Representative Greg Wren

The chief executive officer of a pharmacy buying cooperative in Bessemer says his company was trying to protect small, independent pharmacies when it tried to get language in the state general fund budget that would have allowed it to manage pharmacy benefits for the state Medicaid program.

Tim Hamrick says he was concerned that Alabama would bring in a big national company that would cut dispensing fees for pharmacies and drive many community-based pharmacies out of business.

A special Lee County grand jury that has been investigating possible government corruption will meet again next week.

The state attorney general's office filed court papers saying the grand jury will be in session May 13-16.

The court papers were filed in the case of Republican state Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise. He turned himself in April 24 in Opelika after the special grand jury indicted him on charges of perjury and giving false statements to law enforcement.

Former Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley has signed on as a defense lawyer for Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise.

Baxley filed court papers Wednesday saying he'll be one of Moore's defense lawyers. Moore is charged with perjury and making false statements to law enforcement officials.

The felony charges stem from Moore's January appearance before a Lee County grand jury investigating possible public corruption.

A state legislator from southeast Alabama is under arrest on felony perjury charges.

The attorney general's office says Republican Rep. Barry Moore of Enterprise is charged with two counts of perjury. He's also charged with two counts of making false statements.

Davis was arrested Thursday. A statement from the attorney general's office says the charges are linked to a continuing investigation of possible public corruption.

  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 four-term state representative, Republican Greg Wren of Montgomery, has decided not to seek re-election this year.

Wren issued a statement Thursday saying he has enjoyed his 16 years of public service but after much prayer, he had decided it is time to retire when his term ends in November.

Wren represents the 75th District, which covers parts of Montgomery and Elmore counties. He has served as chairman of the Joint Legislative Medicaid Committee and the Joint Energy Committee.