The Dale Jackson ShowPrep for December 5th, 2016…

  • 7:00 AM – 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today
  • 8:00 AM – Hate at 8!!
  • 9:00 AM – 7 Things You Should Be Talking About Today
  • 9:20 AM – State Rep. Mike Ball
  • 9:55 AM – “What in the World?” with WAAY-31’s Meredith Wood
  • 10:00 AM – Top 10 Tweets at Ten

We are still trying to find reasons to be made about the Carrier deal

Countered Greg Jones, director of the Center of International Business and Economic Development at Troy University: “I doubt we’ll see similar deals like the Carrier deal. I think the Carrier deal is more of an anomaly than a trend.”

The deal to keep Carrier Corp. in Indiana supposedly hinged on giving the company $700,000 a year in state incentives. But media reports wondered at the effect of Trump’s campaign threats of retaliating against companies fleeing the country. Carrier was set to save a whopping $65 million a year in labor and other costs by shifting production to Mexico.

Specifics of the package remain unknown. Trump has promised to work with the corporate community to improve the nation’s business environment.

Alabama, like many states, dangles a laundry-list of income, property and sales tax credits and abatements to lure companies to the state. Rarely, though, is a package put together to keep a company from departing.

Said Jones: “I’m pleased that (hundreds) of people got to save their job in Indiana and that will have a great economic impact in that region. I just see that states won’t be able to afford to belly up and provide incentives for every company threatening to leave. That’s kind of problematic.”

Good luck.

There is a recurring theme in the Alabama media, Thyssun Krup deal was a massive failure BUT I never see the actual impact mentioned…

Others have been panned, such as the more than $1 billion package in 2007 that brought German-based ThyssenKrupp to Calvert near the Mobile and Washington county line. The recession drove down steel prices and demand, and the company sold the $5 billion plant for $1.55 billion in 2014 in a joint deal with ArcelorMittal and Nippon Steel & Sumitomo Metal Corp.

“That hasn’t worked out well but you have to kiss a lot of frogs to find your prince,” said Jones, who was active with the Mobile Area Chamber of Commerce and other organizations in pursuing ThyssenKrupp. Alabama’s large incentive package pushed the state ahead of competitors like Mississippi and Louisiana.

How much did Alabama lose on TK?

Does the Trump threat (empty?) have more impact?

Fresh off saving 800 Carrier factory jobs from being off-shored to Mexico, President-elect Donald Trump is renewing his threat against companies that move their operations to foreign countries.

In a series of tweets Sunday morning, Trump pledged to lower corporate taxes across the board. But he also said he would charge a hefty 35% tax for “any business that leaves our country for another country, fires its employees, [or] builds a new factory or plant in the other country, and … sell[s] its product back into the U.S.”

Trump argued that those companies deserve “retribution.” He said businesses that want to offshore jobs have been “forewarned.”

Potential Alabama school system to accept students who aren’t paying for the schools system in order to keep the racial makeup in accordance with a court order, still not enough… apparently.

A federal judge said Friday that she was concerned that if Gardendale was allowed to form a new, predominantly white school system the switch could have an adverse effect on certain black students.

“If those students are not feeling welcome in the Gardendale system, that gives the court concern,” U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala said in court late Friday.


A few of the emails presented in the courtroom stated that the residents would not have voted for formation of the system if they had known that would be the case.

Haikala told Martin she was trying to understand the extent of those concerns.

The emails didn’t specify the predominantly black neighborhood of North Smithfield Manor. But under Gardendale’s proposed 13-year transition period, a period where students outside the city would gradually be weened from attending the new system, the North Smithfield Manor area students could continue to go to the schools “indefinitely.”

Property taxes designated for schools from the North Smithfield Manor residents would continue to go to Gardendale, but those residents would not have to pay the extra 10 mills the city voted to go towards the schools.

Gardendale officials decided to keep the North Smithfield Manor students in order to meet the percentage requirements of a 1971 desegregation order in the case Stout v. Jefferson County – a case that still applies to spinoff systems in the county.

Positive results for Cannabidiol study

About two-thirds of patients enrolled in a UAB study of marijuana-derived Cannabidiol oil for seizure treatment experienced major improvements in symptoms, according to a presentation this weekend at the annual meeting of the American Epilepsy Society.

The study included 81 patients, 41 children and 39 adults, who have four seizures or more a month. UAB started the study in April 2015. The state legislature passed Carly’s Law, authorizing the research, a year earlier.

After one month of treatment with the oil, which contains traces of THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana, 68 percent of patients experienced a 25 percent reduction in the frequency of seizures, according to a press release. More than half of them experienced more than a 50 percent reduction in the number of seizures and 9 percent became seizure free over the course of the study.

More than two-thirds of treated patients experienced a decrease of more than 50 percent in seizure severity, according to the release.

“It is encouraging that both frequency and severity of seizures appear to improve in the majority of patients in our study, patients who have limited treatment options,” said Dr. Jerzy P. Szaflarski, professor in the Department of Neurology and director of the UAB Epilepsy Center, in a statement. “Our research adds to the evidence that CBD may reduce frequency of seizures, but we also found that it appears to decrease the severity of seizures, which is a new finding.”

Researchers also found that Cannabidiol oil could improve mood and cognition for some patients suffering from severe epilepsy. However, researchers also found interactions between the oil and common drugs used to treat epilepsy.

The small study showed improvements for many patients, but researchers still want to find out more about Cannabidiol oil’s effectiveness as an epilepsy treatment.

Criminals wins

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said Sunday that it won’t grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota, handing a victory to the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and its supporters, who argued the project would threaten a water source and cultural sites.

North Dakota’s leaders criticized the decision, with Gov. Jack Dalrymple calling it a “serious mistake” that “prolongs the dangerous situation” of having several hundred protesters who are camped out on federal land during cold, wintry weather. U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer said it’s a “very chilling signal” for the future of infrastructure in the United States.

Correct, good luck with all the absurd protests we will see over the next few years.


Ben Carson as HUD Secretary…

In reality, who cares.

This isn’t wrong…

Criminals win… Declare they will keep doing… something… something.

This is going to be an issue…

This is climate-craziness…

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