The Wire

  • New tunnel, premium RV section at Talladega Superspeedway on schedule despite weather

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    Construction of a new oversized vehicle tunnel and premium RV infield parking section at Talladega Superspeedway is still on schedule to be completed in time for the April NASCAR race, despite large amounts of rainfall and unusual groundwater conditions underneath the track.

    Track Chairman Grant Lynch, during a news conference Wednesday at the track, said he’s amazed the general contractor, Taylor Corporation of Oxford, has been able to keep the project on schedule.

    “The amount of water they have pumped out of that and the extra engineering they did from the original design, basically to keep that tunnel from floating up out of the earth, was remarkable,” Lynch said.

  • Alabama workers built 1.6M engines in 2018 to add auto horsepower

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    Alabama’s auto workers built nearly 1.6 million engines last year, as the state industry continues to carve out a place in global markets with innovative, high-performance parts, systems and finished vehicles.

    Last year also saw major new developments in engine manufacturing among the state’s key players, and more advanced infrastructure is on the way in the coming year.

    Hyundai expects to complete a key addition to its engine operations in Montgomery during the first half of 2019, while Honda continues to reap the benefits of a cutting-edge Alabama engine line installed several years ago.

  • Groundbreaking on Alabama’s newest aerospace plant made possible through key partnerships

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    Political and business leaders gathered for a groundbreaking at Alabama’s newest aerospace plant gave credit to the formation of the many key partnerships that made it possible.

    Governor Kay Ivey and several other federal, state and local officials attended the event which celebrated the construction of rocket engine builder Blue Origin’s facility in Huntsville.

2 weeks ago

Crimson Standard announces halfway point of its $600 million fundraising goal

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The Crimson Standard, Alabama Athletics’ 10-year capital initiative which launched less than two years ago, announced Thursday that it had surpassed the halfway point of its fundraising goal of $600 million.

The announcement was made by Athletics Director Greg Byrne, who said in a statement that more than $309 million in gifts and pledges has been received.

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“We are so grateful to all of our generous donors who have helped us reach this milestone,” Byrne said. “To have eclipsed the halfway point in less than two years since the launch of our 10-year plan speaks to the level of support for the future of Alabama Athletics and to the hard work and dedication for this initiative by our staff in the Crimson Tide Foundation.”

According to a press release, The Crimson Standard, “which was formally unveiled on August 16, 2018, was designed to comprehensively elevate the student-athlete experience, recruiting efforts and the overall game-day experience for all Crimson Tide fans.”

As of now, areas featuring construction on the university’s campus include Bryant-Denny Stadium, the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility and Rhoads Stadium. A state-of-the-art Sports Science Center, featuring advanced treatment services and technology with spaces dedicated to cryotherapy, chiropractic, stretch, massage, relaxation, recovery and mental health services, is also set to be added on the south side of the Mal M. Moore Athletic Facility.

For more information on The Crimson Standard, visit CrimsonTideFoundation.org or call the Crimson Tide Foundation office at 205-348-9727.

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

2 weeks ago

Alabama teachers selected for Curriculum Associates’ Extraordinary Educators program

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Two Alabama teachers have been chosen by Curriculum Associates to join the inaugural class of its Extraordinary Educators program.

According to a press release, the Extraordinary Educators program “establishes a tradition of celebrating and connecting exemplar teachers from schools nationwide.”

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The teachers, Anna Bone of Boaz Elementary School in Boaz City Schools in Boaz and Sachiko Green of Pelham Oaks Elementary School in Pelham City Schools in Pelham will join 29 other teachers “who exhibit best-in-class use of i-Ready and/or Ready in their classroom, illustrate growth and achievement via formal assessments, demonstrate classroom innovation and engagement practices for students, are evangelists for high standards and student achievement, and have been teaching for at least two years.”

“As a company founded by passionate educators, we have deep respect for the powerful ways in which talented teachers impact the lives of their students,” said Rob Waldron, CEO of Curriculum Associates.

“We are proud to recognize Anna and Sachiko as Extraordinary Educators,” Waldron added. “We look forward to sharing their innovative practices that drive student achievement and continuing our rich history of serving Alabama schools.”

The press release also noted that “all Extraordinary Educators will have access to a network of peers from around the country to collaborate, connect, and learn from throughout the year, as well as receive unique professional development opportunities from Curriculum Associates.” In addition, they will “also be invited to attend and present at the two-day Extraordinary Educators Leadership Summit in July 2020.”

“I am honored to have been chosen as one of the Extraordinary Educators from Curriculum Associates this year,” Bone said. “Using Curriculum Associates has provided tools and resources to help all students learn by using fun and engaging differentiated instruction. I look forward to working with the other Extraordinary Educators in this program to express how Curriculum Associates provides high-quality instruction, striving to make classrooms innovative and effective.”

Green echoed Bone’s excitement, saying she is “truly honored.”

“I am truly honored to be chosen as an Extraordinary Educator by Curriculum Associates,” stated Green. “Curriculum Associates’ research-based differentiated instruction ensures every child is challenged to grow through the content. This personalized approach has allowed every one of my students to engage in rigorous instruction while supporting me to become a more effective educator.”

For more information on i-Ready and how it is benefitting Alabama, click here.

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

3 weeks ago

Police rescue Alabama woman held captive at knifepoint

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Bodycam footage revealed the moment police officers in Alabama rescued a female who had been kidnapped, smashed in the face with a tire iron and held at knifepoint in a cage in her captor’s van.

Sean E. Sanders, 51, was arrested moments after the victim was set free from the 1997 Ford Aerostar Cargo van in Brookside on Sunday after a standoff with law enforcement officials, according to a report by the Daily Mail.

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Authorities were on the scene after a witness reported seeing the victim with a bloody head as she screamed, “Help he’s going to kill me.”

According to police, the van doors were chained from inside and the capturer had multiple cages in the back with blankets covering the windows to prevent others from seeing inside. Police also negotiated with Sanders for 35 minutes as he held the victim at knifepoint.

Police eventually forced their way into the van and removed the terrified victim as Sanders was taken down with the assistance of tasers. According to the victim, Sanders was going to drug her and kill her in the woods.

While the victim sustained a good amount of injuries throughout the debacle, she reportedly remains in stable condition.

Sanders was charged with kidnapping, attempted murder of a police officer, resisting arrest, reckless endangerment and criminal mischief. He is now being held in Jefferson County jail on a $191,000 bond.

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

4 weeks ago

Books-A-Million gathers more than $110,000 in books and toys for Children’s of Alabama

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Books-A-Million announced this week that it had raised more than $110,000 worth of books and toys for the Children’s of Alabama patients through the help of its customers.

The “Grow Your Heart 3 Sizes” campaign, which began on November 8 and concluded on December 16, consisted of generous donations from Books-A-Million customers. The books and toys were used for Sugar Plum Shop, the Children’s of Alabama in-hospital toy store which allows parents and caregivers of hospitalized patients to shop for their child and siblings free of charge.

