UA In the News — May 11

LendEDU Spring 2018 Scholarship Winners Announced
Lendedu.com – May 11
After reading numerous essays, our scholarship winner selection team chose 2 winners. There were tons of thoughtful ideas and unique responses, and the selection was by no means easy. . . . Elizabeth (left) attends The University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa and Patrycja (right) attends Yale University.  . . . Elizabeth: One of my main concerns when choosing a university was flexibility. I chose UA because it offered me a variety of opportunities. The strong English and Theatre programs made it possible for me to double major, so I could pursue my passions simultaneously without feeling limited.

Federal Banking Law Still Keeps Budding Cannabis Industry From Opening Accounts
Inside Sources – May 11
On Thursday, the Federalist Society released a short film showing the difficulty marijuana businesses have accessing financial services since federal law means banks risk being charged with money laundering if they offer loans to cannabis companies. “If a bank accepts money knowing that it came from an illegal business, like even a state legal marijuana business, that violates federal banking laws,” said Julie A. Hill, a professor at the University of Alabama School of Law, who has written about the issue.

Rick Bragg comes to Athens with book on the world’s best cook
Athens (Georgia) Banner-Herald – May 11
As Rick Bragg sat somewhere in the confines of room 821 in the tall Hutton Hotel in Nashville, Tenn., on Tuesday afternoon, he was up front about his talents and a few miscues. He can’t cook. He can’t garden. He can’t catch fish. But he can drive a dump truck. He can listen to a good story. And he can write a good story. Bragg, who was awarded a Pulitzer Prize while working as a writer for the New York Times, is now a writing professor at the University of Alabama, a columnist for Southern Living, and the author of seven books.

As New Orleans Turns 300, City to Mark Slave Trade Sites
Next City – May 10
The transatlantic slave trade —and New Orleans’ shameful history in the buying and selling of human beings — will be memorialized with the erection of markers throughout the city. . . . But between 1804 and 1862, more than 100,000 people were bought and sold in New Orleans, University of Alabama professor Joshua Rothman told the Advocate. Families were torn apart; one third of the sales were of children younger than 13, the Times-Picayune wrote.
 
All of Us’ Research Bus comes to UA
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 10
A nationwide health study is underway – you could be part of a study that looks at treatment for diseases., It’s called the “All of Us” research program. The benefits could be huge and so is the commitment. The program is expected to last at least 10 years. Joe fritz sat down and signed up quickly for the all of us research program after this bus parked on the UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA campus Thursday.
Fox 6 (Birmingham) – May 10
 
Habitat for Humanity holds R.E.D. day
WVUA (Tuscaloosa) – May 10
This particular home is for the family of Sonya Kemp. Generous donors such as the UA Habitat CAMPUS chapter, Wells Fargo, Mackabee construction and others will make it possible for her and her family to move into her new home this August.

Business Council of Alabama seen as ‘still effective,’ leadership speculation ‘totally false’
Yellowhammer News – May 10
Lawmakers and political observers say the Business Council of Alabama still has plenty of pull in the state despite some loses in the State House and speculation about the future of the group’s chief executive officer. . . . “I think it’s been effective,” said William Stewart, a political science professor at the University of Alabama who argues that supermajorities actually limit the impact of lobbying groups. “But on the other hand, I don’t think it needs to be as effective as it was in the past.”

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