The Alabama House has re-elected indicted Rep. Mike Hubbard as speaker. The newly-elected Alabama Legislature convened Tuesday in Montgomery for its organizational session. Hubbard has pleaded not guilty to 23 ethics charges and is awaiting trial. Senator Del Marsh was re-elected as Senate President Pro Tem. The organizational session can last up to 10 days. The regular session of the Legislature begins in March.
The newly elected Alabama Legislature begins its organizational session Tuesday, but the leadership will look much like the old Legislature. House members say they expect to re-elect Republican Mike Hubbard for another four-year term as speaker even though he's been indicted on ethics charges. Senate members say they expect to re-elect Republican Del Marsh as president pro tem.
Authorities say four Tuskegee University students were wounded by gunfire in an off-campus shooting. Tuskegee Police Chief Lester Patrick said officers responded to the shooting around 12:45 a.m. Sunday, where the students had been at a party. Patrick tells the Opelika-Auburn newspaper that two of the students are listed in stable condition at East Alabama Medical Center in Opelika. He said two other students were released from the hospital Sunday morning. Tuskegee University said in a statement that all the students are expected to recover from their injuries.
Law enforcement personnel converged on an east Montgomery business Friday after a tip was received about an employee with a gun. Employees at DAS North America facility on Industrial Park Boulevard were evacuated while police investigated. Montgomery County Sheriff D.T. Marshall says it was determined that a temp employee had apparently argued with a fellow worker Thursday and brought the gun to work Friday. The gun was found in a backpack left outside the building. The suspect has been identified as 22-year-old Amadi Webster of Montgomery. Charges are still pending.
State Troopers investigated 19 traffic fatalities during the recent Christmas and New Year's holiday period. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency says the traffic deaths occurred between December 19th and January 2nd. Troopers said alcohol was a factor in five of the crashes and only four of the 19 individuals were wearing seatbelts.
Plenty of jackets and gloves out this week as cold air pounds the state. Doctors say it's important to dress in layers if you have to brave the outdoors. Phing An, a physician at Vaughn Urgent Care, says residents can be affected by a number of ailments if they stay outside too long with exposed skin. An says you should drink plenty of water to stay hydrated, avoid alcoholic drinks though, as they tend to dull your senses, giving you a false feeling of being warm.
Much of the nation, including Alabama, remains in the grip of dangerously cold air that has sent temperatures plummeting into the teens and single-digits. The coldest spot occurred in Haleyville where it was 4 degrees at 5 a.m. Montgomery, Elmore County and Tuskegee are providing warming stations to help people get out of the bitter cold. The National Weather Service says the cold snap will last through the weekend.
Experts say leaving faucets dripping and cabinets open should keep pipes from bursting, residents should also unscrew outdoor hose pipes and cover the water spouts to keep them from freezing. Brad Cole, co-owner of American Swimming Pool Company of Montgomery suggests buying foam insulators for the job, he adds the potential increase in your water bill from leaving faucets dripping is much lower than the cost of getting busted pipes repaired.
The National Weather Service is issuing a hard freeze advisory for central Alabama as an arctic cold front moves into the state. Forecasters say temperatures are predicted to plummet to as low as 8 degrees across central Alabama early Thursday morning. Meteorologists expect temperatures to drop into the low 20s as far south as the Alabama coast. Montgomery city officials say warming stations will be opened starting today from 7:30 a.m. through 8 p.m. at ten community centers across the capital city.
Brace yourselves, bitterly cold air is headed for Alabama as early as Wednesday evening. Forecasters are warning of a prolonged period of sub-freezing temperatures across the state that could last through Friday. The latest arctic clipper will bring some of the coldest air since January of last year. State Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner is urging Alabamians to prepare for the frigid temperatures. Forecasters say low temperatures could fall into the single-digits and teens.