“Facing hospitalization during the holiday season can be especially trying for young patients and their families,” Emily Bridges, Community Development coordinator at Children’s of Alabama, said in a press release.

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“Books-A-Million and its customers are incredibly generous to provide books and toys to help stock our Sugar Plum Shop and ensure every child can experience the magic of the holidays despite challenging circumstances,” Bridges added. “We are grateful for our partnership with BAM and their yearlong support in helping our patients reclaim some childhood normalcy.”

Books-A-Million’s Chief Operating Officer Scott Kappler celebrated the good news by commending the generosity of the book store’s customers.

“Each year, we have the privilege of spreading love to so many families and kids through generous donations from our customers,” Kappler said. “This outpouring of support is what makes this annual holiday drive such a success. It is because of their selflessness and dedication that we are able to positively impact communities and give families something tangible to celebrate the holidays.”

Since the partnership began four years ago, Books-A-Million’s annual Holiday Book & Toy Drive has donated more than $500,000 worth of books and toys to the Sugar Plum Shop.

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

1 month ago

University of Alabama School of Social Work receives $3.2M grant to address opioid crisis

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The University of Alabama’s School of Social Work, which oversees a trio of state-focused behavioral health projects, has been given a $3.2 million grant to address the Yellowhammer state’s opioid crisis.

The four-year project, dubbed “Project FREEDOM: First Responder Expansion of Education and Distribution of Overdose Medication,” will focus on first responders take place throughout the following counties: Blount, Cullman, Etowah, Fayette, Franklin, Jackson, Lawrence, Marion, Marshall, Morgan, St. Clair, Shelby, Walker, Winston, Jefferson and Tuscaloosa.

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The project will be funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

“Alabama’s first responders have a critical role in the battle against the opioid overdose epidemic,” said Dr. David L. Albright, UA’s Hill Crest Foundation Endowed Chair in Mental Health Research and Vital primary investigator.

He added, “In this project, we will work to support our first responders by studying burnout, fatigue, and secondary traumatic stress among emergency medical service workers and municipality and volunteer fire personnel, and develop outreach and training related to the experiences of our first responders, including learning communities on opioid overdose within the 16-county area.”

According to a press release, “first responders will receive training and education on opioid overdoses and reversal, opioid safety and occupational hazards related to opioid exposure.” The project is also set to provide education to the “general public about opioid safety and the Good Samaritan Law.”

“In addition to first responders, the project will have a focus on healthcare provider training related to opioid overdose dangers, overdose surveillance data in their county, and treatment and recovery options for their patient population,” said Shanna McIntosh, UA Vital project director.

She added, “It is important for Alabamians to understand the dangers of exposure overdose, proper use and disposal of prescribed opioids, and the Good Samaritan Law, which is in place to encourage bystanders to take action when someone is in need. A targeted media campaign will run statewide, and community education forums will be held in the 16-county area. Community trainings will cover the dangers of high toxicity opioids, opioid prescription safety and Mental Health First Aid.”

Project FREEDOM is the third state-focused project the Vital Team is overseeing. The Vital Team recently began work on a state-funded project to reduce infant mortality rates in Alabama.

Federal health authorities have reported there were more than 70,000 drug overdose deaths in 2017, for a rate of 21.7 per 100,000 people. The state of Alabama had more than 5,100 overdoses from 2006 through 2014.

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

1 month ago

Mo Brooks remembers George Washington Carver ahead of Decatur historic marker unveiling

Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) recognized George Washington Carver’s “heroic, lasting legacy of scientific advancement and personal achievement made in the face of countless racist hurdles he had to overcome” on Tuesday during a speech from the House Floor.

Brooks’ speech comes a little less than a month before the George Washington Carver historic marker unveiling at former Carver School in Decatur, Alabama, on January 5, 2020.

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“[R]enowned Alabama educator, artist and botanist George Washington Carver, like many Americans, overcame numerous obstacles to achieve greatness,” Brooks stated. “Carver’s contributions to science and agriculture made a huge impact that is still felt across the globe today.”

Brooks went on to praise many of Carver’s achievements, including his dedication to school, Carver’s time in college, his mentorship at the Tuskegee Institute’s agriculture school in Alabama and his work with agriculture and crops.

“George Washington Carver left a lasting legacy on Alabama schools, and Alabama is proud to have been the home of this renowned scientific leader,” Brooks added as he closed his speech.

Brooks’s full remarks on Carver can be found here.

2 months ago

$18.7 million in grants awarded to help Alabama communities

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday that she has awarded $18.7 million in grants to help improve 58 Alabama communities.

The funds from the Community Development Block Grant program will enable communities to provide water, improve roads and sewage systems, construct public community buildings and remove blight.

“Community Development Block Grants are vital to Alabama communities wanting to raise living standards and improve living conditions for their residents,” Ivey said in a statement. “I am pleased to award these grants, and I commend all those local leaders who, by seeking these grants, show they have their communities at heart.”

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The competitive grants are awarded annually in an array of categories including county, large city, small city and community enhancement. The grants, made available by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will be administered by the Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs.

Areas of Alabama receiving grants include:

North Alabama

  • Cullman (City) – $450,000 to provide sewer, water, drainage and street improvements in the Katherine Street area.
  • Guntersville – $450,000 to provide street and drainage improvements in the East Lake community.
  • Hackleburg – $85,000 to provide improvements along four streets, including widening and paving or sealing.
  • Hanceville – $250,000 to build a 2,500-square-foot senior center.
  • Leighton – $350,000 to provide water line improvements at several locations.
  • Scottsboro– $208,958 to demolish and clear 25 deteriorated and dilapidated structures throughout the city.
  • Town Creek – $350,000 to upgrade and repairs sections of the town’s sewer system.

North Central Alabama

  • Ashland– $350,000 to provide road and drainage improvements and water upgrades.
  • Blount County – $350,000 to improve three roads totaling eight miles north of Blountsville.
  • Childersburg– $450,000 to improve sewer services in the Coosa Court and Childersburg/Fayetteville Highway areas.
  • Clanton – $239,400 to demolish and clear 28 dilapidated and vacant houses.
  • Fayette County – $250,000 to improve water lines and provide road resurfacing in an area west of the town of Belk.
  • Heflin– $40,000 to help the city develop a plan that will assess needs and goals.
  • Marion County – $350,000 to provide public water service in the Bexar Church area.
  • Millport – $203,315 to upgrade one the town’s three water tanks serving 340 persons.
  • Oneonta – $450,000 to replace deteriorating sewer lines and collection system in an area involving sections of Hillcrest Circle and Underwood and Valley avenues.
  • Pell City – $450,000 to improve the efficiency of the city’s wastewater treatment plant.
  • Reform– $350,000 to renovate and repair various sections of the town’s sewer lines.
  • Steele – $189,977 to raze and remove 15 dilapidated structures throughout the town.
  • Sylacauga – $250,000 to demolish 11 dilapidated structures throughout the city.
  • Tuscaloosa County – $235,990 to provide public water service benefitting 63 residents in the Evanstown Road and Sid Davis Road areas.
  • Weaver – $122,628 to raze and clear 11 dilapidated and unsafe structures throughout the city.

