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2 weeks ago

Yes Alabama loves Trump, but Roby’s concerns were valid — are we really going to hold them against her?

Rep. Martha Roby has found herself in muddy water as she seeks to serve the people of Alabama through another term in Congress.

Last week, Rep. Roby was forced into a runoff after failing to garner more than 50 percent of the votes from her district. She now faces Bobby Bright, a former Democrat, in a July 17 runoff election.

After the revelation of the “Access Hollywood” tape where Trump boasted about sexual assault against females, Rep. Roby withdrew her support for him as he vied to become America’s new commander in chief.

Trump loyalty is a big deal for hardcore southern conservative voters. If you are not in line with President Trump and all that he envisions, many voters will quickly toss you to the side. That’s what we are witnessing in Roby’s case.

Just as there are “never-Trumpers,” the ones that never have anything positive to say about President Trump, there are “always-Trumpers.” The “always-Trumpers” never have anything negative to say about President Trump, which is as equally frightening, in my opinion, than a never-Trumper.

Americans must remember that the president is not to be worshipped. Is he to be appreciated? If he is doing good for the American people, most definitely. However, we cannot sit around and praise President Trump in the same way that we cannot sit around and condemn every single thing that he does. He is a human like you and me. While he may have much more money and influence, he is a human nonetheless. He is going to make mistakes. If you have your blinders on every single time he makes a mistake and strays from conservative values, you should consider yourself part of the problem.

A good voter knows when to call someone on their bull. If you consistently allow the wool to cast a shadow over your eyes, you become a worshipper. A worshipper that sees no wrongdoing and worships a tangible god.

I am in no way saying that President Trump is a bad president who is leading the American people blindly, I am only stating that the American people should never worship a president’s views and practices as if the president is the almighty powerful.

While Rep. Roby strayed from President Trump after the release of the “Access Hollywood” tape, I cannot say that I disagree with her. But are voters still holding this over her head? I am a Trump supporter just as much as the next one, but I can tell you that I did not appreciate his language in that clip.

Alabama voters must understand how Trump’s comments about grabbing women must have impacted Roby’s voting decision. Martha Roby is a woman who understands the real world issues women in America face. His comments, made prior to running for office, impacted the decisions of millions of voters in this country. Roby was not alone.

I understand that he seems to have changed now and I believe Rep. Roby understands that as well. She wants what is best for the American people and she knows that Trump is providing new and prosperous opportunities. Ninety-seven percent of the time, Roby sides with the Trump administration in voting.

Roby is pro-gun and anti-abortion and supported the tax cut bill last year while voting in every effort to repeal Obamacare.

Are Alabama voters going to keep that one issue hanging over her head? When do they swallow their pride and understand that Rep. Roby is following Trump’s plans and foresees the same future for America that President Trump does?

@RealKyleMorris is a Yellowhammer News contributor.

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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1 hour ago

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

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

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

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

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

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

Court records show he faces a July 10 court date.

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

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

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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2 hours ago

Former news production building in Birmingham sells for $1.5 million

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

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

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The Birmingham Design Review Committee approved the concept in February.

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

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

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

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

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

Birchfield Penuel & Associates is the architect.

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

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

3 hours ago

Alabama college ending aquaculture program after 27 years

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

(Associated Press, copyright 2018)

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