota expanding in Alabama,” the governor added.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

6 days ago

Watch: Former Auburn University linebacker Tre’ Williams offers motivational advice to high school players before playoff game

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Former Auburn University linebacker Tre’ Williams spoke to members of Mobile’s Cottage Hill Christian High School football team before their first playoff game last Friday.

“[T]his is a big moment. Y’all have never hosted a playoff game here, so congratulations,” Williams told the players. “You didn’t get this far, just to get this far. Don’t ever settle for whatever accomplishments you made because you can always do better.”

“Y’all have got an opportunity to make history tonight,” he added. “Why give this moment away?”

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Touching Millions Tre’ talking to Cottage Hill Christian High school Football team before their 1st play off game!!!!

Posted by Charleste Tremom McMillian on Friday, November 9, 2018

Speaking from his own career that has been on hold since going through neck fusion surgery in May, Williams made it clear that the players should give it their all in the game against Goshen because nobody knows when their career will be over.

“There should be no excuses. Y’all done worked way too hard to go out there and give up on the plays,” he said. “You never know when it’s gonna be your last play, your last game, your last snap. Trust me, I know.”

The former five-star recruit from Mobile then took off a ring of his and held it up for the players to see.

“This is what you want, but guess what? It starts tonight, on y’all’s home turf. So when you’re 55 years-old, y’all get to come to a group of kids like y’all and say, ‘This started with the team that made history,’” explained Williams.

Cottage Hill went on to defeat Goshen 26-0 to pick up the school’s first-ever AHSAA playoff win.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 week ago

Chief Justice-elect Tom Parker on Roy Moore ties: I’ve been accused of being an ‘activist’ because I want Constitution restored

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Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice-elect Tom Parker joined Capitol Journal on Friday where he defended his association with controversial former Alabama Supreme Court Justice Roy Moore.

When asked by host Don Dailey on whether or not he saw himself as an “activist” like his friend Roy Moore in assuming the office of chief justice, Parker responded, “Well, I’ve been accused of that by Democrats because I want to see the Constitution of the United States restored.”

“We’ve had atrocious decisions in the past that have undermined the Constitution,” he continued. “We need to see the proper balance within government restored and if they want to call that activism to see my oath to the constitution adhered to and fulfilled, let them call it activism but I call it patriotism.”

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“We have to look at the overall elections because Roy Moore spoke publicly about God and the Ten Commandments, things that are so respected by Alabama voters and we saw that proven with a huge vote in favor of Amendment 1 regarding the Ten Commandments,” Parker stated.

Dailey asked Parker if he would be a “repeat of Roy Moore.”

Parker replied, “[L]ook at the quality and scholarly aspect of my writings. Ivey League-trained, Dartmouth, Vanderbilt Law. I put great weight on what we put on paper and release from the Alabama Supreme Court. That’s what’s drawn a lot of the attacks for me because it’s been so powerful, and I intend to keep doing that because that’s the special mix of gifts God has placed in me.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

1 week ago

Roby: ‘Unified front’ needed in wake of GOP House majority loss

(Martha Roby/Facebook)

For the first time in nearly a decade, Democrats once again have control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but Rep. Marth Roby (R-AL) insisted in an interview with Alabama News Network that the House Republicans will remain confident and stand strong.

Roby revealed that work has already begun to regain the majority in the House.

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“We’re already working every day to make sure that our conservative agenda — that we continue these ideas across the finish line to the president’s desk,” Roby stated.

Roby reiterated the importance of working with her colleagues across the aisle.

She added, “We’re going to have to work with all of our colleagues on the things that we can agree upon in order to work for the people of our state and for our country.”

“I think we very clearly have a unified front when it comes to our conservative priorities working with the White House to get things done for our military, our nation’s veterans, for agriculture, for border security and fighting for the unborn,” Roby continued. “I think you will see Republicans stick together, absolutely, and find ways that we can work with our colleagues without compromising our principle.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

Alabama native makes top four for coveted NASCAR award

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The NASCAR Foundation has narrowed its finalists for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award down to four people, one of them being Alabama’s own Rex Reynolds.

The award, named after the foundation’s late founder, recognizes NASCAR fans who are volunteering for children’s causes in communities around the country. The winner will take $100,000 back to his or her program, while the four finalists are guaranteed to receive $25,000 for their charities. The award has been presented to two Alabamians in the previous seven years.