South Central Alabama

  • Camp Hill – $350,000 for sewer improvements at the town’s wastewater plant.
  • Dallas County – $350,000 to supply public water service connections to residents in the Bogue Chitto community.
  • Hayneville – $349,601 to make improvements on sewer lines and wastewater treatment facility.
  • Forkland – $350,000 to upgrade water lines and improve two streets.
  • Greensboro– $350,000 to improve sewer lines.
  • Lanett – $250,000 to complete the final phase of a downtown revitalization project.
  • Marengo County – $350,000 to pave five roads.
  • Marion (City) – $450,000 to improve its wastewater treatment plant.
  • Millbrook – $250,000 to construct a new senior citizen center.
  • New Site – $177,460 to renovate its senior citizen center.
  • Perry County – $350,000 to provide public water services to 145 residents south of the city of Marion.
  • Randolph County – $350,000 to provide public water services to 78 residents along two county roads east of the city of Roanoke.
  • Tallapoosa County – $350,000 to provide public water services in a rural area near Dadeville.
  • Tallassee – $250,000 to demolish 27 vacant, abandoned and dilapidated structures throughout the city.
  • Valley – $450,000 to improve sewer services in the Langdale Mill Village area.

Southeast Alabama

  • Abbeville – $350,000 to provide full or partial rehabilitation of up to 27 houses in the Stegall Heights area.
  • Brundidge – $350,000 to improve water services and demolish 13 residential and commercial structures.
  • Clayhatchee– $127,288 to resurface a section of Providence Lane and improve drainage.
  • Dale County – $308,700 to provide public water to 42 households along Dale County Road 21 and Penny Point Road.
  • Geneva– $450,000 to improve drainage in a local neighborhood.
  • Gordon – $349,787 to provide water and sewer improvements at various locations within the city.
  • Goshen – $325,000 to upgrade the town’s water lines and improve water quality.
  • Kinston – $350,000 to rehabilitate up to 20 occupied houses and bring them up to compliance with the Southern Building Code.
  • Level Plains – $250,000 to provide street and drainage improvements along Faith Street and Phyllis Avenue.
  • Opp – $450,000 to provide sewer system line improvements along Dr. Martin Luther King Drive from Cannon Drive to Hardin Street.

Southwest Alabama

  • Brewton – $450,000 to renovate or replace dilapidated sewer lines along multiple streets.
  • Castleberry – $350,000 to replace aging and undersized water lines and improve streets in various sections of the town.
  • Chatom – $350,000 to rehabilitate sections of the town’s sewer lines and a lift station.
  • Choctaw County – $350,000 to resurface multiple roads in the northeast part of the county.
  • Flomaton – $201,115 to resurface several roads within the city to reduce safety hazards.
  • Loxley – $350,000 to replace aged and damaged sewer lines along the east part of town.
  • Monroeville – $450,000 to replace sewer lines along multiple streets on the west part of the city.
  • Pennington – $350,000 to resurface 5.5 miles of road in various locations within the city.
  • Repton – $350,000 to improve drainage and improve streets at various locations within the city.
  • Robertsdale – $450,000 to replace sewer lines and improve drainage at various locations.
  • Silas – $350,000 to improve drainage and resurface streets at several locations within the city.

“As a former mayor, I know how valuable these grants are to communities and I also realize the time and effort that local leaders, planners and residents invest in obtaining funding,” ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell said.

“ADECA is pleased to have a role in this process that will benefit communities all across Alabama,” he added.

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

2 months ago

Bradley Byrne slams Democrats’ allegation of ‘bribery’ against President Trump

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Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne (AL-01) gave a speech on the floor of the House of Representatives on Tuesday where he slammed Democrats’ latest allegation of “bribery” against President Donald Trump.

“Unfortunately, I must rise again because – like so many times before – the goalposts for impeaching President Trump have moved,” Byrne stated. “At this rate, Nancy Pelosi must be any field goal kicker’s worst nightmare.”

“Since day one – literally day one – it has been abundantly clear that the far-left members of the so-called ‘Squad’ have been moving this Democratic majority closer to impeaching the President,” Byrne continued. “They don’t care why or how. They don’t care what evidence, real or imagined, is used. They only care about the end result – impeaching President Trump so he will not win reelection.”

He added, “As this radical faction gains dominance in the Democrat party, Speaker Pelosi has tried every justification in the book to impeach this president.”

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Byrne then recalled the Democrats’ previous, failed attempts at destroying the Trump administration.

“We were told for years we’d get to impeachment from the Mueller report,” Byrne said. “They said, just wait, wait till the report! It’s going to show Russian Collusion! Well, two years and millions of dollars down the drain, Mueller showed no collusion. The Democrat narrative quickly turned towards ‘obstruction of justice,’ but that too fell flat.”

“But then, Mr. Speaker, the majority got a new gift – the whistleblower,” he continued. “Never mind he had no firsthand knowledge of what he blew the whistle on, never mind he’s a partisan Democrat, never mind he worked with Adam Schiff on his new allegations against President Trump.”

The rest of Byrne’s remarks are as follows:

It was campaign finance violations! Well, that didn’t work. So, then it was quid pro quo! For weeks, that’s all the majority has talked about. Not anymore. Apparently, Mr. Speaker, some highly-paid political consultants warned Speaker Pelosi that quid pro quo did not resonate with the American people. So now, it seems they’ve moved on to another version of impeachment that tested best in their focus groups – the nefarious-sounding ‘bribery.’ It’s bribery! That’s what we will impeach President Trump on!

Well, Mr. Speaker, I think my friends on the other side need to dust off their law books because, unfortunately for their latest impeachment fantasy, bribery isn’t just some word. It’s a real crime with a real definition. And it’s one that this majority cannot prove.

You see, bribery occurs when an individual ‘corruptly’ links receiving something of value in exchange for an official government action.

I say to the majority, show me how asking Ukraine to look into the 2016 election and into the sketchy dealings of Hunter Biden is acting corruptly! Because I’ll tell you what, I’ll show you evidence that Ukrainian officials were working to boost Secretary Clinton, and I’ll show you evidence that the Obama Administration was itself concerned about Hunter Biden’s deals. I think most Americans will say maybe the President of the United States should be looking into those things. I think they will say we want the President looking into possible corruption in our government and interference in our elections.

