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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.

2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Doug Jones, Kavanaugh investigation and more …

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, October 1.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Doug Jones, whose office number is (202) 224-4124
– NASCAR’s newest course, “The Roval”
– French Rapper, Nick Conrad, has a new music video – “Hang White People”
– Brett Kavanaugh FBI investigation

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2 months ago

Alabama veteran shares about his time in ‘America’s Last Frontier’

James Kuppersmith sat down with Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” and discussed his time in Alaska from the perspective of an Alabamian.

James is a veteran and was stationed in Alaska, where he met his wife. It turns out they were both from Alabama and ended up meeting back in Alabama just a few years later.

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Ford and James cover everything from nightless days to the wildlife you always have to watch out for.

James shares how the modernization of Alaska takes so long because so many things there are protected or might have a negative environmental impact.

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on third Kavanaugh accuser, Bill Cosby and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 26.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh has another accuser
– Bill Cosby sentenced to three-10 years
– Alexander Titus
– College president praised and then apologizing for funneling beer
– Spirit week at a Louisiana middle school

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2 months ago

Strong like Samson, tough like Benaiah and wise like Solomon -Thomas Cox reveals his plan for himself and raising his kids

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Finding the time to do everything in a day is tough, but Thomas Cox shared his secrets on “The Ford Faction.”

In this episode, Thomas Cox from Mealfit.co discussed where his parenting techniques come from and how he finds time to execute them. He breaks down the processes he does with each of his children.

First, he teaches them to be strong like Samson. He wants his kids to be strong in many ways: mentally, physically, socially and spiritually.

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Second, Thomas wants his kids to be tough like Benaiah.

He said, “Toughness is one of the biggest parts of our lives we have to get better at so we can adapt to what’s happening around us.”

Finally, you have to be wise like Solomon.

Thomas told host Ford Brown, “I think if you’re not spending a lot of your day on self-development, you are missing the boat.”

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on second Kavanaugh accuser, Rosenstein and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 24.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh has a list of accusers
– Trump VS Rosenstein Thursday
– Michigan High School gets rid of “Homecoming Queen”
– East AlabamaWorks!
– Kaepernick might be back in NFL

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on the ACLU suing Merrill, Doug Jones dodging questions and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 20.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

— the ACLU suing John Merrill because they don’t like his Twitter
— Corey Booker’s #MeToo history
— Doug Jones dodging questions
— more Kavanaugh
— Maryland shooting

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on the Kavanaugh showdown, the Emmys and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 18.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

— Kavanaugh allegations turning into a showdown
— Emmys scoring an all-time low rating
— Post-Hurricane Florence
— Concerned parent

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on ‘In God We Trust’ in Cullman County Schools, Brett Kavanaugh allegations and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 17.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh allegations
– National motto “In God, We Trust” to be displayed in Cullman County Schools
– Launchpad Alabama to help Alabama entrepreneurs
– Industry coming back to the USA
– Tech making it hard to cheat

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2 months ago

Former Sheriff David Clarke slams Randall Woodfin for not recognizing federal laws in Birmingham sanctuary city debate

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Former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke appeared this week on “The Ford Faction” to discuss protecting George H. W. Bush on the tragic day of 9/11.

He goes on to discuss Birmingham Mayor Randall Woodfin calling Birmingham a “welcoming city” that will not work with ICE.

Clarke explains that according to federal law, it is illegal to not enforce federal immigration laws. He says mayors and politicians are subject to federal prison when they don’t enforce federal laws in place.

The frequent Fox News Channel guest tells host Ford Brown that he wonders why mayors are not being charged by the US Attorney’s Office for not enforcing federal laws.

Clarke predicts that the only way to reverse the trend is to make sure the voters turn out to vote.

In conclusion, the former sheriff gives a quick “Roll Tide.”

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Kavanaugh allegations, Tim Allen and more…

Ford Brown of “The Ford Faction” breaks down the topics of the day, September 14.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh allegations
– Texas high schooler wearing makeup
– Tim Allen asked about President Trump
– Nikki Haley’s curtains as reported by the New York Times

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2 months ago

Alabama’s new $25 million investment fund for start-up companies

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Matt Hottle joined “The Ford Faction” Thursday from Birmingham, and works for the Alabama Futures Fund (AFF).

