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Saturday, February 16, 2019

FactChecking Trump’s National Emergency Remarks

In declaring a national emergency at the Southwest border, President Donald Trump strung together a long list of false, misleading and unsupported claims on illegal immigration, drug smuggling, human trafficking, trade deficits, and other issues.

We briefly cover some of the statements the president made in his Feb. 15 Rose Garden remarks — nearly all of which we have debunked numerous times before.

Alabama Education Department To Conduct "DEEPER DIVE" Into 2017 Graduation Rates

Alabama Superintendent Eric Mackey told state school board members during the Feb. 14 meeting that education officials are doing a “deeper dive” into their graduation rates.

Specifically, the state is following up on federal questions and looking into how graduation rates for Alabama students with disabilities jumped from 54 percent in 2016 to 74 percent in 2017.

Chicago Police Want to Talk to Jussie Smollett as New Evidence Emerges

Chicago police are seeking to re-interview “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett after new evidence emerged in his alleged assault.

Smollett has claimed that two men attacked him at 2 a.m. on Jan. 29, yelled racial and homophobic slurs, poured bleach on him, and put a noose around his neck. The Chicago Police Department has consistently said that it was treating him as a victim, but that appears to have changed in the last 24 hours.

Alabama Men’s Basketball Suffers 71-53 Home Loss to Florida

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The Alabama men's basketball fell to the Florida Gators, 71-53, in Coleman Coliseum on Saturday afternoon. The loss marks only the third at home (9-3) for the Crimson Tide this season.

For the 17th game this season, freshman Kira Lewis Jr. led all Alabama players in scoring as he finished with 14 points. Senior Donta Hall added 10 points and seven rebounds on the day, while sophomore John Petty Jr. finished with 10 points off the bench.

No. 9 Alabama Gymnastics Falls to No. 2 Florida, 197.325-196.475

The Crimson closed the meet with a season-best 49.450 on the floor exercise,
including career-best 9.95s from Lexi Graber and Shea Mahoney

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. – The No. 9 Alabama gymnastics team fell to No. 2 Florida by a score of 197.325-196.475 Friday night in Coleman Coliseum in front of 12,828 pink-clad fans for the Crimson Tide's 15th-annual Power of Pink competition.

No. 1 Auburn Earns 14-6 Win at No. 3 South Carolina

BLYTHEWOOD, S.C. – The No. 1 Auburn equestrian team used a strong first half to come away with a 14-6 victory on the road over No. 3 South Carolina Saturday, Feb. 16, at One Wood Farm. The Tigers moved to a perfect 10-0 overall and 4-0 in the Southeastern Conference.

"I'm so proud of the team and the atmosphere they maintained today," head coach Greg Williams said. "Coaches Jessica Braswell and Mary Meneely continue to raise the bar for this team and the team continues to exceed those expectations. We did have a few mistakes today, but we've had a couple great weeks and are looking forward to the next challenge."

Alabama State Indoor Track and Field Men, Women Win SWAC Championships

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. | Alabama State continued its dominance of the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Friday at the SWAC Championships with both teams taking home first-place honors.

The Lady Hornets won a record 11th-straight championship with 188.5 cumulative points, besting second place Prairie View A&M by 36.5 points. The men defeated Jackson State by even 30 points for their third-straight title, with the Hornets notching 165 total.

Alabama State head coach Ritchie Beene was named the 2019 SWAC Women's Indoor Track and Field Coach of the Year.

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation

The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
Founded in 1962, The Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation is the nation’s oldest and largest provider of need-based scholarships to military children. For 54 years, we’ve been providing access to affordable education for the children of Marine and Navy Corpsman attending post-high school, under-graduate and career technical education programs. In that time, we have provided more than 37,000 scholarships worth nearly $110 million.