More importantly, I say to the majority, show me how President Trump linked aid to these investigations! Mr. Speaker, President Trump’s phone call with Ukraine President Zelensky, you know, the one that the whistleblower blew the whistle on, is on the internet! Everyone can read it. And I hope they will. Because nowhere in that call did President Trump ever link any aid to Ukraine in exchange for anything. The President did not one time, not one time, even mention any kind of hold on the aid. Not once!

This is not bribery. This is not impeachable conduct. Yet here we are, trying to remove the President of the United States, the leader of this country, the man chosen by the voters, over these newest allegations. Mr. Speaker, the American people see past this charade. They know this is a partisan political scheme. And at this point, I think most people who are paying attention – those who haven’t tuned out – know this is just the latest effort by Democrats to throw something at the wall and see if it sticks. President Trump has committed no ‘bribery, treason, or high crimes and misdemeanors’ – the only offenses that the Constitution says warrant impeachment.

I ask the majority – when do we stop and get back to the business of the American people? I yield back.

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

2 months ago

Crimson Tide football receives 2019 AFCA Academic Achievement Award

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The American Football Coaches Association announced Thursday that the Alabama football program, which had a 100% graduation rate for 2017-18, is among six recipients of the 2019 Academic Achievement Award.

Others who received the honor this year include the Air Force Academy, Clemson, Louisville, Rice and Utah. The NCAA’s single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) is used to select the winner and all six schools posted perfect scores of 1,000 for 2017-18.

The eight Tide graduates who had degrees in hand before the season opener against Duke are Giles Amos, Mike Bernier, Shyheim Carter, Landon Dickerson, Miller Forristall, Anfernee Jennings, Chris Owens and Matt Womack.

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“Since 2013, Alabama has seen 158 degrees earned (graduate and undergraduate) by players who were still suiting up for the Crimson Tide after having graduated,” a press release stated. “Since the 2010 season, Alabama has seen an impressive 24 players earn a master’s degree before stepping foot on the field for the final time.”

The press release also briefly detailed how they tally each team’s scores, stating, “Each student-athlete receiving athletically related financial aid earns one point for staying in school and one point for being academically eligible. A team’s total points are divided by points possible and then multiplied by 1,000 to equal the team’s Academic Progress Rate.”

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

2 months ago

Former Auburn stars Takeo Spikes, Darius Slayton to appear at ‘Nissan Heisman House Tour’ with ESPN’s Neil Everett

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Former Auburn linebacker Takeo Spikes and former Tiger wide receiver Darius Slayton are returning to Auburn as part of the “Nissan Heisman House Tour” with ESPN’s Neil Everett.

The event, which is scheduled to take place on November 16 in the Coca-Cola Tiger Fan Fest on the Nichols Center lawn, will allow fans to hear from both Spikes and Slayton and have their photos taken with them. Spikes is scheduled to appear from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., while Slayton will appear from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

A press release stated, “Nissan and ESPN invite fans to ‘Get to know the Heisman Trophy Winners’ during a pre-game experience that celebrates college football’s most outstanding players.” Admission to the tour is free.

According to the press release, fans will also have the opportunity to:

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  • Take a picture with the Heisman Trophy, the most prestigious award in college football.
  • Win Heisman-themed prizes by participating in interactive games and sharing your experience on social media.
  • Race to the finish line against a Heisman winner in the Nissan Heisman House Dash, a digital game that puts you in the driver’s seat of a Nissan Rogue.
  • Strap on a headset in the Armchair Quarterback Virtual Reality Experience, as you interactively spot your targets to determine the outcome on the game’s final drive.
  • Watch live interviews between ESPN talent and some of college football’s most outstanding players
  • Participate in a photo session with gridiron greats.
  • Customize a Nissan Rogue in your team colors, while exploring the features of Nissan Intelligent Mobility.

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

2 months ago

Auburn’s famed golden eagle Nova possibly in early stages of heart failure

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Auburn University’s widely known golden eagle Nova, War Eagle VII, could potentially be in the early stages of heart failure, according to university veterinarians and a press release issued last week.

“The 20-year-old male eagle received a biannual checkup in early October at the College of Veterinary Medicine followed by another echocardiogram Oct. 31.,” the statement stated. “In 2017 he was diagnosed with cardiomyopathy, a chronic disease of the heart, and was sidelined from flying at football games to reduce stress.”

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“Nova’s condition has been medically managed and he has remained stable during the past two years, however, during his October exam, we observed decreased systolic function and enlarged vessels in his liver,” said Dr. Seth Oster, faculty avian veterinarian for the college’s Southeastern Raptor Center. “This could be an indication of the early stages of heart failure.”

Veterinarians also said they increased Nova’s dosage in a new round of treatments and that they will monitor how he responds.

“We will know more after we see how Nova responds to his latest rounds of treatment,” Oster said.

According to Andrew Hopkins, the assistant director of raptor training and education, Nova’s appearance at the Southeastern Raptor Center’s educational programs will be limited as veterans continue to monitor his progress.

The statement released on Nova’s health also provided background information on Nova.

It read, “Nova was hatched in 1999 at the Montgomery Zoo and was non-releasable due to human imprinting. He came to Auburn in 2000, made his first pre-game flight in 2004 and was designated War Eagle VII in 2006. He has helped promote wildlife conservation and awareness at almost 2,000 educational programs at the raptor center and at schools and conservation events around the Southeast. Raptor center staff conduct almost 300 presentations annually.”

Aurea, a 5-year-old female golden eagle, and Spirit, a 23-year-old female bald eagle, have both made pregame flights this season in Auburn’s Jordan-Hare Stadium.

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

3 months ago

Alabama reaches record number of foster care adoptions in Fiscal Year 2019

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Thursday that Alabama reported a record number of foster care adoptions, once again.

Alabama reported an all-time record of 731 foster care adoptions in Fiscal Year 2019, surpassing the previous year’s total of 727 foster care adoptions in the state.

“As Alabama sets another positive record, it is a privilege and truly special for me to spend time with adoptive parents and children who now have their forever home,” Ivey said in a press release.

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“To our foster families, adoption professionals, the Department of Human Resources, and most importantly, to the families who have chosen to bless many children with a forever and loving home – thank you! By providing a forever home, you are forever changing the life of a child, as well as your own,” she added.

“In FY 2019, 69 percent of children who left foster care, went home to family members or their parent(s). While most children in the state’s foster care system do return to their parents, there are still children seeking an adoptive family,” the press release stated.

Alabama Department of Human Resources Commissioner Nancy Buckner also celebrated the news, thanking  the “partners in the adoption process.”

“We are excited to have set an adoption record for the second consecutive year,” Buckner said. “I am extremely appreciative of our partners in the adoption process without whose help this would not have been possible, especially the adopting parents who have given our foster children forever families.”

As of now, there are 299 children in Alabama’s foster care system that are seeking families.
Kyle Morris also contributes daily to Breitbart News. You can follow him on Twitter @RealKyleMorris.

