Alabama Governor Robert Bentley en Bentley Recognizes Ala. Honor Guard Team Members <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has presented honors to members of the state's National Guard who perform military services during funerals for fallen veterans.</p><p>Bentley signed an executive order creating the Alabama Honor Guard Ribbon Monday afternoon and presented honor guard members with the awards at the state Capitol.</p><p>The honor guard members are responsible for performing military ceremonies during funerals for eligible veterans. The ceremonies usually include the folding and presentation of an American flag to the veterans' next of kin, and the playing of Taps.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 21:09:40 +0000 The Associated Press 55297 at Bentley Recognizes Ala. Honor Guard Team Members Bentley Appoints Workforce Council <p><font color="red">Alabama</font> Governor Robert Bentley has appointed nearly 30 people to a council that will advise state officials and education leaders on tailoring the state's educational programs to the workforce needs of new and existing businesses.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 11:17:22 +0000 Associated Press 54980 at Bentley Appoints Workforce Council Changes At Alabama's Public Safety Department <p></p><p>Alabama Public Safety Director Hugh McCall has retired after more than 30 years in state law enforcement.</p><p>McCall's retirement was effective Monday. A spokeswoman for the governor says he's named John Richardson to fill-in as director until the Department of Public Safety merges into the new Alabama Law Enforcement Agency in January. Richardson has been serving as assistant director of the law enforcement division of the Alabama Alcoholic Beverage Control Board.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:04:21 +0000 The Associated Press 54953 at Changes At Alabama's Public Safety Department Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent <p></p><p>Alabama's unemployment rate dipped slightly in May, but it was higher than the same month a year ago.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley reported Friday that Alabama measured 6.8 percent unemployment. That's down from 6.9 percent in April, but it is above the 6.4 percent recorded in May 2013.</p><p>The seasonally adjusted statistics show there were slightly more than 147,000 Alabamians looking for work in May. That's down about 160 people from the previous months, but it's about 8,600 more than a year ago.</p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 21:45:17 +0000 The Associated Press 54303 at Alabama's Unemployment Rate Dips To 6.8 Percent Bentley Offers Look at Personal Side <p><font color="red">Alabama's</font> governor says the best part of his job is getting to meet people and help them solve problems.</p><p>He says the worst part is having no privacy and having security with him around the clock. He says he can't go to Wal-Mart and Lowe's by himself any more.</p><p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley offered a rare personal glimpse about his life when he talked with Girls State delegates in Montgomery.</p> Mon, 16 Jun 2014 10:45:37 +0000 Associated Press 53965 at Bentley Offers Look at Personal Side Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley has announced an attempt to overhaul the state's severely overcrowded prison system.</p><p>Bentley said Tuesday the state's prisons are filled to nearly twice their collective capacity. The Justice Reinvestment Initiative, a partnership between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Department of Justice, will examine the system and suggest reforms.</p><p>The review comes after a series of stark criticisms. The Department of Justice has called conditions unconstitutional at Alabama's only prison for women.</p> Tue, 10 Jun 2014 21:05:21 +0000 The Associated Press 53634 at Study Begins On Alabama Prison Overhaul Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign <p></p><p>The Democratic nominee for governor, Parker Griffith, calls Republican incumbent Robert Bentley timid and irresponsible.</p><p>Griffith says he plans to focus his general election campaign on Bentley refusing to expand the state Medicaid program and not doing enough to increase jobs in the state.</p><p>Bentley said Wednesday he doesn't like negative campaigning, and he will focus his campaign on his records and his goals. He says politicians might not be very good candidates if they have to spend their time talking about how bad their opponents are.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:47:48 +0000 The Associated Press 53255 at Griffith, Bentley Prepare For Fall Campaign Bentley Fundraising Tops Race for Governor <p><font color="red">Alabama's</font> Republican primary for governor features incumbent Robert Bentley taking on two poorly funded opponents. Two candidates are competing on the Democratic ticket.