Latest Update

Auburn grad running against Shelby in Republican U.S. Senate race

Alabama Republican Richard Shelby has been in Congress since 1979, when he was first elected to the United States House of Representatives. He’s held office as a senator in Washington, D.C., uninterrupted since 1987. Auburn University alum Jonathan McConnell is looking to change that.

  • icon Updated: February 04

More From Latest Update

Recent Headlines

Monday 02/01/2016
Judge denies Hubbard’s motion to dismiss based on acting AG appointment

In a case with hundreds of motions and comparatively few rulings, a Lee County judge on Monday denied a motion to dismiss the felony ethics case of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard, R-Auburn, based on the appointment of Acting Attorney General Van Davis.

Trump and Cruz battle for victory in Iowa's leadoff caucuses

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A new phase in the fight for the Republican Party's soul begins Monday night as Iowa voters decide whether they prefer Donald Trump's aggressive populist politics or Ted Cruz's fiery conservativism in the GOP's opening presidential primary contest of 2016.

Tuesday 01/26/2016
Judge in Hubbard ethics case inclined to deny continuance

A Lee County judge said he declined the defense's motion to continue in the felony ethics case of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R, Auburn). 

Friday 01/22/2016
Hubbard moves again for Hart deposition

Indicted Speaker of the Alabama House Mike Hubbard’s defense team has filed another motion in favor of the deposition of Special Prosecutor Matt Hart, this time focusing on Hart’s alleged interactions with a member of the media.

Thursday 01/21/2016
State objects to Hubbard’s motion to continue, says defense’s request ‘makes no sense’

Prosecutors argue there is "no legitimate basis" to delay the March 28 trial date of indicted Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn).

Tuesday 01/19/2016
State motions for court to adopt eDiscovery expert recommendations

Little more than two months away from the scheduled trial date, the state filed a motion for the court to adopt the findings and recommendations of an expert in eDiscovery in the case against Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R, Auburn).

Friday 01/15/2016
Defense moves for fall trial in Speaker’s ethics case

Per a Lee County judge’s order to do so by Friday, the defense in the felony ethics case of Alabama House Speaker Mike Hubbard has filed another motion to continue, this time requesting the trial be pushed from March to the fall.

State disputes use of subpoenas in Hubbard ethics case

Prosecutors in the felony ethics case against Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard filed a motion Tuesday objecting to the defendant’s “continued improper use of subpoenas,” according to court documents. In the same motion, the state also objects to the use of documents presented by the Alabama Office of Courts.

Monday 12/14/2015
Students look to up voter turnout

For half a century, the voting rate for young adults has fallen well below that of voters age 25 and older. And since 1965, the U.S. Census Bureau shows the rate at which 18 to 24-year-olds have headed to the polls has slumped from 50 percent to less than 31 percent in the last presidential election, with that rate barely reaching 30 percent in the mid ’90s.

Thursday 12/10/2015
Orders show wins, losses for Hubbard defense

A Lee County Judge has ordered that all further briefs in the ongoing ethics case of Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R, Auburn) must be filed by next month.

Monday 12/07/2015
Following AG depositions, Hubbard still seeking production of records

After a series of closed depositions of current and former Alabama Attorney General’s Office employees, the defense team for Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) filed a motion Thursday asking for the production of files from the state AG’s Office, pursuant to a subpoena filed in early March.

Monday 11/02/2015
UPDATED: Fuller releases statement on Opelika officer-involved shooting

OPD to reveal names of officer and victim today at 2 p.m. press conference 

Wednesday 10/28/2015
Witnesses in Hubbard case continue testifying in chambers

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob A. Walker III will continue to hear witness testimony in the felony ethics case against Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) in closed chambers until at least 3 p.m. today, court officials said. 

Saturday 10/17/2015
Alabama's 2012 Superintendent of the Year to challenge Rogers for Congressional seat

Auburn resident Larry DiChiara, Ed.D., is a candidate for Congress in Alabama's 3rd district, he announced this week. He will face incumbent Mike Rogers (R-Saks) in the March 1, 2016, primary election.

Tuesday 09/29/2015
State moves to quash subpoena of AG in Hubbard case

Motions to quash are adding up in the state’s case against Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) as prosecutors object to the defense’s subpoena of Attorney General Luther Strange.

Monday 09/14/2015
Former state senator, conservative groups call for no new taxes

MONTGOMERY – Former Alabama state senator and Opelika businessman John Rice joined leaders of conservative groups from around the state Monday to urge the Senate to vote against new taxes.

Thursday 08/27/2015
Obama sees message of resilience on streets of New Orleans

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Visiting on tidy porch stoops and dining at a thriving corner eatery, President Barack Obama paid tribute to New Orleans on Thursday as an extraordinary example of renewal and resilience 10 years after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina.

Wednesday 08/26/2015
Hubbard files motion seeking dismissal of 23-count indictment

The legal team for Alabama’s Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard filed a motion Wednesday afternoon seeking dismissal of the 23 felony ethics charges listed in the Oct. 2014 indictment of the Auburn Republican.

Monday 08/17/2015
Trial of indicted Speaker Mike Hubbard continued to March

Indicted Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) will get his day in court in late March 2016, after a Lee County judge agreed to delay the trial roughly six months from the original Oct. 19 trial date.

Sunday 08/16/2015
Special session ends without a budget, but speaker doesn’t foresee shutdown

After closing the regular 2015 state legislative session without a General Fund budget in June, Alabama legislators ended the special session Tuesday still lacking a budget. With a second special session on the horizon, Alabama Speaker of the House Mike Hubbard (R-Auburn) is confident a “workable, reasonable” budget will be passed by the start of fiscal year 2016 on Oct. 1, at least in the House of Representatives.