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Hubbard Found Guilty on 12 Felony Ethics Charges

Jun 13, 2016

Former speaker of the Alabama House of Representatives Mike Hubbard says he and his family are trying to come to terms with the guilty verdicts in his ethics trial.  Legislators are also considering the ripple effect conviction could create.  Republican Representative Reed Ingram of Montgomery doesn't see any loss of credibility for the Republican Party.  One possible impact could be on the ethics law itself.  Democratic Representative John Knight of Montgomery says certain exceptions within the law are too broad.  Hubbard was found guilty on 12 felony ethics charges.

Federal Judge Bars Alabama Gay Marriage Ban

Jun 9, 2016

A federal judge is permanently barring Alabama from enforcing state laws to block gay marriage.  U.S. District Judge Callie Granade of Mobile issued the order Tuesday in litigation that followed the U.S. Supreme Court decision that effectively legalized same-sex weddings nationwide.  The judge writes that the order is needed because state laws against same-sex marriage remain on the books.  She says the Alabama Supreme Court's willingness to issue decisions conflicting with the U.S. Supreme Court demonstrate the need for permanent action.

More Testimony From House Speaker Mike Hubbard

Jun 9, 2016

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is returning to the witness stand for the third day in his ethics trial.  A state prosecutor will resume his cross-examination of the Republican speaker Thursday morning.  Prosecutor Matt Hart on Wednesday quizzed Hubbard on $2.3 million in contracts, party campaign business and investments his companies received.  He also questioned Hubbard about emails he sent former Governor Bob Riley, who is now a lobbyist, seeking employment help.

The third suspect wanted in the murder of a Prattville man has been taken into custody.  The U.S. Marshals service arrested 24-year-old Santwone Cornelius Jones yesterday afternoon in Lakewood, Colorado.  The Prattville police department is working with the district attorney's office to start the extradition process.  Jones will face murder and robbery charges in the fatal shooting of John Michael Taylor on May 22nd.  Police say Taylor was killed during a robbery after leaving a convenience store on Cobbs Ford Road.

Two Children and Two Adults Die in Traffic Accident

Jun 9, 2016

Four people, including two children, were killed in a crash on a highway in Chilton County.  The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency said in a news release that 21-year-old Destini M. Davis of Montgomery was killed when her SUV collided with a logging truck around 3:15 Wednesday afternoon on U.S. Highway 82 near Maplesville.  All four people inside the SUV were killed: Davis, 22-year-old Tarlanda Davenport, an infant younger than one and a toddler younger than two.  ALEA Corporal Jess Thornton says none of the victims were wearing seatbelts, and that the children were not properly restrained.

Nina Simone Screening This Weekend

Jun 8, 2016

WVAS Radio is hosting a screening of the documentary "The Amazing Nina Simone" this Saturday in Montgomery.  The critically acclaimed movie chronicles the life of the musical legend and activist through more than 50 interviews with the people that knew her.  A reception begins at 3 p.m. at the Capri Theatre on Fairview Avenue, followed by the presentation of the film at 4.  Tickets are $10 and can be purchased in advance or at the door.  For more information about the event, call (334) 229-4708 or (334) 229-5074.  

Prattville Hosts SWAT Training

Jun 8, 2016

The city of Prattville is hosting SWAT training this week.  Officials from law enforcement say 22 agencies have sent officers for SWAT certification courses; they are being held in Prattville and surrounding areas.  Prattville Police Department Captain Jeff Hassell says the tactical training includes barricaded subjects, hostage situations and high risk warrants.  

Comment Period Open for Loan Proposals

Jun 8, 2016

A 90 day public comment period is about to begin on proposed regulations for short-term lenders by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.  The federal agency wants to require lending companies to prove that borrowers are able to repay loans without having to take out additional loans.  Alabama and other states have been seeking way to strengthen rules governing payday and auto-title lending.  President of the lending trade group Borrow Smart Alabama says the proposal is not good for consumers.

P4 Partnership Agreement

Jun 8, 2016

Montgomery Mayor Todd Strange and Prattville Mayor Bill Gillespie joined leadership from Maxwell to sign a P4 Partnership, or public-public and public-private partnerships Tuesday at City Hall.  The Air Force's P4 partnership allows Maxwell to work directly with the community to create mutually benefiting arrangements.  The city also recognized and said farewell to commander Col. Andrea Tullos, for her service to Montgomery.  Tullos was recently promoted and is scheduled to leave her post as commander of the 42nd Air Base Wing at Maxwell in July.    

Hubbard's Testimony Expected Today

Jun 8, 2016

Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard is testifying in his own defense at his ethics trial.  Hubbard will return to the witness stand today as he offers jurors his explanation of contracts his companies received and emails he sent seeking work.  The speaker faces 23 felony ethics charges accusing him of using his political positions to obtain $2.3 million in work and investments for his companies.  Hubbard testified Tuesday that he took precautions to obey the law and sought input from the director of the state ethics commission before accepting contracts.