GOP Backs Hubbard, Homeless Vets, Guerrilla Theatre

Nov 7, 2014

Republicans are sticking by Rep. Mike Hubbard as their choice for House speaker despite his indictment on ethics charges. House Republicans yesterday voted to support Hubbard for another term as speaker of the house. The full House of Representatives will officially select a speaker in January during an organizational session. Hubbard was indicted last month on 23 felony ethics charges. The Auburn Republican has maintained his innocence and says he sees no reason to give up his leadership role. The 72-member caucus met behind closed doors for three hours before announcing the decision. The caucus did not announce the vote split. Mountain Brook Republican Rep. Jim Car ns, a potential rival to Hubbard for the post, declined to say if he threw his hat in the ring. The Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center is holding their annual Stand Down for Homeless Veterans in Tuscaloosa today. The mission of the event is to make advancements towards ending the homelessness of the one-Hundred-and- Fifty Four Thousand Veterans in the United States. Damon Stevenson is the Public Affairs Officer for the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical center. He says that the Stand Down event provides multiple services for homeless veterans. “We’re trying to get homeless veterans off the streets and get them needed care such as medical and dental screenings, assistance with clothing, food, haircuts; even job and legal counseling for homeless veterans.” (13 Seconds) The Stand Down for Homeless veterans is being held this Friday at Beulah Baptist Church. The event will run from 9 am to 12:30 pm. Tuscaloosa city officials say the economic benefit of the University of Alabama's home football games far outweigh the cost the city spends on staff overtime during game weekends. Mayor Walt Maddox says more than 400 city employees work overtime Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays on home game weekends. Maddox says the city spends roughly $750,000 each season to cover the cost. Maddox says each of the school's home games has a roughly $17 million to $18 million impact on the city's economy. A theatrical tradition of a different kind continues tomorrow on the campus of the University of Alabama. APR student reporter Ray Allen introduces us to Guerrilla Theatre. Guerrilla Theatre is a ten-act-variety show. Organizers hope tomorrow’s crowd is as happy as this group from the last show. Performers are given ten minutes to dance, sing, act and everything in between. There is only three rules: No animal sacrifice, no full-frontal nudity. The event is staged by the Alpha Psi Omega fraternity. Chapter President Jordan DeWitt says it’s ot unusual to have a sell out. “We had to turn around probably like 70 people. The line usually literally wraps around the theatre. It’s become kind of like a cult at Alabama for a while. It’s made a couple of lists like things to do in Tuscaloosa before you graduate.” The next Guerrilla Theatre is tomorrow at the Moody Music Center at the University of Alabama. For APR news, I’m Ray Allen in Tuscaloosa. Ray Allen is part of a group of journalism students being mentored by the APR news team.