Daily News Digest – December 20, 2021



Presented by the

League of Municipalities of Alabama

Good morning!

Counting today, there are only five days left until Christmas, 12 days until the New Year, and 22 days until the legislative session of 2022.

Here is your daily news for Monday, December 20.

  • Starting Jan. 1, banks in Alabama will be able to delay transactions on the accounts of elderly and vulnerable customers if fraud is suspected.
  • The new law, approved by the Legislature earlier this year, was proposed by the Alabama Bankers Association and supported by AARP Alabama.
  • According to the AARP, more than 334,000 incidents of financial abuse of seniors are reported to US authorities each year, causing losses estimated at $ 6.3 billion. And those numbers are probably lower than the real problem because the abuse is underreported.
  • Scott Latham, president of the Alabama Banking Association, said bank workers can build multi-year relationships with customers, enabling them to effect changes in banking behavior that aren’t right.
  • “This bill gives us the ability to put the transaction on hold, if the banker feels it is warranted, and to ensure the transaction is up,” Latham said.
  • Read more from Mary Sell HERE.

  • Alabama matched its lowest infant mortality rate, matching the mark set in 2018, but remained well above the national rate of babies who died before their first birthday.
  • Alabama’s infant mortality rate was 7.0 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2020, up from a provisional national rate of 5.5 per 1,000, the Alabama Department of Public Health said in a statement. hurry.
  • The infant mortality rate in 2020 remained twice as high for black infants, at 10.9, compared to 5.2 for white infants.
  • State health officials said the top three causes of infant mortality were: disorders related to short gestation and low birth weight; birth defects and chromosomal abnormalities; and sudden infant death syndrome.
  • Read more HERE.

A message from

League of Municipalities of Alabama

  • Leading Democrats from the White House to Congress and beyond on Sunday expressed outrage at Sen. Joe Manchin for announcing he would not support the $ 2 trillion domestic tax and spending program. dollars from President Joe Biden known as the “Build Back Better Act”.
  • The West Virginia Democrat’s move almost dealt a fatal blow to the bill, which needed the support of all Senate Democrats 50-50 for Vice President Kamala Harris to break the tie and put him in the- above.
  • Republicans announced that Manchin made a maverick move by joining all GOP senators, now shutting down Biden’s big social services and climate change program. But Progressive Democrats have ruthlessly portrayed Manchin as a broken dealbreaker, and even moderates have criticized extensively after months of talks. The question of whether the senator, a longtime Democrat, finally breaks with his party has also been part of the discussion.
  • “We knew he would,” tweeted Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, DN.Y. Washington State Representative Pramila Jayapal, leader of the House Progressives, said Manchin could no longer say “he is a man of his word.”
  • “If he does not have the courage to do what it takes for the working families of West Virginia and America, let him vote no in front of the whole world,” said Senator Bernie Sanders, the independent from Vermont who chairs the budget committee. , said on CNN.
  • Read more from Lisa Mascaro and Alan Fram HERE.

  • A federal appeals panel on Friday cleared President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate for large private employers to move forward, overturning a previous ruling on a requirement that could affect some $ 84 million of American workers.
  • The 2-1 decision of a panel of the U.S. 6th Court of Appeals in Cincinnati overturns a decision by a federal judge in a separate court that suspended the warrant nationwide.
  • The mandate of the US Occupational Safety and Health Administration was supposed to go into effect on January 4, but will now be delayed for a week until January 11.
  • That is, unless the United States Supreme Court intervenes as the case is appealed.
  • Republican state attorneys general and conservative groups have said they will do just that.
  • Twenty-seven Republican-led states have joined with conservative groups, trade associations and some individual businesses in pushing back the requirement as soon as OSHA released the rules in early November. They argued that the agency was not authorized to impose the emergency rule, in part because the coronavirus is a general health risk and not a risk faced only by employees at work.
  • The majority of the panel disagreed.
  • “Given OSHA’s clear and exercised power to regulate viruses, OSHA necessarily has the power to regulate infectious diseases that are not unique to the workplace,” wrote Justice Julia Smith Gibbons, who has was appointed to the court by former President George W. Bush. majority opinion.
  • Read more HERE.

