Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard spoke out Tuesday regarding the 23 indictments returned against him claiming ethics violations. The veteran lawmaker from Lee County says the recent allegations are nothing more than a political scheme to dismantle progress of the Republican party. Hubbard says he will use the next several weeks to uncover and expose those behind what he's calling a political attack. He also is looking forward to the chance to be re-elected and move forward.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is facing nearly two dozen felony ethics charges. Acting Attorney General Van Davis said a grand jury in Lee County indicted Hubbard on 23 charges accusing him of misusing his office as speaker and his previous office chairman of the Alabama Republican Party. Hubbard was processed Monday afternoon at the Lee County Jail. Hubbard has called the charges "a political witch hunt." The 52-year-old Republican's arrest comes weeks before the November 4th general election in which Hubbard has been widely favored for re-election.
Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has been indicted by a grand jury and now faces 23 class B felonies, including using his office for personal gain and soliciting things of value. The 52-year-old Auburn legislator was charged after a year long investigation. Hubbard says he's done nothing wrong and has never used his office improperly.
Today is the deadline for Alabamians hoping to vote in the November 4th general election. Voters may download registration forms online or visit their local boards of registrars' offices during business hours. Voters may also find sample ballots and information on statewide constitutional amendments that will appear on the ballot online.
The September unemployment rate in Alabama improved to 6.6. percent. It had been 6.9 percent in August. Director of Communications for the state Department of Labor Tara Hutchison says several job categories saw increases. In a rare occurrence, every county in the state saw a decrease in unemployment.
The National Weather Service says the upcoming winter might be cooler and wetter than normal in Alabama. The agency's outlook for the upcoming winter says there's as much as a 50 percent chance that temperatures will be well below average across Alabama.
Alabama currently has more than 300 First Class Pre-K classes throughout all 67 counties. Governor Robert Bentley foresees a day when every child in the state is enrolled in such a program. He spoke to the 9th Annual Pre-K Conference in Montgomery Thursday. The governor touted the state's program as one of the best. Governor Bentley plans to ask the Legislature for another 10 to 12 million dollars for the state's Pre-K program in next year's budget.
The memorial service for longtime Alabama Education Association leader Paul Hubbert is planned Saturday in Montgomery. A spokeswoman for AEA says the family will receive friends from 1-3 p.m. Friday at Heritage Funeral Home in Montgomery. The memorial service will be at noon Saturday at the Montgomery Performing Arts Center. Hubbert served as AEA's executive secretary for more than 42 years. He died Tuesday at a Montgomery hospital, he was 78.
One of Alabama's most powerful political figures died Tuesday at a Montgomery hospital. Paul Hubbert led the Alabama Education Association for more than four decades. He was 78. A spokeswoman for AEA said Hubbert was hospitalized October 6th after a fall and died from complications. Dr. Joe Reed served as the associate executive secretary of AEA. He said Hubbert was a relentless advocated for teachers and public education. Funeral arrangement for Paul Hubbert have not been finalized.
Severe storms that raced through Alabama toppled a tree that fell on a mobile home, killing a woman. The storms also damaged buildings in several communities and knocked out power to thousands across the state. Walker County Coroner J.C. Poe says a tree fell on the mobile home about 25 miles northwest of Birmingham, killing a 75-year-old woman and injuring her husband. In Marengo County, the emergency manager reported to the National Weather Service that a roof was blown off a Laundromat on U.S. 80, just east of Demopolis on Monday.