3 months ago

Kay Ivey announces 16 GOMESA-funded projects for Alabama

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Wednesday at a press conference that $28 million would be spent on 16 projects, which are supported by funds from the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act of 2006 (GOMESA).

The 16 projects focus on “land acquisitions, research and recreational access improvements, which are included in the original intent and authorized use of GOMESA funds.”

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“I am thrilled to be joined today by many of our local leaders to announce 16 projects being funded by GOMESA,” Ivey said.

“Working closely with Commissioner Blankenship and the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, the almost $28 million will fund projects to beautify this region and ensure safety of those who enjoy the rivers and bay of South Alabama,” she added.

A press release stated, “GOMESA provides for the four Gulf Producing States and their eligible coastal political subdivisions (CPS) to share 37.5 percent of qualified revenues from Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) oil and gas leases issued since December 20, 2006.”

With approval from the Governor’s Office, the funds are administered by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.

Listed of the 16 projects as follows:

  • Middleton Causeway Boat Ramp Improvements: $150,000
  • Administration of GOMESA: $214,220
  • Gulf State Park Recreational Access Enhancements: $4,000,000
  • Equipment and Supplies for Monitoring Harmful Algal Blooms Gulf Coastal Shellfish Growing Areas: $19,849.92
  • Install and Maintenance of a Stream Gage at Fish River on Baldwin County 32: $87,250.00
  • Baldwin County Intracoastal Waterway Boat Ramp Acquisition: $7,500,000
  • Marine Debris and Shoreline Cleanup Program: $1,314,500
  • Coastal Alabama Watershed Enhancement Project: $1,500,000
  • Sediment Geochemistry Investigation of the Mobile-Tensaw River Delta: $216,300
  • Sediment Characterization and Geochemistry Distribution within Mobile Bay and Mississippi Sound, Baldwin and Mobile Counties, Alabama: $755,304
  • Bayou La Batre Boat Ramp: $250,000
  • Dauphin Island Land Acquisition and Boat Ramp Addition: $4,065,000
  • Mobile Bay Western Shore Land Acquisition: $4,400,000
  • Restoration of D’Olive Bay Boat Channel: $800,000
  • Mount Vernon Park Enhancements for Addition to the Birding Trail: $78,000
  • Causeway Land Acquisition, Restoration, and Park Addition: $2,500,000

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3 months ago

Koch Foods to invest more than $50 million in new Attalla facility

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Representatives for Koch Foods joined Governor Kay Ivey and local leaders in Etowah County on Tuesday to announce that the company plans to invest more than $50 million to establish a grain storage and distribution facility in Attalla.

In a press release, Koch Foods, which employs 3,000 people in Alabama, stated the “new poultry feed-mill will create 28 new jobs with an annual payroll of $1 million” and “support the company’s recently expanded processing plant in nearby Gadsden.”

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“Koch Foods already has significant operations in Alabama, and this new investment will magnify the company’s economic impact on the state,” Ivey said. “This project adds a robust new dimension to the industrial sector in the state and permits us to strengthen our longstanding relationship with a major employer.”

The press release also said the 130-acre facility in Attalla will have the ability to hold more than 1 billion bushels of corn, served directly by rail.

“We are very excited about building one of the most technologically innovative grain storage facilities in the world,” said Matthew Herman, Koch senior vice president of Fresh Operations. “We continue to expand our business in Alabama and are thankful for the cooperative environment between business and government in the state to get things accomplished.”

In 2018, Koch announced an $80 million expansion of its Gadsden plant as part of a growth project, which involved 200 new jobs. That project set into motion a fourth processing line to the facility, boosting production capacity and making the Etowah County operation one of the largest poultry-processing plants in the country.

“We’re excited that Koch Foods has chosen Attalla for this large, high-tech facility,” Attalla Mayor Larry Means said. “We are thankful to have 28 new, high-paying jobs in our community, and this facility will build on the strong focus on industry and innovation that are woven into the history of Attalla.”

“In addition to the long-term operational jobs, there will be over 200 people working to build the facility here in Attalla over the next 18 months,” he added. “The economic impact of construction alone will be huge for the City of Attalla and all of Etowah County.”

Construction on the new facility, which is already underway, is set to conclude in 2021 with the facility becoming fully operational shortly after. A press release for the project stated the “company will start assembling a management team in the first quarter of 2020 and will begin interviewing prospective production workers in early 2021.”

“This project qualifies for two of the industrial sectors the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority has targeted — Logistics and Food & Farming,” said David Hooks, executive director of the Gadsden-Etowah Industrial Development Authority. “Locating this state-of-the-art facility will go a long way in solidifying Etowah County’s position as a national leader in both sectors.”

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3 months ago

Ivey announces Alabama’s participation in 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Friday that Alabama will participate in the 2020 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge.

According to a press release, “the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is a skills-based competition designed to encourage girls to pursue cyber-based learning and career opportunities.”

“Initiatives like the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge are critical because they help the next generation of women in Alabama close the gender gap in STEM related fields,” Governor Ivey said.

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She added, “With so many tech-based firms choosing Alabama as their new home, it is extremely important that we encourage our state’s youth to hone their tech-based skillsets, which give them the best opportunity to have fulfilling careers in this high-demand field.”

The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge, which is open to girls in grades nine through 12, is an online game consisting of a series of challenges that places students in the role of a cyber protection agent charged with solving realistic problems and puzzles.

“The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge addresses the most important intersectional needs in STEM – the growing demand for more cybersecurity and computer science specialists in the workforce, equity and diversity opportunities that engage more women in the most high demand and high need career areas,” said Dr. Jeff Gray, co-chairman of Governor Ivey’s Computer Science Advisory Council.

“The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge provides young women with an engaging and fun competition that fosters collaboration and exploration to develop the most in-demand skillsets as society relies more on digital services,” Gray added. “Young women in Alabama are emerging as national leaders in this area and are very competitive each year.”

The press release noted that Alabama had 418 girls from 23 schools participate in the 2019 Girls Go CyberStart Challenge. Three Alabama schools qualified for the National Finals Championship and the Alabama state winner achieved rank number 16 out of 120 schools nationally.

“The Girls Go CyberStart Challenge is an engaging way to introduce young women to cybersecurity through digital puzzles and team-based learning opportunities,” chairman of Governor Ivey’s STEM Advisory Council, Dr. Neil Lamb said. “Nearly every industry is impacted by cybersecurity, and the CyberStart challenge opens the door to a host of career opportunities for these Alabama learners.”

Registration for the Girls Go CyberStart Challenge opens on December 2, with online gaming commencing on January 13, 2020.

Additional details and preregistration can be found atwww.girlsgocyberstart.org.

3 months ago

University of Alabama highlights successful fundraising year

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The University of Alabama (UA) announced Tuesday that it had raised $202.7 million during the recently concluded fiscal year, which ended September 30.