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Reynolds, of Hazel Green, Alabama, is representing the Boys and Girls Clubs of North Alabama as he seeks to obtain the top award. Reynolds plans to use the donation to fund programs and a STEM Lab at a potential Huntsville Boys and Girls Club.

Per a Talladega Superspeedway news release:

Reynolds has spent many years devoted to public service, particularly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama. After participating in the Boys & Girls Club as a youth, he volunteered on the Boys & Girls Clubs of North Alabama board of directors for 13 years and continues to recruit both sponsors for annual club events and other volunteers. He was inducted into the Boys & Girls Club Hall of Fame in 2010, and he has also given back to his community as a public safety director, city administrator, police chief and a member of the Alabama House of Representatives.

If Reynolds is chosen, he will join the ranks of last year’s recipient Julian Maha of KultureCity (Birmingham) and 2011 recipient Robert Weaver of the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind (Talladega).

The NASCAR Foundation has helped more than 260,000 children and donated more than $1.2 million to the finalists’ organizations.

“This year’s stellar group of finalists consists of loyal longtime NASCAR fans who also are outstanding people,” said The NASCAR Foundation Chairman Mike Helton. “Each of these individuals demonstrates, on a daily basis, true commitment and passion for their causes. Their good works are exactly the sort of volunteerism Betty Jane France wanted to spotlight when the award was created.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

New scholarship established for forestry majors at Auburn University

(Maurlan Dickerson, Auburn University)

On Wednesday, Resource Management Service LLC (RMS) established an annual scholarship with Auburn University’s School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences.

RMS, based in Birmingham, founded the scholarship to promote the forestry profession within under-represented populations, as well as to those who would benefit from financial assistance.

The recipient of this year’s Resource Management Service Forestry Scholarship at Auburn University was Maurlan Dickerson, a junior in the forestry program.

“Forestry is an important profession — one that can have a very positive impact on the world,” said Craig Blair, president and CEO of RMS. “Foresters help society meet its needs through the sustainable management of one of our most important renewable resources—our forests. This scholarship program is an effort to promote forestry and to provide a pathway to the profession for deserving students.”

RMS has established scholarships at eight land-grant universities in the Southern portion of the United States. One scholarship is awarded every year at each of those schools and the recipients receive $10,000 annually for their junior and senior years at the university.

The scholarship can be used for tuition, books and other related expenses.

In addition to the scholarship, recipients are offered a full-time, paid internship during the summer between their junior and senior year of college.

In order to qualify for the scholarship, applicants must be a full-time student with a declared a major in forestry, must be slated to attain at least junior status by the beginning of the upcoming fall semester and must have achieved a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.0, which must be maintained until graduation.

Students at Auburn University can learn more about the opportunity by visiting the Office of University Scholarships website.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

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2 weeks ago

Will Ainsworth defeats Democrat challenger in Alabama lieutenant governor race

(Ainsworth Campaign)

Republican Will Ainsworth, who currently serves as the state representative of Alabama’s 27th district, has defeated his Democratic challenger Will Boyd in Alabama’s race for lieutenant governor.

With more than 1.1 million votes and 78 percent of the vote in, the race was called with Boyd trailing Ainsworth 62.4 percent to 37.6 percent.

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“No other state I’d rather live in,” Ainsworth said via WHNT after the win. “We have the greatest state. There’s so much opportunity. The next four years are going to be a lot of fun.”

“We’re going to focus on what makes Alabama great, and that’s the people and the resources we have here in the state,” Ainsworth later told WBRC in an interview. “We’re honored and humbled by the support, you know, that was shown today and look forward to getting to work for the people of Alabama.”

Ainsworth, who graduated from Auburn University, ended his campaign this evening in his childhood hometown of Boaz, Alabama, by attending a Boaz High School basketball game.

The lieutenant governor has become governor three times in the last 46 years, with Gov. Kay Ivey, who defeated Walt Maddox on Tuesday, being the most recent after former Gov. Robert Bentley resigned in April of 2017.

Ainsworth also commended Gov. Ivey after his win was announced.

