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Huge Crowd Welcomes Donald Trump To Alabama

Posted by David Merrell On August - 22 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    The largest crowd of the Republican Primary season welcomed Donald Trump to Mobile on Friday night. The billionaire businessman did not disappoint, circling Ladd-Peebles Stadium several times in his private jet before touching down. WKRG News 5 estimates that around 18,000 people attended the event.

    Trump covered familiar ground at the pep rally, calling for an end to birthright citizenship, and promising to repeal and replace Obamacare. Both positions are popular in Alabama, as is The Donald himself. According to the latest polls, Trump has a commanding 31-15 lead over Jeb Bush in the race for the Republican nomination. As a deep red state, whoever wins the Republican Primary is sure to win the state’s electoral votes in the general election.

    Before heading to the stadium, Trump briefly met with local leaders aboard his private jet. Mayor Sandy Stimpson and Senator Jeff Sessions both got some face to face time with the Republican candidate. Trump later called Senator Sessions to the stage during the rally. Trump has hailed Sessions’ stance on immigration.

    Trump has been a breath of fresh air into a Republican Party that has generated little excitement the past two presidential election cycles. While both John McCain and Mitt Romney were solid candidates, they did little to generate enthusiasm with voters. Trump, with his bombastic attitude and celebrity appeal, has turbocharged the Republican base and raced to the top of the polls.

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Trump Campaign Rally Moved To Ladd-Peebles Stadium

Posted by David Merrell On August - 20 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS

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    Just days after announcing a campaign stop in Mobile, the Trump campaign has had to make major changes to the event. Due to overwhelming attendance demands, the event has been moved from the Mobile Civic Center to Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Thus far, over 30,000 people are expected to attend the event.

    At a town hall meeting in New Hampshire last night, Trump announced the runaway demand that was occurring in Mobile. The campaign was initially booked to appear at the 2,000 seat theater in the Civic Center. With tickets being downloaded at a furious pace, that venue quickly became unusable. The larger portion of the Civic Center was then considered, but demand quickly surpassed its capacity as well.

    Ladd-Peebles Stadium should be able to hold as many supporters as Trump can muster, but it does come with problems of its own. The stadium is outdoors, and the weather has not been cooperative as of late. Scattered storms have drenched Mobile this week, and they could literally rain on Trump’s parade come Friday. No backup plan has been announced as of yet.

    Trump is currently leading in the polls in Alabama with 31% of the vote, doubling up his nearest competition. The demand for tickets to his event prove that is no fluke. With Alabama’s primary occurring on March 1st, the state could help propel Trump to the Republican nomination.

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Donald Trump Coming To Mobile

Posted by David Merrell On August - 18 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump is coming to Mobile on Friday. The billionaire businessman will be hosting a town hall event at the Mobile Civic Center. His campaign says that Trump wants to hear directly from voters, and the event will be in a question and answer format.

    Trump is currently leading in the polls for the Republican nomination both nationally and locally. According to WKRG News 5, Trump is favored by 30% of Alabama’s registered voters, doubling up his closest competitor. A CNN poll finds Trump leading among registered Republican voters with 24% of the vote.

    The real estate mogul has long been known for his business ventures, but he shot to even greater celebrity heights in the past decade thanks to his hit NBC show “The Apprentice.” Upon entering the crowded Republican field for president, he quickly raced to the top of the polls. While his celebrity status is surely helping his cause, his stance on illegal immigration has clearly been a catalyst for his popularity with the Republican base.

    Tickets to the event, which are free, can be found at the following website: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/donald-j-trump-for-president-pep-rally-tickets-18212924347 The event will begin at 7:00 PM and last until 8:30 PM.

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School Funding Battle Brewing In Satsuma

Posted by David Merrell On July - 31 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    The city of Satsuma is considering a funding cut for its school system. Facing a $100,000 hole in their budget, the city is looking to cover half the deficit with funding that was originally allocated to Satsuma schools. The school system stands to lose $54,000 a year if the plan goes through.

    The funding in question comes from a half cent sales tax the city instituted a few years ago. The city gives half of this increase to the school system in the form of $9,000 a month payments. These payments were pledged for five years. Residents also passed a $7.5 mil ad valorem tax, but there has been no talk of touching this funding.

    Mayor Paul Murray told Fox 10 News he felt this was the only option the city had. Citing his own grandchildren’s attendance at the city schools, he said they didn’t want to hurt them, but wanted to help the city.

    Citizens quickly took to social media to voice their anger at the idea, with a vast majority in opposition to the cutting of school funding.

    Budget problems have become an all too common occurrence in the US. The second biggest bankruptcy in US history occurred right here in Alabama when Jefferson County filed in 2011. The state is currently battling budget problems of its own, with special sessions of the legislature needed to settle Alabama’s finances.

    There will be a Satsuma city council meeting Tuesday, August 4th at 7:00 PM.

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Driver Of ATV Hit By Train To Face Charges

Posted by David Merrell On July - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    On Tuesday night, a train collided with an ATV that was stuck on the railroad tracks in Satsuma. Luckily, no one was hurt, but the driver of the vehicle is now facing criminal charges.

    The Satsuma Police Department has charged Kenny Patterson with third degree criminal trespassing and leaving the scene of an accident. Patterson was driving his ATV across the train tracks when it became stuck. After attempting to move the vehicle, he quickly fled the scene before the wreck occurred.

