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Alabama State Senator to introduce human trafficking bill today

  Alabama State Sen. Cam Ward (R-Alabaster) is expected to introduce a bill Tuesday designed to impose heavy penalties on anyone who obstructs human trafficking investigations. “Human trafficking is a growing problem not just in Alabama, but around the country,” Ward said in an interview with Yellowhammer News. “Particularly human trafficking in young kids, which is often for the purpose of sexual abuse.” Human trafficking is defined as a form of modern day slavery “involving the exploitation of someone for the purposes of compelled labor or a commercial sex act through the use of force, fraud, or coercion,” according to Polaris, a non-profit that tracks human trafficking. The average age of victims’ entry into sex trafficking is between 11-14 years old, according to the Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force. Ward said that under current Alabama law, active engagement in human trafficking is a Class A felony, but penalties are much less strict for those who may not be directly involved in trafficking -- but who know about trafficking activity and obstruct law enforcement from investigating. In Alabama, Ward said such obstruction is currently classified as a Class C felony, which is punishable by a minimum amount of time in prison. Ward said his proposed legislation would change that and provide a stronger deterrent to anyone engaged with or associated with the crime. “Oftentimes, those who are obstructing justice in these human trafficking cases are just as guilty as those who are actually participating in it,” Ward said. “In the new law,…

Spring Hill College, University of Alabama top 2018 list of hardest schools to get into in the Yellowhammer State

[caption id="attachment_26125" align="aligncenter" width="820"] University of Alabama quad (Photo: University of Alabama)[/caption]   If your children want to go to college alongside the likes of Tua Tagovailoa or someday stroll the Avenue of Oaks to get their degree, then they better start studying. Spring Hill College in Mobile and the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa are the two most selective schools in the state, according to the 2018 Hardest Colleges to Get Into list produced by the data website Niche. Nearly 6-in-10 applicants are rejected by Spring Hill College, and more than half are told ‘no’ by the Capstone, according to the report. The rankings are based on acceptance rates and SAT/ACT test scores using data from the U.S. Department of Education. Here’s Niche’s top ten: #1: Spring Hill College -- Acceptance rate: 44% -- SAT range: 1000-1190 #2: University of Alabama -- Acceptance rate: 53% -- SAT range: 980-1230 #3: Birmingham-Southern -- Acceptance rate: 48% -- SAT range: 990-1180 #4: University of Alabama – Birmingham -- Acceptance rate: 58% -- SAT range: 970-1300 #5: Oakwood University -- Acceptance rate: 48% -- SAT range: 750-1010 #6: Tuskegee University -- Acceptance rate: 50% -- SAT range: 890-1110 #7: Faulkner University -- Acceptance rate: 45% -- SAT range: 880-1120 #8: University of North Alabama -- Acceptance rate: 56% -- SAT range: 862-1053 #9: Alabama State University -- Acceptance rate: 46% -- SAT range: 730-920 #10: Huntington College -- Acceptance rate: 57% -- SAT range: 845-1050 Auburn University was 11th on the list, with…

‘Roll Tide … now will you marry me?’ Alabama lineman wins championship, then wins the girl

[caption id="attachment_57071" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Brad Bozeman (SEC Network/Twitter)[/caption] While his teammates were celebrating their historic come-from-behind victory over Georgia last night at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Alabama center Bradley Bozeman focused on more important things. The 319-pound junior from Roanoke, Ala., dropped to one knee and asked his girlfriend to marry him. https://twitter.com/SECNetwork/status/950603186091511808 Exit question: Would he have still asked if Alabama had lost ... or better yet, would she have still said yes? We kid, y’all. Roll Tide!

ROLL TIDE: Two heroes emerge in Alabama’s epic national championship victory over Georgia