The $202.7 million came from a record-setting 63,277 donors for the University.

“Our alumni and donors continue to steadfastly support and advance UA’s growth and impact as a national leader in higher education,” said UA President Stuart R. Bell. “We will continue to be good stewards of our resources by intentionally investing in our students and their educational opportunities at Alabama.”

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A press release noted, “Highlighting the successful 2018-19 fiscal year was the $30 million Hewson Hall Building Campaign benefiting the Culverhouse College of Business. Initially announced in September 2018, the campaign now has the entire $30 million committed for the project. Named in recognition of a $15 million gift from two alumni, Marillyn and James Hewson, Hewson Hall is projected to cost $60 million, with half of that funded by the University and the other half from charitable contributions.”

“When we embarked upon the Hewson Hall campaign, there was no doubt in our minds that our base of alumni and friends of the College would see the positive impact that the building will have on our ability to teach students and foster college-wide collaboration,” said Dr. Kay M. Palan, dean of UA’s Culverhouse College of Business.

Palan added, “To see that we’ve easily met our fundraising goal by the fairly accelerated deadline is clear evidence that our network sees Hewson Hall as a component critical to the future growth of the College.”

Pending approval from The University of Alabama Board of Trustees, Hewson Hall, which is set to open in August 2021, will be constructed across the street from Mary Hewell Alston Hall on the western edge of UA’s campus. According to the press release, Hewson Hall will be “configured around a three-story atrium – a light-filled, dynamic space designed to connect faculty, staff, and students. Plans for the 108,000-square-foot building include 22 classrooms, 31 team collaboration rooms and several conference rooms and other gathering spaces.”

“Thank you to everyone who contributed to the Hewson Hall Building Campaign, including the campaign cabinet, for their generosity to and enthusiasm for The University of Alabama,” said C.T. Fitzpatrick, chair of the campaign cabinet. “As a result of their efforts, we were able to complete a successful campaign in record time, which will expedite the impact this facility will have on students and faculty.”

The press release also highlighted some of the generous gifts from the Holle Family Foundation, Alabama Power Foundation and Coca-Cola Foundation, as well as the successful completion of the Blackburn Institute Legacy Endowment Campaign:

— A $10 million gift commitment from the Holle Family Foundation, of Birmingham, will establish the Holle Center for Communication Arts, an interdisciplinary center in the College of Communication and Information Sciences. The generous gift, which represents the largest commitment to-date for C&IS, honors the life of Brig. Gen. Everett Hughes Holle and his dedication to his alma mater and the profound impact he made on the field of communication.

— A $1.4 million grant from the Alabama Power Foundation established the Alabama Power Endowed Innovation and Talent Retention Fund, which will develop and sustain resources dedicated to business innovation and entrepreneurship, creating a lasting positive economic impact on the state of Alabama and its citizens.

— The Coca-Cola Foundation is continuing its support for the Coca-Cola First Generation Scholars program at UA with a new four-year grant award of $1 million. The program was first established at UA in 2006 with an initial $1 million gift. Since then, the Coca-Cola Foundation has awarded $4 million to support first generation students at Alabama.

— The Blackburn Institute Legacy Endowment Campaign was established with the goal of raising $2.1 million to double the size of the Institute’s endowment in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Thanks to the work of the volunteer committee, the campaign exceeded its goal, raising more than $2.2 million, half of which will be dedicated to the creation of a Statewide Fellows Support Fund, ensuring the financial and human resources necessary for the next phase of growth.

“Our donors have once again responded to the call for philanthropic support of the Capstone in a tremendous way. With their support, the University is positioning itself for even greater success,” said Bob Pierce, vice president for advancement.

“Hewson Hall is the crowning achievement of our fundraising year, and we look forward to that facility becoming a reality,” Pierce continued. “In addition, we have now averaged more than $200 million in new gifts and pledges the last two years, and those commitments are making an impact across campus in the form of new and enhanced scholarships, new chairs and professorships supporting our world-class faculty and new facilities to improve the student experience.”

He added, “The University is excelling in so many ways under Dr. Bell’s leadership, and we are fortunate to have him at the Capstone.”

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3 months ago

Over $1 million awarded in grants to combat illegal drugs in Alabama

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Monday that more than $1.4 million in grants are being awarded to continue the fight against illegal drugs in Alabama by “arresting those who buy or sell illegal drugs or falsely obtain prescription drugs.”

According to a press release, the funds will be “distributed to the seven regional offices of the Alabama Drug Enforcement Task Force under the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency. ALEA receives separate funding to help administer the task force. The task force offices were formed in January 2018 and are made up of officers in local law enforcement agencies.”

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“We must combat the illegal and illegally obtained drugs that rob so many people of productive lives and that destroy families,” Ivey said. “I am pleased to support this task force, and I am grateful to the men and women who risk their lives to take drugs off our streets.”

Over the course of two years, the statewide drug task force made up of 93 law enforcement officers representing 46 state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies has been involved in 991 drug cases, which resulted in 606 arrests. Agents have seized 508 pounds of marijuana, 228 pounds of methamphetamine and 11 pounds of heroin and opioids along with other drugs and more than 200 firearms.

“The seven regional drug task force offices each received $204,100 in grant funding,” the press release stated. “Each regional office covers eight to 12 counties, although officers have powers in other jurisdictions.  Funds will be used to cover overtime and operational expenses and equipment purchases.”

The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs is administering the grants from funds made available to the state from the United States Justice Department.

“ADECA values its partnerships with ALEA and the regional drug task forces who are making a difference in our communities,” said ADECA Director Kenneth Boswell.

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3 months ago

University of Alabama attracts record external funding for research and other sponsored activities

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For the second year in a row, the University of Alabama has received record external funding for research and other sponsored activities.

A press release from the university stated, “[F]or the 2019 fiscal year, UA’s total sponsored awards reached nearly $132.5 million, an increase of more than 33% from the previous year.”

Total sponsored awards include all competitive external funding for research, service, instruction, fellowships and construction.

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“Our research and economic development initiative is designed to make a difference in the lives of our students, our citizens, our state and our country,” said University of Alabama President Stuart R. Bell. “Whether it’s getting innovative solutions into the marketplace quickly to fill a societal need, mentoring our student scholars in research labs or aiding a small business in writing its business plan, we’re searching for, and finding, impactful ways of serving others.”

Dr. Russell J. Mumper, UA vice president for research and economic development shared his enthusiasm over the research conducted by those at the university.

“We’re leveraging our emerging and established research and service strengths to benefit society,” said Mumper. “This is essential to our mission and a core pillar of UA’s strategic plan.”

Mumper added external grants and contracts supporting UA research also reached record levels with a nearly 21% increase from the previous year.

“Our faculty and staff have enthusiastically embraced our plan of moving even closer to the top of premier comprehensive research institutions in the United States over the next five years,” Mumper continued. “With their talent and hard work, we’ll see an increasing number of ways in which the University impacts research and economic development in our state, nation and world.”

