UA In the News — Jan. 11

UA cuts ribbon on facility for adapted athletics
Tuscaloosa News – Jan. 10
University of Alabama Adapted Athletic program founders Margaret Stran and Brent Hardin cut the ribbon on a long-held dream on Wednesday. The couple stood with student athletes, alumni, university officials and donors in front of the new $10 million, purpose-built arena that will house the program they started after arriving in 2003.
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UA researchers to study risk factors that contribute to veterans’ suicides
WTVM-ABC (Columbus, Georgia) – Jan. 10
University of Alabama researchers are set to use the next four years to explore risk factors that contribute to veterans’ suicides. The University is collaborating with America’s Warrior Partnership and Bristol-Meyers Squibb Foundation in this $2.9 million project.
WSFA-NBC 12 (Montgomery) – Jan. 10
 
Birmingham now in ‘middle of diamond’ among Toyota-Mazda, other automakers
Al.com – Jan. 11
Birmingham didn’t land the coveted $1.6 billion Toyota-Mazda plant, but that doesn’t mean Alabama’s largest city is missing out, experts say … “(Birmingham) gains a lot in terms of suppliers,” said Samuel Addy, senior research economist, associate Dean for Economic Development Outreach at University of Alabama. “Birmingham has a lot going for it. It is basically our economic hub in the state. It may be missing the project directly, but it is not missing out.”

Critics blast Pulse report commissioned by feds
Philadelphia Gay News – Jan. 11
A federally commissioned review of the Orlando Police Department’s response to the Pulse Nightclub massacre is drawing criticism from some active-shooter experts. Released last month, the 198-page report was produced by the Police Foundation, a D.C.-based nonprofit organization, at the request of the U.S. Department of Justice … Adam W. Lankford, a mass-shooting expert and criminology professor at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, echoed those sentiments. “The active shooter is the source of the problem,” Lankford told PGN. “You have to focus on the source as quickly as possible. In other words, if you have a hole in the bottom of your boat, you don’t sit there and go into an in-depth plan on how to fix the hole. Every minute counts. You just fix it.”
 
Here’s How Much a Home Is Worth in Every State
Go Banking Rates – Jan. 10
Whether you’re interested in buying or selling a home, it’s important to know how much homes are worth in your area so you can gauge the real estate market … Home prices in Alabama have risen over the past year with an increase in demand and a drop in home inventory, according to the Alabama Center for Real Estate at the University of Alabama. Still, Alabama is one of the states where you can buy a luxurious home for less.

What’s Cory Booker Doing Back in Alabama?
Roll Call – Jan. 10
Sen. Cory Booker will return to Alabama on Wednesday for the first time since campaigning for Sen. Doug Jones in the state’s Senate election last month. The New Jersey Democrat is slated to the give the keynote address at the National Baptist Convention USA’s winter meeting in Mobile. “We really appreciated him doing that and being part of a great victory in Alabama,” Rev. Cleveland McFarland Jr., pastor at St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Mobile, told AL.com.

UA Army ROTC Cadet escorts President Trump during National Championship football game
NBC 13 (Birmingham) – Jan. 10
President Trump had some special guests with him at the National Championship game in Atlanta. UA ROTC cadet Ben Klein stood by the President during the National Anthem. He also sat next to him to watch ‘Bama take on the Bulldogs. Klein originally planned to watch the game on campus with his friends, but that all changed when his commander called with the opportunity.

Mad About Net Neutrality And EpiPens? Blame Regulations
Value Walk – Jan. 10
Following the mid-December vote to repeal net neutrality, the FCC has just issued their final version of the new policy. While the final proposal does not make any significant changes to previous drafts, its release means the policy can now entertain what is sure to be a massive wave of legal challenges from special interest groups and reactionary state and local legislation. (Lili Carneglia is a student at the University of Alabama where she is getting a joint bachelor’s and master’s degree in Economics. She is a Young Voices advocate.)

National Championship trophy to be on display in Tuscaloosa
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – Jan. 10
If you want to get your picture taken with the Tide’s National Championship trophy go to the Winn Dixie on McFarland Boulevard in Northport tomorrow from 4 to 7. There’s another chance Friday at the same times at the Walmart on Skyland Boulevard.
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 Students are excited after Tide wins 17th National Championship
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – Jan. 10
For a lot of students, coming back as National Champions makes it a little easier to start the new semester. It’s easy to see signs of this latest national championship. We talked to several students who are experiencing their first time as students with Alabama winning a national championship. They say it just feels good and there’s nothing quite like it.

Tua Tagovailoa is a Freshman Hero
NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt – Jan. 9
Finally tonight, Roll Tide! Alabama is celebrating it’s fifth college football championship in nine years after a thrilling overtime victory. But, it all could have ended very differently if it weren’t for the freshman quarterback who came off the bench and became an unlikely hero. If you weren’t familiar with Tua Tagovailoa don’t worry, most of college football wasn’t either. “I still can’t believe that this is what happened.” With Alabama down 13 nothing at the half against Georgia, coaching legend Nick Saban made a dramatic decision and benched his star quarterback, and turned to a largely untested freshman. “He told me that I would get the opportunity to start the second half.”

Alabama football players who led the team to victory describe the winning moment (live interview)
ABC – Good Morning America – Jan. 9
Two of the guys who made it happen last night for Alabama and crushed my soul as a Georgia fan, but it’s OK. I want to say congratulations to Tua Tagovailoa and Bradley Bozeman.

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