A Tuscaloosa County judge has sealed the divorce proceedings between Alabama Governor Robert Bentley and his estrange wife, Dianne.

Tuscaloosa County Circuit judge Elizabeth C. Hamner approved the motion by both parties this morning.

The court filing states only the parties, their attorneys, their attorneys’ office’s employees, experts retained by the parties, the Court and its employees, and the Circuit Clerk’s Office employees can access the record.

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            For years, Alabama was a “flyover” state for candidates seeking the presidency. That is, until recently. Within the past two weeks, the Yellowhammer State has been a popular destination for the seeking the Republican nomination.

            “You know I represent the state of Texas, we’ve got twelve hundred miles of border with Mexico, and we see firsthand the consequences of illegal immigration…”

Judge seals Alabama governor's divorce file

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A judge orders that Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley's divorce case be sealed from public view. Tuscaloosa Circuit Judge Elizabeth Hamner issued the order today after the couple's attorneys jointly requested that the records be kept private. Lawyers told the judge that it would be in the best interest to keep the divorce records private. The request noted the governor's position as a prominent public office holder. Dianne Bentley filed for divorce on Friday, saying the couple's 50-year marriage had suffered an irretrievable breakdown.

Police are currently searching for a man accused of sexually assaulting a student at the University of Alabama.

Authorities say the attack happened early yesterday morning. A student was walking along the Strip when she was approached by a white male in his early 20’s driving a white truck. The man said he was part of a church organization offering sober rides to those in need.

Alabama hospitals promoting breastfeeding for newborns

Aug 30, 2015

More than two dozen Alabama hospitals are joining an effort to promote breastfeeding.

The state Health Department says 27 of the Alabama hospitals that deliver babies have agreed to participate in the Alabama Breastfeeding Initiative.

The project is aimed at promoting the idea that breastfeeding an infant provides important nutritional and emotional benefits for newborns.

About 67 percent of Alabama mothers reported initiating breastfeeding last year. But Alabama still trails the national rate of 79 percent and a U.S. goal of about 82 percent.

Disease and suicide are claiming inmates on Alabama's death row faster than the executioner.

With Alabama's capital punishment mechanism on hold for more than two years because of legal challenges and a shortage of drugs for lethal injections, five of the state's death row inmates have died without ever seeing the inside of the execution chamber.

Prison officials say three inmates have died of natural causes since the state's last execution on July 25, 2013. Two others committed suicide by hanging themselves.

Samford University announces record-setting enrollment

Aug 30, 2015

Samford University has set records with the fall enrollment this year for students across undergraduate and graduate programs.

University officials announced Friday that there was an enrollment of 5,206. This is Samford's seventh consecutive record for fall enrollment, exceeding last year's mark of 4,933.

Samford President Andrew Westmoreland shared his excitement last week with employees about the start of the fall semester.

The school's fall enrollment figures include a record 826 first-year fulltime students.

Troy Snow - Hurricane Katrina Dogs [Facebook]

During the evacuation for Hurricane Katrina, a police officer confiscated a small boy's white dog, named Snowball.  The boy was inconsolable, and Snowball's story became a symbol of much that went wrong for pets and their owners in that disaster.

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Bentley's to divorce, Birmingham Sidewalk Film Festival

Aug 28, 2015

The first couple of Alabama is calling it quits.  First Lady Dianne Bentley has filed papers for divorce.  APR’s Pat Duggins has the details…

Governor Robert Bentley and his wife appeared together at the capitol today shortly before the news broke that Dianne Bentley filed papers to dissolve their marriage.

Mrs. Bentley says, in court documents, that there is a complete incompatibility of temperament that makes it impossible for the two to continue living together.

UPDATE: Alabama first lady Dianne Bentley has filed for divorce from Governor Robert Bentley, saying their 50-year marriage has suffered an "irretrievable breakdown." The complaint, filed Friday, says that attempts at reconciliation are futile and that the couple has been living apart since January. A lawyer for Dianne Bentley wrote that her client says "there is such a complete incompatibility of temperament that the parties can no longer live together." The complaint says the couple's personalities conflict. The Bentleys have been married since 1965 and have four adult sons.

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