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Hubbard Trial
4:11 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

Prosecutor Says House Speaker Case Not Political

A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.
Credit council of state governments

A lead prosecutor says ethics charges were brought against House Speaker Mike Hubbard because a grand jury found evidence of crimes and not for political reasons.

Acting Attorney General W. Van Davis issued a statement Tuesday responding to accusations by Hubbard that the case is political.

Davis says he has no political allegiances to anyone, including Attorney General Luther Strange, who appointed him.

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Hubbard Trial
4:16 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Judge Delays House Speaker Mike Hubbard's Trial

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

A judge has delayed House Speaker Mike Hubbard's trial on ethics charges until 2015.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker pushed back a Dec. 8 trial date at the request of the defense. Walker will meet with prosecutors and defense lawyers on Jan. 7 to discuss a timeline for the case.

A grand jury last month indicted Hubbard on felony ethics charges. The indictment accuses Hubbard of using his public positions to obtain work for his companies and to solicit investments from lobbyists.

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Severe Weather-Alabama
4:08 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Cold Blast Follows Strong Storms, Rain In Alabama

Cold temperatures gripped the state today with more on the way for Tuesday and Wednesday mornings.
Credit National Weather Service

Temperatures plummeted across Alabama after storms left flooding and scattered damage across the state.

Al.com reports that crews from the National Weather Service were being sent to Pike, Bullock and Russell counties to determine whether tornadoes snapped trees and caused other damage in those areas.

Weather service reports show temperatures fell as much as 15 degrees from midnight until morning rush hour Monday. And forecasters say overnight lows could drop to the mid-20s as far south as the coast.

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Gulf Restoration-Alabama
3:54 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

State Says $9.6 million Approved To Restore Gulf Coast

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.
Credit telegraph.uk

State officials say they've gained approval for nearly $10 million in projects aimed at restoring Alabama's coastline after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion and oil spill.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Monday said $9.6 million for four Alabama projects has been approved by the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation. He said projects address conservation needs to restore some of Alabama's natural resources affected by the disaster.

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Politics & Government
8:01 am
Sun November 16, 2014

Alabama Businessman Settles Securities Fraud Case

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The former chief executive of a company that planned to build railroad cars in north Alabama will pay $21 million to the Retirement Systems of Alabama as part of a deal settling 11 counts of securities fraud. TheTimesDaily reports that Greg Aziz also will reimburse about $1 million to state and local agencies for investigative costs. The charges against him will be dropped. Aziz was accused of organizing a scheme to defraud the pension system of $350 million by supplying false information during a funding deal.

Arts & Life
6:59 pm
Sat November 15, 2014

Crimson Tide defeats #1 Mississippi State

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Blake Sims, T.J. Yeldon and No. 4 Alabama's relentless defense delivered on a big stage, and the Crimson Tide held off No. 1 Mississippi State 25-20 on Saturday. The Tide (9-1, 6-1 Southeastern Conference, No. 5 CFP) reasserted itself as a national title contender with a dominant first half and some clutch play in the fourth quarter. Dak Prescott and the Bulldogs (9-1, 5-1, No. 1 CFP) kept fighting to keep their first-ever reign going for a sixth week. They couldn't conquer Alabama at raucous Bryant-Denny Stadium, though.

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Arts & Life
6:59 am
Sat November 15, 2014

Tide and Bulldog fans expected to flood Tuscaloosa

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) — Thousands of people are pouring into Tuscaloosa for the football game between top-ranked Mississippi State and Alabama, and transportation officials are urging caution. Traffic will be heavy Saturday on U.S. 82 between Tuscaloosa and Mississippi, and it's always busy on Interstate 20/59 on game days in Tuscaloosa. The Alabama Department of Transportation says motorists should be careful in a work zone on the interstate, and they're planning additional police patrols. The game begins at 2:30 p.m. at Bryant-Denny Stadium.

Senate Race
4:38 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Provisional Ballots Counted In Close Senate Race

Election officials on Wednesday will count provisional ballots in a closely watched state senate race.
Credit triplepundit

Election officials on Wednesday will count provisional ballots in a closely watched state senate race.

Longtime Sen. Roger Bedford of Russellville trails Republican Larry Stutts by just 60 votes, according to unofficial returns.

