A deputy attorney general has been put on leave following accusations that he leaked information about an ongoing public corruption probe.
A prosecutor says that Deputy Attorney General Sonny Reagan was placed on administrative leave on Thursday by Attorney General Luther Strange.
Van Davis, the acting attorney general in the corruption probe, says Reagan for months had undisclosed communications with individuals affiliated with people indicted, or under investigation, by a Lee County grand jury. Davis says Reagan also took steps to obstruct the investigation.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he never tried to insert language into the state budget to help direct business to a company that had ties to his own.
Hubbard's comments come in the wake of Rep. Greg Wren's resignation and guilty plea Tuesday to an ethics violation.
Wren admitted trying to put language into the state budget to help American Pharmacy Cooperative Inc. of Bessemer get state Medicaid business. Wren's plea agreement says Hubbard supported the language and directed it be added to the budget.
A casino lobbyist who admitted offering bribes to legislators has received probation. U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins gave Jennifer Pouncy three years on probation, 100 hours of community service, and $4,100 in fines and fees at a sentencing hearing Wednesday in Montgomery. Pouncy was the first person to plead guilty in Alabama's gambling corruption case. The former lobbyist for Country Crossing Casino admitted offering bribes to legislators to support pro-gambling legislation.