(Montgomery, AL-AP) — Alabama’s state Senate is passing a bill that would ban nearly all abortions. Democratic Minority Leader Bobby Singleton pleaded with the governor to reject the bill.
The measure makes abortions illegal except to prevent serious health risks to the pregnant woman. The senators voted down an amendment that would’ve added exceptions for rape and incest. The bill passed the Alabama House of Representatives and Republican Governor Kay Ivey has not said if she will sign it into law.
The bill’s authors in the House have said that their aim is to have the matter taken up by the U.S. Supreme Court with the hope that it will overturn the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision. That decision established a woman’s right to an abortion.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is weighing in on the passage of a controversial abortion bill in Alabama. In a brief remark to Capitol reporters today, Pelosi called it very sad and heartbreaking
(Beauregard, AL-AP) — At least 23 people are dead from tornadoes in eastern Alabama. Lee County Sheriff Jay Jones says he expects that number to go up as the search for missing people continues. Authorities have been using drones with heat-seeking technology to locate victims. At least two tornadoes hit Lee County Sunday afternoon. The hardest hit area appears to be around Beauregard, which is about 55 miles east of Montgomery.
The National Weather Service says the damage from Sunday’s tornadoes in eastern Alabama indicates that there was a tornado of at least EF-3 in strength. Tornadoes that strong can pack winds of up to 165 miles an hour and cause severe damage. On Monday, National Weather Service teams were out in Lee County and other areas hit by the deadly twisters to assess the damage. At least 14 people were killed in Lee County and dozens more hurt. Officials believe that number could rise since there are still a number of people missing.
(Tusacaloosa, AL) – Alabama quarterback Jalen Hurts doesn’t sound happy about how the program has treated him since being benched in last season’s national title game. Speaking to the media for the first time since then, Hurts talked a lot about the lack of communication from the team’s staff and told reporters, “No one came up to me the whole spring, coaches included, no one asked me how I felt.”
Hurts is in a battle for the starting quarterback job with Tua Tagovailoa, who came off the bench in the second half of the championship game and threw the game-winning touchdown pass in overtime to beat Georgia.
(Atlanta, GA) – When President Donald Trump swoops into Atlanta for a VIP seat at college football’s biggest game, he’ll enjoy the Southern hospitality of a city he disparaged a year ago as ”falling apart” and ”crime infested.”
The insults tweeted by Trump a week before his inauguration may seem like ancient history to most Americans who follow the president’s voluminous stream of online invective. But Atlanta hasn’t forgotten. ”It was very personal because we live here and we love it,” said Stephanie Langer, a 40-year-old East Atlanta resident whose anger
over the president’s put-downs was rekindled by news of his pending visit.
”I guess it’s just ironic that he’s coming here,” she said. ”I guess things must have improved.” Trump plans to be among 72,000 attending the College Football Playoff Championship game Monday evening between Georgia and Alabama. The game is being held at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the new $1.5 billion home field of the Atlanta Falcons.
(Washington, DC) — Former Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is being sued for defamation. The suit comes from the woman who accused Moore of sexually abusing her when she was 14 years old.
Leigh Corfman says she has been victimized by harsh personal attacks since she went public with the accusation. The “Washington Post” says Corfman is not seeking monetary relief. She wants a public apology from Moore and a legally-binding agreement that he will not criticize her again.
Some other women also accused Moore of past sexual misconduct during the recent Senate runoff campaign, which was won by Democrat Doug Jones. Moore aggressively denied the allegations.
(SL) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore says America was great during the days of slavery. Moore made the comment earlier this year, and it resurfaced in a viral tweet Thursday.
The comment comes from a report in the “Los Angeles Times” published last September. Moore was asked when America was last great, and he acknowledged that the U.S. had a history of racial tensions.
He then said, “I think it was great at the time when families were united–even though we had slavery, they cared for one another.” Moore has been under fire for multiple allegations of sexual misconduct.
In related new, One of Roy Moore’s accusers is denying reports that she forged the Alabama Senate candidate’s signature in her high school yearbook. The attorney for Beverly Young Nelson said they’ve confirmed the writing belongs to Moore. Gloria Allred told a press conference today that Nelson admits to adding the date to the end of the message as a way to remember when the yearbook was signed.
(SL) – Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore is calling the allegations of sexual misconduct against him “false, untrue and hurtful.”
Speaking at a Veterans Day event near Birmingham yesterday, Moore said he is not been guilty of sexual misconduct with anyone.
Moore has been under fire since the “Washington Post” reported claims that Moore sexually harassed four teenagers while he was in his 30s.
The Washington Post reports one of the women, Leigh Corfman, says she was 14 years old when an older man approached her outside a courtroom in Etowah County, Ala. She was sitting on a wooden bench with her mother, they both recall, when the man introduced himself as Roy Moore.
