There have been several reports of alligators in north Alabama in recent weeks, including in the Tennessee River. 

The Lauderdale County Sheriff's Office reported that an alligator was recently spotted by a man walking on a county road.

In Decatur, parks and recreation officials warned residents to be on alert after a gator was spotted near walking trails at Point Mallard State Park.

Reports of sightings in the Tennessee River are not unprecedented.

Alabama’s former House Speaker will find out how long he will spend in jail later today after being convicted on a dozen ethics charges last month. APR’s MacKenzie Bates has the details.

Officials with the Attorney General’s office say they want Mike Hubbard to spend five years in prison and another 13 on supervised probation. His lawyers call that recommendation ridiculously extreme and absurd.

Hubbard was found guilty on 12 of 23 felony ethics charges back on June 10th.

Alabama has one of the highest rates of prescription drug abuse and a state task force is attempting to do something about it.  The Alabama Drug Abuse Task Force announced the "Zero Addiction" campaign today with a website and radio and television ads.

The television and radio spots will begin airing in the next two weeks. A website lists treatment facilities and options in each Alabama county.

Task Force Chairman Barry Matson says they hope to spark honest conversations in families.