Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Newscast
9:23 am
Fri July 10, 2015

Legislators May Adjourn Special Session, Alabama Drought Conditions

Alabama State Capitol

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley is calling legislators into a special session Monday to hammer out a General Fund Budget, but legislators may have other plans.

An e-mail sent from House Speaker Mike Hubbard to members of the House of Representatives hints at plans to circumvent the session. The e-mail describes a plan put forth by Speaker Hubbard and Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh to convene the legislature as asked on Monday, then immediately adjourn until August 3rd.

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Newscast
9:13 am
Thu June 11, 2015

Lawmakers Back in Montgomery, AARP Back to Work Program

Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard

Members of the Alabama House of Representatives are returning to Montgomery today for what the speaker's office is calling a "legislative workday," despite the legislative session having ended and lawmakers being unable to take any official action.

Representatives plan to convene this morning at 10 a.m. The budget committee and several budget-related task forces plan to meet in the afternoon.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Fri May 29, 2015

Time Expires on Gambling and Revenue Bills, House Passes Scholarship Reform

Alabama State Capitol in Montgomery

Time has run out on a bill to legalize gambling and a state lottery in Alabama, and efforts to avoid deep state budget cuts may be too little too late as well.

Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh’s gambling bill didn't get a floor vote on the Senate yesterday, and legislative rules make it extremely difficult to pass controversial Senate bills in the final four days of the 30-day session.

Senators also adjourned yesterday before voting on a bill to transfer $100 million from the Education Trust Fund to the cash-strapped General Fund.

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Newscast
9:17 am
Wed May 20, 2015

House Passes Steep Cuts in Budget Bill, Blue Bell Explains Layoffs

Alabama Representative Steve Clouse

The Alabama House of Representatives has approved a General Fund budget that slashes $200 million from state agencies, after GOP lawmakers were unable to reach an agreement on tax increases.

Representatives voted 66-36 for the spending plan yesterday. Most Democrats voted against the budget after criticizing the cuts.

The budget bill now heads to the Alabama Senate. House Speaker Mike Hubbard says his plan is to work with Senators for the rest of the legislative session to avoid some of the state agency cuts.

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Newscast
9:11 am
Thu May 14, 2015

Judge kills Hubbard's subpoenas, Selma tax audit and Civil War reenactment

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

A judge recently stopped another effort from Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard’s defense to have his ethics case dismissed.

Lee County Judge Jacob Walker III granted a state motion to kill subpoenas against Governor Robert Bentley and the custodian of records for the Alabama Ethics Commission.

Hubbard’s lawyers say those subpoenas were necessary to learn about possible communication records from Governor Bentley regarding Attorney General Luther Strange recusing himself from the case and appointing chief prosecutor Van Davis.

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Newscast
9:29 am
Fri May 8, 2015

Lawmakers drop furlough proposal, new tax on motor oil and ACE Mentor Program

Lea Ann Macknally, President of ACE Mentor Program of Alabama Board of Directors

Republicans in the Alabama House are backing off proposals to furlough state employees for two days and to suspend longevity bonuses for a year.

Both ideas were considered to help the General Fund budget. But Speaker Mike Hubbard says they aren't needed after a change to a cigarette tax bill.

The proposals drew criticisms from Democrats who say they're pleased to see the ideas dropped.

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Newscast
8:59 am
Tue March 31, 2015

Head of AEA resigns, Hubbard's defense wants case dismissed and Baldwin County education tax vote

AEA Executive Secretary Henry Mabry

Henry Mabry has officially stepped down as the head of the Alabama Education Association.

His resignation comes after the AEA board voted back in February to terminate Mabry after an audit raised concerns about his financial management of the organization.

Mabry replaced longtime AEA head Paul Hubbert in 2011. It was Hubbert who built the education organization into a massive political powerhouse. Hubbert expressed some grave concerns about the AEA's fiscal health before he passed away last year.