</p><p></p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 11:56:28 +0000 Associated Press 53152 at Bentley Fundraising Tops Race for Governor Bentley, Faulkner Discuss Storm Preparedness <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Emergency Management Agency Director Art Faulkner say state agencies are participating in an exercise to help state workers and law enforcement agencies prepare to respond to hurricanes.</p><p>Bentley and Faulkner said at a news conference in Montgomery Wednesday that the state conducts similar exercises every year, but one purpose this year is to make sure workers have not become complacent because there has not been a major hurricane in the last year or so.</p><p>Hurricane season runs from June 1 to Nov. 30.</p> Wed, 21 May 2014 21:09:30 +0000 The Associated Press 52420 at Bentley, Faulkner Discuss Storm Preparedness 2 Selected To Serve On ASU Board Of Trustees <p></p><p>Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has chosen two replacements to serve on the Alabama State University Board of Trustees.</p><p>Bentley nominated Elmore County Schools Superintendent Jeff Langham and Regions Bank Vice President Angela McKenzie to the board on Tuesday.</p><p>Langham and McKenzie will replace two of Bentley's appointments who were blocked by the Senate Confirmation Committee in April. Bentley had initially selected Macon County Schools Superintendent Jacqueline Brooks and Tuscaloosa businessman Fitzgerald Washington for the posts.</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 21:57:51 +0000 The Associated Press 52340 at 2 Selected To Serve On ASU Board Of Trustees Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates <p></p><p>A prison guard running against Gov. Robert Bentley says Alabama's prison system is at risk of a federal takeover because of severe overcrowding.</p><p>At a news conference Thursday in Montgomery, Stacy George said that if elected, he would create a second parole board like Gov. Bob Riley did to expedite the parole of non-violent inmates. George said he will ask the Legislature to repeal the habitual offender law that provides for longer sentences for repeat offenders and he will make the repeal retroactive. He says that could reduce the prison population by more than one-fourth.</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:11:48 +0000 The Associated Press 52040 at Gov. Bentley Opponent Calls For Releasing Inmates Gov. Bentley Has Cabinet Change <p></p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley's chief of staff, David Perry, is leaving and is being replaced on an interim basis by former House Speaker Seth Hammett.</p><p>Bentley said Perry announced during a staff meeting Wednesday that he is leaving. His new job is with Protective Life insurance company in Birmingham. Perry began as Bentley's state finance director in 2011 and then moved up to chief of staff.</p> Wed, 14 May 2014 21:42:49 +0000 The Associated Press 51950 at Gov. Bentley Has Cabinet Change Gov. Bentley Seeks Aid For 5 More Counties <p></p><p>Alabama's governor is seeking federal assistance for five more Alabama counties that suffered damage from severe weather last week.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley says his administration submitted an application to the president on Tuesday for individual disaster assistance in DeKalb, Etowah, Blount, Tuscaloosa and Mobile counties.</p><p>The state is already receiving federal assistance for Limestone, Jefferson, Lee and Baldwin counties for the tornadoes and flooding that hit the state last week and claimed five lives.</p> Tue, 06 May 2014 21:15:25 +0000 The Associated Press 51452 at Gov. Bentley Seeks Aid For 5 More Counties Congressional Delegation Backs Aid For Alabama <p></p><p>Alabama's congressional delegation has written a letter to the president supporting the governor's request for an emergency declaration for Alabama.</p><p>Gov. Robert Bentley is seeking the declaration for severe storms, tornadoes and flooding that hit the state this week.</p><p>The letter from the congressional delegation urges approval of federal financial support for debris removal and emergency protective measures.</p><p>Bentley's request noted that at least 19 counties suffered damage and three people died in the severe weather.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 21:15:58 +0000 The Associated Press 51125 at Congressional Delegation Backs Aid For Alabama Ala. Storm System Prompts Emergency Declaration <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Alabama </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Robert Bentley has declared a state of emergency in response to a severe weather system that crossed the state.</span></p><p>Bentley said in a statement Monday evening that the declaration covers every county in Alabama, and that heavy damage has been reported in some areas that were in the path of a suspected tornado.</p><p>Bentley says all state agencies are ordered "to take necessary actions to respond to Alabama communities that need help."</p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 03:54:33 +0000 The Associated Press 51008 at Ala. Storm System Prompts Emergency Declaration