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Heart Problem Linked to Teen's Death

May 27, 2016

A coroner says a 13-year-old who collapsed at her school's field day died of a heart problem.  St. Clair County Coroner Dennis Russell says natural causes are to blame for the death of Maddison Wentworth of Pell City.  The sixth grader was playing tug-of-war with other students during field day at Williams Intermediate School when she collapsed on May 19th.  School nurses and paramedics tried to revive the girl, but she was later pronounced dead at a hospital.  

First Week of Ethics Trial Wraps Up

May 27, 2016

The first week of the felony ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard wraps up today.  Prosecutors expect to call as many as nine witnesses on this day.  The testimony is expected to relate to Hubbard's consulting contract with a gas utility in southeast Alabama.  Yesterday State Medicaid officials said they opposed Medicaid language temporarily inserted in the 2013 budget that could have benefited a client of House Speaker Mike Hubbard.

Deadly Traffic Accident in Autauga County

May 27, 2016

One man was killed in a traffic accident in Autauga County yesterday.  State Troopers say the single-vehicle wreck happened on County Road 83, about two miles east of Burnsville.  They say a tractor trailer rig left the roadway and overturned, killing the driver.  He's been identified as 41-year-old Chuckie Wayne Smith of Randolph.  Troopers report that Smith was not using a seat belt and was partially ejected.  The crash apparently occurred just before 1 p.m.  Authorities have not said what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle.  

Memorial Day Weekend Events

May 27, 2016

The Memorial Day Weekend will be marked by several events in the river region.  First off, the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System will host its Memorial Day program at 11 o'clock today at the Perry Hill Road campus.  At that same time, the city of Montgomery is unveiling a monument to the Korean War.  The new monument is being dedicated at the World War II park downtown at the corner of Washington and Lee streets.  Maxwell Air Force Base is holding two events.  Saturday a carpool will depart the 42nd Air Base Wing headquarters for the Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.

Hubbard's Trial Begins This Week

May 23, 2016

The speaker of Alabama's House goes on trial this week facing a barrage of ethics charges. House Speaker Mike Hubbard faces 23 felony ethics charges stemming from accusations that he used his posts as speaker and state GOP party chairman to steer business to his companies. Hubbard has maintained his innocence. Opening statements are expected Tuesday.

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