AFF has closed a $25 million early-stage venture capital fund, launching the largest seed-stage investment fund in Alabama history.

According to Hottle, AFF will focus its investments in companies across a broad range of industries that exhibit the potential for high growth. AFF is focused on developing a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem in Alabama and will only invest in companies that are headquartered in, or willing to relocate to, the state of Alabama.

The fund was conceived to address Alabama’s historically low ranking in funding for early-stage startups. AFF will add meaningful capital to the burgeoning Alabama startup ecosystem while helping to close the funding gap that has hindered startup activity and economic growth in Alabama.

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Hurricane Florence, Pope Francis cover-up and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 13.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

⁃ Hurricane Florence
⁃ Spain Park High School student racist video
⁃ Pope Francis, cover-up or investigation?
⁃ Victoria Secret model “insensitive”
⁃ Carlos Zetina emails every single girl named Nicole at his college for an awesome reason

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Woodfin’s new PAC, politicized hurricane and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 12.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Political hurricane
– Apple’s new iPhone
– Reaction to Colin Kaepernick in Alabama
– Mayor Randall Woodfin new PAC
– AFF- Alabama Futures Fund that grants small businesses start up money

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Serena Williams, Mallory Hagan and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 10.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Serena Williams’ meltdown
– Mallory Hagan trying to beat out incumbent Mike Rogers for the 3rd Congressional District seat in Alabama
– Tim Allen’s Show “Last Man Standing” is back on Fox
– CBS CEO Les Moonves gets #MeToo’d by 12 women
– Broadway Star Carol Cook on President Trump
– ‘Where’s John Wilkes Booth when you need him?’

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2 months ago

The Hollywood Conservative Amanda Head: ‘What has Colin Kaepernick really sacrificed?’

Amanda Head, the Hollywood Conservative, wasted no time blasting off on the Brett Kavanaugh hearings over the interruptions, stunts and news over the past week.

Amanda said she thinks Kavanaugh will be ready to go by October 1. She then goes into another gear about how In & Out is getting pushback after they donated to both political parties. Next, she weighs in on the NY Times Op-Ed from their anonymous source. Finally, she tries to figure out what Colin Kaepernick has actually sacrificed.

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Ivey-Maddox audio, Roy Moore and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 7.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

⁃ Gov. Kay Ivey cuts up part of Walt Maddox audio
⁃ Roy Moore Sues Sacha Baron Cohen’s show “Who is America”
⁃ NY Times’ “I Am Part of the Resistance, Inside the Trump Administration” op-ed
⁃ San Francisco now a drug users dream

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2 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Trump-Sessions, Cory Booker and more…

The Ford Faction’s Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 6.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Did Trump really call Jeff Sessions a “dumb southerner?”
– NY Times’ “I Am Part of the Resistance, Inside the Trump Administration” op-ed
– Cory Booker tries a “GOTCHA” technique with Brett Kavanaugh
– Latest NFL poll
– Should parents be held accountable for their kids’ actions?

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3 months ago

Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale lays out his two-part plan to ensure safety in Jefferson County schools (AUDIO)

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Jefferson County Sheriff Mike Hale joined Ford in studio Wednesday and laid out his plan to ensure safety in Jefferson County Schools.

Hale said he wants to see the safest county schools in the nation in Alabama.

His plans include placing a School Resource Deputy (SRO) in every Jefferson County school – elementary, middle and high – and forming an assessment team within the School Resource Division to identify students who exhibit specific behavioral patterns that may indicate a need for assistance.

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Mike Hale said, “Tactical response in schools is different. You have children, you need the proper ammunition, you have to have the proper tacticle plan and our plan not only put a deputy sheriff in every school but it says we think that important in Jefferson County.”

He added, “The mental health component is a big component of the success.”

Jefferson County Schools will set the precedent for leading the nation in school safety.

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3 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Brett Kavanaugh hearing, #BoycottNike and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 5.

