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Police Traffic Stop Shooting in Mobile, Bentley Impeachment Committee Meets Today

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Mobile Police Department officers secure scene of Monday's police shooting.

A south Alabama police officer shot and killed an 18-year-old man during a traffic stop earlier this week, according to authorities.

Mobile Police Chief James Barber says a city officer saw a vehicle cut off another car Monday evening. The officer stopped the vehicle, carrying driver Michael Moore and two passengers.

Barber says Moore had no driver's license and was asked to step out of the car. At that point, police say the officer noticed that Moore had a gun in his waistband and reached for it.

Chief Barber says the officer shot Moore four times. He was later pronounced dead at University of South Alabama Medical Center.

Investigators recovered a semi-automatic .40-caliber Smith and Wesson handgun from the scene.

The officer involved has been placed on administrative duty pending the results of an internal investigation. Mobile Police have also asked the Federal Bureau of Investigation to look into the shooting.

Alabama’s House Judiciary Committee is set to meet this morning as they consider articles of impeachment against Governor Robert Bentley.  APR’s MacKenzie Bates has the details.

The committee is holding an organizational session this morning in Montgomery to build a process that will likely be made from scratch.   Committee members will discuss a procedure for handling the investigation, including the possible hiring of special counsel.

Republican Representative Ed Henry along with 22 other members of the House signed the articles accusing the Governor of “willful neglect of duty” and “corruption of office.”

Bentley is accused of having a relationship with his former top adviser, Rebekah Caldwell Mason.  Bentley denies a physical affair but admitted to making inappropriate remarks.

A veterans' support group is partnering with the Veterans and Military Affairs office at The University of Alabama.

Their goal is to provide healthcare to veterans who attend the university after service.  The partnership recently started using Clinical Video Teleconference to allow veterans to participate in video appointments with a VA clinician from the university.

Damon Stevenson is the Public Affairs Officer at Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center. He says this will give busy students a chance to get medical help they might not otherwise seek out.

“The reason’s it’s unique is because it gives veterans the opportunity to have their appointments at the university instead of having to come over here to the hospital because many of them have time constraints between their class schedules, and it encourages them to get the care that they need, whereas if it was such an inconvenience, they may not get the care that they need.”

The rooms were previously only used for UA dependents to talk with family members stationed overseas. Now, the service is being offered for medical appointments.  The service is much like Skype and allows patients to participate in video appointments with a VA clinician. 

A jury will resume deliberation later this morning in the federal trial of former Birmingham Health Care CEO Jonathan Dunning.

Dunning is facing 112 counts of conspiracy, bank fraud, wire fraud and money laundering. He’s accused of taking millions of dollars in federal funding meant to help treat the poor and homeless and diverting it into his own private businesses. Dunning was the CEO of two federally-funded community health centers, Birmingham Health Care and Central Alabama Comprehensive Health in Tuskegee.

Dunning’s trial has gone on since May 24. More than 50 witnesses were called to the stand. Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases yesterday morning, and the jury began deliberating yesterday afternoon.

Other officials with the two companies including CFO Terry Mollica have already pleaded guilty to federal charges.

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