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Ed Henry
Albert Cesare / Montgomery Advertiser / AP

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — A federal judge has sentenced a former Alabama lawmaker to two years of probation for his role in a health care fraud case.

U.S. District Judge Keith Watkins on Thursday sentenced former state Rep. Ed Henry following a plea agreement.

The Hartselle Republican is best known for leading the 2017 impeachment push against then-Gov. Robert Bentley.

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Alex AuBuchon / APR

Summer is basically here, and that means it’s music festival season. In Alabama, Hangout Music Festival on the Gulf Coast took place earlier this month, and Sloss Fest in Birmingham is coming up in July. APR’s Alex AuBuchon reports on one festival this weekend that might not be on your radar. It shines a spotlight on an unusual and historic instrument.

Eric Parker confrontation
Madison Police Department

A former Madison police officer stands trial today on a federal charge of using excessive force against an Indian man who was partially paralyzed during a confrontation.

Eric Sloan Parker is accused of violating the civil rights of 57-year-old Sureshbhai Patel in February when he threw the man to the ground during a police stop.

Alabama’s lawmakers are back in Montgomery for a special session to work on the budget.

Governor Robert Bentley is seeking a 25-cent-per-pack cigarette tax increase. He also wants to raise the business privilege tax on larger businesses while giving smaller ones a tax cut.  The governor has also suggested ending the ability of taxpayers to claim a state income tax deduction when they pay their federal Social Security taxes.

The Huntsville Times/Dave Dieter

The mayor of an Alabama community that lost its hospital is interested in pursuing a stand-alone emergency room.

Hartselle Mayor Don Hall told WHNT-TV that his town has lobbied Huntsville Hospital to re-open some form of emergency care.

Huntsville Hospital bought the Hartselle Medical Center after it closed several years ago, but announced it was not practical to reopen the facility. That left Hartselle without a hospital or emergency medical care.