Hubbard trial
Todd J. Van Ernst

Mike Hubbard’s political career appears to be over.

The former Alabama House Speaker faces sentencing next month after being convicted on 12 of the 23 felony ethics charges. APR’s MacKenzie Bates was at the Lee County Courthouse and files this report.

Hubbard’s defense attorney put his arm around him as the verdicts were read one by one convicting him of using his political office for personal gain.

Hubbard maintained his innocence throughout the indictments, saying the transactions that were made fell within the state ethics law.

Alberta, AL – Today marks one year since the deadly tornadoes that tore across Alabama on April 27th of 2011. We've been revisiting some of the people we spoke to in the hours following the deadly outbreak including residents of the Tuscaloosa community of Alberta. One year later home owners and area businesses are still attempting to rebuild their community. Alabama Public Radio's Ryan Vasquez revisits Alberta a year after the historic tornado outbreak to find out how this community is making its way back.

Tuscaloosa – Close to 300 people crowded a ballroom in Tuscaloosa to offer ideas on how the city should look after the rebuilding process following the April 27th tornado. APR's Pat Duggins reports how residents of the Alberta neighborhood want things like more greenspace, affordable housing, and better shopping--while preserving things that give the community its "flavor"--like the 60 year old neon sign outside the "Moon Winx" Lodge.