“Gov. Ivey has done a great job. We worked well together when she was lieutenant governor, as well as governor,” Ainsworth stated. “My role as a lieutenant governor is to help her get her agenda passed and that’s what I plan on doing.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

2 weeks ago

Justice Tom Parker releases TV ad targeting his opponent, migrant caravan, Soros

(T. Parker/Facebook)

Alabama Supreme Court Justice Tom Parker released a TV advertisement on Monday in a final attempt to appeal to Alabama voters as he vies to become the court’s next chief justice.

“It’s an invasion,” the advertisement opens. “What happens if they make it to Alabama?”

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The advertisement then goes on to criticize Parker’s opponent, liberal billionaire donor George Soros and liberal Alabama newspaper publishers.

“Democratic Chief Justice candidate Bob Vance is a liberal social justice activist, so you know he’ll always side with the illegal alien lobby,” the spot adds. “That’s why George Soros, the Southern Poverty Law Center, the ACLU, Planned Parenthood and every liberal newspaper in Alabama is backing Bob Vance.”

The advertisement closes by saying, “Justice Tom Parker for Chief Justice: fair, balanced, unafraid. Standing up for what we believe. Standing with us.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Prattville war veteran to receive Medal of Valor after service in Vietnam

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A Vietnam veteran in Prattville, Alabama, whose father served in the “Great War,” is being honored with a special medal.

Per a WSFA report, the Georgia Military Veterans Hall of Fame will honor 85-year-old George Partridge this weekend with the Medal of Valor for his bravery in Vietnam.

“I don’t think what I did was special,” Partridge told WSFA.

Partridge faced death a few times as he flew the F-100 and a “spotter” plane in Vietnam.

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“I came very close to having my name on the wall in Washington,” said Partridge.

Partridge served a total of 13 months in Vietnam and has recently written a manuscript about his father’s service and a book of his own detailing his life.

“I think my patriotism stands out in this book. I hope a lot of young people nowadays will read it,” he said.

Partridge explains that patriotism is not perceived in America the same as it once was.

“I wish people would remember why we are free today,” stated Partridge.

Partridge was raised in Georgia on a country farm. As he accepts the medal this weekend, he will reflect on how far life has taken him.

“By the grace of God, I am here,” said Partridge.

Partridge, who has a room in his Prattville home dedicated to his father and his love of all things military, explained that his father was a special man.

“He was a hero. I loved my parents,” said Patridge.

The special room in his home features helmets, flags, a gun-sight and medals.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Maddox targets Ivey as Alabama unemployment and economy continue improving, says Ivey ‘satisfied’ with state being near the bottom

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On Tuesday, Alabama Democratic gubernatorial candidate Walt Maddox insinuated that Alabama was “near the bottom” under the leadership of Republican Gov. Kay Ivey.

“This is really about the governor has defined she likes where Alabama is. I’m not satisfied at being at or near the bottom,” Maddox told reporters at the Downtown Huntsville Rotary Club, per a report by Alabama Media Group. “This election, to us, is about the future. We feel a majority of Alabamians are ready to have a governor who is going to fight for a better future for every single person in the state.”

Maddox also continued to tout his initiative to expand Medicaid, which Ivey considers “misguided,” and pass an education lottery should he be elected.

“I respect Governor Ivey and I respect her 35 years of service in Montgomery,” Maddox said. “But this election is uniquely about the future of this state and whether we want to come out of the shadows of being at or near the bottom in everything that matters. One of the ways we can do that is by passing an education lottery. The other way is expanding Medicaid – creating 30,000 new jobs and enhancing health care across the state.”

Under the leadership of Gov. Kay Ivey, who is the third most popular governor in the country with a 65 percent approval rating, Alabama’s unemployment rate and economy are breaking records.

“Not only are we experiencing record high employment, this month we’ve also broken another record – our economy is currently supporting the most number of jobs in history!” Ivey said in a statement earlier this month. “September’s job count of 2,048,000 bypasses the previous record of 2,045,800, which was set in December 2007.”

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

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3 weeks ago

Auburn University introduces facility along Alabama’s Gulf Coast

(Auburn University)

On Tuesday, Auburn University launched an educational complex in Gulf Shores with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a tour of the new facility.

