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Jury Selection Set for Hubbard's Ethics Trial

May 18, 2016

A jury has been set in the ethics trial of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard following a three-day selection process.  The jury of 12 with four alternates, is made up of nine men and seven women.  Four of the men and three of the women are white, while five of the men and four of the women are black.  Hubbard was indicted in October 2014 on 23 felony ethics charges.  After a lengthy legal battle by the defense to have the case dismissed, the trial is scheduled to start next week.  

Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice Report

May 17, 2016

African-Americans are doing about the same as they have in previous years at the nation rises out of the Great Recession, and much better than they did when the National Urban League issued its first "State of Black America" report 40 years ago.  The National Urban League's newest report, called "Locked Out: Education, Jobs & Justice," looks at how blacks and Hispanics are faring today and how they were doing in 1976.  The National Urban League has been issuing its annual study each year since then.

ALDOT Prepares for Hurricane Season

May 17, 2016

The Alabama Department of Transportation is getting ready for the beginning of hurricane season.  Workers will conduct a drill to practice reversing the traffic flow on Interstate 65 in south Alabama on Wednesday.  Traffic won't be affected, and drivers will stay in their normal lanes.  But workers will do a dress rehearsal of the actions needed to make the southbound lanes flow northward.  That's what could happen if a coastal evacuation is needed because of a hurricane threat.  The drill will be conducted on I-65 between Mobile and Montgomery.  Hurricane season begins June first.  

Toddler Beating Death Charges

May 17, 2016

A mother and her boyfriend have pleaded not guilty to capital murder charges in the beating death of the woman's 3-year-old daughter.  Birmingham authorities report that Misty Lynn Wright and Johnathan Wayne Talley appeared in court Monday to enter their pleas and set separate trial dates.  Talley's trial is set to begin Oct. 31st.  Wright's trial is set for Nov. 14.  Both are being held without bond.  The capital charges for Jettie Adams' death were announced in August.  Police say the child suffered severe injuries that are consistent with repeated blows to the head, chest and abdomen.

West Montgomery Drowning Under Investigation

May 17, 2016

Police are investigating a drowning in West Montgomery.  Emergency personnel were called to the area of Western Boulevard and Old Selma Road yesterday afternoon where they found the victim.  Police have confirmed to several media outlets that the victim is an adult male.  Circumstances surrounding the drowning are unknown and a name has not been released.  

Alabama State Softball Team Heads to NCAA Tournament

May 16, 2016

The Alabama State softball team will be headed to the NCAA Regional Tournament in a four-team grouping in Gainsville, Florida.  The NCAA Selection Show last night revealed the Lady Hornets will take on the Florida Gators on Friday at 1:30.  ASU Head Coach Chris Steiner-Wilcoxcon says she's proud the team is making a name of their own.  The Lady Hornets made school history after winning its first SWAC softball championship by defeating Texas Southern 18-8 in the SWAC Championship on Saturday in Irondale.  

Madison County Assistant DA Charged with DUI

May 16, 2016

A Madison County assistant district attorney has been reassigned to non-courtroom duties after being arrested and charged with driving under the influence.  Jail records show Thomas Paul Barnett was arrested Saturday morning.  He was released on a $1,000 bond the same day.  No further details have been released.  Madison County District Attorney Robert L. Broussard said Barnett made a mistake.  

Toddler's Body Found in Dale County

May 16, 2016

Search crews have discovered the body of a 5-year-old girl who went missing over the weekend.  Dale County Chief Sheriff's officials say the child was swimming with two of her siblings in the Choctawhatchee River when they all went under, her siblings were rescued, her body was discovered on Monday about 200 yards where  she went under.  Her name has not been released.  

ASU Women's SoftballTeam in NCAA Tournament

May 16, 2016

The Alabama State University softball team will take on Florida in the NCAA Softball Tournament this week.  The NCAA Selection Show this weekend revealed that the Lady Hornets will travel to Gainesville in a four-team regional matchup.  ASU plays the two-time defending champions and overall number one-seeded Gators Friday at 1:30.  The Hornets won the SWAC Tournament over the weekend.  They were one of five teams from the state of Alabama to make the tournament.  The game will air on the SEC Network.  

Crews have been searching a southeast Alabama river and areas nearby for a missing 5-year-old girl.  Dale County Chief Sheriff's Deputy Mason Bynum says the girl was swimming with two siblings when all three went under water in the Choctawhatchee River Sunday afternoon.  Bynum said another person in the area was able to rescue two of the siblings.  Crews searched until late Sunday night and planned to resume the search today.