Alabama Supreme Court in Huntsville, New Degree Program at UAB

Sep 23, 2015

University of Alabama - Birmingham campus
Credit UAB

Over 1200 high school students will be watching the Alabama Supreme Court firsthand today.

The state’s highest court will hear cases in Huntsville as part of an effort to take the justices on the road.

Mary Ena Heath is a Huntsville attorney and professor who helped coordinate the visit. She says many people are uninformed about how the Supreme Court does its job, so this is a good opportunity to see the court at work.

“My college students are not always familiar with the appellate process. So this is just a good opportunity to see something that is not always visible to the public, but very much an integral part of our system because, from the appellate process, the courts render decisions that make our law.”

This will be the first time in several years that the Justices have visited Huntsville. The court is holding its session at the Von Braun Center concert hall.

The University of Alabama at Birmingham is planning to launch a new graduate program merging business and medicine.

UAB officials say they are currently accepting applications for a program offering doctorate degrees in medicine alongside master's degrees in business administration.

Officials say the program will introduce medical students to the business side of health care. The program will offer courses in supply chain management, accounting, finance, marketing and more.

Eric Jack, dean of UAB's Collat School of Business, says the four-year program will offer medical students more career options.

The program is expected to start in summer 2016.

Residents of Northport will have a better opportunity to interact positively with their local police department.

See You at the Station is an event hosted by the Northport Police Department. The purpose is to bring the community together. Police Department Communications Relations Officer Carrie Baker says she hopes for more of these events.

“We’re hoping that this event is just one of many that we put on here at the police department. We’re hoping that this event creates a stronger sense of partnership and community and pride for this beautiful city that we have.”

See You at the Station is going on throughout the day today at the Northport Police Department.

State prosecutors have responded to House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s latest attempt to have his ethics charges dismissed. They filed a brief Monday afternoon in Lee County court criticizing Hubbard’s latest dismissal request.

Last month, the House Speaker’s defense argued that the ethics law he’s accused of violating is unconstitutional. Hubbard says he has a First Amendment right to lobby on behalf of his business clients.

Prosecutors wrote in their brief that Hubbard is saying it’s legal for public officials to accept money from private interests in exchange for special treatment.

They also noted that Hubbard was an advocate of the ethics law when it was passed in 2010. He even called it historic in his 2012 book.

Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to 23 counts of ethics violations. His trial is scheduled to begin in March.