The Auburn University Educational Complex is a 24,000-square-foot  facility that will offer veterinary care, aviation instruction, research administration and Alabama Extension support for that region. The most important asset to the facility will be the Veterinary Specialists-Gulf Shores veterinary referral center, which is set to begin operation later this year.

“At Auburn, we seize every opportunity to fulfill our land-grant mission,” said Auburn University President Steven Leath, per a news release. “This outstanding facility affords more Alabamians access to Auburn’s world-renowned faculty, innovations and discoveries, and it expands our capacity for transformational instruction, research and outreach.”

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The new facility will be implemental in coordinating research among faculty and researchers on the Gulf Coast.

“Establishing the Auburn University Educational Complex is a giant step in the right direction for the future of education in our community and we couldn’t be prouder or more excited to welcome the Auburn Family to Gulf Shores,” said Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft.

The 1,000-square-foot veterinary center will “provide specialty veterinary care in surgery and internal medicine on a referral basis and will allow senior-level veterinary students to participate in two weeks of clinical rotation under the supervision of clinical faculty.”

The newly announced veterinary center will offer six exam rooms, two operating rooms, intensive and critical care areas, a treatment suit and endoscopy room, a clinical laboratory, a pharmaceutical dispensing area, comprehensive imaging capabilities (MRI, CT, ultrasound and radiography), an infectious diseases isolation area, pet nutrition kitchen and separate housing capabilities for dogs and cats.

Also a part of the new complex is the Auburn University Aviation Center.

The Aviation Center is designed to “provide aviation learning opportunities for K-12 students as well as host Unmanned Aircraft Systems courses to prepare students, entrepreneurs and professionals for such industries as mapping and surveying, precision agriculture and public safety.”

Among many other things offered at the facility, a plant diagnostic lab will be offered by the Alabama Cooperative Extension to help nursery operators, farmers and homeowners diagnose and manage plant disease and insect problems.

Meeting and office space will be available for collaboration among business and industry leaders and Auburn officials.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 weeks ago

Huntsville rabbi remembers Pittsburgh synagogue shooting victims

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Rabbi Stephen Listfield of Huntsville Conservative Synagogue is mourning the loss of the 11 lives lost in the tragic shooting that took place in Pittsburgh on Saturday.

Listfield, a rabbi at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh nine years ago, knew six of the victims killed in the mass shooting.

“We pray and we pray to God and among the prayers we say is for peace. We pray to learn how to love each other better,” Listfield told WAAY TV.

Rabbi Listfield remembered Rose Mallinger and two brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal, all of whom were killed Saturday.

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“They were just as harmless and sweet and as innocent as could be,” Listfield said.

He added, speaking of two of the victims, “I remember that man very well. He was always joking. He and his wife were both killed. He would joke with his wife, and she would joke back with him. They just deserve to live their lives.”

Listfield also discussed gunman Robert Bower, who he views as more than just a shooter.

“He’s a murderer, a murderer!” he declared. “People need to know that this horrible person is a murderer. Our leaders need to know we will not tolerate a murderer.”

After speaking with other members of the Jewish community, Listfield told WAAY TV he wants to advance security to better protect the congregation.

“Until people in this country all learn how to love each other and accept each other, we’re going to have to be much more serious about security,” Listfield said.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

4 weeks ago

Auburn veterans association, University of Alabama veterans association teaming up to raise awareness for high veteran suicide rate

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The Auburn Student Veterans Association and Alabama’s Campus Veterans Association are uniting as one to raise awareness for the 22 veterans lost each day to suicide by marching from Auburn to Tuscaloosa for the Iron Bowl.

The 150-mile Iron Bowl Ruck March, which will begin at Jordan Hare Stadium in Auburn on November 21 and conclude at Bryant Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa on November 24, will take approximately 70 hours to complete.

A total of 32 people have currently signed up to participate in the march with nine supporters helping to drive vehicles and provide logistical support.

Participants will carry a 22-pound ruck-sack to coincide with the Mission 22 suicide campaign. The packed ruck will consist of toiletries, undergarments and other items collected by the Student Veteran’s organizations and will be donated to the Bill Nichols State Veterans Home in Alexander City, Alabama.