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Newscast
9:33 am
Tue March 24, 2015

Hubbard ethics trial, Selma-to-Montgomery March and Montgomery trolley tour

Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives Mike Hubbard

State prosecutors say indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is once again manufacturing investigation leaks to distract the public from his criminal wrongdoing.

Yesterday, prosecutors asked a judge to reject Hubbard's motion to dismiss their indictment. Hubbard claimed there were violations of the grand jury secrecy act and other problems with the investigation against him.

State prosecutors said Hubbard's claims are baseless, and a “bogus narrative”.

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Newscast
9:04 am
Wed March 11, 2015

Senate approves charter school measure, Hubbard ethics trial update and Barons nat'l anthem tryouts

Alabama Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Hubbard

The Alabama Senate approved a measure to establish charter schools in the state in a 22 to 12 vote last night. That bill will now head to the House of Representatives.

The proposal allows the establishment of up to 10 brand new charter schools in the state each year, and allows school districts to convert an unlimited number of existing schools to charter status.

Republicans say charter schools provide education choices to families and encourage innovation. Opponents say they will drain resources from existing public schools.

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Newscast
8:28 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Winter storm causes travel hazards, power outages, price gouging concerns

Emergency Management Officer Paige Colburn, Huntsville - Madison County EMA

Residents in much of northern and central Alabama are digging out this morning after a winter storm dumped a substantial amount of snow on the region.

Roads are impassable in more than ten Alabama counties. The heaviest snow fell north of Birmingham – forecasters say some areas received upwards of ten inches of snow accumulation.

Paige Colburn is the emergency management officer for the Huntsville – Madison County EMA. She says they’re hoping to avoid a repeat of last Friday, when stuck and abandoned cars caused major problems for emergency crews.

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Newscast
9:16 am
Fri February 6, 2015

Hubbard ethics case, Eufaula highway widening and IBM grants

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Prosecutors continue to trade barbs with House Speaker Mike Hubbard over details connected to his ethics case.

Hubbard's defense is working to force prosecutors to release conversations with legislators and the media. The Attorney General’s office is objecting to that tactic and they made their displeasure known through court filings. Prosecutors say Hubbard is seeking a fishing expedition in search of any information in to a claim of prosecutorial misconduct.

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Newscast
8:25 am
Tue February 3, 2015

Healthcare CEO arrested, disaster grant funding and Hubbard legal fees

Jonathan Wade Dunning, former CEO of Birmingham Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health

The former CEO of two non-profit Alabama health clinics was arrested yesterday on federal charges.

The Birmingham U.S. Attorney's Office says Jonathan Wade Dunning was arrested on multiple counts of fraud, conspiracy, money-laundering and other charges.

Dunning was at one time CEO of both Birmingham Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee. Prosecutors say Dunning left those clinics to run a private business, and are accusing him of funneling substantial amounts of government money from the non-profit health operations into his own company.

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Newscast
9:02 am
Mon February 2, 2015

Huntsville desegregation, Hubbard trial and free weddings

Dr. Casey Wardynski, Superintendent for Huntsville City Schools

Teachers and residents in Huntsville will get a chance to speak out today on plans to end a 51-year-old desegregation lawsuit.

All sides will gather at Columbia High School to discuss a federal consent order that’s supposed to ensure fair treatment for all Huntsville City school students. A federal judge mediated the agreement last June. It’s meant to resolve the remaining issues from both sides of the desegregation case.

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Newscast
9:18 am
Thu January 22, 2015

Hubbard Ethics Case, European Trade Agreement and Alabama Jobs

Rep. Mike Hubbard (R), Speaker of Alabama's House of Representatives

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators. They are also looking for conversations with members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion Wednesday asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

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Hubbard Case
5:43 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Hubbard Lawyers Seek More Prosecutor Calls

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Hubbard are now asking prosecutors to disclose any conversations they had with legislators or members of the executive branch about the case.

Defense lawyers filed a discovery motion today asking a judge to force prosecutors to disclose any calls with legislators or executive branch members. They also asked for any copies of conversations that might have been recorded.

Hubbard's lawyers had already asked prosecutors to disclose any media calls.

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