Soggy Weekend

May 9, 2014

More rain and the chance of floods are again headed toward southwest Alabama, which is still drying out from a deluge last week.  The National Weather Service issued a flash flood watch through Sunday for an area that includes Mobile and the tourist towns of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach.  Forecasters say rainfall amounts of 1 to 3 inches of rain are expected, and some areas could received as much as 7 inches of rain.  Much of the Alabama and Florida coast got as much as 2 feet of rain last week. 

Roby Appointment

Montgomery Congressman Martha Roby has been appointed to serve on a special committee that will investigate the 2012 attack in Benghazi, Libya.  She is among six Republicans chosen by House Speaker John Boehner.  Republicans insist the Obama administration hasn't come clean on what happened during and after the attack in which the U.S. Ambassador and three other Americans were killed.  Democrats are still negotiating with Boehner on whether they want to be a part of the probe that many party members consider a political stunt. 

Hubbard Campaign

House Speaker Mike Hubbard says he's filed a complaint with the U.S. attorney's office, the FBI and the Lee County district attorney over harassing phone calls being used to try to hurt his re-election campaign.  The Auburn Republican says someone recorded his first TV ad and then set up a phone network to call voters repeatedly with the recorded message.  He says the same number is called repeatedly to make the voter upset.  People inside and outside Hubbard's east Alabama district have reported receiving the repeated calls. 

ASU Meeting

Alabama State University's Board of Trustees met Friday in the Dunn-Oliver Acadome.  During the meeting President Dr. Gwendolyn Boyd released her first 100 day report.  Dr. Boyd said she's pleased with ASU's explosive social media presence.  Other items in the report included the facelift to the marquee at the university's main entrance and the grand opening of the new iCafe in the Levi Watkins Learning Center.