These are some of the stories read during today's Tennessee Valley news updates (6:33am, 7:33am, 8:33am, 3:04pm, 4:04pm, 5:04pm, 6:04pm) ...
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (Huntsville Times) – The Federal Election Commission says US Representative Robert Aderholt has paid a 13-thousand dollar penalty for filing inaccurate financial reports. The Huntsville Times reports the problems occurred between 2006 and 2010, when the FEC says Aderholt misrepresented how much money was raised, spent and saved. The fine is the result of an investigation launched two years ago by Aderholt’s office. The worker responsible for record keeping was fired and did not cooperate with the investigation.
HARPERSVILLE, Ala. (Birmingham News) – A privately-run probation company accused of helping creating a ‘debtors prison’ in the Harpersville Municipal Court says it has done nothing wrong. Last month, a Shelby County judge shut down the court amid complaints that an unusual number of defendants were being jailed for failing to pay fines, which created more fines and court costs they could not afford to pay. The Birmingham News reports that Judicial Corrections Services says it is not responsible for fines and fees set by the city, and that an internal investigation found no wrong doing. Judicial Corrections Services currently faces three different lawsuits related to its activity in Harpersville. The Georgia-based company works in 230 courts in four states. About 100 of those are in Alabama.
HUNTSVILLE/ATHENS Ala. (WLRH) - There are a number of interesting things happening this weekend across our listening area. Athens Art on the Square takes place tomorrow from 10-4, and has been moved indoors to the Athens State gymnasium due to the likelihood of rain. Art on the Square is open to the public. Also on Saturday at the Huntsville Madison County Public Library, the Madison County Medical Society is holding a public information session on diabetic eye disease. That workshop begins at 9am at the downtown Huntsville public library. Then on Sunday, TEDxHuntsville presents a series of world-class speakers sharing innovative ideas in an event titled “RE_Ignite”. ReIgnite begins at noon Sunday at the Thurber Arts Center at Randolph School. There is an admission fee.
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WLRH) – The Huntsville Housing Authority has been recognized for excellence by federal regulators. The US Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the Authority with Certificates of Excellence in Management Operations for outstanding program management. Efficiency efforts at Gateway Place, a senior’s apartment building, earned an Energy Conservation Award. The Huntsville Housing Authority was also recognized for its participation in a recent Father’s Day initiative, which worked to reunited estranged parents and children.