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“As a Mission 22 Ambassador, I always try to push the message that one veteran lost to suicide is too many; but 22 is just astonishingly far too many and we desperately need to save our brothers and sisters,” said Kyle Venable, president of the Student Veterans Association at Auburn University. “Being so dear to my heart, the first idea I thought of was marching with 22-pound rucksacks.”

After an opening ceremony at Jordan Hare Stadium at 8 a.m. on November 21, participants will begin their journey through Notasulga, Tallassee and Wetumpka. They will also venture near Prattville before heading north for Tuscaloosa.

Seeing that the march is occurring during Thanksgiving, participants and organizers plan to stop for a two-hour break on Thursday for a Thanksgiving lunch.

Many participants and organizers foresee this march becoming an annual event while building awareness and friendships.

“This ruck march will not only build the camaraderie of the student veterans from both schools, but it will also bring awareness of Mission 22 to the area and let those who are struggling know we are here,” said Kody Pemberton, Campus Veterans Association President at the University of Alabama. “I look forward to the hike as I hope it continues on as a tradition for years to come.”

Organizers of the march plan to pass around and carry an “Iron Bowl Game Ball” between stadiums. Upon the completion of the march, the Alabama Marines Foundation will have a welcome party near Clara Verner Tower.

Organizers are saying they hope to be able to march inside of the stadium to deliver the “Iron Bowl Game Ball” to game officials prior to kickoff.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris

4 weeks ago

Pro-life group offers information, alternatives outside Tuscaloosa abortion clinic

(Kyle Morris/YHN)

TUSCALOOSA — On Tuesday, a group of pro-life individuals gathered outside of the West Alabama Women’s Center in an attempt to help women understand the impact of having an abortion.

Amanda Delaluz, who stands outside of the clinic almost every day, said she often travels to Montgomery to help persuade young women from getting an abortion.

“We are here because we care about the women and their babies,” Delaluz told Yellowhammer News.

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Delaluz explained she wants to help women understand what they are about to go through and the problems that can occur before they endure the procedure.

“We usually have one or two a day that come speak with us,” she said. “We have people who come back to us and thank us for saving their baby.”

Mike Howell has been coming to stand outside of the clinic for around three years to help women understand that abortion is not their only option.

“We offer free doctors, money, adoption, anything to get these men and women to change their minds,” Howell stated.

Choices Pregnancy Clinic, which operates next door to the West Alabama Women’s Center, allows their patients to explore their options before going through with an abortion.

“If we can get them to go to Choices next door, we count that as a win,” said Howell.

Paul Lake, who told Yellowhammer News he has been attempting to persuade women from getting abortions for 10 years, refers to the West Alabama Women’s Center in Tuscaloosa as the “abortion capital” in the south.

According to Lake, most women do not even know their child’s heart is beating.

“The main message is to let the women know that their baby’s heart is beating,” said Lake.

While speaking with Yellowhammer News, Lake shouted out to a stumbling young girl leaving the clinic following an abortion procedure, telling her, “God still loves you. They offer counseling services next door.”

The West Alabama Women’s Center, which operates in Walt Maddox’s backyard, offers abortions and pregnancy testing services among other things.

Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News and can be followed on Twitter @RealKyleMorris

1 month ago

Steve Marshall takes lead in national court fight to protect religious liberty, preserve historic monuments

(Steve Marshall Campaign)

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall led a group of 13 states in filing an amicus brief this week to the U.S. Supreme Court to support the City of Pensacola’s right to maintain a historic cross in a downtown public park.

“At issue is the right of the City of Pensacola to keep a public landmark in a city park,” said Marshall in statement released from his office on Friday. “The landmark in this case is a simple Latin cross erected in a corner of Bayview Park by the citizens of Pensacola as the nation was preparing to enter the Second World War.”

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Marshall filed the Amicus brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the case Amanda Konrat’yev v. City of Pensacola, Florida, which supported Pensacola’s appeal of a September 7, 2018 federal appeals court ruling ordering the city to remove the cross from Bayview Park.

