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What's going on in Alabama Contributor Connection Newsletter DOWN "ALAB Feb 12, 2024 Welcome back. Hope the weekend was kind to you. We're back with another news report and our weekly Week in Review Quiz below. If you want, share us with a buddy and have him or her take the quiz -- I'll bet a nickel that non-subscribers won't do nearly as well as the regulars. On to the news ... Ike Morgan Looking for the podcast? Click here or check other options below. ANOTHER WALTER REED VISIT Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin was back in the hospital on Sunday, reports The Associated Press. For the record, the White House, select members of Congress and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff were notified. Austin, the Mobile native who has faced criticism, a review and an investigation over quietly being treated for prostate cancer without making the White House aware, was back at Walter Reed for symptoms the Pentagon said indicated an "emergent bladder issue." The Pentagon also said through a spokesperson that the secretary has continued to function the duties of his job. He's been scheduled to leave Tuesday for Brussels to meet with a group that coordinates support for Ukraine in its defense against Russia. Read more about this story here A COSTLY HOME RAID A federal court has awarded a Randolph County couple a million dollars in its lawsuit against the county over a 2018 raid on their home by deputies, reports's Heather Gann. Greg and Teresa Almond claim that a deputy dropped by to serve paperwork regarding a civil matter. According to the plaintiffs, over the smell of marijuana, a task force showed up a couple hours later, kicked in the door and threw a shock device into the home. The lawsuit claims the task force found less than $50 of marijuana and one prescribed Lunesta pill outside of its bottle, but that authorities seized $8,000 in cash, firearms, jewelry and other items from safes in the home. Their son claimed the marijuana was his. Still, the Almonds were hit with misdemeanor possession charges. At trial, the circuit judge testified she didn't issue a warrant for the raid. Meantime, the couple claimed that Greg's reputation was damaged, leading to financial trouble. They missed a refinance deadline, lost their home and family farmland and ended up staying in a shed without running water and indoor plumbing. Read more about this story here EVERY LITTLE BIT HELPS It's not a million dollars, but put this one in the "every little bit helps" category. The Alabama Public Service Commission announced that some Alabama Power customers will get about a $5 credit from 2023, reports's Heather Gann. Which is nice, because when it gets really hot in a couple months, you can cut your thermostat up and use that five dollars to buy a popsicle. It all adds up to Alabama Power crediting customers a total of around $14.8 million. The reason for the credit, according to PSC President Twinkle Andress Cavanagh, is that Alabama Power went over its 6.15-percent profit cap. If they make more profit than that, they have to send it back to us customers. The $5 figure was what Cavanaugh said would be sent to typical residential customers who use around a thousand kilowatts. Read more about this story here WEEK IN REVIEW QUIZ If you read this newsletter or listened to the Down in Alabama podcast last week, you'll crush today's quiz. But it's a good review anyway. Take the quiz MORE ALABAMA NEWS * East Lake house once on market for $569,000 gets a big price cut * Teen with murder warrant caught with gun at Church of the Highlands, police say * Former Decatur police officer pleads not guilty to murder of Steve Perkins * Dothan megachurch tells Alabama Supreme Court it owes UMC no money to leave * Alabama granted his parole but never let him out of prison, lawsuit says BORN ON THIS DATE In 1980, rapper Gucci Mane of Bessemer. ON THE CALENDAR Today: National Clean Out Your Computer Day. (Sorry, not Throw Out Your Computer Day.) Tuesday: Fat Tuesday. Wednesday: Valentine's Day DON'T BE A STRANGER We appreciate you for taking the time to read today. Hope you're able to check back soon. Meantime, reply to this email with any suggestions you might have. If you're so inclined, we'd love it if you'd forward to friends who might be interested in reading. (And if you're someone who's been forwarded this newsletter, we encourage you to .) LISTEN TO THE PODCAST The “Down in Alabama” podcast is short and free. Listen to it by clicking on the player above or subscribe by looking for “Down in Alabama” on the device of your choosing. You can find “Down in Alabama” wherever you get your podcasts, including these places: * Apple podcast page * YouTube podcast page * Spotify podcast page * Alexa skill page on Amazon * Amazon Music podcast page FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTubeTikTok    |    1143 1st Ave. S., Suite 300   |    Birmingham, AL 35233 Copyright 2023. Alabama Media Group.   |      |   CONTACT US
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