Judge schedules September hearing in Hubbard case, VA to build new clinic in Mobile

Aug 12, 2016

A judge has scheduled a September hearing on motions filed in former House Speaker Mike Hubbard ethics case. APR’s Stan Ingold has more…

Former House Speaker Mike Hubbard is looking to overturn his criminal conviction.

Circuit Judge Jacob Walker scheduled a September second hearing on post-trial motions filed in the case. The judge did not elaborate. A jury convicted Hubbard on twelve state ethics law violations. Because of this, he was automatically removed from office after the felony conviction.

Hubbard, who is free on bond, has filed a request for a new trial. He is also asking for an investigation into whether some jurors were biased against him.

Walker sentenced Hubbard to four years in prison.

The Department of Veterans affairs will build a new clinic in Mobile to serve southwest Alabama's more than 50,000 veterans.

Al.com reports that Rep. Bradley Byrne said in a statement Thursday that the new clinic will replace the current clinic on Spring Hill Avenue in Mobile.

Byrne says he has repeatedly called on the department to move forward with the project. The congressman also says he will provide oversight throughout the construction process to ensure the project remains on schedule.

Mobile Mayor Sandy Stimpson says the new clinic is long overdue.

The location of the new facility has not been announced.

Alabama is making sure young people learn how to properly write in both print as well as cursive this school year.

The state recently passed Lexi’s Law which requires students to write in cursive by the third grade. The law came about after reports showed teacher’s plans failing to meet the standards for teaching Language Arts.

Melisa Valdez-Hubert is the Public Information Director for the Department of Education. She says its’s important for students to learn cursive for purposes of reading and signing documents in the future…

“There are still so many documents that require a cursive signature in addition to reading others cursive writing. There are many documents that are still historical documents that students read in schools that are written in cursive, so there is definitely a history and formality in business.”

Valdez-Hubert says while they can’t give teachers a strict code to follow, each teacher must turn in a report at the end of the year to show progress of the students writing abilities.