“For 77 years, the cross has served as a backdrop for community events and memorial services honoring veterans,” Marshall added. “Given the history and significance of this beloved local landmark, it defies reason that Pensacolans should be forced to remove it because its presence is now perceived to conflict with the Constitution’s prohibition of the establishment of religion. This distorted view of the law, which has unfortunately been upheld by two federal courts, is a serious challenge to the public’s ability to retain historic religious symbols on thousands of monuments and memorials on public property across America. The impact of this question travels far beyond Pensacola. I was in our Nation’s Capital a few weeks ago and noticed thousands of crosses lining the hills of Arlington overlooking Washington, D.C. Should they now be ripped out of the ground because they can also be viewed as religious symbols? Even members of the federal appeals court panel that ruled against the City’s ability to display the cross have called into question the legal precedent used to challenge such displays.”

Other states joining Alabama in the filing were Arkansas, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas, and Utah.

The Alabama-led amicus brief can be read here.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

Auburn University leads $2 million initiative to maximize U.S. fuel economy

(Yi Wang, Auburn University)

Researchers at Auburn University are leading a $2 million U.S. Department of Energy initiative to improve fuel efficiency and economy.

As part of the program, the researchers will create a bio-based fuel additive that can blend with diesel fuel to reduce soot and greenhouse gas emissions and provide cleaner vehicle operation in cold weather.

The project is one of 42 totaling $80 million awarded by the Department of Energy to support research for vehicle technology.

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“We are developing an integrated bioprocess for efficient butyl acetate (BA) production,” said Yi Wang, principal investigator for the project and assistant professor in the Department of Biosystems Engineering in Auburn University’s College of Agriculture. “We anticipate that adding BA to diesel fuel will reduce pollutants and costs associated with meeting environmental regulations.”

Butyl acetate, an organic compound that occurs naturally in various fruits, can be produced chemically. However, Wang says it is energy consuming and not environmentally friendly.

Researchers at Auburn have developed a CRISPR-Cas9 genome engineering system that has resulted in an engineered strain with the highest BA production ever reported in a microbial host.

“In this project, we will further enhance BA production through systematic genome engineering,” Wang said. “CRISPR technology has been used by many different labs, but we are one of the pioneering labs who have developed the customized CRISPR system that can be applied to the solventogenic clostridial strains, which are notoriously difficult to manipulate genetically.”

Wang also said that the knowledge from this research will be applicable to other bioprocesses and of broad interest to the scientific community.

“This project represents a complementary and synergistic collaboration between academia and industry,” Wang said. “Such efforts will decrease the cost and time required for developing new biotechnologies.”

MicroNiche technology has also been implemented into the production of high-efficiency BA.

“We are excited to be able to utilize our MicroNiche Engineering technology platform as part of this important project to help find better, more sustainable solutions for the transportation industry,” said Fatemeh Shirazi, CEO and CTO of Microvi Biotech Inc.

Cornell University researchers will examine fundamental aspects of blending butyl acetate with diesel fuel in the form of droplets representing the sub-grid element of spray used for fuel injection into combustion engines.

“Our studies will elucidate the role of blending BA on burning without the flow and transport complexities found in a combustion engine,” said Professor Thomas Avedisian of Cornell’s Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering.

“The data we obtain will have broader applicability that could lead to high fidelity models for predicting in-cylinder performance of BA blends in combustion engines,” he added.

The $2 million project is part of Auburn’s strategic partnerships with the goal of creating solutions to national needs.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

Steve Marshall holds annual law enforcement summit, honors fallen officers

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On Tuesday, Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall hosted nearly 900 law enforcement officials from across the state at the 19th annual Attorney General’s Law Enforcement Summit held at Frazer United Methodist Church in Montgomery.

Attorney General Marshall kicked off the summit by thanking the attendees and discussed challenges facing police officers, sheriff’s offices and state law enforcement officials.

“It is a great honor to serve as your Attorney General for the past 21 months and there is no job I would rather do than stand in support of you, the men and women who uphold the law and protect our communities,” Marshall said. “I am thankful for the invaluable assistance and cooperation we have received from law enforcement throughout Alabama. The teamwork exhibited on all levels of law enforcement is making a positive difference for Alabamians.”

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Fallen police officers that lost their lives over the past year were honored at the event in a heartfelt presentation.

“We pause to remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for public safety,” said Attorney General Marshall. “Let us all be encouraged as we remember and honor their legacy of commitment, dedication and service.”

Marshall also made mention of some of the recent activities his office took part in throughout the past year, noting that regional law enforcement training sessions, put on by his Investigations Division, were attended by 226 personnel from the Shoals to the Wiregrass. Included in the training sessions were 22 police departments, eight sheriff’s offices, and 11 other agencies.