“I’d like to thank our Congressional delegation for their dedication in helping us secure some of these resources,” he stated. “Their hard work will be a sound investment for the region.”

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@RealKyleMorris.

3 months ago

Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama set to host Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham

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The Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama announced this week that it will hold the Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham on November 2, 2019.

The Walk to END EPILEPSY, which will be held at Railroad Park from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., brings the community together “to affect change through care, advocacy, research, and education.”

The event is expected to raise $50,000 to help more than 54,000 people living in Alabama and draw a crowd of more than 300 people who are “anticipated to support the Epilepsy Foundation’s fundraising efforts and help raise awareness about epilepsy.”

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“We are excited to hold the Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham to further engage and mobilize the community to be part of the fight to END EPILEPSY,” said Sara Franklin, executive director of the Epilepsy Foundation of Alabama.

“The Walk to END EPILEPSY is the only Walk to END EPILEPSY in Alabama and serves as our largest fundraiser of the year,” she added. “This annual event strengthens our current efforts and generates funding to help families affected by epilepsy and seizures in our local community.”

A press release noted, “Over a lifetime, one in 10 people will have a seizure, and one in 26 will be diagnosed with epilepsy. There are more people living with epilepsy than with Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and cerebral palsy, combined. Yet, epilepsy receives one-tenth the research funding than any one of those disorders.”

To sign up or for more information about the Walk to END EPILEPSY in Birmingham, visit WalktoEndEpilepsy.org/birmingham. Contact Sara Franklin at sfranklin@efa.org for information about sponsorship opportunities.

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3 months ago

Gary Palmer introduces resolution condemning global persecution of Christians

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Republican Rep. Gary Palmer (AL-6) introduced on Friday Res. 640, a resolution condemning the global persecution of Christians.

According to a press release, the resolution “recognizes that Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world and condemns systemic persecution for faith-related reasons.”

The resolution also “calls on the U.S. State Department to prioritize religious freedom in its foreign policy considerations.”

“Christians endure persecution for their faith every day around the world,” Palmer said in a statement. “Just a few recent examples include the horrific bombings on Palm Sunday in Egypt and on Easter Sunday in Sri Lanka this year.”

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He added, “Religious freedom is fundamental to human dignity and freedom, so it’s important for us to advocate for the end of all religious persecution around the world, particularly the persecution of Christians.”

According to multiple studies, including that of the Pew Research Center, Christians are the most persecuted religious group in the world. Examples include attacks on Christians by the Boko Haram in Nigeria, genocide against Christians by ISIS in Northern Iraq and Syria, and government prohibitions on church attendance, religious imagery, and Bible distribution in China.

Palmer’s press release noted, “According to Open Doors USA’s 2019 World Watch List, the 50 most dangerous countries for Christians were responsible for the deaths of 4,136 Christians for faith-related reasons, for 1,266 church or Christian building attacks, and for 2,625 imprisonments, arrests, sentencings, and detentions without trial of Christians.”

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3 months ago

Mo Brooks introduces resolution demanding impeachment work available to public

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Congressman Mo Brooks (R-Huntsville) introduced a House resolution Wednesday requiring impeachment related hearings, witness interviews and communications, document production and examinations, proceedings and other work be done in an open setting for public view.

“House Democrats are conducting a hyper-partisan impeachment effort in the Capitol basement that even members of Congress are barred from attending,” Brooks said in a news release. “As such, Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s so-called ‘Impeachment Inquiry’ is a sham process that both violates House rules and violates even the most fundamental rights guaranteed by the United States Constitution.”

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“An impeachment inquiry that is secretive, violates both the Constitution and past precedent, and excludes Congressmen and the American people is illegitimate at best and a political charade and sham at worst,” he continued. “For emphasis, and most egregiously, Democrats are excluding the American people from the entire process.”

“The American people deserve the right to witness this impeachment process and hear unfiltered witness testimony, but Democrats instead adamantly seek to deny the American people the ability to judge the merits of impeachment efforts based solely on firsthand information, not gossip and hearsay,” Brooks added. “The veil of secrecy must be lifted and the selective leaking of deceptive testimony without context must end.”

Brooks then included a statement on “informed citizenry,” questioning why the Democrats are “opposed” to it.

“I’ve introduced a simple House resolution that demands that all impeachment related hearings, witness interviews and communications, document production and examinations, proceedings, and other related work be done in an open setting in public view,” Brooks said.

“For the life of me, I don’t understand how Democrats can possibly be opposed to open government and a more informed citizenry that gets real evidence firsthand rather than the illegally leaked gossip so readily parroted and aired by a complicit and partisan Fake News Media.”

Original cosponsors for the resolution include the following:

Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01), Congressman Scott Perry (PA-10), Congressman Mark Meadows (NC-11), Congressman Brian Babin (TX-36), Congressman Tom McClintock (CA-04), Congressman David Schweikert (AZ-06), Congressman Andy Biggs (AZ-05), Congressman Alexander X. Mooney (WV-02), Congressman Warren Davidson (OH-08), Congressman Louie Gohmert (TX-01), Congressman Morgan Griffith (VA-09), Congressman Ted S. Yoho (FL-03), Congressman Chip Roy (TX-21), Congressman Bill Posey (FL-08), Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01), Congressman Jody Hice (GA-10), Congressman Paul Gosar (AZ-04), Congressman Michael Cloud (TX-27) and Congressman Bradley Byrne (AL-01).

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3 months ago

Scholarship to fund 50 high school, college students’ path to automotive manufacturing careers

Tuesday, the Alabama Automotive Manufacturers Association (AAMA) and Alabama Community College System (ACCS) announced they have partnered to give a total of $180,000 in scholarships, as well as mentors, to 50 students seeking a technical education certificate or associate degree in the automotive manufacturing industry.

This is not the first time this has been done. Earlier this year, scholarships were given to students who are currently in school this semester. Students who are awarded scholarships after the November deadline will begin classes in the spring, summer or fall semesters of 2020.

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The press release noted, “Interested students with at least a 2.5 GPA can learn more information and apply directly through the website, https://dreamitdoitalabama.com/aama/. Applicants must use the scholarship toward an automotive-related program, including the following: Automotive Manufacturing Technology; Automotive Manufacturing; Automotive Service Technician; Computer Numerical Control; Engineering Technology; Industrial Electronics Technology; Industrial Maintenance Technology; Injection Molding; Logistics; Machine Shop/Tool Technology; Manufacturing Technology; Mechanical Design Technology; Mechatronics; or Welding Technology.”

AAMA president Ron Davis said the scholarship program provides students with “tremendous opportunities.”

“The access our scholarship recipients have to mentors in the industry, in addition to the training they’ll receive while studying at an Alabama community college, provides tremendous opportunities in the automotive manufacturing industry,” Davis said. “Our partnership with Alabama’s community colleges is industry and education working together the way they should to help individuals succeed.”