The show’s “Final thoughts” segment touches on:

– Brett Kavanaugh hearing
– Twitter and Facebook CEO get drilled for not noticing Russian bots during 2016 election
– Alabama Power takes on Tropical Storm Gordon
– #BoycottNike protest and how it will affect them
– Mike Hale’s plan for Jefferson County Schools safety

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3 months ago

Alabama Power works to keep the electricity running through any storm (AUDIO)

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Michael Sznajderman, spokesman for Alabama Power called in today to explain the preparation that goes into hurricane season for Alabama Power.

It is no small ordeal as they were ready to go with sister companies such as Georgia Power and Mississippi Power ready to help out and in turn do the same for them.

He stated that thought it was not a large storm, “48,000 customers across the state were affected” out of the 1.4 million customers they serve in Alabama.

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“At the peak of the storm, there were 25,000 without power, however, now that number is down to 7,800 now without power,” said Sznajderman.

Alabama Power has been chipping away at those numbers since first light today and will continue to work.

Host Ford Brown went on to ask when does the company turn their attention away from the hurricanes and onto other potential storms around the state, which Sznajderman replied, “We are always watching out for the state no matter what is going on at our state, but November we switch to tornadoes and snowstorms.”

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3 months ago

WATCH: The Ford Faction’s final thoughts on Kaepernick, Harvey Weinstein and more…

“The Ford Faction” host Ford Brown breaks down the topics of the day, September 4.

The show’s “Final Thoughts” segment touches on:

– Jon Kyl to fill Arizona’s Senate seat
– Colin Kaepernick
– NBC tries to kill Harvey Weinstein story from the top down
– Weight loss breakthrough
– Nascar in trouble

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3 months ago

Regions Bank VP of marketing shares how even strangers can be like family in Alabama

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Bret Pippen thought it was just going to be another day at Regions tower in downtown Birmingham. However, as he learned about a tragic event, his day stopped. He began to think about what relationships around him actually meant.

Bret, the senior vice president of marketing at Regions Bank, shares this story just months after it happened to show us humanity still exists in this crazy world we live in.

The story begins with Bret building a relationship with Esquire, a shoe shiner.

Eventually, his son, Jamal, starts working there and connecting with Bret. They would talk about anything from marketing strategy to Alabama football. One day, the shoe shine shop was closed, so Bret asked around to see where Esquire and Jamal were. He was informed Jamal had been killed. To Bret’s disbelief, he went and searched it on his computer and there it was.

He had the feeling we all feel when you realize something tragic happens to someone you care about — your stomach sinks to your toes. On one of the busiest meeting days of the year, Bret was headed down to get a snack and passed by the shoe shine stand. As he came around the corner, there was Esquire. Bret had not seen Esquire since before he found out the tragic story about his son.

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Bret thought to himself, “I’m so busy, not today, I just don’t have time.”

Although, when he walked passed him they locked eyes and Esquire fell into his arms. The tears began to fall and Bret just hugged him. He then saw the line of people there to console Esquire behind him.

Bret said that he did not remember what meeting he missed, but he will always remember those moments with Esquire.

This shows the human side of the crazy world we live in today. In all of the lives of people around us, there are so many of them like Esquire where if we looked up from our phones and connected with people around us, we would realize there are other people out there that need someone to lean on.

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3 months ago

The Hollywood Conservative explains what is really going to happen with Cohen, Manafort and Trump

Amanda Head, the Hollywood Conservative, joins The Ford Faction to talk about an array of topics.

First, she explains the situation involving Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort, as well as the relations between them now.

Next, Ford asks Amanda what she thinks about the national media.

They then discuss the tragic event with the murder of Mollie Tibbitts, followed by the hypocritical actions of Asia Argento and her #MeToo stance this past year.

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3 months ago

Why do you need a morning routine? Mealfit’s Thomas Cox explains

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Thomas Cox from Mealfit breaks down how important a morning routine really is. He says that our brain can only make so many good decisions throughout the day and to use your time wisely. The routine is simple and easy to follow. He goes onto talk about examining success, “look at successful people, they wear minimalistic clothing.”

He mentions how you need to wake up before your kids, and how you “should always guide them, don’t let them guide you.” Thomas has a morning routine that will make you think about how you start your day off every morning and want to change it.

Mealfit is a company founded on making eating easier and healthier. Thomas feels motivating people through food and lifestyle is the way he can truly impact this world

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