Marshall’s office also participated in four federal, state and local violent crime operations which have removed more than 200 violent offenders with guns off the streets from the central Alabama River Region to the Gulf Coast.

Chief Jarrod Burguan of the San Bernardino Police Department in California spoke to the attendees about how law enforcement’s handling of a 2015 terrorist attack and the lessons learned from it.

Assistant Attorney General Michael Dean also spoke at the event on recent changes in Alabama’s criminal laws including updates about search and seizure laws. Douglas Astralaga, Chief Division Counsel for the Mobile Division of the FBI spoke on the issue of use of force and deadly force confrontations.

 

Officer Justin Taylor Billa, Officer Keith O’Neal Earle and Special Agent Gregory P. Fee were all highlighted for their service to the state of Alabama and to America.

 

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

Shelter dogs fly from Alabama to New Jersey after Hurricane Michael leaves pets stranded

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Shelter dogs from Birmingham are getting a new start after they boarded a plane and were flown to New Jersey.

A partnership between the Greater Birmingham Humane Society, Greater Good, and Wings Of Rescue made the safe transportation of 50 dogs possible.

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“It gives these animals an immediate chance at getting in a home. Animals get stressed in a shelter. And with all the storms, and all this travel, it almost makes you want to cry being out here and seeing this,” said GBHS CEO Allison Black Cornelius.

With the transportation of the dogs to New Jersey, more animals can now be taken into the Birmingham shelter from Florida and surrounding areas.

“The average length of stay for a pet transported from Wings of Rescue is about two and a half days, three and a half days,” said President of Wings Of Rescue Ric Browde.

“So, these pets have a little bit of celebrity to them, so they’re probably going to be moving out faster. They’re just going to go very quickly. ”

Donations to Hurricane Michael animal transports can be made here.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

Aderholt praises Trump administration over release of Pastor Brunson from Turkey

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After hearing the news on Friday of Pastor Andrew Brunson’s release from a prison in Turkey, Congressman Robert Aderholt (AL-04) released a statement giving thanks to God and praising the Trump administration.

“I’m so thankful for the release of American Pastor Andrew Brunson from prison in Turkey.  He was detained simply for practicing his Christian faith,” Aderholt said. “I’m also thankful that President Trump and his administration took unprecedented action to work for Brunson’s release.  The President made his release a top priority from the moment he took office.  And of course, above all else, I am thankful to God for Dr. Brunson’s release, health and safety.”

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After a series of Friday morning tweets from President Trump regarding Pastor Brunson, he released a tweet announcing that Pastor Brunson would be returning to America.

“This is the day our family has been praying for, I am delighted to be on my way home to the United States,” said Pastor Brunson in a statement.

“My entire family thanks the president, the administration, and Congress for their unwavering support,” he added.

Brunson was arrested in Turkey in 2016 over alleged connections to political groups, including the banned Gulenist movement, after a failed coup attempt.

The court convicted him of terror-related charges and sentenced him to three years in jail, however, he was released because of the time he had already been detained.

Additional charges of espionage were dropped.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

Airbnb offers assistance in Alabama after Hurricane Michael

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On Friday, Airbnb announced that it would be expanding its Open Homes Program to areas in Alabama impacted by Hurricane Michael through its Disaster Response and Relief Team.

The Open Homes program allows the opportunity for those that have been displaced, as well as those assisting in recovery efforts, to find temporary accommodations with local hosts willing to open their homes free of charge.

The following Alabama communities are eligible to take part in the program homes for free to evacuees and emergency relief workers:

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  • Greater Mobile area
  • Greater Montgomery area
  • Greater Dothan area
  • Greater Auburn/Opelika area

The free listings are available until October 29, 2018. Airbnb stated that they are willing to expand the territory of Open Homes listings, should local officials request them to do so or if the need arises.

The company is also assisting other states that were affected by Hurricane Michael including Florida, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina.

More information on the Airbnb’s Open Homes program can be found here at Airbnb.com.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

1 month ago

UA engineers reach solution to curb hot car deaths

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Engineering researchers at the University of Alabama are introducing a solution to prevent children and pets from dying while being trapped inside a hot car.