[caption id="attachment_57052" align="aligncenter" width="800"] The crowd celebrates after Alabama wins the National Championship against Georgia in overtime (Yellowhammer)[/caption]   The first words a relieved looking Nick Saban said to ESPN's Tom Rinaldi after winning his sixth national championship -- five with the Crimson Tide, one with LSU -- Monday night: "Was that a good game or what?" No doubt. Georgia dominated for most of the game, but the Tide came from behind to tie the game and win 26-23 in overtime. Two heroes emerged in the showdown between SEC rivals Alabama and Georgia. The first: Tua Tagovailoa, a true freshman second-string quarterback who entered the game in the second half in an unexpected, and some would say risky, substitution. The left-handed Hawaiian completed 14 of 24 passes for 166 yards and went on to throw a 41-yard touchdown to DaVonta Smith to slide past the Bulldogs in the epic win. "First and foremost I'd just like to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ," Tagovailoa told ESPN after the game. "You know, with Him all things are possible and that's what happened tonight." The second hero is the star quarterback Tagovailoa replaced: sophomore Jalen Hurts, who showed class and maturity beyond his years when told to step aside for his less-experienced and less-accomplished counterpart. With his signature calm and peaceful smile, Hurts cheered his teammates from the sideline and rejoiced in Tagovailoa's game-saving leadership. "[Tua] stepped in and did his thing," Hurts said moments after the game ended and confetti…

Well-known corporations, Hollywood elites and unions helped fund the deceptive campaign ad that targeted black voters in Alabama’s Senate race, and the PACs plan to do it again

That deceptive campaign ad that targeted Alabama’s black voters, warning them that their “community” would know if they didn’t support then-candidate Doug Jones because their vote was “public record,” was partially funded by some of the most well-known corporations, film makers and unions in the nation, according to data from the Federal Elections Commission. A complicated process of transfers between political action committees and donors paid for the ad, but the money trail is clear as pebbles shining on a forest path. Follow the money: -- The ads were purchased by a previously unknown super PAC called Highway 31, which spent about $6 million attacking Roy Moore and supporting Jones. Nobody knew who ran this organization or where it received its money during the election because it was created in the “dead zone” between financial reporting deadlines. -- Weeks after the election, it was learned that Highway 31 was “predominantly funded” by Senate Majority PAC, a group dedicated to electing Democrats to the U.S. Senate, and at least $1.5 million of the ads were bought through a partnership with Priorities USA, best known for running ads in support of President Barack Obama in 2012 and Hillary Clinton in 2016. -- According to data from the Federal Elections Commission, Senate Majority PAC was funded in this election cycle by the Methodist Health Foundation ($1 million), online payment company Allied Wallet ($500,000), American Federation of Teachers ($250,000), the National Association of Letter Carriers ($250,000), the pharmaceutical giant Merck ($25,000), health insurance company…

Emojis: Love ’em or hate ’em, it’s dang hard to get them approved

  Anyone who texts with me knows I refuse to give up my emojis. I’ve read that there is a "feminist case for not using" emojis and that it would be “empowering” not to have to do the texting equivalent of emotional labor. I admit they are a bit juvenile. However, I love — nay, I NEED — those little perfectly nuanced pictures of smiling, happy, sometimes crying, round yellow things. I like the speed of putting a thumbs up emoji instead of writing out “Got it, sounds good”. I like that when a comment can be taken multiple ways, I can have peace of mind knowing it will be safely understood when accompanied by tears of joy. I like the playful "show don't tell" puzzle of picking a picture rather than a word. Still, I imagine my emojis can get annoying. I also recognize I'm the mother of five children, not a teenager. And emojis do bring modern pitfalls, as I recently learned when I accidentally texted the eyes-as-hearts emoji to a male coworker right in the middle of the sexual harassment frenzy. I frantically searched for an emoji to convey someone slapping their forehead in mortification, only to realize mid-scroll it really was faster just to text something like: “Super sorry -- Didn’t mean to send that!” But as a communications geek who believes there are degrees of expression that only an emoji can digitally capture, I think I will keep right on using them. Which is why I’m…

Anti-Christian bullies target Gov. Kay Ivey, demand she stop ‘preaching’ on social media

(Opinion) A seriously annoying anti-Christian activist organization has signaled out Alabama’s governor because of what they call “preaching” on social media, demanding she remove the offending statements or face lawsuits and fines. Like most of America’s leaders, Gov. Kay Ivey sent Christmas-themed messages over the holiday season, but the aggressively litigious Freedom from Religion Foundation in Wisconsin sent her a letter calling her particular statements “unconstitutional.” “Wishing people good will and good cheer is all fine on Christmas, but not this overtly religious homily that the governor felt fit to send forth,” the foundation’s co-president said in a news release. “She's insulting residents of the state who aren't Christian by such sectarian preachiness.” So what got the Freedom from Religion Foundation so upset? Here’s what our governor posted to Facebook on December 25th: “My fellow Alabamians, today, as we celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ, I pray that each of us share His light and love with one another. As we're upon the Christmas season, reflecting on the past year, let us be filled with hope and joy as we look toward the opportunities that lie before us. May your days ahead be filled with the light of God and His abundant grace.” Boy, that’s some seriously awful stuff, especially in this time of partisan bickering. But if that’s not bad enough for you, Ivey also dared to record a video: https://youtu.be/WdBb4aIhIpk If those atheists only knew the types of shenanigans her predecessor was up to, they’d be thankful for Ivey’s…