  • Don Dailey, of Alabama Public Television, aired his last show as host of the Capitol Journal on Friday, ending a remarkable 10-year streak as the head of the state’s premier news program. governmental and political.
  • Governor Kay Ivey was in the studio for Dailey’s last show, thanking him for his years of service and presenting him with a proclamation. Attorney General Steve Marshall also appeared and mentioned Dailey’s reputation as a fair and balanced interviewer.
  • Other guests included State Health Officer Dr Scott Harris, House Rules Committee Chairman Mike Jones, R-Andalusia and State Representative Andrew Sorrell.
  • “May I say that I have been overwhelmed and humbled by the outpouring of so many people since the recent announcement of my retirement,” Dailey said as he wrapped up his last show. “It has been a privilege to be with you each week and, during the legislative session each evening, to bring you news regarding your state government. It has also been an honor to speak to the full spectrum of Heads of State who make decisions on your behalf. “
  • Watch the full episode HERE.

A message from AARP Alabama

  • To ensure that the residents and communities of Alabama reap the benefits of expanding high-speed internet, more work needs to be done to ensure that all residents have the tools and skills they need. need to get the most out of these services.
  • Read the full AARP Alabama editorial HERE.

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Financial Abuse Prevention Law comes into effect on January 1

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Alabama sees a drop in child mortality

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Fallout: Dems furious after Manchin overturns Biden’s $ 2,000,000 bill

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Court clears employer Biden’s vaccine mandate to take effect

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Don Dailey signs Capitol Journal after remarkable run as host

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Senator Joe Manchin Says No To $ 2,000 Bill: “I Can’t Vote For This”

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Gambling legislation again before lawmakers in session 22

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Omicron could put aside two leading drugs against COVID-19

ALABAMA DAILY NEWS – Hopkins and UAB defeated No.12 BYU 31-28 at Independence Bowl

AL.COM – Catherine Coleman Flowers on ’60 Minutes’: Alabama’s sewage crisis’ America’s dirty secret ‘

AL.COM – After Britney Spears battle and local scandals, Alabama supporters push for alternatives to guardianship

AL.COM – Alabama schools report slight increase in COVID cases ahead of winter recess

AL.COM – US military granted 0 religious exemptions for COVID vaccines

AL.COM – Birmingham celebrates 150 years

Montgomery Advertiser – One Day in Alabama: How the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed Lives Statewide

Montgomery Announcer – One and 100: Sheriff’s Office Worker Lauren Martin

Montgomery Announcer – One and 100: Bruce Pearl, Auburn University basketball coach

TUSCALOOSA NEWS – Contributor Finis St. John: Buying Bryce Property Is Transformative

Decatur Daily – New rules set requirements for ambulance service operations

Decatur Daily – Decatur man sentenced to life without parole for murder of his cousin

Decatur Daily – Commission approves purchase of land for Morgan County Rescue Team

Times Daily – Chairman’s son takes over parks and recreation

Times Daily – 1 dead after Wednesday afternoon shooting in Rogersville

Times Daily – SEDA pledges $ 400,000 to Remote Shoals

Anniston Star – Hobson City hears about strong fundraising plan to restore old school

Anniston Star – Police mingle with the public over coffee and donuts

Anniston Star – City and County Leaders On Board for Ecotourism

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – NOAA, federal and state agencies continue efforts to restore the Gulf 11 years after the oil spill.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – The leader of the Women’s Foundation of Alabama chosen for the prestigious Aspen Institute Fellowship.

YELLOWHAMMER NEWS – State Senator Elliott: New I-10 Mobile River Bridge “Could Improve” – ​​”I always advocate for increased state investment in this one.”

Dothan Eagle – Tennessee appoints deputy director as new head of justice system

Dothan Eagle – EU hopes to avoid war in Ukraine with talks and threat of sanctions

Dothan Eagle – Asian stocks rise after Fed steps up stimulus withdrawal

GADSDEN TIMES – Gadsden Airport Authority congratulated on voting against Pilgrim’s Pride rendering plant proposal

OPELIKA AUBURN NEWS – Auburn council plans to change land zoning for largest housing community they have ever seen

WASHINGTON POST – From Charm Offensive to Scorched Earth: How Biden’s fragile alliance with Manchin fell apart

WASHINGTON POST – Large parts of rural America are becoming drugstore deserts. These little towns have found a way out

WASHINGTON POST – Amid huge shortage, new truck drivers are forming for some of the most difficult jobs in the supply chain

NEW YORK TIMES – Billions of dollars in Amtrak funding could modernize aging rail system

NEW YORK TIMES – “Lots of uncertainties”: Covid surge puts many Americans on the brink of travel



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