    Patterson initially claimed his ATV was stolen, but later admitted his role in the accident.

    It is against the law to ride an ATV on city streets. Riding on train tracks is also against the law, as the tracks are considered private property. The third degree criminal trespassing charge can be punished by a fine and up to 30 days in jail.

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Three Killed At Louisiana Theater Shooting

Posted by David Merrell On July - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    A lone gunman killed two people and injured nine before turning his gun on himself Thursday night at a Louisiana theater. The shooting occurred at the Grand 16 Theatre in Lafayette at around 7:30 PM. The shooting occurred almost three years to the day of the Aurora theater shooting that claimed 12 lives.

    Police have identified the shooter, but have yet to release his name. Thus far they have only revealed that he is a 59 year old white male. Police also revealed that he used a handgun to carry out the attack. At this time, there is no evidence that the shooter knew any of the victims. A motive is still being sought.

    Police found the gunman’s car in the parking lot. A suspicious package was detonated by the bomb squad, but no explosives were found.

    Though none of the victim’s have been identified, one of their tale’s has come to light. A teacher jumped in front of a colleague and took a bullet to the leg. Despite the injury, she managed to set off the fire alarm and help clear the theater before more could be shot. Her actions, and those of the first responders, were hailed by Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal.

**Update** The shooter has been identified as 59 year old John Russell Houser, whose last known address was in Phoenix City, Alabama.

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Sears Closing Mobile Store

Posted by David Merrell On July - 14 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Sears has announced that they will be closing their Bel Air Mall location later this year. The store will begin a liquidation sale on July 17th. The Auto Center will also be closing. Sears is expected to remain open until August or September.

    The store and Auto Center have around 100 employees. Some will be given severance or offered positions at other Sears or K-Mart locations.

    Sears has been struggling for some time. The company was founded in 1886 as a mail order catalog. The first retail location opened in 1925. It was the largest retailer in the US until it was surpassed by Walmart in 1989. Sears was bought out by K-Mart in 2005.

    Sears, like its parent company K-Mart, has struggled with competition. Walmart led the first wave of fatal blows, followed quickly by online retailers.

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Mobile To Remove Confederate Flag From City Seal

Posted by David Merrell On July - 7 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Mobile’s city council voted today to remove the Confederate flag from the city’s seal. Mobile’s seal currently contains six flags, including France, Great Britain, Spain, the Republic of Alabama, the Confederacy, and the US. The flags represent the nations that once held dominion over the area.

    The vote to remove the Confederate battle flag comes as states across the South are removing the flag from public view. The backlash against the Confederate flag began after a shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina claimed 9 lives. The shooting was racially motivated.

    Debate has raged across the South since the flags started coming down. Proponents of the flag argue that it represents their heritage. Opponents say it is an ugly reminder of slavery and racism. In the political arena, the Confederate flag has few friends. Both Republicans and Democrats have largely been in favor of removing the symbol of the old South.

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Woman Shot In Face At Red Light

Posted by David Merrell On June - 30 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    A terrifying incident occurred this weekend when a woman was shot in the face while sitting at a red light in Mobile. The shooting occurred around 1:30 AM Sunday morning near Dauphin and Monterey Street. The victim, who has not been identified, was miraculously able to drive herself to the emergency room after the attack.

    Thankfully, the victim is in stable condition and was able to talk with police. However, the shooting did cause her to lose an eye.

    Police say the victim was sitting at a red light when four men approached on foot. One of them unveiled a weapon and proceeded to shoot the woman in the face. The four men are wanted on assault charges, though additional charges are likely.

    According to Fox 10 News, the attack was an attempted car jacking. As one of the attackers wielded the gun, another was attempting to enter the passenger door. Police believe all four were African American, and either teenagers or in their early 20s. The case is still under investigation.

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Bentley Orders Confederate Flag Removed

Posted by David Merrell On June - 24 - 2015 ADD COMMENTS


    Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has ordered the removal of the Confederate flag from the Alabama capitol. Bentley is the latest governor to take action against the flag following the tragic shooting at a historic African American church in South Carolina. The shooting reignited the debate over southern stages flying the flag in their capitols, with several making moves to remove them.

    The shooting in Charleston has turned the Republican Party against the Confederate flag. RNC Chair Reince Priebus himself has come out against flying the flag in state capitols.

    The reason Governor Bentley gave for removing the flag likely resonates strongly within the entire Republican Party. Bentley said he did not want the flag to become a distraction from other issues the state faces. Republicans as a whole do not want this issue to damage them as the 2016 presidential election is on the horizon.

    Four Confederate flags have flown outside the capitol in Montgomery for over two decades. The flags are not over the capitol building itself, but at a monument dedicated to Confederate soldiers.

    The Confederate flag has long been a contentious issue in the South. Proponents argue that it is a part of southern history and tradition, and thus should be acknowledged. Opponents say that it represents the South’s racist past and should not be displayed publicly. Complicating the issue is the fact that the rebel flag that is frequently displayed was never the official flag of the Confederacy.

    Popular opinion has clearly turned against the rebel flag. Numerous big businesses, such as Walmart and Amazon, have decided to remove rebel flag themed items from their stores. With Republicans now turning against it, the flag’s public life may be over.

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