If you live in parts of Alabama, you are likely sleep-deprived … and courting disease or death

[caption id="attachment_55120" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (Pixabay)[/caption]     If you live in Alabama, chances are you are more sleep-deprived than people living in New Hampshire, D.C., California, Texas, and 37 other states, particularly if you live in the Birmingham-area and southwest parts of the state. [caption id="attachment_55160" align="alignleft" width="800"] (Centers for Disease Control)[/caption] Alabamians report getting “short sleep” in larger numbers than in many parts of the country, according to the most recent data available from the CDC. Short sleep is defined as getting less than seven hours of sleep a night. If you pride yourself on being an early bird and a night owl, shirking sleep in favor of productivity (or Netflix), listen up: Recent science shows sleep deprivation can kill you. So says Jeff Stible, a brain scientist and vice chairman of Dun & Bradstreet who recently wrote that we need to pay more attention to findings from a 2013 study showing that our brains flush out deadly toxins in our sleep. It would take 200 sleepless hours, or 11 days straight, for those toxins to kill us, said Stible. Few would try such a stunt, of course, but far more of us try to get by without enough sleep, which still kills us … just slowly. Here are Stible’s key points: -- Everything below our necks uses the lymphatic system to clear out toxins. Our brains’ only known mechanism for clearing out the junk is sleep. --  That groggy “drugged” feeling you get when you don’t get enough…

WATCH: Dabo Swinney’s love for Clemson assistant with Down’s syndrome inspired by Gene Stallings

[caption id="attachment_55259" align="aligncenter" width="800"] (ESPN / Facebook)[/caption]   If you watch this ESPN video, it will be the best five minutes you spend this week. Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney describes his relationship with David Saville, 27, who is in his seventh season as a Clemson equipment manager and who has Down's syndrome. "Doesn't miss a day," Swinney told ESPN. "He takes unbelievable pride in his job and he's a part of our team. He's just got the sweetest spirit." Saville said he keeps Swinney "in line" and that he likes to repeat his boss's saying: "The only disability in life is a bad attitude." The two met when Saville took a school visit and told Swinney he was going to work for him. Swinney said his friendship with Saville reminds him of the love-in-action he saw when he played for former University of Alabama head coach Gene Stallings, whose late son, Johnny, had special needs. Swinney later served as an assistant on Stallings' staff. "I was so impacted watching coach and how he impacted Johnny's life," Swinney said of his seven years watching Stallings bring his son to practice every day and integrate him into Crimson Tide life. "When you see David every day, you see love," Swinney said. "And I don't care what your problem is, where you came from, what your background is, what your beliefs are, man, love conquers all." WATCH:

If the left thinks ‘gay married’ Santa Claus is forward thinking, then thank God they call Alabama backward

[caption id="attachment_54988" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Santa's Husband (Harper Collins/Amazon)[/caption]   Just in time for Christmas, folks. The holiday story we’ve all been waiting for. Destined to become a fireside classic that you’ll read to your children and your children’s children. Santa's Husband, a children’s book from renowned publisher Harper Collins, tells the story of “a black Santa, his white husband, and their life in the North Pole.” Maybe this is a weak attempt at satire, but it’s more than likely just the same old culture-changing garbage the leftist media has been shoveling down our throats for decades (and they have even more control over the book publishing industry than they do film, television and newspapers). The author of the book is Daniel Kibblesmith, a staff writer for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. That show’s writers just spent weeks gleefully making fun of Alabama during our not-so-special special Senate election. To them, our adherence to thousands of years of Christian tradition and our respect for customs and convention makes us backward. But if this is how those writers define forward thinking, then I’ll happily wear their insults with pride (#AlabamaProud!). From the book’s ridiculous description on Amazon: -- “Everyone knows that Santa Claus is jolly, but in Santa’s Husband, this cherished symbol of the holiday season is also black and gay, and married to an equally cheery man.” -- “We see the Clauses sitting by the fire at their cozy North Pole home, vacationing at the beach, having an occasional disagreement, celebrating their wedding…