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UA In The News — Jan. 28

Yusef Salaam speaks at UA
WVUA – Jan. 27
A man who spent more than 6 years of his life in prison for a crime he and four others didn’t commit, sharing his story at The University of Alabama. Yusef Salaam was one of 5 teens wrongly accused in the rape and beating of a female jogger in New York’s Central Park. Salaam admits being wrongly convicted changed him.
CBS 42 – Jan. 27
Fox 6 – Jan. 27
Fox (Columbus, Ga.) – Jan. 27

America’s Warrior Partnership helps close resource gaps for Veterans
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – Jan. 28
Operation Deep Dive –
A first-of-its-kind research collaboration examining the factors and potential causes involved in suicide and self-harm among Veterans. With the help of valuable data analyzed by VA, the project is studying the impact of community environments on suicide among Veterans, an area that has been absent from past research. Led by America’s Warrior Partnership with researchers from the University of Alabama and support from the Bristol-Myers Squibb Foundation, Operation Deep Dive is currently being conducted in 14 communities nationwide. By the study’s completion in 2021, researchers aim to have a methodology that any community can implement to identify the unique risk factors of suicide within their area.

Second House panel approves Auburn specialty license plate bill
Florida Politics – Jan. 28
Two down, one to go. The House Transportation and Tourism Appropriations Subcommittee unanimously approved a measure Tuesday that would create specialty tags for a trio of out-of-state universities — including Auburn University. The House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee already signed off on the bill, leaving just one more stop until it clears the committee process. The legislation (HB 1135) is being sponsored by Rep. James Grant, an Auburn University alumnus.  He’s attempted to shepherd the bill through in previous years, to no avail. In addition to Auburn, specialty license plates would be approved for two other out-of-state schools — the University of Alabama and the University of Georgia.