“He said, ‘Oh, you don’t want her to go in there and hear all that. I’ll stay out here with her,’ ” says Corfman’s mother, Nancy Wells, 71. “I thought, how nice for him to want to take care of my little girl.”
Alone with Corfman, Moore chatted with her and asked for her phone number, she says. Days later, she says, he picked her up around the corner from her house in Gadsden, drove her about 30 minutes to his home in the woods, told her how pretty she was and kissed her. On a second visit, she says, he took off her shirt and pants and removed his clothes. He touched her over her bra and underpants, she says, and guided her hand to touch him over his underwear.
“I wanted it over with — I wanted out,” she remembers thinking. “Please just get this over with. Whatever this is, just get it over.” Corfman says she asked Moore to take her home, and he did.
Moore questioned why the women would have waited 40 years to make their accusations, calling the their stories “absolutely unbelievable.”
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as well as other Republicans have asked Moore to step aside in the Senate race.
(Washington, DC) — Nearly 40-thousand pounds of turkey sold in nine states are being recalled. The USDA says the turkey is produced by Prestage Foods and might be contaminated with metal shavings.
It was sold as a store brand at Publix in one-point-three pound white styrofoam trays labeled “Publix ground turkey with natural flavorings” in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. Anyone who bought the product is urged to throw it away or return it to the store where it was purchased.
(SL) – A new study says breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015. According to the American Cancer Society, the decline averted more than 322 thousand deaths, and can be attributed to both advances in treatment and to early detection by mammography.
A breast cancer surgeon at UCLA, who was not involved in the study, said those medical advances include improved chemotherapy regimens and modern medication. Even still, the disease remains dangerous.
One in eight American women have a lifetime risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer, and that risk is even greater for American women of color. The study also found that 81 percent of breast cancer cases are diagnosed in women ages 50 years and older. The median age at diagnosis for women overall was 62 years old.
(SL) – The head of a leading medical association says there’s a way to ease the opioid crisis here in the U.S. Doctor David Ring, the chair of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Patient Safety Committee, says one key is to start prescribing opioids only sparingly and using other things like over-the-counter medications and cold compresses.
Doctor Ring says the opioid crisis came out of a push starting about 20 years ago for more and more use of opioids.
(Washington, DC) — The House of Representatives is trying to ban late term abortions. The House passed the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act yesterday, which criminalizes abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, except when the mother’s life is in danger or in cases of rape and incest.
Offenders could be fined, spend up to five years in prison, or both. The future of the bill now depends on Senate approval, where it’s unlikely to get the 60 votes needed to move on to the White House.
(SL) – The latest Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare is officially dead. Senate Republican leaders pulled the Graham-Cassidy bill after it became clear they don’t have the votes to pass it. Three Republicans and all 48 Democrats oppose the measure that would have transferred federal health insurance dollars to states.
There’s no harm to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis or anyone else after a rocket attack on the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan. Two missiles hit the airport hours after Mattis and NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg arrived today for unannounced meetings with Afghan officials. The Taliban says it was trying to hit Mattis.
A controversial former state supreme court chief justice is the winner in Alabama’s Republican Senate primary runoff. Roy Moore defeated Senator Luther Strange by a comfortable margin last night. Moore said even though President Trump didn’t support his run, he’ll back Trump’s agenda.
Acting Homeland Security Secretary Elaine Duke says Puerto Rico faces a long, tough road to recovery. Hurricane Maria devastated the U.S. territory last week. Duke and FEMA chief Brock Long briefed reporters outside the White House yesterday. President Trump plans to visit Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands next week.
(SL)-Former Alabama linebacker Reuben Foster better get his attitude in check before he sees a large chunk of his potential earnings missing. Foster was reportedly sent home from the Indianapolis scouting combine Friday after having a heated argument, that almost turned physical, with a hospital worker.
What could Foster possibly be arguing with a hospital worker about?? Ready for this…… waiting in line for a medical exam. Reportedly, the LB then pulled the ‘Do you know who I am?’ card which obviously didn’t matter one way or the other.
At one point, Foster allegedly threatened to ‘put hands’ on the male hospital worker who responded ‘do it’. One NFL spokesperson told reporters Foster left for ‘personal reasons’. And In an Instagram video, Foster denies that anything happened. Saying, “Y’all, stop asking me what happened, for real. Nothing happened.”
But Multiple sources allege that the ‘heated’ argument was the reason the potential top 10 NFL pick was booted from the scouting combine. The 22-year old is recovering from rotator cuff surgery and has about four more months to fully heal. He was not going to take part in drills on Friday.
Foster was supposed to go through team interviews Friday and testing Saturday. Instead, he will be flying home to Tuscaloosa.
This altercation could cost Foster his place as a top 10 pick if coaches see this as a reason to question his character.