The patent-pending device monitors carbon dioxide levels from human breath, temperature and car movement and can send an alert to a cell phone when the human or animal inside a parked vehicle are getting too hot.

UA students developed the device using a concept from Dr. Timothy A. Haskew, department head and UA professor of electrical and computer engineering.

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“Kids are dying every year, and one is too many,” Haskew said in a news release. “This is a technology that could save lives right now.”

Haskew’s background, which includes the study of detecting harmful levels of carbon monoxide in gas-powered electric generators for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has allowed him to ensure that this device works properly.

“In this case, the presence of the gas allows us to detect someone and save their life,” Haskew added.

According to data compiled by noheatstroke.org, a total of 791 children have died due to pediatric vehicular heatstrokes since 1998 — 48 of those being in 2018 alone. 2010 saw the highest number of children dying in hot vehicles with 49 deaths that year.

There are devices currently on the market that can detect the weight in a car seat and alert the driver, however, Haskew believes more can be done.

“I wanted to be able to tell there is something alive in the car while it isn’t running,” he said. “Everything that lives breathes, and everything that breathes emits CO2.”

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2 months ago

UPDATE: Spokeswoman dismisses report Mike Rogers is a candidate to be the next U.S. Air Force head as a ‘rumor’

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Editor’s note: This article has been updated to include a statement from Rep. Mike Rogers’ spokeswoman. See update below.

U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers (R-Saks) is reportedly a leading contender in becoming the head of the U.S. Air Force, according to a ForeignPolicy.com report.

Rogers, who has been an outspoken advocate for the establishment of a separate military entity to oversee space, was quick to announce his support for President Trump’s Space Force.

The report mentioned that President Trump is unhappy with current Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson over her efforts to stymie and undermine the space force initiative.

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The report states that President Trump is considering replacing Wilson after the midterms in November. While the report listed Rogers as a name that has been tossed around frequently, it is unclear, at this point, whether or not the president will choose him.

On Thursday, the White House issued a statement denying that President Trump had discussed firing Wilson.

“There is no discussion by the president to oust Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson — all reporting to the contrary is simply false,” said White House spokesperson Lindsay Walters.

UPDATE:

On Friday afternoon, Rogers’ office responded to the Foreign Policy report that was initially referenced by AL.com and dismissed it as a “rumor.”

“The Washington rumor mill must be running in high gear because that is just what this is — a rumor,” Rogers comms director Shea Miller said Friday. “Congressman Rogers is dedicated to continuing to serve the people of east Alabama in Congress as their trusted conservative leader.”

Rogers, who is seeking a ninth term in Congress, will face off against Democrat Mallory Hagan in the Nov. 6 election.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller

2 months ago

Birmingham fire departments rally around injured firefighter, initiate fundraiser

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A Birmingham firefighter who sustained injuries while on the job is receiving help from other fire departments.

Lieutenant Greg Price’s leg injuries are so severe that he will need a second surgery to ensure that he recovers properly.

ABC 33/40 spoke with firefighters from other local fire departments about the assistance Price is receiving from his “fire family.”

Every firefighter knows the dangers that their job entails. It is no different for those that work at Birmingham Fire Station No. 2.

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“Every day that we come to work we know there’s a possibility that we could get hurt,” Public Information Officer for Birmingham Fire and Rescue Sebastian Carrillo told ABC 33/40. “It’s a feeling you never get used to and it’s always one you hope you never have to experience but when it does happen it really hurts.”

While working to extinguish a fire, Lt. Price broke one of his legs and both ankles, making him unable to work and being without pay to support his family for a while.

“Once you hear a guy’s been injured you start thinking of your last shift or how that could have been one of the guys from your crew,” said Mountain Brook Fire Lt. Eric Meyer.

As a brewmaster at Cahaba Brewing Company, Meyer got the notion to create a fundraiser for Lt. Price.

“Knowing what we were doing is putting money in boots and raising money by drinking some beers because Cahaba is donating all the proceeds. Hopefully, he will recover perfectly and come back to work. Hopefully, we never have to do this again,” said Meyer.

On Monday night, Lt. Meyer reportedly raised a total of $2,000 through the fundraiser for Lt. Price and his family.

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor and also contributes weekly to The Daily Caller