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Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT

Latest Alabama news, sports, business and entertainment at 9:20 p.m. CDT
Published: Jul. 11, 2020 at 1:23 AM CDT
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Sessions vies for Senate comeback in race shadowed by Trump

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — Former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and onetime Auburn football coach Tommy Tuberville face off in Tuesday's Republican primary runoff in Alabama for Sessions' former Senate seat. Sessions safely held the seat for 20 years before resigning to lead President Donald Trump’s Justice Department. Session later was forced to resign after drawing Trump’s ire when he withdrew from the investigation into Russia interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has endorsed Tuberville. The runoff will determine whether Sessions’ fallout with the president becomes a footnote or a punctuation mark in Sessions' lengthy political career. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November.

SHOOTING OUTSIDE MALL

2 shot outside Tuscaloosa mall

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Two people have been shot outside an Alabama mall. Tuscaloosa police tweeted that the shooting occurred in a parking lot outside University Mall. They did not immediately release details about the extent of the victims’ injuries or say what prompted the shooting. The shooting came eight days after an 8-year-old was killed and three others injured in a shooting inside the Riverchase Galleria mall in Hoover. Hoover is about 45 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa. Authorities said it was safe for shoppers to leave the stores.

VIRUS OUTBREAK-ALABAMA-SENATOR

Marsh: Poor choice of words on COVID-19 cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The Republican leader of the Alabama Senate said he used a poor choice of words when he suggested rising COVID-19 numbers were a good thing and he wanted more people to get infected with the new coronavirus. Marsh drew criticism for comments to reporters Thursday when asked about rising COVID-19 infection numbers in Alabama, and he suggested more infections meant the state was closer to herd immunity.  The Alabama Democratic Party called Marsh's comments dangerously stupid.  Marsh said he doesn't hope for anyone to get ill, but hopes that people eventually develop immunity if a vaccine is not developed.  Doctors are unsure if COVID-19 survivors have substantial protection.

RACIST SLAYING-MISSING MARKER

Marker commemorating 1948 racist slaying in Alabama missing

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — A historical marker that was erected to commemorate the racist killing of a black man in south Alabama more than 70 years ago is missing. Relatives of Rayfield Davis says authorities haven’t been able to answer their questions about what happened to the sign acknowledging his slaying, and they want answers. Davis and a white co-worker reportedly got into an argument about race in 1948. Davis was later found beaten to death in a ditch along a roadside. The white man, Horace Miller, wasn't prosecuted after telling police Davis had angered him by claiming racial equality was on the way.

ELECTION 2020-ALABAMA NEWSGUIDE

Senate, House runoffs included on Alabama runoff ballot

The Republican Senate runoff between former U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and former football coach Tommy Tuberville highlights Tuesday's ballot in Alabama. While Sessions previously served in the Senate for two decades from Alabama, President Donald Trump is supporting Tuberville. The winner will face Democratic Sen. Doug Jones in November. Party nominations for two open U.S. House seats from south Alabama also are on the ballot, along with two state positions. Turnout could be light, partly because of the limited ballot and also because of the worsening coronavirus pandemic in Alabama.

EX-OFFICER-TRAFFICKING CHARGE

Ex-Alabama officer facing charges caught in New Hampshire

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — Authorities say a former Alabama police officer facing human trafficking and other charges has been apprehended in New Hampshire. The U.S. Marshals Service said Saturday that 30-year-old Joshua Matthew Davidson, whose last known address was in Fort Deposit, Alabama, was located and arrested without incident at an apartment in Hampton at about 6:30 p.m. Friday. Davidson was being sought on three arrest warrants issued out of Alabama on June 25, including allegations of human trafficking, kidnapping and sodomy. He is being held on bail and is scheduled to appear in a New Hampshire court on Monday on a fugitive charge.