Jeff Lynn, ACCS’ vice-chancellor of Workforce and Economic Development, said the scholarships complement other work-based learning initiatives in place for community colleges to continually provide world-class training that meets Alabama’s industry needs.

“The best advice we receive for how to educate and train an excellent workforce for employers and entrepreneurs is directly from the source – Alabama industry,” Lynn outlined. “With industry input and continued investment in career and technical training, including scholarships and new programs, the Alabama Community College System is providing what both employees and employers need to succeed.”

Each scholarship recipient will receive $3,600. According to the press release, the award covers tuition, fees and/or books needed. A full submission for the scholarship requires the following: a completed application; a resume; a maximum 500-word essay on why the student wants to work in Alabama’s automotive industry; one signed reference letter; an unofficial college or high school transcript; and a headshot photo.

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3 months ago

Ivey announces ID Plastics to open manufacturing operation in Auburn, creating 50 jobs

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Governor Kay Ivey announced Monday that ID Plastics LP, a manufacturer of a variety of technical plastic products, is set to open its first operation in Auburn, investing $9.8 million.

“Our continued efforts and partnerships with local communities have led to another great manufacturer coming to Alabama,” Ivey said. “ID Plastics’ decision to select Alabama will create 50 jobs for families in East Alabama over the next three years.”

At first, the company will produce the ID PACK sleeve, a foldable, returnable transportation container system used in various industries.

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A press release noted, “Brothers Martin and Andreas Hartl formed the Alabama-based business operation with the plan to bring various products of their companies, DUROtherm Plastics, a thermoforming specialist, and the Infinex Group, an extrusion specialist, to a production center in the U.S. The two companies are headquartered in the Black Forest in Southwest Germany and have approximately 600 employees.”

“Transport containers have always had downsides of one kind or another,” Martin Hartl said. “We responded with an innovative collapsing container system that eliminates these problems. The ID PACK is a truly problem-free sleeve pack system.”

Andreas Hart also discussed his vision for the company as it relates to the parts and manufacturing required.

“German technology made in the U.S.A. with state-of-the-art, customer-oriented manufacturing — that’s the perfect combination, the way we see it,” Hart said. “This was the foundation for the ID PACK collapsible container system and the big advantages it offers in a wide range of logistics applications.”

Auburn Mayor Ron Anders expressed his support for the German operation in a statement.

“We are grateful to be the U.S. headquarters and manufacturing location for ID Plastics,” Anders said. “Through our partnership with Auburn University, Southern Union Community College and our existing industries, the City of Auburn has created an excellent environment for technology-based, value-added manufacturing operations like ID Plastics. We welcome Andreas and Martin to the Auburn family.”

Greg Canfield, secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce, released a statement on the project and reflected on the strong economic ties between Alabama and the German industry.

“German companies have directed around $10 billion in new capital investment to Alabama in the past two decades because these companies have learned they can find success in our state,” Canfield said. “We welcome ID Plastics and look forward to helping another German business enterprise prosper in Alabama.”

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4 months ago

USDA deputy undersecretary delivers speech on climate change at Auburn University

United States Department of Agriculture Deputy Undersecretary Scott Hutchins recently traveled to Auburn University where he delivered a speech on climate change to faculty and students.

“There are a lot of reasons for climate change, and there are a lot of things we need to do to prepare for it,” said Hutchins, an Auburn alumnus and the Fall 2019 Auburn University College of Agriculture E.T. York lecturer.

“I think we can do some mitigation, but most importantly, on behalf of our species, we need to adapt to it,” he said. “We need to make sure that our agricultural systems—our capabilities and our productivity—are not unduly affected by it. There are a number of ways we can focus on that, including plant breeding, land conservation and irrigation.”

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Hutchins insisted that farmers are not to blame for climate change and that those claims should not be tolerated.

“Some groups are quick to do that, but farmers are adapting to it in terms of how their operations work, and there is a tremendous opportunity to make more progress,” he said.

“We’re beginning to understand the particular impacts of climate variability, and I’m absolutely convinced that the industry’s ability to breed with advanced techniques as well as traditional techniques will allow us to stay ahead of that curve and allow us to adapt in different areas.”

Hutchins also discussed sustainable agricultural intensification.

“There are no doubts by anyone that we have big challenges ahead in terms of feeding the world,” Hutchins said. “I personally don’t worry about these big goals—we definitely have the capacity and capability to feed the world. What I do worry about is if we will do it in a way that will diminish our expanding capacity. That’s the biggest challenge—can we feed the world in a way that’s truly sustainable? We need to be able to talk about these best practices and other things, but we have to do it in a context where farm businesses can understand how to make it into a sustainable approach.”

“Every farmer and every farming operation is going to have a different formula on how they protect their soil or grow their soil health,” he continued.

“Some will be able to do it by intercropping and others in different ways,” Hutchins added. “The unique thing about this industry is that every cow is an experimental unit, and every acre is an experimental unit, so growers and ranchers can do their own experimentation in terms of what is working for their farmers. They literally — pardon the pun — don’t have to bet the farm on any particular tactic — they can find the ones that work for them.”

Another theme discussed by Hutchins was food and nutrition translation.

“I find it exciting that we now have the opportunity to change the game,” he said. “We partner with the Food and Nutrition Service every five years to co-sponsor the update of the dietary guidelines. Unfortunately, that’s become somewhat of a political rather than a science process only. Nonetheless, what I see on the horizon is our ability to work with genomics and to understand disease end-points. The ability to have precision nutrition in a healthy way is not that far away.”

According to a press release, Hutchins also said value-added innovation is a fourth theme and one in which the USDA is obligated to help producers and consumers.

“We have a very active office of technology transfer,” Hutchins stated. “On average, it takes about nine years from the time research is published until the time that it is picked up by any kind of patent. That’s a long gestation time for information. Can we improve that and bring it to the ranch or farm?”

Hutchins then discussed global agricultural science policy leadership.

“It gets down to the United States taking a positive, proactive and leadership role in helping shape science policy around the world,” Hutchins said. “The policy and rules and regulations should be based on credible, repeatable and peer-reviewed science. While that seems very straight-forward to those of us in this field, it’s not always the case around the world, and it has a huge impact on innovation.”

There are groups — fundamentally based in Europe—that follow the “precautionary principle,” he said.

“It sounds good, but it’s a political principle and not a scientific principle,” Hutchins said. “It forces scientists to prove a negative, and you can’t prove a negative. That’s why we advocate for risk-based assessment.”

Hutchins also offered advice to students on what recommendations “define successful scientists.”

“You need to have a passion for learning—not just cursory learning but deep learning,” he said.

He added, “Never stop being curious and never stop seeking new knowledge. But if you don’t have the passion, nothing else will matter.”

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