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Hey, everybody, this is Ike Morgan, Down in Alabama.
Another weekend’s here, and what we like to do is leave you with a few headlines from the past few days.
Let’s get to it.
Former Alabama chief Justice Roy Moore picked up a celebrity endorsement this week in his bid to win the republican primary for U.S. Senate.
Air Force veteran, martial artist, actor, writer, producer, patriot and butt-kicker Chuck Norris stands with the at-times controversial conservative.
AL.com’s William Thornton asked Moore about his relationship with Norris.
Moore: “He’s a very good friend, very good man, very good patriot. He was in Korea as a military police officer; Later, I was in vietnam as a military police officer, so we had some things in common. When I visited his home we spent several hours talking about things like that.”
AL.com’s Leada Gore recently did some tuition-pricing for 9th through 12th grades at the state’s most expensive private schools.
A dozen private schools in Alabama charge more than $10,000 a year in tution.
And the most expensive private school in Alabama?
Indian Springs School in Shelby County. There, tuition alone is $23,000 per year.
President Donald Trump endorsed Luther Strange Tuesday in the GOP primary race to permanently fill Jeff Sessions seat in the U.S. Senate.
Trump used the official White House upper-level formal communication channel for priority memorandum distribution.
That is, he tweeted the endorsement.
Pro soccer appears to be on its way to a football-crazy city.
There’s no team name or venue yet, but Cheryl Wray reports that a Birmingham club is supposed to begin play in 2019 in the United Soccer League.
That’s one step below Major League Soccer.
For you all driving into town from Ethelsville and need a frame of reference, in soccer they don’t wear shoulder pads and there’s less scoring than there was in the governor’s office last year.
Sports Illustrated’s Andy Staples has ranked the favorite college-town meals in America, and we should mention it here because we do have an affinity for college towns, meals and America.
And we shouldn’t hold it against Staples because he’s from the University of Florida, even though that might raise several questions.
It turns out he did OK because he picked Archibald’s ribs in Northport as the No. 1 college-town meal.
A lot of Tuscaloosa folks swear by Archibald’s, even if Dreamland has more a more mainstream and widespread fan base.
(At No. 21 on the list was Acre’s hot softshell crab appetizer in Auburn.)
We’ve been pickin’ on Alabama Republican politicians a lot lately.
Partly because most Alabama politicians ARE republican.
Partly because several notables have been kicked out of office over the past year.
But mostly because the Senate primary race has been nine kinds of fun, what with shady-looking appointments, ads that begin with actual gunfire from a mass shooting, and the desperate jockeying to out-Trump each other.
It seems like prime time for democrats to make a move back into the state’s good graces.
So what have been the two biggest hedlines involving democrats this week?
No. 1, Former Gov. Don Siegelman had the electronic monitoring device removed from his ankle.
The No. 2 hedline about democrats this week, is that according to a Raycom poll, half of the democrat voters, fed up with republicans and paying really close
attention, might be about to vote for somebody they know nothing about and is doing his best to stay under the radar.
But his name is Robert Kennedy Jr., so he shares a name with someone they’ve heard of.
It’s a long shot, but if this strategy works, I’ll bet you my truck he’ll have to run against Ronald Reagan next time around.
A Birmingham woman was one of two people arrested in Chicago for allegedly dealing controlled substances from a “Weed World Candies” van last weekend at the Lollapalooza music festival.
The “Weed World Candies” van is emblazoned in marijuana leaves and advertisements for lollipops.
Supposedly there is no THC in the candy, and supposedly Weed World Candies is just a political group raising awareness for marijuana legalization.
However, police responded to reports of marijuana being sold illegally from the van.
And reportedly, the 51-year-old Birmingham woman had popped the top on a Coors Light.
Besides the open-container and poor-taste-in-beer crimes, police say they found a gun on her partner, nearly a hundred thousand dollars in actual pot, and weed-laced candy, brownies and Rice Krispie treats.
So, allegedly, it was like an ice cream truck for stoners.
So how would that business model would work in Walker County?
As always, thanks so much for listening.
We’ll see y’all about Monday.
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