Voters can cast provisional ballots if they do not have the required photo identification or if they do not appear on a polling place's list of voters. The votes only count if election officials determine the person was rightfully eligible to vote.

Bedford's supporters say they will hold out hope until the last vote is counted.

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Cancer Disparities Grant
3:46 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

UAB, Alabama State Given Cancer Research Grant

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.
Credit uab.edu/news

The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Alabama State University have been given a federal grant to research and reduce disparities in cancer rates.

UAB officials said in a statement Tuesday that the $1.5 million grant from the National Institutes of Health and the National Cancer Institute will allow both schools to execute cancer-related research and training focused on helping underserved communities.

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Supreme Court-Voting Rights
3:40 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Justices Review Racial Makeup Of Alabama Districts

The U.S. Supreme Court will review a case involving the racial makeup of Alabama's legislative districts.
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Once-powerful Democrats are challenging legislative districts drawn by Alabama Republicans that have helped shrink Democratic representation to just eight seats in the state Senate - all of them from districts in which African-Americans are a majority.

Black Democrats say the GOP did it by misusing a landmark voting-rights law, intended to ensure the right to vote for southern blacks, to instead limit their voting strength. They argue that Republicans relied too heavily on race to draw new electoral maps following the 2010 census.

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Double Dipping Suit
3:57 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Alabama Legislator Sues Over Ban On Double Dipping

A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job.
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A legislator re-elected last week has gone to court to challenge a law prohibiting legislators from having a second state job.

Democratic Rep. Dexter Grimsley of Newville filed suit in Montgomery County Circuit Court to challenge the law that took effect the day after the Nov. 4 legislative elections.

After Republicans won control of the Legislature in 2010, they passed a law to prohibit legislators from having a second state job and paycheck. They delayed enforcement until after the 2014 elections.

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Gulf Oil Spill-Claims
3:52 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Judge Refuses To Fire Gulf Oil Spill Claims Chief

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Credit Associated Press

A federal judge has rejected a call from BP to fire the administrator of damage claims arising from a settlement that followed the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier issued the ruling Monday, turning back BP's arguments that Patrick Juneau should be removed for a variety of reasons.

Among BP's reasons for seeking Juneau's ouster: They said Juneau once represented Louisiana in talks setting up the claims process and had pushed for favorable terms for those with claims; and that Juneau improperly expedited the processing of some claims.

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Court-Accountability Act
3:46 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Alabama Court To Hear Accountability Act Appeal

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 3 on the state government's appeal of a judge's ruling striking down the Alabama Accountability Act.
Credit The Birmingham News file

The Alabama Supreme Court will hear arguments Dec. 3 on the state government's appeal of a judge's ruling striking down the Alabama Accountability Act.

The case is third on the court's docket for a hearing that starts at 9 a.m. in Montgomery.

The Accountability Act provides state tax credits for parents to move children from public schools rated as failing to private schools. It also provides tax credits for individuals and businesses that contribute to scholarships for low-income students to attend private schools rather than public schools.

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Hubbard Plea
4:10 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Ala. Speaker Hubbard Enters Not Guilty Plea

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself.
Credit mikehubbard.com

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to ethics charges that he used his public offices to enrich himself.

Hubbard entered the plea in a Friday court filing. He also waived a Thursday arraignment that would have been his first courtroom appearance.

The defense is asking the attorney general's office to produce a wide range of material, including witness statements. Defense lawyer Mark White said he will also seek hearings regarding the proceedings of the grand jury that indicted Hubbard.

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Children's Health Insurance
4:07 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Study Says Alabama Has Low Rate Of Uninsured Kids

A new national study says Alabama has the lowest rate in the South for children without health care coverage.
Credit easternct.edu

A new national study says Alabama has the lowest rate in the South for children without health care coverage.

A study by the Center for Children and Families at Georgetown University says 4.3 percent of Alabama's children didn't have health coverage in 2013. Other Southern states ranged from slightly more than 5 percent to 11 percent. The national average was 7.1 percent. Alabama ranked 10th best among the states.

The study found that Alabama had nearly 11,000 fewer uninsured children in 2013 than in 2011.

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